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Concert series will rock to the end

Tonight, a repeat performance won’t fail to impress as Patti Smith, progenitor-empress of punk rock, Rimbauld and Verlaine’s spiritual poet child and 2007 Rock Hall of Fame inductee returns to the Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Dance Series’ last concert of the summer. The 62-year-old rocker, sometimes hailed as the... Read more →

Education

SMC forced to do more with less

SMC — As students return to campus for the first week of school, they might notice their classes are in what feels like tighter quarters. That’s because enrollment has risen at Santa Monica College this semester by 8 percent, drawing in students turned away from the tapped out University of California and California State... Read more →

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Historical museum gets big gift from ‘The Baron’

DOWNTOWN — The widow of professional wrestling pioneer Baron Michele Leone, an ardent fan of the city and one of its most popular residents and flamboyant personalities, donated $100,000 to the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, it was announced this week. Billie Leone presented the check to the museum in her husband’s... Read more →

Education

Students post high marks in graduation test

SMMUSD HDQTRS — They may only be in the 10th grade but graduation is clearly on many of their minds. The state Department of Education on Tuesday released results of the 2009 California High School Exit Exam (CAHSEE), showing students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District continuing to post high marks in the subject areas... Read more →

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Fireworks show could have environmental impacts

SM PIER — When the fireworks are launched in one week into the dark evening sky, celebrating 100 years of the city’s most recognizable landmark, there could be an environmental price to pay. That’s according to a recent city staff report that explored possible issues related to the highly anticipated pyrotechnics display... Read more →

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Cleaning house

DOWNTOWN — While on a recent tour of the Downtown parking structures, Bayside District Corp. CEO Kathleen Rawson passed by a sticker slapped onto a wall and began to peel it off with her fingernail as if she was at home cleaning up after one of her children. It was a simple act that may have gone unnoticed if not for the fact that... Read more →

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Here comes the taxman

DOWNTOWN — There’s a trio of former Santa Monica businesses that are on a list of the state’s most wanted, accused not of committing heinous crimes but rather skirting hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax payments. The California Board of Equalization announced recently it added 19 new businesses to its list of the... Read more →

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Local firefighters respond to Station fire

DOWNTOWN — As the nearly week-long Station fire continues to burn its way through the Angeles National Forest, scorching more than 105,000 acres and threatening a half-dozen communities, a group of local firefighters and volunteers are joining the battle. The Santa Monica Fire Department on Saturday deployed a team of seven fire... Read more →

Environment

Sustainability and the bottom line

As a new-to-town resident, I have found fewer things more refreshing than the weather. (I came from Fresno, in the Central Valley of California, with averages topping 100 degrees during the summer months.) That said, it is amazing to find that the issues surrounding environmental sustainability are woven into the framework of this place. A... Read more →

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Issues surround locality of vendors

MAIN STREET — With the launch of a citywide campaign this year to urge consumers to buy from local businesses, one merchant association is hoping the neighborhood Santa Monica Farmers’ Market also follows the same philosophy. On the list of about a dozen non-agricultural vendors at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, selling... Read more →