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Homeless analysis to cost $77,675

An initially free analysis of the City’s efforts to reduce homelessness will now cost $77,675 over the next two years due to a previously unknown federal restriction. The RAND Corporation offered to conduct a free assessment of the city’s Homeless Multidisciplinary Street Team (SMST) and Council authorized the partnership in August of... Read more →

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City review finds compliance with development contracts

An annual review of the city’s Development Agreements found all 33 properties in good faith compliance with their contracts. A real estate Development Agreement, or DA, allows developers to build beyond zoning restrictions in return for community benefits like fees or open space. Because they are individually negotiated, each agreement... Read more →

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Week of April 16 Street Lighting Modernization Program For the week of April 16, construction will take place in the following locations: 16th St between Pico Blvd and Ocean Park Blvd; 14th St between Pearl St and Ocean Park Blvd; Maple St, Bay St, and Grant St between 14th St and 16th St; Lincoln Ct between Pico Blvd and Pine St; Pearl... Read more →

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New Roads grad a trans Trailblazer that continues advocacy

Jake Hofheimer hasn’t changed much since his days at New Roads School. Even after appearing in media outlets such as the LA Times and ESPN for being a trans baseball player, he’s still the same affable, fun-loving, athletic student. Although he’s now in Colorado at CU Boulder, the New Roads grad continues to advocate in Southern... Read more →

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Verdi Chorus Choir sings timeless tune for 35th anniversary

The city of Santa Monica is anything but stagnant, it’s cycle of change perpetual. People filter in and out of the city, Mom and pop’s prop up and close down, wash, rinse, repeat. A staying power here is hard to come by. However, Anne Marie Ketchum and her Verdi Chorus Choir have survived more than three decades now, their choice of a... Read more →

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Fresh finds: Pork

Oliver Woolley wants to change everything you think about pork, starting with the pig itself. “The whole idea of a sedentary, lazy pig. Ours are not at all like that,” said the owner of Peads & Barnetts farms on a recent Saturday morning at the downtown farmers market where he sells pork and flowers. Down on his forty-acre farm... Read more →

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SMMUSD ponders postponing PCB abatement for future

The discovery of additional toxic material in Malibu schools has prompted the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District to reconsider and possibly delay clean-up efforts. While in the process of PCB abatement in Malibu High School, the chemicals were found in more building materials than the initially identified window and door... Read more →

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Slate of new tenants transform Santa Monica Place

The pageantry that marked the reinvention of Santa Monica Place eight years ago attracted thousands of people who lined up to see the new, airy iteration of the outdoor mall. News reports from the time describe bouncing beach balls on the third floor as locals lined up for gift cards, discounts, ocean views and access to the new rows of... Read more →

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Interim Chief Kenneth Semko retires

A 26-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department whom officials considered for the top job retired Thursday, ending his term as Interim Chief. Throughout the years, Chief Kenneth Semko developed the department’s first explosive detection K-9 team, taught recruits and created the city’s emergency response plan should a disaster ever... Read more →

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Competition arrives for Bird Scooters

Santa Monica’s Bird Scooters will have to share their nest with an interloper now that competitor LimeBike has begun operating in the city. LimeBike offers dockless bikes and scooters in several domestic and international markets. They began in 2017 offering traditional bikes, expanded to electric vehicles this year and currently operate... Read more →

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Crime Watch

On March 26, at about 9:39 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at 1500 6th Street regarding a petty theft that just occurred. The reporting party was holding down the suspect awaiting police arrival. Officer learned the victim, a security guard at the building complex, noticed the suspect sleeping near the entrance of the... Read more →