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City looks to fees to increase revenue

  It’s about to get more expensive to rent a city field, join a sports league and send your kid to some after school and weekend programs, as the City looks to increase Community and Cultural Service Department fees starting July 1, 2018. The public has the next five months to give feedback on the proposed increases at a handful... Read more →

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Dry spell raises fears of drought’s return in California

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it. Water officials carry out the first of their regular ritual... Read more →

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President declares disaster over deadly California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared a major disaster in California over a wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 buildings as fierce winds whipped it through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties last month. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments and some nonprofit... Read more →

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City weighs options for new bridge to The Pier

Locals and tourists heading to Santa Monica’s most iconic landmark will soon have a new path to tread, as the City weighs three options to replace The Pier’s 1939 seismically unsafe bridge from Ocean Avenue.  A recent report found the bridge would likely incur significant damage during a major earthquake. Beyond poor disaster odds,... Read more →

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California starts recreational pot sales, clients jam stores

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — From a pot shop in Santa Cruz that hung a banner proclaiming "Prohibition is Over!" to one in San Diego handing out T-shirts showing the first moon landing and declaring a "giant leap for mankind," the Golden State turned a shade greener with its first sales of recreational marijuana. Ceremonial ribbon cuttings... Read more →

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California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers will grapple for the first time as a group with a growing sexual misconduct scandal when they return to Sacramento on Wednesday. The 2018 legislative year will bring debates over legislation to boost protections for victims and people who report sexual misconduct, as well as both chambers'... Read more →

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Year in Review Part 3

  SEPTEMBER   The Big Blue Bus is installed new technology on 12 buses to help drivers avoid preventable accidents. The Mobileye Shield+ Collision Avoidance System Pilot Program will remain in place for one year at a cost of $124,263 before officials decide if it should be rolled out to all buses. The Santa Monica Malibu... Read more →

Crime

Man shot in stomach during early morning walk

Four men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an early morning shooting the day after Christmas. The victim was listed as in critical condition Tuesday and was scheduled for a second surgery related to his wounds. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the victim and a witness were walking in the 1200... Read more →

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Year in Review Part 2

MAY   The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan (LiNC) added a bus lane to the street from I-10 to the city limits on Ozone Avenue during rush hour. The plans call for adding a bus lane during the rush hour commute by eliminating parking between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for westbound traffic. A driver hit a pedestrian walking across... Read more →

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Year in Review Part 1

January   The Albright celebrated its 40th anniversary. The restaurant was founded in 1977 as Santa Monica Pier Seafood and is now owned by the second-generation Greg and Yunnie Morena. The City Council added rabbits, rats and spiders to the long list of animals banned from performing at popular tourist areas in the city. The... Read more →

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Short-term rental giant amends lawsuit against Santa Monica

AirBnb has shifted its strategy to overturn Santa Monica’s restrictive short-term rental ordinance, amending a legal complaint against the city to focus on the California Coastal Act in addition to Federal law.  The legal maneuver came as the Coastal Commission overturned Laguna Beach’s outright ban on AirBnb rentals in residential... Read more →