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Advocates launch term limit measure this Wednesday

Like a shot fired at the starting line, this week signaled the beginning of Santa Monica’s 2018 campaign season. On Monday, the first City Council challenger, local restaurant owner Greg Morena, announced his candidacy and launched a website. On Wednesday, community activist Mary Marlow will host a kick-off event to hand out petitions for... Read more →

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Man dies after jumping from The Pier as cold weather blows in

  Cold temperatures and windy conditions complicated rescue efforts for firefighters Monday who searched for a man who jumped off The Santa Monica Pier and battled an early morning brushfire above the Pacific Coast Highway.  A Los Angeles County helicopter eventually located the body of the missing swimmer 600 yards south of the Pier... Read more →

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Shooting outside downtown bar

Police are searching for suspects connected to a Friday night shooting in Downtown Santa Monica. According to SMPD, officers received multiple calls regarding an active shooting at the West End located at the corner of 5th and Arizona. When officers arrived, they found a man lying on the street and determined he was the victim of a... Read more →

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Crime Watch

On February 6, at about 11:36 a.m. While patrolling the area of 1600 Ocean Avenue officers were flagged down regarding a possible fight or assault that just occurred. All three involved were detained for an investigation. Officers determined the victim, an employee at Sea Mist Bike Rentals – 1619 Ocean Front Walk – was working in the... Read more →

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Sexual misconduct scandal envelops California Legislature

Sexual misconduct in the California Legislature was bound to be a prominent issue when lawmakers got to Sacramento last month, but for seven weeks it has felt like the only one, with the burgeoning scandal taking one surprising twist after another and diverting attention from government spending, climate change, and housing. It again will... Read more →

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Venice The 34th Annual Music Business Seminar "Independent Spirit" California Lawyers for the Arts' (CLA) 34th Annual Music Business Seminar, "Independent Spirit," will be held on Saturday, February 24, at Electric Lodge in Venice (1416 Electric Avenue) from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. This year’s featured guest is guitarist Gilby Clarke (Guns... Read more →

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Council looking for ways to keep COAST fresh

The City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to continue the COAST open streets festival through 2020 as Santa Monica’s signature event. The route will stay the same for now, however, several Council members encouraged staff to look to other parts of the city that may benefit from a car-free festival. The current 2-mile stretch runs south... Read more →

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First challenger marks early start for City Council election

Santa Monica native and local business owner Greg Morena is the first challenger to declare his intent to run for City Council. He joins incumbents Kevin McKeown and Sue Himmelrich who have both declared their intent to run in this year’s election. The third incumbent, Pam O’Connor has yet to decide if she will run again. Morena has... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On February 7, at about 4:27 p.m. Officers responded to the Main Library – 601 Santa Monica Blvd – regarding a fight in progress involving library security officers. As officers arrived, the involved subject was being held down by security staff. Officers took the subject into custody. Officers determined the subject was in the library... Read more →

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Pico Blvd. Santa Monica College continues Communication & Media Lecture Series February 20 Santa Monica College (SMC) continues its Communication & Media Series, beginning Feb. 20, with a line-up of industry professionals who will talk about their work and share their viewpoints. All talks, panel discussions, and film... Read more →

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‘Black Panther’ showcases one of Santa Monica’s own

Opening this weekend at your local Cineplex is a movie set to break box office records: Marvel’s Black Panther. On pace to make over $200 million in its opening weekend alone, the film looks to be another global sure-fire success for Marvel. While a juggernaut of a film like this can maybe feel otherworldly, you won’t have to travel to... Read more →

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SMMUSD excited to serve social justice

A plan to establish a new social justice framework/action plan at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was met with unanimous praise at the Feb. 15 board meeting. The Social Justice Framework plan is part of SMMUSD’s three-pronged approach to achieving “excellence through equity” including creating a culture of shared... Read more →

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Center for Union Facts targets Local 11 with voter survey

A Washington, D.C., based group that opposes labor unions across the country had Santa Monica landlines and social media forums buzzing this month with a poll on local attitudes toward hotel workers’ union Unite Here Local 11. Nearly 58 percent of the 403 likely voters who participated in the mid-February survey said the union should... Read more →

Briefs

Briefs

Citywide 2018 James Beard Foundation Awards Restaurant and Chef Semifinalists Announced The James Beard Foundation has announced its list of Restaurant and Chef Award semifinalists for the 28th annual James Beard Foundation Awards. Selected from a list of more than 20,000 online entries, the prestigious group of semifinalists in 21... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On February 7, at about 2:59 a.m. While patrolling the area of 5th Street and Colorado Blvd, officers saw a subject walking across the street against a red light. Officers stopped the subject for the violation. Officers determined the subject was on active parole for criminal threats. The subject became argumentative with officers and... Read more →