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Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some form in about 30 states, but companies that grow or sell it... Read more →

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Film Review: ‘Superfly’ remakes a Blaxploitation classic

Director X's "Superfly" transplants the 1972 Blaxploitation classic from Harlem streets to suburban Atlanta mansions, flips Curtis Mayfield's soul score for Future's hip-hop soundtrack and forsakes the original's politically charged grit for shallow music-video indulgence. "He's got a plan to stick it to the man," went the ads for Gordon... Read more →

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Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs … and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released Thursday. About two decades ago, it was nearly half. Last year's survey asked about 100 questions on a wide... Read more →

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Help Shape the Future of Public Transit in Malibu

Metro is reimagining its bus system for the next generation, and offers Malibu residents the chance to give their input on how the bus service can best serve the community with the NextGen Bus Study Survey. The online survey will be available at http://Nextgen-Survey.com. “We have one bus line into and out of Malibu, and residents,... Read more →

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New pilot program forgoes hard caps on dockless e-scooters

  Electric scooter companies showed strength in numbers Tuesday, calling on their fleet of independent contractors and tech enthusiasts to argue against a cap on the number of dockless electric devices in Santa Monica city limits. During a five-hour debate over a new pilot program to govern the disruptive companies, the City Council... Read more →

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Crime Watch

On June 6, 2018 at about 7:16 p.m. Officers responded to an apartment complex in the 2700 block of Santa Monica Blvd. regarding a prowler in an apartment. Upon arrival, officers located and detained a subject nearby for an investigation. Officers determined the suspect entered the victim's apartment through an open bathroom window. The... Read more →

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Conservancy fights for Carousel Park

Impending changes to the base of the Santa Monica Pier the Pier bridge have caused the Santa Monica Conservancy to take action to preserve the structures as they are, staging a demonstration called “#ThisPlaceMatters” to be held Friday, June 15 at 11 a.m. in hopes of the city finding alternative plans for the park and bridge. “The... Read more →

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Thefts rise after California reduces criminal penalties

California voters' decision to reduce penalties for drug and property crimes in 2014 contributed to a jump in car burglaries, shoplifting and other theft, researchers reported. Larcenies increased about 9 percent by 2016, or about 135 more thefts per 100,000 residents than if tougher penalties had remained, according to results of a study... Read more →

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New pilot program forgoes hard caps on dockless e-scooters

Electric scooter companies showed strength in numbers Tuesday, calling on their fleet of independent contractors and tech enthusiasts to argue against a cap on the number of dockless electric devices in Santa Monica city limits. During a five-hour debate over a new pilot program to govern the disruptive companies, the City Council declined to... Read more →

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Tesla cuts 9 pct. of workforce in bid to post a profit

Electric car maker Tesla Inc. is laying off about 3,600 workers mainly from its salaried ranks as it slashes costs in an effort to deliver on CEO Elon Musk's promise to turn a profit in the second half of the year. In an email to workers on Tuesday, Musk said the cuts amount to about 9 percent of the company's workforce of 40,000. Tesla... Read more →

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Unmanned NASA plane flies solo through public airspace

NASA has flown a large, remotely piloted aircraft equipped with detect-and-avoid technologies through the national airspace system for the first time without a safety chase plane following it. NASA says Tuesday's flight over California moves the U.S. closer to normalizing unmanned aircraft operations in airspace used by commercial and... Read more →

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SMMUSD board meeting to preview food program revision and more

In an upcoming June 14 Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District board meeting, a revision to the district’s food and nutrition program will be explored as well establishing separate fundraising vehicles for Santa Monica and Malibu school districts. FOOD AND NUTRITION PROGRAM PROPOSED REVISION SMMUSD is proposing a revision of their... Read more →