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Pacific Park sale made official

It’s official. Pacific Park, home to the nation’s first solar-powered Ferris wheel, has been sold to CNL Lifestyle Properties, Inc. for $34 million, officials with the real estate investment trust said Wednesday. The amusement park, which attracts more than 4 million visitors annually will continue to be operated by its previous... Read more →

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County funds extend, expand chronic homeless program

DOWNTOWN — OPCC, a leading provider of homeless services in Santa Monica and the Westside, will be able to help 25 more chronically homeless individuals thanks to an increase in funding from the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. The board voted Tuesday to spend $335,000 to expand OPCC’s chronic homeless pilot program,... Read more →

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School district extends deadline for oversight committee

Those interested in becoming members of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee now have until Jan. 28 to submit an application. District officials extended the deadline. The district has four vacancies on the committee and is looking for “qualified candidates who will bring a depth of... Read more →

City Council

Alleys set to get green treatment

CITY HALL — For the first time, City Hall is set to begin installing “pervious concrete” that allows rain water to percolate into the ground rather than flow into the ocean as it prepares to launch its 2011 alley improvement program. Fifteen alleys in all parts of Santa Monica are scheduled to receive the upgrade this... Read more →

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BBB receives award for high tech bus stops

DOWNTOWN — The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has awarded its “Next LA Citation Award for Architecture” to the new Big Blue Bus shelter and bus stop redevelopment program. The award honors excellence in design by Los Angeles architects for projects not yet built. “This is a very... Read more →

City Council

Councilman McKeown to propose new disclosure rule

CITY HALL — Members of the City Council could soon have to comply with an additional financial disclosure requirement, if the panel accepts a proposal being put forward by Councilman Kevin McKeown. The plan, set to be discussed at the council’s Jan. 11 meeting, would require council members who have received a campaign... Read more →

Education

School board hires superintendent search company

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school board on Monday voted to hire Leadership Associates to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent. Tim Cuneo, who has led SMMUSD since 2008, is retiring in June. At a brief meeting, the board agreed to hire the firm at a cost of $28,500. The board also said... Read more →

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Group launches new SMO website

The organization Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP) has launched a new website it says will be an open forum for discussion about the future of Santa Monica Airport. Called “SMO 2015” and accessible at www.smo2015.com, the site will be “objective and invites input from pilots, residents, developers,... Read more →

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Farmers’ Market free of pesticides

Officials in charge of the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown reported Monday that representatives from the Department of Pesticide Regulation made a surprise visit last week and found “no illegal pesticide residue.” The inspectors randomly selected 13 farmers and collected samples that were later tested for illegal... Read more →

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Judge: City Hall can proceed with cabbie background checks

DOWNTOWN — Despite a temporary restraining order against enacting City Hall’s recently passed taxi cab franchise system, Santa Monica officials will be allowed to move ahead with administrative steps to set up the new system, a Los Angeles County judge ruled last week. Under the judge’s order, City Hall will be able to... Read more →

Education

New program aims to help vets at SMC

DOWNTOWN — A Los Angeles-based nonprofit veterans group on Monday kicked off an effort to identify and treat combat veterans at local community colleges who are suffering from untreated post traumatic stress disorder. U.S. VETS, which is dedicated to providing housing and services to homeless and at-risk veterans, said nearly 20 percent... Read more →

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Library info on the go

City librarians are making it easier for book worms to navigate through the stacks by improving a personalized text messaging service that allows readers to submit questions using their cell phones. Text the term “AskSmpl” to 66746 to get the ball rolling. All responses will be provided by reference librarians working at the Main... Read more →

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Tuesday’s top events

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2010 An evening with Joseph Goldstein Broad Stage 1310 11th St., 7:30 p.m. Come join one of the West's most respected Buddhist teachers and tap into the healing wisdom and happiness present within each of us. In this special evening program, Joseph Goldstein — a primary figure in the development of the Insight... Read more →