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Small business owners unsure on Obamacare

CITYWIDE — Just over a year after President Barack Obama signed the federal health care overhaul into law, small businesses continue to get mixed signals on whether or not the bill’s provisions will help or hurt them, and many just ignore it altogether. In its simplest interpretation, the biblically-long bill aims to drive down... Read more →

Education

School budget scenario bleak

SMMUSD HDQTRS — With the possibility of getting education-funding tax extensions on the June ballot remote to the point of futility and other state funding in jeopardy, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District may be in for even deeper cuts than previously thought. The school district is looking at two scenarios, said Jan Maez,... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica police clear rape kit backlog

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — There are no longer unprocessed rape kits in the possession of the Santa Monica Police Department after detectives sent 470 to the crime lab over the last 13 months for processing to see if any critical DNA evidence can be collected, law enforcement officials said this week. Capt. Wendell Shirley told the Daily... Read more →

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Santa Monica police looking for transient in synagogue blast

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say an explosion outside a synagogue and Jewish school in Santa Monica was caused by a homemade explosive device and not an accident as previously believed. Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Trisler said Friday that further forensic examination led investigators to conclude the blast that broke windows at Chabad... Read more →

Education

Special ed parents say change has come

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District staff and parents celebrated the healing of wounds and strides taken in educating students with special needs at the Board of Education meeting Wednesday night. In an emotional presentation, several parents addressed the board and special education team, describing the... Read more →

Crime

Cops end bogus credit card spending spree

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. Friday, April 1, at 7:33 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Rite-Aid located in the 1800 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding... Read more →

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Bomb scare forces neighborhood evacuation

BROADWAY — An explosion near a Santa Monica Jewish center prompted police to evacuate about 100 people Thursday morning, but investigators determined the blast was the result of an apparent underground mechanical failure and not a pipe bomb as had been initially feared. Sgt. Jay Trisler of the Santa Monica Police Department said no... Read more →

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Thousands cheer street racers

In 1909, Santa Monica had less than 8,000 residents and was in danger of being annexed by a hungry, nearby Los Angeles. Believing they needed to increase the city’s population and profile to survive, city leaders made the bold move to stage yearly automobile races that they hoped would promote Santa Monica as an exciting and... Read more →

Education

School district cleans green

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Classrooms and other facilities in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are being cleaned with environmentally-friendly chemicals, officials with the district said Wednesday. These new green cleaning products and procedures will be phased in as the inventory of current products is depleted, and are... Read more →

Crime

Woman arrested while trying to protect junipers

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — At least one person was arrested Tuesday after refusing to leave a section of Reed Park where 45 junipers were to be removed as part of a renovation project. Police report that Sherry Ann Martini, a resident, was placed under arrest for trespassing, a misdemeanor, and booked at the Santa Monica Jail. She... Read more →

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Santa Monica duo’s app cuts down on parking issues

CITYWIDE — On a Friday night, nothing rankles the weary traveler more than incessant circling in bumper-to-bumper traffic only to see “Lot Full” signs plastered on every visible parking lot, structure or random alleyway. So, while many citizens of Santa Monica complain about traffic and parking, two Crossroads High... Read more →

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Residents find flaws in Saint John’s plan

MAIN LIBRARY — A proposed amendment to the Saint John’s Hospital development agreement drew ire from community members Tuesday night when it was suggested that the hospital would find “functionally equivalent parking” to replace a promised 442-space subterranean parking structure. Saint John’s Hospital... Read more →

Airport

Congress directs FAA to play nice with City Hall

SMO — The Santa Monica Airport took the national stage Friday when Congressman Henry Waxman got an amendment passed through the House instructing the Federal Aviation Administration to conduct “good faith” talks with City Hall. Waxman attached the amendment to the FAA Reauthorization Bill of 2011, which passed the House of... Read more →

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Dad’s porn career inspires one-man show

18TH STREET ARTS CENTER — The way Bobby Gordon always saw it, his dad was just like all the other dads, ordering the children to clean their rooms, cheering at little league games and filling the home with toys found at garage sales. But to the kids in the neighborhood, the classmates at school and the fellow players on the baseball... Read more →

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School board narrows supe search to one

VICEROY HOTEL — After 15 hours of interviewing and discussion this passed weekend, the Board of Education narrowed down the field of potential candidates for the position of superintendent to one. Additional reference checks and a site visit will take place to validate the decision, and then the board can begin negotiating a contract,... Read more →