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California governor considers one-tunnel water plan

Gov. Jerry Brown's administration is proposing scaling back his troubled plans to redo California's water system, releasing a new plan that would build only one tunnel to ship water from Northern California instead of two, and put Southern and central California water agencies directly in charge of designing and building it. The state... Read more →

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Wave of lawsuits filed to block net-neutrality repeal

The expected wave of litigation against the Federal Communications Commission's repeal of net-neutrality rules has begun. A group of attorneys general for 21 states and the District of Columbia sued Tuesday to block the rules. So did Mozilla, the maker of the Firefox browser, public-interest group Free Press and New America's Open... Read more →

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Council approves rate increase

Business owners and residents will see costs go up on their March water bill after the City Council approved a 5 percent rate increase for 2018 at their Jan. 9 meeting. The money will help pay for a Sustainable Water Master Plan update and other facility upgrades and studies needed for the city to reach its goal of water self-sufficiency by... Read more →

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Routes face possible changes after commuters find other rides

The Big Blue Bus took a hit last year, losing 12 percent of its overall ridership, according to a year-end performance report on fiscal year 2016-2017. While ridership has declined across agencies in Los Angeles County, local analysts say the biggest competition in Santa Monica came from the Expo Line. BBB routes that run parallel to light... Read more →

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Crews struggle to clear California highway after mudslides

Crews working around the clock cleared boulders, trees and crushed cars from all lanes of U.S. 101, but California officials still weren't sure Monday when the key coastal highway might reopen after being inundated during mudslides that killed 20 people. Much of the water on the roadway near the devastated town of Montecito had receded by... Read more →

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Future floods will be in mind as California town rebuilds

After power and drinking water return, and cleanup crews haul away the last of the boulders and muck that splintered homes like a battering ram, the wealthy seaside hideaway of Montecito, California, will start rebuilding with the possibility of another catastrophic flood in mind. Though parts of the town of about 9,000 were spared, the... Read more →

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Citywide $50,000 Match Opportunity from Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Capital and CIT’s OneWest Bank Two generous corporate donors – Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows/MSD Capital and CIT’s OneWest Bank – are offering $25,000 each as matching donations to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation. Their... Read more →

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Permitting and safety concerns threaten to ground Bird scooters

In a less than four months, Bird scooters have gone from an unusual curiosity to a nearly ubiquitous feature of the city with more than 30,000 riders using one of the electric scoooters somewhere in the city. However, the explosive growth of the startup company has brought it into conflict with local regulators who are stepping up efforts to... Read more →

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No home field advantage for new Frank Gehry project

Resident input into newly redesigned development was less oppositional, but not quite accepting It’s been twenty years since Frank Gehry set off a firestorm in the art and architecture worlds with his signature accomplishment, a soaring, sinking, curving, titanium modern marvel: the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, Spain. The building is... Read more →

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High School Sailors Set To Sail Against The World

Micky Munns and Michael Fineman are two fairly normal high school students. The two friends go to school, hang out, get good grades, and most recently, have decided to take on the world. No, these two aren’t mustache twirling villains with an appetite for destruction–they’re boat racing sailors, looking to make a splash against the best... Read more →

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Mudslide-stricken California town is all but emptied out

Most residents of mudslide-ravaged Montecito were under orders to clear out Friday as the search for victims dragged on and crews labored to clean up the muck and repair power, water and gas lines. Even those who didn't lose their homes in the disaster that left at least 17 people dead were told to leave for up to two weeks so they... Read more →