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Consumer Reports won’t recommend Tesla’s Model 3

Long emergency stopping distances, difficult-to-use controls and a harsh ride stopped Tesla's Model 3 electric car from getting a recommended buy rating from Consumer Reports. Consumer Reports says the car has exhilarating acceleration and handling. But testers were troubled by its 152-foot average stopping distance from 60 miles per hour... Read more →

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Los Angeles for tourists: Hollywood, beaches and pot?

Recreational marijuana sales became legal in California this year, and the industry is targeting tourists as well as locals, with tours, shops, lodging and ads. "Just seconds from LAX," says an ad for the MedMen chain. Yep, there are chains of marijuana stores here. And there are cannabis bus tours, too, like Green Line Trips, with stops... Read more →

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LA police car crashes during pursuit of stolen truck

A pursuit of a stolen U-Haul truck ended with the crash of a Los Angeles police car. The chase began before 4 a.m. Monday in the San Fernando Valley. The pursuing police car then crashed with two other vehicles. The stolen U-Haul was found abandoned a short time later and officers set up a perimeter and searched for the... Read more →

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Commissioners applaud big changes coming to 17th Street

Students and teachers who use the Expo Line to commute to Santa Monica College will likely love the planned changes heading to 17th Street as the City looks to add a protected bike lane, more lighting, curb extensions and other improvements for carless commuters. The only problem - many students will have already received their diplomas by... Read more →

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Council to review annual budget report

The state of Santa Monica’s local economy remains strong, but shows signs the growth of recent years may be tapering off, according to a new analysis from the City’s Finance Department.   The City’s General Fund forecast shows modest revenue growth amid a changing retail landscape and decreased demand for parking. Average annual... Read more →

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KBUG

Week of May 21, 2018   Street Lighting Modernization Program For the week of May 21, construction will take place throughout the project area bounded by Pico Blvd to the north, Ocean Park Blvd to the south, Lincoln Blvd to the west, and 16th St to the east. Parking on streets within the project area may be temporarily impacted.... Read more →

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Step Up To Honor Actress Regina Hall At Inspiration Awards

Mentorship nonprofit Step Up announced today that it will honor actress and activist Regina Hall at their annual Inspiration Awards presented by The Coach Foundation on June 1 in Beverly Hills. The star-studded charity luncheon will benefit Step Up’s confidence building programs, and recognize Hall and Step Up teen Vivi for their commitment... Read more →

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Social Justice Action Plan seeing immediate results in SMMUSD

Implementation of the Santa Monica Malibu School District’s Social Justice Action Plan is enjoying a seamless transition with staff, students, and board members enthused by results thus far. “When we talk about 21st-century learning, this is what we’re talking about,” Ralph Mechur enthusiastically said following the presentation.... Read more →

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Fresh Finds: Orchids

A few minutes into talking about orchids with Kathleen Cosgrove she’ll have you reaching for a dictionary. Words like hybridize, aseptic and phalaenopsis flow freely as she tries to convince you maintaining an orchid is easy. “They don’t require a lot of light,” Cosgrove explained at a recent Sunday at the Main Street farmers... Read more →

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City wants input on future of Parks

The City parks department is holding a pop-up event at Clover Park Sunday from noon until 2 p.m. to get feedback on parks in Santa Monica. The city will continue to hold events and community meetings all summer to collect input for a new Parks and Recreation Master Plan. The plan was last updated in 1997. For city staff, getting the word... Read more →

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New development measure hinges on Mayor’s vote

Santa Monica’s elected leaders are split over whether the City should place a development-related measure on the November ballot. The proposed measure would require a supermajority vote from the City Council to amend established rules for new construction in Santa Monica. The city’s elected representatives disagree whether a measure would... Read more →