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Clerk submits referendum signatures

LOTS: The city clerk's staff stacks boxes full of referendum petitions at City Hall on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — The fight to derail a controversial development near the forthcoming Exposition Light Rail Line cleared another hurdle as the city clerk confirmed Wednesday the total number of signatures... Read more →

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Health center celebrates 40 years of saving lives

THE SPOT: Celia Bernstein, director of development at the Westside Family Health Center, stands in front of the clinic. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) OCEAN PARK BLVD — Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to the Westside Family Health Center. From the outside it’s like any small business along Ocean Park... Read more →

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Taking the green out of green building certification

CITY HALL — Parents wanting to trim their food budget will often go for the generic store-brand cereal or cough syrup instead of shelling out more for the nationally recognized name brands. There might be some temper tantrums in the morning as it takes time for youngsters to adjust to eating Tootie Fruities instead of Froot Loops... Read more →

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Brief: Nonprofit seeks volunteers

Santa Monica-based senior services provider WISE & Healthy Aging is hosting a volunteer orientation Friday at 9:30 a.m. hoping to match up willing participants with area nonprofits. Some of the opportunities include tax aide programs, benefits enrollment help, making visits to seniors at their homes and teaching adult day... Read more →

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Activists submit signatures to block development

Armen Melkonians, founder of the Residocracy movement, speaks to a crowd of supporters gathered outside of City Hall on Tuesday. The group was there to drop off signatures calling for a referendum against a City Council-approved development. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Residents concerned about the pace of... Read more →

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Residents sue City Hall over development

DOWNTOWN — Residents concerned about development and its impact on traffic have filed a lawsuit against City Hall to block the building of over 760,000 square feet of new office space, housing and retail on the east end of Santa Monica. The lawsuit, filed Monday by the Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, claims city officials,... Read more →

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Is Santa Monica next to rein in e-cigs?

Brittany O'Boyle, an employee at FIX Vapor on Main Street, enjoys a mid-day vapor session on Monday. (Photos by Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) MAIN STREET — Jeffrey Freeman was addicted to tobacco — until he found electronic cigarettes. The battery-powered vaporizers, which deliver a form of nicotine and can mimic the feel of... Read more →