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Time for the dance Samohi prepares for first round of playoffs BY DANIEL ARCHULETA Managing Editor

DOWNEY Just what Santa Monica High School’s football team needed, a new life. After finishing the regular season with an 8-2 record and a respectable third place finish in the Ocean League, the Vikings — who were in jeopardy of missing the postseason just last week — have earned a spot in the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section playoffs. As Samohi prepares to take on Downey’s Warren High School tonight, head coach Zach Cuda is just glad to still be playing this season. “As the week goes on the nerves kick up,” Cuda said. “We didn’t get here by accident. There was a body of work that we put in to get to this point.” While the stakes are considerably higher in the playoffs, Cuda said the important thing for his team to do is to remain focused. “You have to approach the game as if it were a football game, the same as the first 10 this season,” he said. “I feel like our guys have done a pretty good job of that this week.” What both teams are preparing for appears to be quite similar. Both Cuda and Warren’s head coach Chris Benadom see a lot of similarities in each other’s offenses. Both teams rely on a primary running back to carry the load and pass only when needed. Benadom went as far as to say that his team is “exactly” like Samohi on the offensive side of the ball. While Cuda wouldn’t go that far, he admits that both teams are a near mirror image of one another. One of the few differences between the two teams is the style of running back being relied upon to rack up yardage. Cuda said that his back, Christian Ross, is more physical than Warren’s Jesse Callier. He may not expect Callier to bowl many defenders over, but he expects his quickness to create problems if he’s able to break through the defensive line and get loose in the secondary. If Callier is able to break into the open SEE VIKINGS PAGE 8

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BACKING THE UNION: Saint John's Health Center nurse Zhili Morrissi addresses a rally in support of unionization on Thursday afternoon.

Nurses press charges against Saint John’s BY ROB LAWRENCE Special to the Daily Press

MID-CITY No more intimidation, harassment or forced coercion said the resident nurses at Saint John’s Health Center during a rally on Thursday to protest and formally press charges against the hospital for alleged unfair labor practices and union busting activities. “Six years ago when these nurses chose to form a union … [the hospital] spent millions of dollars to harass, intimidate and basically bully the nurses,” said Emmanuel Punzalan, a representative for the

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National Labor Relations Board. The charges state: “Within the past six months, [Lou Lazatin, CEO], by its officers, agents and representatives has imposed discipline in retaliation for union activity.” Saint John’s denied harassing nurses. “We engage experts to provide advice on our communications with employees on the subject of unionization to ensure that they are accurate and informative, and comply with legal restrictions,” Greg Harrison, the director of marketing and business development at Saint John’s, said

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food pantry these days. The perfect storm of layoffs, rising food prices and foreclosures have kept local pantries busier than usual, reporting an influx of new clients over the past several months. “We expect more and more middle-class folks to visit the center given the economy and those are the folks that maybe in the past haven’t accessed the food pantries,” said Va Lecia Adams, the executive director of St. Joseph Center. The nonprofit organization, which offers services to the homeless and low-income families, handed out groceries through its pantry to more than 1,800 families in October, which was up 32 percent from September. The experience at St. Joseph Center is one shared at food pantries across the county where charities reported a 41 percent increase in demand from last year, according to the Los Angeles Regional Food Bank, which supplies various nonprofit organizations. The food bank has increased its distribution by 33 percent this year. “More people are reaching out for help, including many middle-class families who are experiencing tough times because of the declining economy,” Michael Flood, the president and CEO of the food bank, said. “Our challenge is helping local pantries to continue serving the growing number of people seeking assistance.” The food bank kicked off its 35th Annual Holiday Food Drive on Thursday. The Westside Food Bank, which distributes to local charities, is expecting one of the busiest holidays on record. “The only good news is that food prices aren’t increasing like they were in the first part of the year, but they haven’t gone down either,” Bruce Rankin, the executive director of the food bank, said. “I think it’s going to be the toughest holiday season I’ve seen in 20 years of food banking.” Comparing the period of April to September this year and last, the food pantry experienced a 32 percent increase in demand. The Westside Food Bank has also been dealing

ry suspects arrested last week were a boyfriend and girlfriend team that are said to have routinely entered through unlocked side windows and target large flat-screen TVs and laptops, leading investigators to believe they were dealing with a serial case. Jovani Manuel Morales, 25, and Keny Galdamez, 30, were charged with first degree residential burglary on Nov. 14 in connection with an incident in the 2800 block of Arizona Avenue earlier last week. Morales, a Los Angeles resident who is believed to be an interior designer, was also charged with first degree residential burglary for break-ins in the 1700 block of California Avenue on Nov. 5 and in the 1400 block of Idaho Avenue on Nov. 11. He was also charged with one count of receiving stolen property. Both suspects have plead not guilty. If convicted, Morales could face up to nine years in prison and Galdamez, a Los Angeles resident who is also a babysitter, could see six years behind bars, according to Jane Robison, spokeswoman for the L.A. County District Attorney. Investigators believe the suspects are connected to nine residential burglaries in Santa Monica since July. They have been charged for the three burglaries committed this month, with the stolen property estimated at a combined $10,600. The defendants were linked to the other burglaries by the similarities in the modus operandi, which included entering the house through an open side window or door and stealing large flat screen televisions and laptops. “After the arrests of Morales and Galdamez, detectives linked the defendants to cases by eyewitness statements and physical evidence,” SMPD Lt. Dan Salerno said. The couple was arrested on Nov. 11 after they were caught carrying a stolen television

