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Free ‘toy-rary’ opens at Upward Bound House

WILMONT — The staff of Upward Bound House would like nothing more than to lose their jobs — because that would mean homelessness and the many problems it causes have been eliminated. As it stands, though, they have a months-long waiting list of families hoping to obtain housing, classes, and other services offered by the agency.... Read more →

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On the lookout

Drivers better pay close attention to pedestrians this Thursday. The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Safety Unit will be out in full force that day, paying additional attention to the many crosswalks and intersections. Officers want to remind pedestrians to use caution when approaching intersections and crosswalks. All... Read more →

Homelessness

ACLU files suit against City Hall for homeless

CITY HALL — There was a 56-year-old woman who once lived on the streets of Santa Monica, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and claiming she sees spaceships coming for her nightly, the same ones that murdered her parents and sister. Homeless and surviving on Social Security checks, the woman relocated to Venice after she was... Read more →

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Tide to only run on weekends

CITY HALL — Hoping to save money while the struggling Tide Ride undergoes a makeover, Big Blue Bus officials are proposing to eliminate weekday service on the lowest performing line in the public transit system. The City Council tonight will be asked to limit the Tide to weekend hours starting Sept. 8, saving the agency about... Read more →

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Proposing a new plan for Expo maintenance yard

DOWNTOWN — More than four months after the City Council rebuked a proposal to place a rail maintenance yard within earshot of residences, officials will return tonight with a different set of plans to create a sound buffer mixed-use development between the facility and homes. The Exposition Construction Authority is proposing to... Read more →

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Walking for local homeless children

BROADWAY — There’s a saying that suggests walking a mile in someone else’s shoes is the best way to understand that person’s perspective on life. Try walking 120 miles in Blue Mc Donnell’s sneakers. The Santa Monica resident recently returned from a 120 mile pilgrimage walk through northern Spain, during which... Read more →

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Rent control 30 years later

DOWNTOWN — The anxiety and suspense was growing in the Retail Clerks Hall, a nervous yet excited crowd awaiting the results of a charter amendment that had been defeated just the year before. As the results came in showing that what was considered one of the nation’s strongest rent control laws had passed in Santa Monica,... Read more →

Environment

Global warming may be a people problem

Dear EarthTalk To what extent does human population growth impact global warming, and what can be done about it? Larry LeDoux, Honolulu, HI No doubt human population growth is a major contributor to global warming, given that humans use fossil fuels to power their increasingly mechanized lifestyles. More people means more demand for oil,... Read more →

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Tourists sound off on Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — Over 5.5 million people visit Santa Monica each year, but are they return customers? It’s summer, and Santa Monica’s tourism industry — which supports 16,000 jobs and generates $1.2 billion for local businesses annually — is in full swing. The world famous Santa Monica Pier and the trendy Third... Read more →

Education

School district to consider another parcel tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica residents have been known for their generous support of public schools through parcel tax and bond measures, but whether that generosity will extend during a time of economic uncertainty could be tested next year. Superintendent Tim Cuneo on Thursday is planning to recommend the Board of Education form an... Read more →

Crime

Arrested for drugs, not masturbation

<i>Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. </i> Monday, June 29, at 7:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 3000 block of Pico Boulevard regarding a report of a... Read more →

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Venice gang members arrested in narcotics bust

VENICE — Members of two Venice street gangs suspected of cocaine trafficking were arrested today by federal agents. Prosecutors allege that members of the Venice Shoreline Crips and Venice-13 gangs are among the top suppliers of crack to users on the Westside of Los Angeles. According to federal indictments unsealed Thursday, nine... Read more →

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A mixed shopping bag

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica.</i> MONTANA AVE — There is light traffic both on the road and in the stores. Despite the warm weather, shoppers are scarce up and down trendy Montana Avenue. But then again, it is Wednesday morning. A... Read more →

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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

CITYWIDE New DMV laws effective this month Those who have had their license suspended because after being convicted of Driving Under the Influence will now have to install a breathalyzer-like device on their dashboards, requiring drivers to blow into it before their car will start. The mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices,... Read more →

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LA Marathon could come to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — When Josh Johnson participates in the L.A. Marathon next year, he can look forward to a short trip home at the end of a long 26.2 miles. If the Santa Monica resident is up for it by then, he can even run there. Marathon officials are planning a new route for the 2010 race, starting the course for its 25th anniversary at... Read more →