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Historic post office, promenade building landmarked

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Opening day of the Fifth Street post office in 1938. (Photo courtesy City of Santa Monica) DOWNTOWN — The historic Downtown post office, which served Santa Monicans from 1938 until it was shuttered by the feds for cash in June of last year, is now a city landmark. The New Deal-era building, noted for its... Read more →

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City Hall: Saint John’s has enough parking

MID-CITY — Saint John’s Health Center has enough parking spaces to satisfy City Hall. In a letter to the hospital, which has been sold to Providence Health System for more than $125 million, Santa Monica Planning Director David Martin signs off on their latest parking study, which shows the medical facility has 1,375 parking spaces... Read more →

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Brief: New Roads students noted for achievements

New Roads High School sophomores Amanda Gorman and Alex Thorland have both earned high-profile accolades that will take them all the way to New York City this spring; Gorman for her student leadership, and Thorland for his acting prowess. Gorman, founding member of the New Roads’ chapter of Girls Learn International (GLI), was selected... Read more →

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Brief: City Hall gets grant for alternative fuel vehicles

The city of Santa Monica received a grant from the Mobile Source Air Pollution Reduction Review Committee (MSRC) of the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) to partially fund the purchase of 24 vehicles. Some of these vehicles include aerial lifts, street sweepers, refuse collection trucks, and other heavy-duty vehicles,... Read more →

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Brief: Longtime PR man Blanchette dies at 68

John M. (Jack) Blanchette Jr. of Sudbury, Mass., and Santa Monica, Calif., died Tuesday, March 4, at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica, after a brief battle with myelodysplastic syndrome (MDS), a form of Leukemia. He was 68. Blanchette was the president and owner of Blanchette & Associates Public Relations in Santa Monica. He had... Read more →

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Brief: More 405 freeway closures

The southbound lanes of the I-405 freeway between Santa Monica and National boulevards will be closed on the nights of March 13 and 15. The closure is part of the ongoing I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project, which has caused a number of closures including the recent “Jamzilla.” The March 13 closure begins at midnight and ends... Read more →

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Briefs: Big into reading

The Big Read, a community reading program organized by the Santa Monica Public Library, will feature “Into the Beautiful North” by Luis Alberto Urrea. This contemporary novel features 19-year-old Nayeli who lives in a small Mexican town nearly devoid of men, including Nayeli’s father, after most have gone to the U.S. to seek work.... Read more →

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Survey: More people walking, biking, riding transit

File photo A recent survey reveals that more Californians are moving to alternative modes of transportation, doubling figures from 2000. The California Household Travel Survey, which was conducted by a number of state and regional agencies including Caltrans, found that nearly 23 percent of trips were taken by walking, biking and... Read more →

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Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. 17th Street 10-day street closure with 24-hour work shift for rail Installation: 8 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. 2. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 18th streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and... Read more →

Education

School board inks environmental consultant contract

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — A contract with the new firm set to oversee the Malibu High School clean-up was approved at the Board of Education meeting Thursday night. The costs for the next steps in a process on which the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has already spent at least $400,000 are still unknown and the hourly rates for the... Read more →