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What is up with all the fuss about fitness fanatics exercising in the median adjacent to the extremely popular Fourth Street stairs? If the commotion created by the conflict between those exercising and those residing in the area is strictly about the median, City Hall can quickly, and easily nip this in the bud. It could begin with tearing out the grass, which is hardly sustainable, replacing it with native, drought-resistant landscaping, making it less attractive, and less comfortable for those who want to stretch, dip, bend, or push up. Why not install some decorative fencing? If only it were that simple. The reason why this issue cannot be easily resolved is because it really isn’t about the median at all, but more so about the excessive use of the stairs, personal trainers’ occupation of public space and residents’ frustration with the whole mess. It’s not that the homeowners living near the median, or City Hall for that matter, are opposed to physical fitness. They just want to have some peace and quiet. Since the stairs are located in the city of Los Angeles, some residents feel the only way to push back is to focus on the median in hopes that this will make the stairs less desirable. Good luck, but that probably isn’t going to work. Residents are also concerned about the increasing number of personal trainers who feel it is OK to monopolize portions of public parks to hold classes. This occurs frequently along the beach and at Palisades Park. These are trainers who operate outside of City Hall’s control and presumably do not pay business license fees or taxes yet use a public resource to conduct business. That’s not cool. What’s next, mechanics rebuilding transmissions in the Downtown parking structures? City Hall needs to reach out to Los Angeles to see if a compromise can be made when it comes to the stairs. Perhaps they could be made off limits during certain hours of the day to provide some respite for residents. City Hall also should focus on personal trainers and make sure they’re licensed and pay some taxes to help maintain the parks. City Hall already does this with surf camps. A lot of readers have complained about the police department’s use of resources, saying Chief Tim Jackman’s decision to station a park ranger at the median is a waste. After speaking with Jackman, the Daily Press learned that the chief is actually saving money. With a ranger present to warn exercisers about the law — so far more than 1,400 people have been advised in the last three months — Jackman does not have to send uniformed officers to the location every time a complaint is made, and there are a lot of them. Jackman estimates that the time taken away from monitoring other parks is minimal, about an hour per park. That’s better than losing an hour of police patrols in each neighborhood. Besides, those parks cited as eye sores — mainly Reed Park and Palisades Park — have their own rangers, so these parks are not left unsupervised. If residents are still concerned, they can lobby the City Council to hire more rangers. City Manager Lamont Ewell, who is working hard to find an equitable solution, is expected to brief the council on the median on Dec. 2, so that would be a good time for residents to make their concerns known. In the meantime, those who exercise in the area should mind their manners and show some respect to those who call Fourth and Adelaide home.

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from the U.S. Treasury, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is likely relieved now that the state has been able to secure $6 billion in loans from the credit markets. Politicians had feared California’s credit history would make such a loan difficult. But the fact is, the loan was not nearly difficult enough. In a supposed era of tight and “frozen” credit markets, why is a government that goes further into debt every year, which finances its lavish operations with ever more bonds and budgetary trickery, able to get such an enormous loan? Credit is probably not as tight as is claimed, and governments in particular have far too easy a time obtaining more. In the long term, this is terrible for the taxpayers who have to pay the interest. Furthermore, when a government borrows money, it competes with private borrowers for credit and drives up interest rates. This situation slows down economic growth. Politicians, a notoriously spendthrift class with no sense of responsibility since they are borrowing on behalf of others, should be the last ones able to get loans. What’s notable here is that Schwarzenegger has given up even the thin pretense of being the budget hawk that he portrayed himself as five years ago. Since being elected he has foisted on the state economy bond after bond, spending increase after spending increase, in everything from education to infrastructure. He was onto something earlier this year when he contemplated releasing some nonviolent prisoners — people who shouldn’t even be in jail in a free society, and whose detention annually costs the state tens of thousands of dollars each. Then the prison guard union went after him. From the looks of the last budget, a staggering $103.4 billion that was instituted almost three months late, prisons and schools are two areas where Sacramento will resist any cutting. But “those are the two services we spend the most money on,” as state Senate President pro Tem Don Perata recently pointed out. With the police state and welfare state as the two third rails of local politics, it appears there’s not really much else remaining to cut. On the national scene, the Republicans have proven themselves equally devoted to

big government across the board-devoted to the police state, the welfare state, and, of course, the warfare state. Everyone knows the Republicans stand for an ever-growing and exorbitantly expensive military apparatus and for incredibly pricey wars. But the insidious myth that they are otherwise for free markets persists. President Bush came in and immediately began doubling the Department of Education budget and inaugurating the largest expansion of entitlements since Lyndon Johnson, in the form of the prescription drug benefit for seniors. In eight years he has doubled the national debt. In the past month, both Bush and presidential candidate John McCain backed the most significant government intervention into the market in several decades, perhaps longer, when they signed and voted for the Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008. This act gave the Treasury virtually dictatorial powers and nearly a trillion dollars to buy up practically any American financial instruments it deems desirable, making it the biggest player in the market and essentially nationalizing the entire financial sector. McCain has gone on to propose an enormous plan for Washington to buy up troubled mortgages directly, at a price tag of hundreds of billions of dollars by conservative estimates. He copied the plan almost exactly from Hillary Clinton, called her to ask her advice on it, and has pitched it as resembling her proposal. Even Barack Obama thinks it is unwise and reckless. Meanwhile, McCain continues talking about reforming earmarks, a drop in the bucket constituting half a percent of the national budget and probably some of the least absurd things the government finances. The conventional wisdom is that Democrats are socialistic big spenders who love huge government programs and economic regulation, while Republicans are somewhat less profligate in their spending and somewhat more committed to the free market. Well, at least that’s half true. ANTHONY GREGORY is a research analyst at the Independent Institute, a policy advisor for The Future of Freedom Foundation, and a columnist for His Website is



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we’ve got wildfires, GM near bankrupt, and the Clippers are in last place. The Clippers I expect, but GM? The CEO’s of the automakers flew to Washington seeking a bridge loan, arriving via corporate jets! Whoops. Meanwhile, Fox News reports that childhood hunger in America is up 50 percent. I’d think churches would be alarmed but perhaps they’re too busy stopping gay marriage. On the bright side, Dick Cheney and Alberto Gonzales were indicted in Texas, and convicted felon Ted Stevens lost his re-election bid in Alaska. Next stop, federal prison? One can only dream. Amidst all the negative, Obama-mania grows. Four million people are expected to attend the inauguration, the political Super Bowl. It’ll be broadcast all around the world. I just hope they don’t run “Obama Inaugural Dollars” commercials. I thought they were a gag. They’re not. Obama fever is so great his “60 Minutes” interview was the show’s highest ratings in nine years (then again, Sarah Palin on “SNL” was their highest in 14 years). Recently on CNN, Sarah actually said, “I want to give a shout-out to President Bush.” Shout-out? And yet Palin may get $7 million for writing a book. I’ve got a title suggestion, “Ya’ Betcha.” On Monday, McCain and Obama pledged to work together I can only imagine that conversation. “Barack, my friend, for a socialist who pals around with terrorists, you’re not a bad guy.” “John, my honky, considering I just kicked your butt by 8,000,000 votes, you’re not a bad guy yourself.” Okay, maybe not. Last week McCain was campaigning in Georgia for Saxby Chambliss who, in 2002, compared triple amputee, Vietnam vet Max Cleland to Bin Laden. McCain said Chambliss’ political ads were “despicable.” Six years later, apparently there’s some wiggle room. At the White House, Obama plans to replace the solar panels on the roof (not himself, I hope). Carter put them up in 1976 but Reagan, in all his wisdom, removed them in 1980. Meanwhile, Obama let Lieberman keep his chairmanship of the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Personally, I’d have Joe in charge of cleaning up the poop for the yetto-be-selected First Dog. But the best news of an Obama presidency will be the end of the Iraq war. Unfortunately, hundreds of thousands of vets will need care. Somehow we’re ultrapatriotic during the buildup to war, but not so about returning

