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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 →

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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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 →

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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 →

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Role reversal?

EASTSIDE — While landlords often complain about City Hall being unresponsive to their concerns, it is a group of residents living at a city-owned mobile home park who say city officials are the ones who are turning a deaf ear. More than a dozen residents at Mountain View Mobile Home Park are refusing to allow inspectors into their... Read more →

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Concerns raised about Pico library plan

PICO BOULEVARD — As city officials search possible locations for a new branch library, one local organization is proposing an idea it believes would not only serve the literary needs of residents, but also their postal demands. The Pico Improvement Organization, which represents businesses from the west to the east ends of the... Read more →