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Judge blocks Trump decision to end young immigrant program

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A federal judge on Tuesday night temporarily blocked the Trump administration's decision to end a program protecting young immigrants from deportation. U.S. District Judge William Alsup granted a request by California and other plaintiffs to prevent President Donald Trump from ending the Deferred Action for Childhood... Read more →

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First winter storm triggers flash flood warnings

The first rain of the year swept into the Los Angeles area Monday and while the weather brought the usual concerns, it posed additional danger for areas burned in the recent wildfires. According to The National Weather Service, rainfall in coastal areas could be up to 4 inches by the end of Tuesday with mountain regions receiving up to 7... Read more →

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Firefighters save two dogs from burning apartment

A local woman was in her car on the way to the airport for a trip when a fire broke out in her kitchen Monday, according to Santa Monica Fire Department PIO Captain Patrick Nulty. No one was hurt during the 7 a.m. fire but two dogs had to be rescued from the smoke-filled unit. Fire fighters received multiple 911 calls reporting a fire at... Read more →

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Local firefighters recall Thomas Fire inferno

  The wildfire spread like the devil skipping stones. Sparks flew through hot Santa Ana winds saturated with ash, bounced off metal gutters and wedged into roof shingles where they smoldered into a blaze. Looking back, the handful of Santa Monica firefighters who drove into the midnight inferno on Dec. 4 had no idea they were... Read more →

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Evacuations ordered for California burn areas as rain begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evacuations have been ordered for communities below hillsides charred by California's largest-ever wildfire as the first major winter storm of the season brings rare rain and raises the risk of mudslides. The wet and windy system moving ashore Monday could soak much of the state and drop several inches in parts of Santa... Read more →

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Council to prioritize long list of projects

With a looming backlog of proposed projects headed to their desks over the next few years, the City Council will prioritize various planning initiatives at their Tuesday night public meeting, “The identification of ambitious and laudable goals does not automatically produce results,” says the staff report by director David Martin.... Read more →

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Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. On December 26, at about 2:32 p.m. While at Tongva Park officers observed a subject known to them for having a “No Bail” warrant for her arrest. Officers contacted... Read more →

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Election season begins in Santa Monica

It is an election year in Santa Monica and voters will elect 14 people to the different entities that govern the city in 2018. This year’s elections include four seats on School Board (Oscar de la Torre, Craig Foster, Laurie Lieberman and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein), three on City Council (Kevin McKeown, Pam O’Connor and Sue... Read more →

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New York and LA chapters of PEN to merge

NEW YORK (AP) — The two main U.S. chapters of PEN, the international literary and human rights organization, are merging. The New York-based PEN America and California-based PEN Center USA told The Associated Press on Monday that they will be called PEN America. Suzanne Nossel, currently executive director of the New York chapter, will... Read more →