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soldiers. Post Vietnam was shameful. As for Iraq and Afghanistan, two words: Walter Reed. A good percentage of returning vets will have PTSD and, sadly, many will undoubtedly wind up homeless. The VA estimates that onethird of all homeless are veterans, meaning between 200,000 and 400,000. Bill O’Reilly, a self-appointed expert, doesn’t agree. But back on earth, the problem is a national disgrace (as I re-read this, I may have to change the banner to “No Laughing Matters”). In Santa Monica we have 30 homeless vets and possibly as many as 60. In the L.A. area the number may be 10,000. Next week is Thanksgiving. As families gather all around the country, the thought of a vet without shelter is unthinkable. At least it should be. When Bobby Shriver first ran for City Council one of his goals was to secure housing for homeless vets. Four years later, he’s frustrated by all the roadblocks. Now, finally, let me tell you some good news. Shriver was effective in persuading the V.A. in West L.A. to consider letting one of their unoccupied buildings be used for homeless vets. On Wednesday they held a hearing for organizations interested in providing such services. Among those was New Directions, which has been helping vets since 1992. If you want to feel somewhat hopeful on this subject go to, and click on the video Operation Welcome Home. But the V.A. has other plans, specifically setting aside land for a community park, which sounds good on the surface. But the land was deeded (in 1888) for the “sole purpose of providing veterans a place to heal from war.” How does a park help vets heal? Retired Navy officer Bob Handy from Montecito, spent all weekend at a California Democratic Party gathering trying to get help in protecting this national sacred trust. Unfortunately, he had no luck. How ironic if this park winds up being where homeless vets sleep at night. Next Thursday is Thanksgiving (or,“How to Gain 5 Pounds in 24 hours”). This holiday, you might want to contact our congressman, Henry Waxman (who, in fact, has been helpful to New Directions). You could ask what more can he do for homeless vets.You might suggest that the V.A. think about parks after homeless vets have housing. Then you can do what I’m going to do, stuff myself with turkey. (Congressman Henry Waxman can be reached at (323) 651-1040, e-mail: JACK can be reached at

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SUNDAY, NOV. 16, AT 2:46 P.M., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1200 block of Pacific Coast Highway — Perry’s Cafe — regarding a report of unknown trouble. When officers arrived, they made contact with several witnesses who said a man was taking food from the condiments bar without first having paid for a meal. When confronted by two female employees, the suspect allegedly became upset and picked up an empty beer bottle and threw it at them, hitting one of the employees in the leg. A bystander held the man down until police arrived. Officers placed the suspect under arrest for assault with a deadly weapon and resisting arrest. The suspect refused to provide a name so he was listed as John Doe, 55, a transient. His bail was set at $30,000.

SATURDAY, NOV. 15, AT 11:38 A.M., Officers responded to the 1100 block of Seventh Street regarding a report of an attempted kidnapping. When officers arrived, a woman told them that as she was walking to the park with her daughter, a woman attempted to grab the little girl. The mother grabbed her child and continued walking. The suspect followed and police were notified. Officers arrested the suspect for attempted kidnapping. She was identified as Renee Flowers, 45, a transient. Her bail was set at $100,000.


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Officers responded to the 1500 block of Idaho Avenue regarding a report of a residential burglary in progress. When officers arrived, they detained the suspect as she was exiting the alleged victim’s home. The victim told officers that the suspect was his ex-girlfriend and that she was stalking him by breaking into his home several times. He said she took some paper work that belonged to him. She was placed under arrest for burglary and stalking. She was identified as Alanna Marie Zabielski, 36. Police said she refused to tell them where she is from. Her bail was set at $150,000.


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Detectives from the Narcotics Unit conducted an investigation into an alleged drug ring in which suspects were believed to be distributing marijuana. Officers conducted several surveillance operations that resulted in the issuance of a search warrant. Officers arrested three suspects and seized roughly three pounds of marijuana and $4,500. The suspects were booked for selling marijuana, possession of marijuana for sale and conspiracy to commit a felony. They were identified as Stephanie Lee Glasser, 40, of Marina del Rey; Sailene Leann Ossman, 45, of Venice; and Mari Lucy Mesa, 39, of Los Angeles. Bail was set at $25,000.

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THURSDAY, NOV. 13, AT 3:55 A.M., Officers responded to the 200 block of Oak Street regarding a report of people yelling in the street. When officers arrived, they made contact with a man who said he was involved in a fight with a friend. After the fight, the friend kicked the other man’s vehicle several times, causing damage to the passenger side doors and windows. Officers placed the friend under arrest for felony vandalism. He was identified as Felix Stephan Dumant, 19, from Los Angeles. His bail was set at $20,000.

THURSDAY, NOV. 13, AT 3:36 P.M., Officers responded to the 1200 block of Third Street — the Apple Store — regarding a report of a shoplifting suspect in custody. When officers arrived, they made contact with store security who said the suspect stole three Bluetooth headsets valued at $129 each. Once outside the store, security confronted the suspect. A struggle ensued and the suspect ran to an adjacent parking structure. Security followed and eventually the suspect gave up. Officers detained the suspect and found he was in possession of two additional headsets and cologne, which police believed were stolen. The suspect was placed under arrest for robbery, possession of stolen property and theft with a prior conviction. The suspect was identified as Cedric James Morris, 50, of Compton. His bail was set at $50,000.

