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Osborn wins labor union endorsement

Bolstering her bid to fill California’s new vacant 50th Assembly seat, veteran nonprofit executive Torie Osborn this week secured the backing of one of California’s most powerful unions, the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) Local 18. “We take our endorsements very seriously, especially in these tough... Read more →

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Weather service warns of high surf along coast

LOS ANGELES — The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for the coast of Southern California, warning of strong rip currents and breakers that can top more than 11 feet. A winter storm off the coast of New Zealand is generating big waves across the Pacific. The weather service says they're expected to arrive late... Read more →

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Plastic bag ban takes effect in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — It’s official. The long-awaited — or dreaded — plastic bag ban passed by the City Council in January takes effect today, whether you’re ready or not. According to city officials, 26 million plastic bags get used each year in Santa Monica alone, contributing not only to the city’s carbon... Read more →

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Twilight Dance Series guide for Week 9

This Twilight Dance Series guide has been created as a partnership between the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Daily Press. It is intended to help concert-goers navigate the popular summer concert series. • <a href="http://www.smdp.com/pdf/090111_tds.pdf">Week 9: New... Read more →

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These Ts have a lot to say

DOWNTOWN — Some people strive to reduce the number of plastic bottles in landfills by arming themselves with a filter and a Nalgene. Others go clothes shopping. As unlikely as it sounds, both are worthy strategies. A new brand called A Lot To Say got its first brick-and-mortar store recently in the Fred Segal building at Fifth... Read more →

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New gig for O’Day

Santa Monica City Councilman Terry O’Day is moving on. The environmental activist who has led Santa Monica-based Environment Now since 2003 has accepted a job with eVgo to help develop California’s electric car charging infrastructure. O’Day made the announcement Monday night, sending out an e-mail to friends and... Read more →

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Traffic under control at start of school

SUNSET PARK — Parking Enforcement Officer Micah Mitchell came close to losing toes Tuesday morning as he helped a constant flow of cars navigate the narrow intersection at 20th and Pearl streets. “No left turn!” he bellowed at stubborn drivers who seemed determined to follow their rote path down 21st Street and onto... Read more →

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CityTV wins Emmys, expands programming

Another year, another Los Angeles Area Emmy Award for Santa Monica’s CityTV. It’s CityTV’s 11th Emmy win and the second time in a row the public access station won the Public Service Announcement (PSA) category. The PSA for the Toy Loan Program, which was created in association with Los Angeles County, was produced as part... Read more →

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Driver arrested for allegedly running down bike rider

BARNARD WAY — In what a bicycle blogger called a clear case of road rage, a driver was arrested last week for allegedly driving his car into a cyclist riding on the 2600 block of Barnard Way. Santa Monica police said Jeffrey Ray Adams, 41, of Los Angeles, was arrested for felony assault with a deadly weapon on Thursday, Aug. 26 at... Read more →

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Bringing in big bucks

Public radio station KCRW-Santa Monica (89.9 FM) raised more money on Friday, Aug. 19 — the final day of its 2011 summer membership drive — than on any other day in the history of the station's on-air fundraising efforts. KCRW is a community service of Santa Monica College. On average, between Aug. 11 and 18, the station was... Read more →

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Home sellers, buyers play caution card

CITYWIDE — Home prices may be relatively holding steady in Santa Monica, but it appears more buyers — and particularly sellers — are letting caution rule. Prices in the city by the sea are actually up in most areas, with the North of Montana 90402 zip code showing the most strength, boasting a 15 percent jump in... Read more →

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Plane crashes into home near Santa Monica Airport

SUNSET PARK — A small airplane crashed into an unoccupied home in the Sunset Park neighborhood Monday afternoon, injuring the pilot and a painter who was working on the house at the time of the accident. Osbaldo Audatat was one of four men painting the home located on the 3100 block of 21st Street when the plane struck at... Read more →

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Hundreds of SMMUSD students still unvaccinated

CITYWIDE — As of the start of school, several hundred Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students will not have received the state-required vaccine against whooping cough. The disease reached epidemic proportions in 2010, killing four infants, and prompting lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 354, which made it law for every... Read more →

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Back-to-school traffic returns

SMC — Santa Monica College will be opening its doors Monday for the fall semester, and all Santa Monica public schools will open Tuesday. For residents in some areas, that means one thing: traffic. The schools don’t normally open at the same time. “It’s one of the first times it’s happened in about 20 years.... Read more →