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Housing price slide comes to town

CITYWIDE — It was a long time coming but one of the most desirable places to live in Southern California is finally seeing home prices drop. In a city that was once considered insulated from the effects of the recession due to the affluence of the general population, single-family homes and condominiums are seeing their values... Read more →

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Macerich considers postponing mall reopening

DOWNTOWN — The opening of the new and improved Santa Monica Place could be pushed back several months as developers consider timing the completion of the mall to coincide with the transformation of Macy’s to Bloomingdale’s. The reason for the possible schedule change is to ensure that one of the two anchor tenants —... Read more →

Crime

Moose Lodge murder trial opens

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The attorneys representing two alleged gang members charged with brutally murdering two Santa Monica men at a birthday part at the Moose Lodge in Ocean Park argued here Thursday that eyewitness testimony placing their clients at the scene is unreliable. The arguments came during opening statements made by the defense... Read more →

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Calling all artists

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. once again invites talented student, amateur and professional designers to submit entries for its annual poster contest. The winning design becomes the primary communications piece for the 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series, used in display advertising, posters, flyers, banners and more. This year is... Read more →

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Parking puzzle comes together

FIFTH STREET — One of the final missing pieces in a plan to improve public parking in Downtown will soon fall in the hands of City Hall. With the authorization of the City Council last week, officials are moving forward with the purchase of a two-story commercial building at 1334 Fifth St., acquiring property that will give City Hall a... Read more →

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Rejection is an everyday thing for missionaries

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — The way people treat them, you would think they were begging for loose change instead of trying to bring peace and love to the world. These missionaries with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have heard it all. Some they approach politely decline to participate, while others get angry and... Read more →

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Budget woes force BBB to make cuts

CITYWIDE — Looking to be more reliable during rush hour traffic and cut costs because of the budget fiasco in Sacramento, public transportation officials are adjusting their bus schedules, with changes to go into effect Feb. 15. The City Council last week approved the changes that will add some additional buses to the most crowded... Read more →

Environment

Green movement gets younger

VENICE — It was just a few years ago that Jayshawn English was running into trouble with the law, placed on probation after he was convicted of being an accessory to burglary. Today the 21-year-old from West Los Angeles is thinking of a career in green construction, hoping to one day own a wind turbine business to power communities.... Read more →

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SMMUSD prepares to weather hard times

SM LIBRARY — The good news is Santa Monica and Malibu students continue to excel in the classroom, posting high marks on state tests and winning national academic awards. But the bad news is the school district that boasts these achievements is expected to take a significant hit from the state economic crisis, hurting its ability to... Read more →

Crime

Moose Lodge murder trial set

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Jury selection is scheduled to begin today in the trial of two suspected 18th Street gang members charged with the murders of Hector Bonilla and Jonathan Hernandez, who were shot and killed in 2005 during a birthday party at the Moose Lodge in Sunset Park. Jose Mojaro and Eric Nuñez, a.k.a. Ector Hugo Sanchez,... Read more →

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Residents want bridge with a view

OCEAN PARK — It may not be the million dollar ocean view seen from Palisades Park, but residents in this neighborhood believe that the one from the Fourth Street bridge is just as picturesque, speeding cars and all. The bridge, which crosses Ocean Park Boulevard and connects the south and north parts of the neighborhood, could soon... Read more →

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Study finds right-of-way best for Expo

DOWNTOWN — When it comes to routing the Exposition Light Rail from Culver City to Santa Monica, utilizing the old right-of-way could be the right way to go. Such was the conclusion of a draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) that was recently released for the second phase of the light rail project, finding that routing the train on... Read more →

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Artists feel the squeeze

DOWNTOWN — For most local artists, actors, and musicians the slumping economy isn’t an abstraction. As art patrons and collectors are seeing their assets dwindle away, they are more reluctant to spend money on shows and pieces. This leaves artists struggling for a way to keep their studios and stages open through these tough... Read more →

Environment

Down the drain?

Dear EarthTalk: Are any major brands of disposable tissues, paper towels, napkins and toilet paper yet using recycled content and chlorine-free bleaching? — Sylvia Comstock, Montpelier, VT Not many. In fact, some of the biggest names in disposable paper products are the worst offenders. According to the nonprofit Natural Resources... Read more →

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Billboards get held in check

CITYWIDE — As the debate on billboards in Los Angeles drags on, activists are using Santa Monica as the shining star of municipal sign policy. Los Angeles stemmed a growing flood of visual clutter in 2002 when the City Council passed a billboard moratorium, banning the construction of new billboards. It was immediately attacked by... Read more →