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Uber shifts policy for alleged sexual misconduct on service

Uber's ride-hailing service will give its U.S. passengers and drivers more leeway to pursue claims of sexual misconduct, its latest attempt to shed its reputation for brushing aside bad behavior. The shift announced Tuesday will allow riders and drivers to file allegations of rape, sexual assault and harassment in courts and mediation,... Read more →

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Parking lot operator agrees to plead guilty in scheme to pay bribes and defraud the Department Of Veteran’s Affairs out of $13+ million

The owner of a business that operated parking lots has agreed to plead guilty in a 15-year bribery scheme that allowed him to defraud the U.S. Department of Veteran’s Affairs out of more than $13 million that should have been paid in relation to the operation of parking facilities on the VA’s Los Angeles medical campuses. In a plea... Read more →

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L.A. Metro to provide free rides for bicyclists on May 17

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is celebrating Bike Month in May by offering bicyclists free rides on the Metro System on Thursday, May 17, offering discounted bike share passes and supporting several two-wheeled transportation events throughout the month. Bike Month activities sponsored by Metro and... Read more →

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Vacant Post Office building purchased for $30 million

The old Post Office building in Downtown Santa Monica is once again under new ownership with plans to eventually reoccupy the landmarked building. According to County records, the property was sold in December of last year to Allied Santa Monica LLC for $30,000,300. The former owners, SkyDance Productions, purchased the property in 2014... Read more →

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California sports betting would need constitutional change

State lawmakers and tribes who run California casinos say voters would have to change the state's Constitution before legal sports betting could come to the nation's most populous state. The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday struck down a 1992 federal law that barred gambling on the results of football, baseball, basketball, hockey and other... Read more →

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17th Annual Chrysalis Butterfly Ball

Each year, the Butterfly Ball honors remarkable men and women within the film, television and music industries who strive to achieve creative excellence. This year over 700 guests will gather for an evening benefitting Chrysalis’ effort to help individuals out of poverty and homelessness by providing the tools and resources necessary to... Read more →

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Facebook suspends about 200 apps that may have misused data

Facebook is suspending about 200 apps that it believes may have misused data. The social media giant said in a blog post Monday that the suspensions resulted from its investigation into all apps that had access to large amounts of information before Facebook changed its platform policies in 2014. Those changes, according to Facebook,... Read more →

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Chief investment officer to leave California pension fund

The chief investment officer of California's $350 billion pension fund is stepping aside. Ted Eliopoulos announced Monday he's leaving the California Public Employees' Retirement System once a replacement is hired. He's one of California's highest paid state workers and responsible for the nation's largest public pension fund. His base... Read more →

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Suspect in serial killings in court amid fight over records

A 72-year-old former police officer accused of being one of California's most elusive serial killers appeared in a courtroom cage used for defendants in jail Monday as a judge put off a decision on whether to release search and arrest warrants in the case. Prosecutors allege Joseph DeAngelo is the Golden State Killer responsible for at... Read more →

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Marijuana growers turning to hemp as CBD extract explodes

A glut of legal marijuana is driving Oregon pot prices to rock-bottom levels, prompting some nervous growers to start pivoting to another type of cannabis to make ends meet — one that doesn't come with a high. Applications for state licenses to grow hemp — marijuana's non-intoxicating cousin — have increased more than twentyfold... Read more →

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Police investigating a pair of gun crimes

The Santa Monica Police Department is investigating two unrelated gun crimes that occurred over the span of a couple of days. On May 10 at about 3:26 a.m., the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) received several calls for service regarding reports of several shots fired in the area of the 2300 block of 24th Street. Officers responded... Read more →

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Less than half of new units meeting city affordability rules

Santa Monica has failed to meet its own affordable housing goals for the third consecutive year, building less than half of the aimed for affordable units. According to a report on Propositions R and I presented to the city last week, only 13 percent of the residences built last year were considered affordable. The City Charter requires 30... Read more →