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Festival features films by locals, for local patrons

DOWNTOWN — Filmmakers, locals, and the international community will be coming together to showcase and celebrate the power of film during the Santa Monica International Film Festival taking place Saturday. The festival is a competition that screens features, documentary, and short films from all over the United States and around the... Read more →

Homelessness

More homeless housed; work still not done

CITY HALL — There were more than 400 homeless people who found permanent supportive housing and nearly 500 who landed and maintained stable jobs last year, getting off the streets of Santa Monica and taking the first steps toward achieving self sufficiency. Those were just a couple of figures presented at the City Council meeting on... Read more →

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Reliving the good times

MAIN STREET — The music was loud, the drinks were cheap, and there was never a cover. From the 1960s through the early ‘90s, the Oar House Bar & Buffalo Chips Restaurant was the place to go on Main Street for a night of debauchery and all around good times. While the old haunt has long since gone and been replaced by... Read more →

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Baby delivered in laundromat bathroom

PICO BLVD — Amid the tumbling of the dryers and the water spraying from the washers were the screams of a woman in labor, the cry of a newborn baby and then the sigh of relief from the Laundromat employee who was there for the delivery. It was all over before the spin cycle even began. The bathroom at Clean People Coinless Laundry... Read more →

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P&G to pay City Hall $68 million

26TH STREET — Water contamination caused by a former pen-making facility will cost Proctor & Gamble a hefty sum after the company agreed to a $68 million settlement with City Hall. The City Council on Tuesday approved the settlement in which the Gillette Co., which was purchased by Proctor & Gamble in 2005, also promised to... Read more →

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City Hall earns top digital honors

The Center for Digital Government has awarded City Hall top honors in the 2009 Digital Cities Survey. City Hall placed first in 2007 and third in 2004 and 2008. The award is based on a comprehensive analysis of how cities are using technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents. Santa Monica has been... Read more →

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City staff identifies measures to curtail paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — Paparazzi who swarm a local preschool — a favorite among celebrities — can expect to see more police officers and security guards as they snap away shots of children and their famous parents. Those are just a couple of measures suggested by city staff in a recent report to the City Council about the steps that... Read more →

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Tenants demand tougher anti-smoking laws

DOWNTOWN — There are many days warm or cool when the windows to Mike Horelick’s Santa Monica apartment remain shut, keeping out ocean breezes, the fragrance of a neighbor’s dinner and cigarette smoke. It’s the latter that forces the local screenwriter to often seal his home, protecting his asthmatic 3-year-old... Read more →

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Pier to be named official end of Route 66

DOWNTOWN — It seems locals and tourists alike will now be officially “getting their kicks” all the way down to the Santa Monica Pier. After years of being dubbed the unofficial end of the famous Route 66, the pier will be officially named the western end of the historic route by the Route 66 Alliance on Wednesday, the 83rd... Read more →

City Council

Spending eternity in Santa Monica isn’t cheap

CITY HALL — Not only is the cost of living considered high in Santa Monica, but so will the afterlife. A new rate schedule for interment at Woodlawn Cemetery will go before the City Council tonight for approval, raising fees in some cases to nearly six times that of current prices. The matter will be presented as part of the... Read more →