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Disruptions expected at LAX during construction

LAX — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the corporation that runs LAX, is reaching out to travelers during the airport’s ongoing construction efforts. The new campaign, “LAX is Happening,” includes several elements that will hopefully keep travelers informed while providing some tips for those who will encounter... Read more →

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Santa Monican, top surfer Ricky Grigg dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — Ricky Grigg, a former top-ranked big-wave surfer and oceanographer whose work confirmed one of Charles Darwin’s theories about the origin of tropical islands, has died. He was 77. His wife, Maria, said Saturday that Grigg died of pneumonia May 21 at his home in Honolulu. The celebrated surfing pioneer was also a marine... Read more →

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Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   For the week of June  2, 2014 please note the following activities: 1.Colorado Avenue between Fifth & 1Eighth Streets   - Street closures in the eaStreet and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and... Read more →

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Planning Commission balks at condos

CITY HALL - The Planning Commission was not impressed with plans for a 21-unit condominium project proposed for the Pico Neighborhood Wednesday night. Residents spoke largely in opposition to the project, bashing, among other things, its design, its size, and the impact it would have on the current residents. Commissioners voted... Read more →

Education

YWCA celebrates years of life altering services

14TH ST — For the past 16 years, a small home at the corner of 14th and Pico has served as a lifesaving haven for young women aging out of the County's foster care system. The facility, operated as part of the YWCA's Transitional Housing and Education, held a “Sweet 16” party on May 29 to celebrate 16 years of providing foster youth... Read more →

Government

Shriver spends $1M, leads supervisors cash race

WESTSIDE - Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has received nearly $1.9 in contributions to his supervisor campaign, with $1 million of that coming from his own pocket. The primary election in the race to replace termed-out Third District Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be held this Tuesday. Former State Senator... Read more →

City Council

City opens registration for summer camps

CITYWIDE — The City of Santa Monica has opened registration for its 2014 summer camp season and organizers are actively soliciting for participants. The city by the sea is offering 35 unique camps over the summer season between June 16 and August 8. Local youth of all ages can choose from options including sports, fitness, performing... Read more →

Government

Brief: Bloom’s redevelopment fix clears Assembly

Legislation by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), and former Santa Monica Mayor, that could free up nearly $750 million in redevelopment agency proceeds for cities has passed the Assembly floor. The bill, AB 2493, would release funds that have been held hostage by the state since redevelopment agencies were dissolved in... Read more →

Crime

Brief: Police department hosting weekend events

The Santa Monica Police Department and Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks will host a Summer Kick-Off event at the Public Safety Facility located at 333 Olympic Drive on Saturday, May 31 from 9 to 11 a.m.. The event will take place between the City Hall building and the Public Safety Facility. The department is introducing a new and improved unit,... Read more →

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Residents sound off on speeding, parking

Residents on Berkeley Street have put up signs to warn drivers to slow down. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — It seemed like every issue at the City Council meeting on Tuesday came back to speed and parking. Even discussion about City Hall’s 2014-15 budget was dominated by residents concerned about cars speeding down... Read more →