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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 →

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Rent Control Board caps surcharges

About thirty percent of rent control tenants will see a reduction in surcharges this September when the next general adjustment goes into effect. After months of debate, the Rent Control Board has limited the amount of taxes landlords can pass along to tenants to $35 or four percent of their rent, whichever is lower. “I’m so glad... Read more →

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ClimateFest: Cycling Towards A More Sustainable Santa Monica

In honor of May being Bike Month, the city of Santa Monica and Climate Action Santa Monica are co-hosting an interactive event called ClimateFest this Saturday, May 19 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m outside the Santa Monica Catholic Church. Before the day kicks off, there will be a bike ride with the Mayor of Santa Monica, Ted Winterer. The ride... Read more →

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Watt family sponsors LA Homelessness Challenge

The Watt Family is awarding a total of $350,000 to implement two winning ideas selected through the LA Homelessness Challenge, a competition to reward scalable service models and game-changing solutions to serve those experiencing homelessness in L.A. County. Los Angeles currently has the largest population of chronically homeless... Read more →

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Letter to the Editor

Re: "BIRD RIDER SUFFERS HEAD TRAUMA, etc" (May 16 SMDP) Your story says: "Shortly after the incident, Bird began sending free helmets to riders who requested one within the app." I made such a request, as soon as I joined my fellow Birds flying down the avenues, bike paths, and sidewalks of Santa Monica. As of yet, I have not received... Read more →

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Celebrate Local Youth Art and Activism

This Saturday afternoon, gather your friends and family to celebrate the richness and diversity of the Pico neighborhood at their semi-annual Pico Block Party under the theme: Empowering Youth Voices at the 18th Street Arts Center. The Pico Block Party series began last year to celebrate the launch of the organization’s online cultural... Read more →

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Former boyfriend of California blast victim arrested

A former boyfriend of a woman killed in a California office building explosion has been arrested on suspicion of possessing an unregistered destructive device, the FBI said Thursday. The arrest of Stephen Beal, 59, followed a search of his Long Beach residence by authorities, FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said in a statement. He was... Read more →

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SMC Stages Sondheim’s “Into the Woods” May 18-27

The Santa Monica College (SMC) Theatre Arts and Music Departments will present "Into the Woods" May 18-27 in the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. The award-winning musical tells the tale of a magical quest to find the elements a childless couple needs to reverse the spells of folklore, myths, and urban... Read more →