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CITY HALL Keeping an eye on the cash City Hall has a new financial watchdog. After a nationwide search, Marty Kolkin was selected as the new internal audit manager for City Hall. He began working for the city on June 1. “I am delighted to have Marty on our team,” said Carol Swindell, director of finance for City Hall.... Read more →

News

Conviction upheld in deadly Farmers’ Market crash

LOS ANGELES — A state appeals court panel on Thursday upheld the conviction of an elderly man whose car plowed through the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in July 2003, killing 10 people and injuring 68 others. The three-justice panel from the Second District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s claim that errors were made in... Read more →

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Using art to protect Mother Earth

The spirit of Earth Day will carry on through July in Airport Park with a new temporary art exhibition, “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.” The collection of whimsical yet informative globes was conceived in Chicago in 1997 as a community arts project similar to the “Cows on Parade” exhibitions popular... Read more →

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Citations of riders on the decline

DOWNTOWN — It wasn’t too far back when an already contentious relationship between Critical Mass and the Santa Monica Police Department reached a boiling point, cyclists alleging they were unfairly being targeted during their monthly rides, authorities countering that they were simply trying to ensure everyone’s safety.... Read more →

Crime

Suspect down in the dumps

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thursday, May 28, at 3 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Wilshire Boulevard — MacMall —regarding a suspect who... Read more →

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Affordable housing project draws mixed bag

PICO BLVD — A proposal to build a new affordable housing development on the east side of town met a mixed reaction from neighbors during an unveiling of its preliminary designs on Wednesday, raising concerns that the project might be out of scale with the neighborhood and bring in more traffic. Community Corporation of Santa Monica,... Read more →

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SM residents discuss saving neighborhoods

DOWNTOWN — Whether it’s the 1940s era courtyard apartments in Sunset Park, the tree canopy north of Montana Avenue, or the cultural diversity in the Pico Neighborhood, residents agree that the defining features of their sections of the city should be preserved, no matter what changes the future might bring. Hearing the message,... Read more →

Education

Samohi parents upset with pending cuts

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education can expect a sizable group of parents at its meeting tonight when it makes a final decision on whether to reduce one house at Santa Monica High School, a measure that has been met with opposition in the community. The meeting comes amid speculation that Wendy Wax Gellis, the principal of the A... Read more →

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Jobless get a shot at closure

THE INTERNET — Tom Van Daele and his team at Santa Monica-based Unknownlab, a multimedia marketing outfit, have done something inspiring. His Web site, cardsofchange.com, has attracted just short of 100 business cards since its launch on April 15, and not one has come from someone with a job. The site encourages a creative and positive... Read more →

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Rubin makes like a tree and leaves Treesavers

DOWNTOWN — Nearly two years after co-founding the Santa Monica Treesavers to fight the destruction of the ficus trees along Second and Fourth streets, local peace activist and City Council gadfly Jerry Rubin has decided to step down from the organization. The former City Council candidate, who was arrested last year for chaining... Read more →