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Effort underway to ban pony rides, petting zoos

MAIN STREET — Some residents are calling for a ban on pony rides and petting zoos in the city by the sea. No, this is not the Daily Press’ April Fools’ Day edition. A child rides a pony at the Sunday Main Street Farmers' Market. Some want to ban it. (Photo courtesy blocksnap.com) Marcy Winograd, a resident and former... Read more →

Government

Gearing up for the library of the future

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK — Soon, possibly this month, the first new  neighborhood library in the city in more than 50 years will open at Virginia Avenue Park. The Pico Branch of the library is undergoing the finishing touches and filling out its 25,000-item collection. City librarians hope to see the space soft open later this month with an... Read more →

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Homeless labor, pedestrian bans 100 years ago

BAY CITY ARCHIVES — How do you end homelessness in Santa Monica? Lock them all up and “add them to the rock-pile squad.” That was the plan put forth by the chief of police 100 years ago this month, according to Los Angeles Times archives. Chief Randall used the acronym “I.W.W.” — short for “I Won’t Workers” — to... Read more →

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Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. 17th Street 10-day closure with 24-hour work shift for rail installation: Through 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. 2. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and Fifth streets: Daytime lane closure for April 1. Expect delays 3. Colorado Avenue between Fifth and 18th streets: Street... Read more →

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Group wants future of SMO to be decided by voters 

CITY HALL — The nation’s largest lobbying group for pilots and aircraft owners is backing an effort to amend the City Charter so that voters, not the City Council, will decide the fate of Santa Monica Airport. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has pledged its support for the ballot initiative, which is being spearheaded... Read more →

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New bus stops arriving

BBB HDQTRS — Shade canopies, seating and real-time arrival information are coming to a bus stop near you. On Monday the Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica’s public transportation company, will start replacing more than 300 bus stops, a process that is expected to take up to two years to complete and cost roughly $7 million, officials said.... Read more →

Education

Samohi student wins pilot scholarship

SMO — Claire Goldberg, a junior at Santa Monica High School, was announced the winner of the Flying Scholarship for Girls Joe Justice award, which affords her the opportunity to get her pilot’s license. Goldberg received her award at a ceremony at Santa Monica Airport on Saturday March 22. Clara Glassman (12th grade) was the first... Read more →

Education

Elementary school reduces lunchtime trash

Students at McKinley Elementary School are getting a lesson in sustainability by helping to divert lunchtime trash from entering landfills. For their efforts the school has been named a finalist in environmental nonprofit Grades for Green’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, it was announced this week. Grades for Green's annual Trash-Free... Read more →

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Shotgun House on the move

TIME FOR A RIDE: The historic Shotgun House is ready to roll to its new home. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) OCEAN PARK — This Saturday, get a glimpse of history as the Shotgun House will be moved to its (hopefully) final resting place in Ocean Park, where it will serve as the headquarters for the Santa Monica Conservancy and as a... Read more →

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SMMUSD projects $96.4M budget

SMMUSD HDQTRS — On top of hiring more teachers, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District plans to bring in new custodians, computer technicians and textbooks. District officials went over predictions for revenues and expenditures with the Board of Education Wednesday afternoon. The district will bring in $92.5 million and could... Read more →