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By Neil Rubenstein
Observer Columnist 

Marijuana Taxes So High, Users Might Seek Former Providers


If you are into Gospel Music than you need to get to the California African American Museum in Exposition Park before August 26th, 2018 to see “How Sweet the Sound”. The museum uses vintage photographs and video recordings to create a global phenomenon. Just a stone’s throw away is the Ray Charles Foundation Museum at 2101 West Washington Blvd in Los Angeles.

As I suggested a while ago the tax on marijuana is in the opinion of many so high, users might return to their former “providers”. Don’t kill the golden goose. There is plenty to be made by everyone.

Although we haven’t tried Father’s Office many have and the word is – “It’s super-duper wonderful “Mosey down to 3229 Helms Avenue (310) 736-2224 where there are no kids, no table service, no substitutions, no ketchup - just good food and good beer. Sounds to good to be true.

It wasn’t that long ago that the Union of Concerned Scientists released a report that forecasts what parts of the United States are likely to see regular flooding from rising oceans and how soon. In addition to Long Beach, the Orange County communities projected to experience frequent flooding by 2030 are parts or all of Huntington Beach, Newport Beach, Balboa island and Seal Beach. Although we can imagine L.A. County would be affected, it was not mentioned. (Long Beach Press -Telegram.)

Do you realize by the time our Army’s most advanced helicopters start coming off the production line the Chinook will have been in continuous service for nearly 70 years? The Black Hawk has been in service for almost half a century and the Apache for 40 years, and yet the next generation of helicopters won’t come off the assembly line for about twelve years. (Forbes Magazine.) A Barclays analyst wrote on March 28, 2018 Boeing has a price target of $388 with an overweight rating. Cousin Neil feels $400 is more realistic, but always do your research and double check with your financial advisor before investing in any company.

The Los Angeles Times says it is suing L.A. County for withholding documents. For example, the newspaper wanted but didn’t receive email addresses for Sheriff’s Department employees, allegations of sexual misconduct against prosecutor’s status of homicide investigations. The Times is asking the court to look at “baseless denials” of requests and being charged “exorbitant fees”.

Liliana Segre is an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor was named in January 2018 a senator for-life with full voting rights in Italy’s upper house in honor of her dedication in educating school children about Italy’s complicity in the Nazi genocide.

Meanwhile a Superior Court Judge ruled on March 28 that a Downtown Los Angeles coffee shop must carry a cancer warning. Judge Berle found a chemical found in coffee after roasting created acrylamide, which is carcinogenic, thus requiring a warning per proposition 65. Under Prop 65 businesses must warn about the presence of any of more than 900 chemicals on a list of those known to the State of California to cause cancer or birth defects.

Qantas Airlines is pushing Boeing to develop a fuel-efficient plane to carry 300 passengers from Sydney to New York, a flight taking 22 hours.

An empty store in Beverly Hills on Rodeo Drive with 6,200 square feet recently sold for $110 million. The single-story building can be viewed at 456 North Rodeo Drive. The Sterling Organization from Florida bought the 6200 square foot store for $55 million and sold it 24 hours later for $110 million. Hard to believe, but true.

The next time you talk to Richard Starkey, address him as Sir Richard as he was Knighted by Prince William last month. Just in case you couldn’t place the name Ringo Starr, age 77, is Sir Richard’s stage name.

Could it be possible House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi may just step aside soon? My usually reliable informant tells me July 4th or there about cold see a change of Command Ceremony in the House of Representatives.

A friend of mine who works in the Inglewood City Hall told me their new football stadium has sky rocketed from a projected cost of $2.6 billion to almost $5 billion. No public money involved.

Beverly Hills teachers for the first time in almost ten years are at an impasse with their school district. A third-party mediator will step in to try to achieve a consensus. It seems a major stumbling block is that the district wants to do away with the teachers' salary formula which ties raises to property taxes. Beverly Hills Unified School District Assistant Superintendent of Business Services Latham said, “Since 2014 teachers have received a total of 14.9 percent in raises. Even with the increase BHUSD is still not the highest paid in the county nor even in the top 20.

Pamela Richardson, a Compton College welding instructor, has been honored as teacher of the year by the 73,000 members of the American Welding Society.

For those who missed an article, all my commentaries can be found at; strolling down the page and underneath Opinion look for Rubenstein.


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