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Officers with the Vice Unit received a tip about illegal sexual activity occurring at a message parlor in the 600 block of Broadway. An officer working undercover went to the parlor and requested a message. He was taken to a room and a message technician offered to perform sexual acts in exchange for money. The technician was placed under arrest for prostitution, being nude in a room with a customer and for being in a room with a nude customer. She was identified as Soon Hee Lee, 52, of Los Angeles. Her bail was set at $2,000.

THURSDAY, NOV. 13, AT 3:34 P.M., Officers responded to the 600 block of 17th Street regarding a report of a theft. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim who said she suspected her housekeeper of stealing clothes from her. While the housekeeper was working, the alleged victim looked in the housekeeper’s purse and found a shirt that belonged to the homeowner. She called police and had the housekeeper arrested for burglary. The suspect was identified as Maria Lopez, 35. She refused to tell officers where she is from. Her bail was set at $50,000.

WEDNESDAY, NOV. 12, AT 8:21 A.M., Police responded to the 2000 block of Ocean Avenue — Lot 4 South — regarding a report of someone acting strangely. Once on the scene, officers observed a man throw a trash can at a car’s windshield and then kick the door of another car parked in the lot. Officers detained the suspect and placed him under arrest for felony vandalism and four outstanding warrants. The suspect was identified as Cheyenne Lee Rubin, 34, a transient. His bail was set at $21,812. Editor in Chief KEVIN HERRERA compiled these reports.

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Congress wants unemployment checks to flow BY JIM ABRAMS Associated Press Writer

WASHINGTON Jarred by new jobless alarms, Congress raced to approve legislation Thursday to keep unemployment checks flowing through the December holidays and into the new year for a million or more laid-off Americans whose benefits are running out. The Senate’s vote followed Thursday’s report that laid-off workers’ new claims for jobless aid had reached a 16-year high and the number of Americans searching for work had surged past 10 million. The White House, which had opposed broader legislation containing the benefits extension, urged passage of the new version and said President George W. Bush would quickly sign it. As Congress prepared to leave town — perhaps for the year — there was no such resolution on helping the auto industry, a disaster in the making that could lead to hundreds of thousands if not millions of additional lost jobs. Democratic leaders said they could return to Washington in mid-December to vote on rescue loans if the carmakers first present a plan on transforming and modernizing their operations. Discouraged by the stalemate over auto aid, investors sent the Dow Jones industrials down to another big loss, 445 points. As for the jobless benefits, about 1.2 million people would exhaust their unemployment insurance by the end of the year without the extension, sponsors said. The measure is estimated to cost about $5.7 billion, although economists put the positive impact at $1.64 for every dollar spent on jobless benefits because the money helps sustain other jobs and restores consumer confidence. “Putting money in the hands of unemployed families means they will be able to pay their rent and utility bills, buy groceries and clothe their children,” Sen. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., said after the voice vote in the Senate. “It is money that will create economic growth in America.” The House had approved the bill in October. More than 1.2 million jobs have been lost so far this year, and the civilian jobless rate is at a 14-year high of 6.5 percent. Thursday’s Labor Department report said claims for unemployment benefits jumped last week to 542,000 the highest level since July 1992 and fresh evidence of a rapidly weakening job market that is expected to get even worse next year. The legislation as approved would provide seven additional weeks of payments to people who have exhausted their benefits. Those in states where the unemployment rate is above 6 percent would be entitled to an additional 13 weeks above the 26 weeks of regular benefits. Benefit checks average about $300 a week nationwide. The benefits provided would be in addition to 13 weeks of federally funded extended benefits approved by Congress last June. The vote could wrap up this session of Congress — with the possibility of the December return. The Democratic leaders’ main condition for that special session was that

the Big Three automakers first present a plan showing how federal aid would help them modernize. “Until we can see a plan where the auto industry is held accountable,” said House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, “we cannot show them the money.” “We are prepared to come back into session the week of Dec. 8 to help the auto industry,” Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said. “But only if they present a responsible plan that gives us a realistic chance to get the needed votes.” Congressional Democrats had sought to move legislation that would direct $25 billion from the $700 billion financial rescue plan to the automakers to ensure they can stay in business until the spring. They abandoned those plans this week in the face of resistance from the White House and Senate Republicans. The broader economic questions of what further actions Washington must take to avoid more home foreclosures and rectify staggered financial markets will probably have to wait until January, when the new Democratic-dominated Congress will convene and Barack Obama will be in the White House. An economy-stimulating package that could run into the hundreds of billions of dollars is likely to be on the agenda when the next Congress opens. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson said Thursday that the financial crisis now plaguing the world economy is something that happens “once or twice” in 100 years. The need to address the deteriorating job situation was one area that everyone could agree.“The recent financial and credit crisis has slowed the economy, and it’s having an impact on job creation,” White House press secretary Dana Perino said in urging Congress to pass the benefits extension. Congress has enacted federally funded extensions seven times in the past 50 years during economic slumps — in 1958, 1961, 1972, 1975, 1982, 1991 and 2002. The House also voted in June to extend unemployment benefits for three months, but that bill stalled in the face of opposition from Senate Republicans and a White House veto threat. The Bush administration contends that past extensions occurred only when the unemployment rate was considerably higher. Unemployment insurance is a joint program between states and the federal government that is almost completely funded by employer taxes, either state or federal. Before Thursday’s quick resolution, the White House had threatened to veto a broader, $61 billion stimulus bill that would have helped states maintain Medicaid benefits and extend funds for public works projects in addition to the extending the jobless benefits. In yet another bad sign for the economy’s near future, the private, New York-based Conference Board said Thursday that its monthly forecast of economic activity declined 0.8 percent in October. Over the past seven months, the index has declined at a 4.7 percent annual rate, faster than at any other time since 2001. Most of the decline was due to the drop in stock prices, a decline building permits and sagging consumer expectations.


