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Sperm donor loses unique paternity suit

SM COURTHOUSE — There’s a big difference between being a sperm donor and being a dad. That’s the message that came out of a paternity suit recently resolved at the Santa Monica Courthouse in which a sperm donor sought joint custody of a toddler he helped conceive. As is customary in paternity cases, the full names of the... Read more →

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Employee union makes school board selections

DOWNTOWN — Custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and teaching assistants working for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have endorsed two school board incumbents and two challengers for the November ballot. Members of SEIU Local 99 held a town hall meeting last week, at which time they threw their support behind... Read more →

Environment

Homeowners now targeted for leaf blower violations

CITY HALL — In a move meant to crackdown on illegal leaf blowing, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to change the way City Hall enforces its ban on the noisy machines and opted to spend $55,000 to hire a new leaf blower point person. Instead of relying on police officers to issue leaf blowing citations, City Hall’s... Read more →

Briefs

Free clinic for renters

Renters who need assistance but cannot afford to hire an attorney can get some inexpensive legal advice from a Santa Monica attorney who has created a tenant’s rights clinic. Susan Hartley, a former Airport Commission member and a candidate for City Council, will hold the clinic’s first session Saturday, Sept. 18 at her law... Read more →

Briefs

Record low temp tied

It was so cold at the Santa Monica Pier Monday that the temperature tied a record low of 55 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The old record was set in 1949. Record low temperatures for the day were tied at other coastal locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The temperature hit a low of 66 in Newport... Read more →

City Council

Youth violence prevention gets council’s support

CITY HALL — In a pair of moves anti-gang advocates hailed as significant steps forward, the City Council was set on Tuesday to approve an “action plan” for preventing youth violence and award a $25,000 grant to support the Youth Resource Team, an inter-agency effort aimed at helping at-risk youth. The expected actions were... Read more →

City Council

City Hall extends Heal the Bay school program

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →

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Controversial sports bar shuts down

WILSHIRE BLVD — The saga of The Parlor appears to have come to an end, with angry Santa Monica residents standing in the winners’ circle and the owners of the troubled bar and restaurant heading for the hills — or at least for Hollywood. The establishment, located at 1519 Wilshire Blvd., announced via Facebook over the... Read more →

Briefs

County opens court for veterans

Military veterans who risk their lives and make it back home usually do not return unscathed. Some are fortunate to return with no physical scars, but many come back with emotional and mental health problems. When left untreated, the problems can affect the veteran, the veteran’s family members and society as a whole. In recognition of... Read more →

Environment

New world water

Dear EarthTalk Is it true that some countries have turned over public water supplies to private companies, effectively denying local communities much-needed access? J. Johnson Lancaster, PA Water is such an important part of life that it has long been regarded as a public good worth entrusting only to public entities. But given the mixed... Read more →

News

Pepperdine takes ‘Step Forward’

DOWNTOWN — On a cloudy Saturday morning, Emily Richardson, unlike many college students her age, is not sleeping in. Instead of hitting the snooze button, she boards a school bus that takes her from Pepperdine University to the Salvation Army in Santa Monica, where she will coordinate volunteers for her school’s Step Forward... Read more →

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Giant blue whales put on a show in SM Bay

SM BAY — Dozens of giant blue whales are putting on a show along the Southern California coast, and one Santa Monica resident was treated to a front row seat. While paddle boarding north from Hermosa Beach last week, Mike Vaughan, a third-generation Santa Monican and an avid surfer, nearly collided with a roughly 60-80-foot blue... Read more →

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League of Conservation Voters releases endorsements

CITYWIDE — The Los Angeles County League of Conservation Voters has released its list of endorsements for Santa Monica’s City Council election, backing four sitting council members and challenger Ted Winterer in November’s race. The group, which is the only environmental political action committee in L.A. County, has thrown... Read more →

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New tastes to replace old at Farmers’ Markets

MAIN STREET — If you’re a fan of the gourmet tamale stand at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, get them while you still can. Thanks to an overhaul of the way City Hall selects vendors, the weekly Sunday market will have a different look come October, with a new roster of prepared food sellers. The change means some longtime... Read more →