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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 →

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National anti-union group takes aim at Unite Here Local 11

A national interest group that criticizes labor unions has set its sights on Unite Here Local 11, the union that represents hotel workers throughout the Southland with thousands of members in Santa Monica. The well-funded Center for Union Facts (CUF) launched a media campaign this week with a new website, eyeson11.com, which claims... Read more →

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Santa Monica hosts NY Library film

    On Tuesday, visitors can walk through the doors at the Main Library in Santa Monica only to be transported to another library system across the country, at a screening of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, a documentary by Frederick Wiseman. Wiseman’s latest observational film focuses on the people, the scenes,... Read more →

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Divided Democrats face liberal backlash on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new deadline approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Democrats' inaction has enraged liberal activists, who have shifted their anger away from the Republicans who run Congress. Democrats are trying to... Read more →

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Ex-prosecutor named US attorney for California district

LOS ANGELES (AP) — U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions has named former prosecutor Nicola Hanna as the interim U.S. attorney for the Central District of California, a broad area that includes Los Angeles and six other counties. Hanna, partner at the international firm of Gibson, Dunn and Crutcher, was Assistant U.S. Attorney during the... Read more →

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City looks to fees to increase revenue

  It’s about to get more expensive to rent a city field, join a sports league and send your kid to some after school and weekend programs, as the City looks to increase Community and Cultural Service Department fees starting July 1, 2018. The public has the next five months to give feedback on the proposed increases at a handful... Read more →

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Dry spell raises fears of drought’s return in California

PHILLIPS STATION, Calif. (AP) — It's been almost a year since Los Angeles residents felt any real rain, and precious little snow is in the Sierras, but water managers say it's too early for fears that California is sliding back into drought as abruptly as the state fell out of it. Water officials carry out the first of their regular ritual... Read more →

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President declares disaster over deadly California wildfire

VENTURA, Calif. (AP) — President Donald Trump on Tuesday declared a major disaster in California over a wildfire that destroyed more than 1,000 buildings as fierce winds whipped it through Ventura and Santa Barbara counties last month. The declaration makes federal funding available to state and local governments and some nonprofit... Read more →

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City weighs options for new bridge to The Pier

Locals and tourists heading to Santa Monica’s most iconic landmark will soon have a new path to tread, as the City weighs three options to replace The Pier’s 1939 seismically unsafe bridge from Ocean Avenue.  A recent report found the bridge would likely incur significant damage during a major earthquake. Beyond poor disaster odds,... Read more →

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California starts recreational pot sales, clients jam stores

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — From a pot shop in Santa Cruz that hung a banner proclaiming "Prohibition is Over!" to one in San Diego handing out T-shirts showing the first moon landing and declaring a "giant leap for mankind," the Golden State turned a shade greener with its first sales of recreational marijuana. Ceremonial ribbon cuttings... Read more →