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FROM VIKINGS PAGE 1 field, the Vikings will be waiting with a healthy secondary. Cornerback/wide receiver Terry Wilson, who had missed the past couple of games due to injury, is expected to return. Wilson not only helps bolster the Vikings on defense, but he’ll add a deep threat to the team on offense. Until the injury, Wilson was one of junior quarterback Garrett Safron’s favorite targets. With him out of the lineup, the Vikings were forced to be more one dimensional and as a result faced defenses that were stacking the line of scrimmage to stop Ross. “We have a few plays that take advantage of Terry’s athleticism,” Cuda said. “We’ve been working on incorporating them back into the offense.” He feels the mere presence of Wilson on the field will force Warren to either take

away his big-play ability or put an extra guy in the box to stop the run. Either way, the Vikings have the personnel to handle what comes their way, Cuda added. Wilson is not the only player returning from injury. Defensive tackle Kealan Malone, defensive back Darryl James and defensive lineman Jose Perez are all back following one game absences. “We, as a coaching staff, have been commenting all week that we are healthier than we’ve been in a month,” Cuda said. “We finally have some depth in the secondary.” While the Vikings appear confident that they are primed for a strong postseason run, there are still some jitters to overcome before hitting the field. “I’m a senior, this may be my last game,” Ross said. “I’m just going to have to go into the game more pumped up than usual.”

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Suspects due back in court next month FROM BURGLARY PAGE 3 on Arizona Avenue. Police received a call from a resident who saw a man and a woman peek through an adjacent apartment window. The neighbor then reported seeing the male suspect remove the window screen and later walk away with a television. The suspects were detained following a short foot pursuit. After arresting the couple, police learned that they had also possibly committed another burglary earlier that day on Idaho Avenue, stealing several electronic items. Both Morales and Galdamez matched descriptions provided for the suspects in the Wilshire-Montana neighborhood burglary earlier this month. A neighbor reported seeing a male and female suspect placing a television into a Chrysler PT Cruiser, which was the make and model of the car that police impounded after the couple’s arrest. The burglary on California Avenue took place just after another neighbor was reportedly approached by a strange person whom she suspected was trying to distract her. The incident prompted the Santa Monica Police Department to post a bulletin last week warning residents against “distraction-style


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Nonprofits expecting busy holiday season this year FROM FOOD BANKS PAGE 3 with a lower operating budget because it lost several grants, forcing it to cut back on food purchases by $1,000 a week. The food bank now spends about $10,000 on food every week. The food distributed by the bank serves about 80,000 people on the Westside, about half of whom are children. “It’s harder to get resources because … people are finding it more challenging to make a contribution,” Rankin said. The days are expected to be even busier leading up to the holiday season. St. Joseph Center, which relies heavily on donations to run its pantry, recently received an unsolicited grant of $12,000 from the Ahmanson Foundation to address the potential food shortage, Adams said. The center will partner with the Los Angeles Clippers, Shanti House and United Talent Agency for its Thanksgiving campaign this year. Several L.A. Clippers, including Baron Davis and Marcus Camby, will distribute turkeys and food baskets on Nov. 25 to 350 working poor families who receive services from the center. Officials with St. Monica Catholic Church said they anticipate a large crowd at the annual Thanksgiving Dinner on Nov. 26, planning for about 1,200 people. “We are definitely priming ourselves that this could be a year that we may have more people coming because of the economy based on what we heard and know are increased needs in our local shelters,” Delis Alejandro, who organizes the dinners, said. “We’re making sure we have at least 100 cooked turkeys ready to go.” The food contributions from the community have been slower than in years past when


the donations necessary to run a full dinner were usually completed weeks in advance, Alejandro said, adding that she still needs some cans of green beans, cranberry sauce and gravy. Organizations like St. Joseph Center are looking to give their clients something other than food and clothes, offering seminars on housing and vocational training programs for individuals seeking jobs. The center provides culinary training in a state-of-the-art kitchen at its new headquarters on Hampton Drive in Venice. “We’re making sure we respond to the interest of participants,” Adams said. “We know finding jobs is essential.”

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SPEAKING FOR THE RANK AND FILE: A rep from the California Nurses Association addresses nurses from Saint John's Medical Center at a unionization rally on Thursday afternoon.

Saint John’s defends hiring of consultants FROM NURSES PAGE 1 in a prepared statement. “The union would rather have employees hear only their side of the story, which is why they refer to our consultants and lawyers as ‘union busters.’ “The experts we use are not union busters.” Private interrogations about unionizing activities, unlawful surveillance, and discriminatory rules regarding wearing insignia are among the list of allegations. Recently the nurse’s have been wearing a ribbon in support of their cause that reads: “Saint John’s RNs for Safe Patient Care.” “We’ve been told we can’t wear these ribbons. We’ve been forced to cut off the Saint John’s part,” said Lizabeth Wade, a resident nurse at Saint John’s and one of the organizers of the rally. “I think that the hospital is taking a position that the ribbons will tell people that we don’t have safe patient care and I think it tells people the exact opposite. The [resident nurse] that’s at the bedside is for safe patient care.” The nurses at the rally said patient care is at risk because a large portion of their nursing staff is new and fairly inexperienced and some of the nurses are not even working for Saint John’s and are known as traveler nurses. In addition, Zhila Morrissi, a nurse at Saint John’s for over 20 years, said that in many parts of the hospital they do not meet the required nurse to patient radio. In her department, oncology, she said the ratio should be one nurse for every four patients, but because the hospital is understaffed, the ratio sometimes jumps to one nurse for every five patients. “At the end of your day you’re frustrated that you couldn’t deliver the care to your standards, or that the patient deserves,” said Lori Hammond, who has been a nurse at the hospital for over 29 years. “You go home very sad and disappointed at times. You comfort co-workers that are in tears. It’s very frustrating.” Saint John’s defended itself by stating: “We believe that the best way to provide

quality patient care is for employees and management to work together cooperatively, without intervention by a third party, as we have done for more than 65 years.” There is a problem of a revolving door at Saint John’s, veteran nurses said. They are frustrated because without union representation the hospital does not have to offer competitive wages and benefits. They claimed that a nurse with four years of experience can negotiate a starting salary that may only be $3 less per hour than a nurse who has been working there for 30 years. This is a great incentive for new-comers but it doesn’t give the nurses an incentive to stick around the hospital for very long. “We went two years without even a penny raise,” said Hammond. “We can lure them in with sign-on bonuses and then we orient them and groom them into being good nurses and then they become just as frustrated as we are. They go ‘I don’t need this here. I might as well go to a union hospital.’” The veteran staff can chose to leave Saint John’s for a unionized hospital, however, Wade said that even with her many years of experience she would have to climb the clinical ladder again. Unionization, the nurses claim, is the key to solving their dilemma. The nurses need a 50 percent plus one vote majority to join the CNA. They have the numbers, but they expect that many will get intimidated by the administration and that could sway the vote. “We haven’t filed for our election, once that happens we’re expecting the hospital administration to get very aggressive,” said Hammond. “Nurses don’t want to be bad boys or girls, it’s very intimidating.” It is unclear what the filing of their charges will bring, or when they will officially unionize but they are prepared to keep on fighting. “By nurses unionizing we take power away from the administration and put it where it belongs, and that’s on the front line, that’s direct patient care,” Wade said.

