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Voting open for city’s Most Loved businesses

Love is in the air during the month of February so it’s no coincidence voting for the city’s Most Loved contest will be open through Feb. 28. The event is organized by Buy Local Santa Monica and voting runs through the end of this month online at www.buylocalsantamonica.com/most-loved. Voting is conducted entirely online and voters are... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On February 3, at about 12:04 a.m. Officers responded to McDonands at 1540 2nd Street regarding two suspicious subjects at the restaurant. Officers arrived and spoke with the restaurant security guard. The security guard indicated he saw a subject in the restaurant sleeping at a table. The subject did not purchase any food. The guard woke... Read more →

Briefs

AP Briefs

LOS ANGELES LA mulls building homeless housing on city parking lots An idea for dealing with the huge homeless problem in Los Angeles would involve building multistory apartment buildings on numerous city-owned parcels. The Los Angeles Times reports Friday that 119 parcels were purchased by the city in the decades after World War II... Read more →

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Uber to pay $245 million to settle Waymo’s theft allegations

Uber is paying $245 million to Google's self-driving car spinoff to end a legal brawl that aired out allegations of a sinister scheme that tore apart the once-friendly companies. The surprise settlement announced Friday came as lawyers for Uber and Waymo, a company hatched from Google, prepared to wrap up the first week of a trial that had... Read more →

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Flu season still getting worse; now as bad as 2009 swine flu

The flu has further tightened its grip on the U.S. This season is now as bad as the swine flu epidemic nine years ago. A government report out Friday shows 1 of every 13 visits to the doctor last week was for fever, cough and other symptoms of the flu. That ties the highest level seen in the U.S. during swine flu in 2009. And it... Read more →

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Report finds local hotel beds full as retail sales slump

While the booming economy continues to bring tourists to Santa Monica from all over the world filling hotel beds, stores nearby are increasingly finding themselves empty. The City Council will hear more about how the ‘retail apocalypse’ has hit the city when they get a mid-year budget update Tuesday night. Hotel tax revenue for the... Read more →

Briefs

Briefs

Virginia Ave. Social Justice Action Plan for SMMUSD CRJ’s free workshop on Feb. 11 will feature Dr. Ben Drati, Superintendent and Dr. Jacqueline Mora, Asst. District Superintendent of Education Services for the Santa Monica/Malibu United School District. Dr. Mora came to the SMMUSD district in October of 2017 from the Santa Barbara... Read more →

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Tesla considering move to the mall

Santa Monica Place has poached another high-profile tenant with plans for a Tesla dealership to move to the mall. While the move itself doesn’t require any regulatory approval, the proposal includes exclusive use of 10 spaces in the Mall’s parking lot. As the lots are actually city property, Council will be asked to approve the... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On February 4, at about 11:40 a.m. An officer responded to a radio call for service at Virginia Avenue Park – 2200 Virginia Avenue – regarding lewd conduct, a male subject exposing himself in the park. The officer located a subject matching the description sitting on a park bench. The subject was no longer exposing himself but was in... Read more →

Brief

Briefs

Downtown Senator Kevin De Leon and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Join SMDC The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host Senator Kevin De Leon and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa on Saturday, February 10, 11 a.m. – 2 p.m., at the Santa Monica Library. Officials said Senator Kevin De Leon has been a bold, progressive leader in California for... Read more →

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California officials, protesters fight offshore drill plans

California commissions that oversee coastal lands and water pushed the Trump administration to leave the state out of plans to expand offshore drilling, warning the state would block the construction of pipelines to get oil back to land. The agencies weighed in ahead of a public meeting Thursday in Sacramento, the only opportunity for... Read more →

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Local play going for another turn ‘round the Merry-Go Round

The Santa Monica Pier is an entertaining place. On any given day you can see a juxtaposition of class, the full melting-pot of America present, people looking for a never-ending ocean view and entertainment. There are buskers performing their talents for cash, carnival-like games, an arcade, and Pacific Park and it’s Sea Dragon and West... Read more →

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LA Times suitor is basketball-loving billionaire doctor

The man buying the Los Angeles Times is a 65-year-old physician-entrepreneur described by Forbes Magazine as "America's richest doctor," and one who has said his goal is to cure cancer in his lifetime. Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong also is a basketball fanatic who shoots hoops on a hardwood court inside his multimillion-dollar mansion and who... Read more →

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Will Disney’s streaming service roar – or squeak?

Will Disney's upcoming streaming services be the mouse that roared ... or squeaked? Disney already owns enviable entertainment properties including Pixar, Marvel and "Star Wars." Now, it's looking to add Fox's TV and movie studios as it prepares to launch two streaming services, one for sports and another focused on entertainment. In... Read more →