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Declawing law may be clipped

CITY HALL — A controversial surgical procedure that animal lovers have dubbed as an amputation on cats could face restrictions in Santa Monica. The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to draft an ordinance that would ban the veterinary practice of declawing cats, limiting the procedure only to cases in which it would be in the... Read more →

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BBB maintenance facility opens doors

COLORADO AVENUE — On time and under budget. Those were the words that city officials proudly repeated multiple times in celebrating the new Big Blue Bus maintenance facility during its grand opening on Wednesday, praising a project team that managed to bring the 66,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art structure to completion at $60... Read more →

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Getting a boost

Santa Monica College has received a $2.1 million, two-year federal grant for a comprehensive pilot program targeting Asian American and Pacific Islander students with academic need and other low-income students. The two-year program, whose target is to serve 300 students, will include specialized tutoring, counseling, establishment of an... Read more →

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Trees get a lot of love on Tree Hugging Day

PALISADES PARK — Marcy Miller rested her head gently on the California palm tree, tears welling in her eyes as she embraced the trunk, memories of her now deceased father, once a worker in a lumber yard, flooding back. “I have hugged trees before but it did not have the same impact,” she said. The environmentalist drove... Read more →

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UCLA experts offer tips to protect against the flu

As flu season approaches, medical professionals warn against both seasonal influenza and H1N1, also called swine flu. “H1N1 is a new virus and people lack immunity to it,” said Dr. David Pegues, epidemiologist, Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and professor of infectious diseases, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.... Read more →

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Never-ending story

Editor’s Note: One in a series of stories on the Santa Monica Police Department’s 66 cold case homicides. Some information has been withheld by the SMPD to protect the integrity of the investigation. PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — In a disheveled, abandoned apartment complex on Second Street near Wilshire Boulevard, 36-year-old... Read more →

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A new way to spend money in Santa Monica

MAIN STREET — There’s a plethora of currencies traveling in the wallets of tourist-heavy Santa Monica, from dollars to euros to yen. Local business owner Janabai Amsden hopes to soon add a new type of exchange to the mix. The environmental advocate and owner of natural foods restaurant Euphoria Loves Rawvolution recently put... Read more →

City Council

New program to help financially troubled families

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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COMMUNITY BRIEFS

CITYWIDE Don’t slip up The problem of falls is significant, and the Los Angeles County Department of Community and Senior Services wants to remind people to watch where they step during the annual Fall Prevention Awareness Week, which runs through Sept. 27. According to data from the Office of Statewide Health Planning and... Read more →