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Looking the part LAST WEEK, I HAD TO DRIVE FROM Santa Monica to Downtown L.A. during rush hour. Not fun. To kill the hour and 15 minutes I would spend parked on the I-10 Freeway, I dug out a couple of old CDs. One of them was the soundtrack to “Little Shop of Horrors.” I love “Little Shop of Horrors.” Love. One of my favorite songs is sung by Audrey, the show’s damsel in distress. Audrey is dating a good-fornothing, sadistic dentist who beats her, but what she really wants is a nice guy like the musical’s nerdy protagonist Seymour. Audrey wants the American Dream, which includes being able to “cook like Betty Crocker, and look like Donna Reed.” Sitting on the 10, singing along with Audrey, I got teary-eyed. I, too, want to cook like Betty Crocker and look like Donna Reed. A couple of days later, my mom and stepdad came into town to spend my birthday weekend with me. On Friday night, we ordered takeout from T’s Thai — kung pao chicken, broccoli beef, honey duck, pork fried rice, pad thai. My stepdad, knowing that seating in my apartment is limited, brought a lawn chair and set it up in my living room. When I handed my stepdad a paper towel to use as a napkin, he teased me about not having paper towels the last time they visited. I don’t remember. I don’t care. I have paper towels now. Take two. Take a roll. I have paper towels galore. I have food in my refrigerator, too. Actual food. Not just individual packets of soy sauce and pancake syrup. When I offered my mother an apple, she told me that she had brought her own.

On Sunday morning, I made breakfast — turkey bacon, organic hashbrowns fried in extra virgin olive oil, free-range eggs, and wholewheat toast. My husband cleared off our little Ikea table that folds out to seat four (we normally use it as a place to pile mail), and I put our Doughboy-pool-sized-tub of Smart Balance at the table’s center. Of course, my mother gasped at the sight of the enormous tub. Then, she asked me why I don’t use margarine. When I pulled out an unopened box of flatware, so we could all have matching forks, my stepdad made a joke about not having to use plasticware. And, while we were eating, my mother brought up the bathtub. Again with the bathtub. “I don’t understand,” my mother began, “why your landlord won’t let you use regular cleanser on your bathtub.” (It’s in our lease to only use Soft Scrub.) “The bathtub is clean, Mom. I spent two hours before you got here cleaning the bathroom.” “I just think your landlord would rather you

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use regular cleanser than have you sue him after you get sick from inhaling mold.” “The mold is dead, Mom. I used bleach.” “I’m just saying …” “The bathroom is clean, Mom. I know it doesn’t look clean, but it is. Dirty would be if I went outside, got a handful of dirt from the flowerbed, and smeared it all over the tub. Better yet, I should get a piece of dog poop off the sidewalk and smear it all over the tub. Then we can talk about the tub being dirty.” I know. My mother was just expressing her concern. And, I know. Donna Reed would never threaten to smear dog poop in her bathtub. MARIEL HOWSEPIAN digs black coffee, fairy tales and a man in coveralls. She lives in Santa Monica and can be reached at



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‘300’ Special Collector’s Edition Frank Miller’s graphic novel goes up a few notches cinematically via this intense mix of CGI animation and live action in this retelling of the ancient Battle of Thermopylae where 300 Spartans led by King Leonidas (Gerard Butler) face off against Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) and the massive Persian army. Just as spectacular are the special features that include a documentary: To The Hot Gates: A Legend Retold, a comprehensive new documentary taking us through the elaborate process from ancient legend, vivid book and feature film. A bonus digital copy of the film is included along with a 52-page hardcover art book, a Lucite display with motion film image and six collectible photo cards. (Warner Bros)

‘Get Smart’ Two-Disc Special Edition The movie-version of the great Mel Brooks/Buck Henry television series features Steve Carell as agent Maxwell Smart. He is in CONTROL but the fact he is out of control is what makes it work. Anne Hathaway, Dwayne Johnson, and Alan Arkin are part of this wacky spy story. Between the two discs there is a bonus digital copy, behindthe-scenes spy training, on location segments, a gag reel, and an interesting twist where one can play the movie straight through or in “Comedy Optimization Mode” with over 20 minutes of alternate jokes. (Warner Bros)

‘The Wild, Wild West’ The Complete Series This highly original and perennial favorite series from the 1960s comes complete to DVD for the first time in a box set. Starring Robert Conrad and Ross Martin as U.S. government secret agents Jim West and Artemus Gordon, the program focused on their adventures as the country’s first secret service agents. Working for President Ulysses Grant taming the wild west of the 1880s, West and Gordon used an amazing array of gadgetry that James Bond’s Q would be proud of in thwarting all manner of evil doers. The special collector’s edition includes every episode from all four seasons plus two full-length restored “Wild Wild West” TV movies on DVD for the first time — “Wild, Wild West Revisited” and “More Wild, Wild West.” Over 85 hours on a 27-disc set captures the series that combined espionage, western suspense and high-tech gadgetry that was new to television. (CBS/Paramount)

‘Studio One Anthology’ Koch Vision, in conjunction with the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation, introduces a new series on DVD of major programs from the Golden Age of Television. This treasure trove from the Emmy-winning drama series which ran on CBS from 1948-1954 includes 17 restored dramas in a six-disc set including “Twelve Angry Men,” and “Wuthering Heights.” Some of the featured performers of this early, live television series are Charlton Heston, Jack Lemmon, and Leslie Nielsen. Writers include Rod Serling and Gore Vidal who also co-wrote a 52-page book with historical background and critical essays as part of the package. (Koch Vision)

