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Local firefighters recall Thomas Fire inferno

  The wildfire spread like the devil skipping stones. Sparks flew through hot Santa Ana winds saturated with ash, bounced off metal gutters and wedged into roof shingles where they smoldered into a blaze. Looking back, the handful of Santa Monica firefighters who drove into the midnight inferno on Dec. 4 had no idea they were... Read more →

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Evacuations ordered for California burn areas as rain begins

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Evacuations have been ordered for communities below hillsides charred by California's largest-ever wildfire as the first major winter storm of the season brings rare rain and raises the risk of mudslides. The wet and windy system moving ashore Monday could soak much of the state and drop several inches in parts of Santa... Read more →

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Council to prioritize long list of projects

With a looming backlog of proposed projects headed to their desks over the next few years, the City Council will prioritize various planning initiatives at their Tuesday night public meeting, “The identification of ambitious and laudable goals does not automatically produce results,” says the staff report by director David Martin.... Read more →

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Crime Watch is 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. On December 26, at about 2:32 p.m. While at Tongva Park officers observed a subject known to them for having a “No Bail” warrant for her arrest. Officers contacted... Read more →

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Election season begins in Santa Monica

It is an election year in Santa Monica and voters will elect 14 people to the different entities that govern the city in 2018. This year’s elections include four seats on School Board (Oscar de la Torre, Craig Foster, Laurie Lieberman and Richard Tahvildaran-Jesswein), three on City Council (Kevin McKeown, Pam O’Connor and Sue... Read more →

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New York and LA chapters of PEN to merge

NEW YORK (AP) — The two main U.S. chapters of PEN, the international literary and human rights organization, are merging. The New York-based PEN America and California-based PEN Center USA told The Associated Press on Monday that they will be called PEN America. Suzanne Nossel, currently executive director of the New York chapter, will... Read more →

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National anti-union group takes aim at Unite Here Local 11

A national interest group that criticizes labor unions has set its sights on Unite Here Local 11, the union that represents hotel workers throughout the Southland with thousands of members in Santa Monica. The well-funded Center for Union Facts (CUF) launched a media campaign this week with a new website, eyeson11.com, which claims... Read more →

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Santa Monica hosts NY Library film

    On Tuesday, visitors can walk through the doors at the Main Library in Santa Monica only to be transported to another library system across the country, at a screening of Ex Libris: The New York Public Library, a documentary by Frederick Wiseman. Wiseman’s latest observational film focuses on the people, the scenes,... Read more →

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Divided Democrats face liberal backlash on immigration

WASHINGTON (AP) — With a new deadline approaching, Democrats in Congress are struggling to adopt a unified strategy to protect hundreds of thousands of young immigrants from deportation. Democrats' inaction has enraged liberal activists, who have shifted their anger away from the Republicans who run Congress. Democrats are trying to... Read more →