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City Council agrees to save ‘Chain Reaction’

CITY HALL — After being on the chopping block, the future of “Chain Reaction” looks secure. The City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night in favor of accepting more than $100,000 in donations and restoring the aging, three-story sculpture resembling a nuclear mushroom cloud. That includes spending as much as $75,000 to complete a study of... Read more →


Veteran heartbroken over lost service bird

OLD BUDDIES: Peter D’Amico holds a picture of his missing parrot Mac at his apartment complex on California Avenue on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta WILMONT — Peter D’Amico named Mac after Capt. Daniel G. McCollum. After D’Amico, a former military pilot, broke his neck — he was broadsided by a van as he drove... Read more →


Brief: Pain down below?

UCLA researchers are seeking women aged 18 to 55 who have been diagnosed with vulvodynia or vestibulodynia, a chronic pain condition that affects the vaginal area and often occurs without an identifiable cause or visible pathology. The purpose of the study is to help physicians understand the physiology and genetic makeup of this... Read more →


Brief: Inside government

Stop sitting on the sidelines and get to know how your government works. Santa Monica City Hall is encouraging residents to sign up for The People’s Academy, a behind-the-scenes look at local government operations, partnerships and innovations. It is a free course that mixes local government basics  with information relevant in everyday... Read more →


Homelessness down across board

A homeless man sleeps on a bench in Palisades Park on Monday. A recent count has the number of homeless on the decline. (Paul Alvarez Jr. CITYWIDE — Homelessness is down 5 percent in the city by the sea, rebounding after two years of increases, according to City Hall’s annual homeless count. There were 742 homeless... Read more →

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Water app tops consent

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →



Activists gather referendum signatures

A woman signs a petition during the citywide referendum signing party outside of Surf Liquor on Saturday. Activists are seeking to nix a City Council approval of a major development on Olympic Boulevard. (Paul Alvarez Jr. CITYWIDE — How many signatures have been gathered on the petition to fight off Hines’ Bergamot... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Cars line up at the corner of Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street. (Daniel Archuleta Expo Light Rail Line Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 18th streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Expect... Read more →


Honoring women in history

DOWNTOWN — In honor of Women’s History Month and in collaboration with City Hall’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Santa Monica History Museum is seeking Santa Monica Women of World War II to participate in its Discover the History program. Immeasurable Contributions — the name of the exhibit — will include a slide show... Read more →