‘Dirty Sexy Money’ The Complete First Season A scandalous inside look behind the closed doors of America’s wealthiest family makes this unit not everyone’s darling. While the Darling family may seem to have it all materially, there lives are not very balanced. The drama stars Peter Krause, Blair Underwood, Jill Clayburgh and Donald Sutherland. Bonus features look at the topics of the program’s original inspiration, character fashion designs, lavish set designs, bloopers and deleted scenes. (ABC/Disney)

‘Composing the Beatles Songbook: Lennon and McCartney 1966-1976’ An insightful independent documentary film, here is a compelling look at the partnership, music, and impact of these great composers during a hugely creative period. By 1966 The Beatles were at the biggest turning point in their career. No longer a touring band, their focus on new music directions produced some of the most significant work of their legendary career. Noted authors, leading critics, and friends analyze the duo’s working patterns as well as their output on “Rubber Soul,” “Revolver,” “Sgt. Peppers,” “The White Album,” “Abbey Road,” and “Let It Be.” (MVD) Randy Williams can be reached at

IF A PLAY WRITTEN ABOUT HOLLYWOOD and performed in Santa Monica adds a glossary to its playbill to explain such words as arc, high concept, indie company, option, and “Ishtar” — let alone such words as nosh, bubalah, facocta, and schmendrick — you know the playwrights have vastly misunderestimated their audience, as our nearly departed president would say. The play is “Desperate Writers” and its hapless creators are Joshua Grenrock and Catherine Schreiber, who also appear as Burke and Jessica, two formerly married producers who snipe at each other throughout the play. They and a third producer, Leo Goldberg (Peter Van Norden), become the victims of David and Ashley (Chris Petschler and Kate Hollinshead), the two desperate writers of the play’s title. Frustrated at having failed to get their work optioned after 10 years of writing together, David and Ashley decide to kidnap the three producers at gunpoint and force them to listen to their latest play. Which they do, locking them into a huge cage in the middle of their living room. Predictably, the play they have written is nearly as bad as the one they’re acting in. Max Bialystock would have given up “Springtime for Hitler” to produce it. But ridiculous as the play within the play is, the three producers keep interrupting David’s impassioned reading of it to argue over whom they would cast in each of the parts. Ashley also keeps interrupting to press

gourmet appetizers on her “guests” and to provide a rubber glove filled with ice for Jessica, whose newly Botoxed forehead is beginning to cause her pain. Eventually, this would-be farce devolves into total bedlam as a host of other characters come and go. Judy Nazemetz as Vanessa, the couple’s agent, screams her way through various negotiations; Vincent Giovanni plays five different parts indistinguishably; Chris Stacy twitches his way through four parts adequately; and Miki Yamashita appears briefly in each of four roles. But the real star of this cavalcade is Amanda Troop, whose four appearances are delightfully different and beautifully comic. Kay Cole, a fine choreographer, has served as director for this trite, unfunny play, and allows it to drag dismally between the scenes of mass hysteria. The actors do the best they can, but they have only cliches to work with, so nobody will be winning Tonys on Broadway for this world premiere production. What happens in Santa Monica STAYS in Santa Monica. “Desperate Writers” will be presented at the Edgemar Center for the Arts, 2437 Main St., in Santa Monica, Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. through Nov. 23. Call (310) 3927327 for tickets. CYNTHIA CITRON can





‘Duck’ Nic Bettauer • Above The Line Publishing There is a custom that books get written following movies of the same name. That is the case here. Auther Nic Bettauner lives in Venice and is a filmmaker who chose to film, direct and produce the feature film this novella is based upon. It is a story of a grieving man who has just lost his wife. “Arthur picked up an old army pack from the floor and pulled an empty tin from the pack. Into the tin he emptied several bottles of pills — from France’s bedside table. He retrieved a framed photograph from France’s bookshelf and bid a silent farewell to his family. Exiting the room, he took the plant and the urn.” He crosses to the park which is soon to be torn down and made into a mall and condominium project. He spends time at the trees he planted for his wife and son. He gets lost in thought only to be pulled back into the present. “He heard, from the road he had last crossed, the screech and thunk of a minor crash, which only made him pull into himself further, as if he could shut out the facts. Accidents happened. His wife and son were dead. And here, he alone was talking to trees. “Something cried out. Sharp and shrill, from a place just inches away from his head. But this was no human cry. Nor was it a cry from within. And though a cry in a different tongue, Arthur understood its resolve. Arthur lifted his head.” He looks and sees a small duckling. This

duckling has been separated from his family. The duckling adopts Arthur. “Skid marks at the scene revealed there were still some who swerved, when it came to the city’s collision with nature.” “You must have been the last one in line,” Arthur realized. “That’s how you made it safely back to me.” The story of Arthur and the duckling form the bulk of the book. The duckling must find water to swim in. Arthur must find a reason to go on with life. Talking to the duck he named Joe, Arthur asks: “Which two elements, do you believe are the most critical to survival? “There was silence. Not a ‘quek’ in the night. “Food and water? Earth and air? Hearth and home? “Still no ‘quek’. “All good guesses, true. Though I believe that you would be correct in saying, ‘Hope and Adaptability.’” The rest of the story is a journey to find a reason to exist. It is a nice easy to read tale of co-existence of two species. Bettanuer holds an MFA from USC film and a BVA from Stanford University. This novella can be ordered online at the Web site Contact me at

