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Chinese Buying All the Milk? Expect Prices to Rise

 

September 4, 2014



By Neil Rubenstein

Observer Columnist

Can anyone help me understand what is going on with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and the deputies who man the central jail?

I know some deputies who are truly good people with ethics and a caring personality, and yet we hear of alleged violent beatings, “gladiator” type fights – and sometimes the deputies film them.

Six deputies and a sergeant went on trial at the federal courthouse in downtown Los Angeles. I have been told the first job deputies are assigned to upon graduation from the academy is the jail. Being a rookie at that location with some mean hombres can color one’s perspective.

As such, why doesn’t the person soon to be elected Sheriff place these men and women in the lockup for a six month (or less) tour of duty and, if need be, four shifts instead of three?

Recently HR4672 was introduced by Congresswoman Linda Sanchez (D-CA) that would allow credit-reporting agencies to notify deployed military service members when a negative information alert is posted on their credit report. It’s about time.

Medical research has come a long way since my mother-in-law died of cervical cancer in 1978. Recent developments have given me hope that this “almost” death sentence will be a thing of the past. Immune therapies against leukemia, melanoma, bladder and lung cancers are becoming more and more successful. Can we have a big “six gun salute” for those responsible?

Is there a member of the family or just a friend who wants to be an artist? Do I have good news for you? You betcha, buckaroo! Invest 90 minutes and travel to Camarillo on the first Saturday of every month and discuss every aspect at the Blackboard Gallery, 2222 Ventura Blvd., 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., (805) 383-1368. It’s free, and generally over 30 artists will be there to help you.

Can we be honest with each other? The Japanese economy will continue to go downhill because it is simultaneously aging and shrinking. In 2013 the population dropped by almost 250,000 and that is the least of their problems. So, once again I’m going to suggest our Culver City School District Superintendent Mr. LaRose ease back on Tokyo and start Chinese classes.

Every semester we dawdle, students in other districts are passing us up. Even Stevie Wonder can see the spray painting on the walls.

The price for dairy products is high and soon to get a lot more expensive. Why, you ask? Well, partner, the Chinese are buying every drop they can, plus the drought is keeping our farmers’ costs up.

Is it true? Is it true? California taxes out-of-state athletes 13.30%. Yes, friend, it’s true. For ever peso earned while playing sports – baseball, football, etc. – one game doesn’t matter. Send your checks to Sacramento.

My former employer and signer of my pension check is using drones in Alaska to survey ice formations for oil producer ConocoPhillips. Boeing, the company of rockets, satellites, helicopters, military transports and jets, is now making drones. Amazing. . .

After sinking in San Francisco Bay 126 years ago, the city of Chester was just recently found by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration in 217 feet of water just inside the Golden Gate Bridge. The iron and wood steamship with 106 passengers was on a voyage to Eureka, CA and Portland, OR when, in dense fog, it was struck by the Oceanic. The city of Chester, half the size of he Oceanic, sank in five minutes with almost all lost.

From the “did you know” file – every year in Los Angeles there are 20,000 hit-and-run collisions. 4,000 result in injury or death to the person abandoned. 50% of all vehicle crashes are hit-and-run in Los Angeles.

Two former Los Angeles County Sheriff’s deputies will soon be (or may already be or have been) on trial for planting guns at a medical marijuana dispensary in 2011 and could, if guilty, receive more than seven years.

And from the missing file, what’s the latest from the Culver City Ice Arena?

It was in 1965 Edward White became the first American to walk in space. It was Gemini 4.

For those who missed an article, all my commentaries can be found at http://www.culvercityobserver.com by placing Rubenstein in that website’s search box.

 

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