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The search committee seeking a replacement for the late Gene Upshaw to run the NFL Players Association has narrowed the field to a little more than a dozen candidates, some with no previous ties to the union or the NFL, a person with knowledge of the search told The Associated Press. The committee met this week with representatives of Reilly Partners, the search firm seeking candidates to replace Upshaw, who died in August. The union hopes to have a list of finalists set by early next year and select its new executive director at its annual meeting in Hawaii in March. “The initial book had 25 candidates, and we pared it down to 13 or 14,” union president Kevin Mawae of the Tennessee Titans said. “The next step is to do a little more research on the guys we have. We’ll meet again with the 13 and then pare that down again.” Mawae declined to identify the candidates who made the cut or discuss their backgrounds. A person familiar with the list told The Associated Press the candidates who made the latest cut are split between former players and non-players, including those who have careers outside football. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the person is not authorized to release such information. Among those considered strong contenders are Troy Vincent and Trace Armstrong, two former union presidents. Other candidates that have been considered are Jason Belser, who played safety for the Colts and Chiefs from 1992-2002 and now works for the union; and David Cornwell, an attorney who most recently has represented a group of players appealing suspensions for taking a diuretic that is a masking agent for steroids. Another potential candidate, agent Tom Condon, has said he is not interested in the job, citing contract obligations to his firm, Creative Artists Agency. He is believed to be advising Armstrong on his candidacy. Condon, himself a former union president (1984-86), was Upshaw’s agent and was close to the former union chief. He also is a member of the joint union/league disabilities pension board, which has been under fire from retired players. The candidates are scheduled to meet indi-

vidually with the search firm through the end of the year before a list of finalists is determined. Mawae said the union has yet to determine whether the new executive director will be selected by a vote of the NFLPA’s 32 team player representatives or whether the search committee will make the decision on its own. “There’s pros and cons to doing it either way,” Mawae said.“The last thing we want to do is do it in a way that’s going to cause us to pick the wrong person and have to do this process again in a couple of years.” Several union members are pushing to have the new executive director chosen by election because they want a say in which direction the NFLPA is heading, particularly after Upshaw held the position since 1983. The union is approaching a critical juncture as prepares for contract talks with the NFL; the league announced its decision to opt out of the current collective bargaining agreement. If no new deal is reached by spring, there’s likely to be an uncapped year in 2010, the season before the contract will expire. Another concern is an ever-widening rift between current and retired players, who have criticized the union for neglecting their needs. Earlier this month, a federal jury in San Francisco ordered the NFLPA to pay $28.1 million to retired players after finding the union failed to properly market their images in reaching a lucrative marketing deal with Electronic Arts Inc, maker of the popular “Madden NFL” video games, sporting card companies and other sponsorship agreements. Mawae said the union expects to appeal the ruling, but noted the next executive director will need to ease tensions between the two sides. “The next guy’s going to have to understand there are issues between the current players, the union and the perceived lack of respect for the older players,” Mawae said. “It’s just one of the many issues he’s going to have to deal with.” Tony Richardson of the Jets, another member of the committee, concurred. “Whoever this person is — male, female, white, black or whatever — they have to relate to everyone. Even in this locker room, there’s 53 different guys, 53 different personalities and 53 different backgrounds,” he said. “It’s a challenge, so it’s going to have to be a very, very unique person to have to come in and relate to this 53, but also go up the street to the Giants’ facility and relate to their 53.”


Trojans ink pair of prospects THE ASSOCIATED PRESS LOS ANGELES Guard Noel Johnson, whose father played in the NBA, and forward Derrick Williams signed national letters of intent Thursday to play for Southern California next season. Johnson, a 6-foot-7, 180-pounder from Fayetteville, Ga., averaged 23.8 points and 8.4 rebounds last season at Fayette County High. His father, Lynbert “Cheese” Johnson, starred at Wichita State from 1976-79 before playing with Golden State in the NBA. Johnson’s godfather, Xavier McDaniel, also played at Wichita State in the early 1980s before a 14-year NBA career.

“We felt Noel Johnson was one of the most versatile and sound players fundamentally we have brought into the program,” coach Tim Floyd said. “He not only has the ability to score as a shooter, slasher and poster, but has a great ability to get others involved.” Williams, a 6-8, 210-pounder, averaged 23 points and 12 rebounds last season at La Mirada (Calif.) High. He had eight games with 30 or more points, and 24 games with double-digit rebounds. “Derrick Williams is a guy our staff fell in love with this summer,” Floyd said. “Like Noel, he is a player we think we can plug into what we are doing immediately.”

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★★★★ You might feel out of kilter dealing with an unexpected development. Why not say you are out of your element and ask for feedback or support? Also consider that you might be tired and worn out from the past few days. Tonight: Mosey on home and get some R and R.

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SCORPIO (Oct. 23-Nov. 21) TAURUS (April 20-May 20) ★★★★★ Where others are stumped, you seem to come up with one idea after another. You could be unduly serious. You are unusually grounded and know what works. Follow your instincts with a child or loved one. Tonight: Ever playful.

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SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21) GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★ Take your time making a decision. Realize you are quite worn out from recent events. Knowing that, you might opt to back off from decisions or let a partner make the call. If you trust this person, it will help. Tonight: Happy at home.

★★★ Take your time; step back and observe. Understand that actions taken right now don’t come from as strong of a mind-set or emotional position as possible. There is nothing wrong with slowing down. Tonight: Opt for a quiet night.

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★★★★★ Open up talks. You want to understand more of what is happening with those you are close to. With your openness, there is much more caring and communication. Tonight: Don’t be surprised by the possibilities that tumble on your plate!

★★★★★ Zero in on what you want. Examine the unexpected. Is there perhaps a message here? You might want to let go of an encumbrance. Know that you are not getting all the information. Do your own sleuthing. Tonight: Where the action is.

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★★★ Concerns with money might be A-OK for now, but know when to let it drop. You could feel too tight, but so do many people. Through your work and other habits you could turn this situation around, if you so choose. Tonight: Good times are not punctuated by spending too much money.

★★★ Take a stand if need be. Watch what is going on. Be careful with your finances, as you could make a mistake. Avoid risks, and head down the right path. You’ll get a lot done quickly. Tonight: A force to be dealt with.

PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20) VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22) ★★★★★ You are all smiles. Nothing feels impossible, though you could have a negative moment or two. Creativity comes forth, loosening up even difficult situations. Trust in your abilities. Tonight: What would make you smile?

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★★★★★ Detach, and you will innately make the correct decision for the situation. You find that the unexpected runs riot when you least expect it. Examine how you might be subtly triggering some of these events. Tonight: To a fun event or great restaurant.

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Santa Monica Daily Press, November 21, 2008  
Santa Monica Daily Press, November 21, 2008  

The newspaper of record for the City of Santa Monica and surrounding areas.