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SMMUSD board feels the heat over termite treatment

Contentious talks of how to effectively exterminate termites in Santa Monica and Malibu schools dominated a Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District board meeting Thursday. The Board was presented with a recommendation to make full tent fumigation the standard for termite extermination, as opposed to low to non-toxic procedures such as... Read more →

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City releases infrastructure spending report

The City of Santa Monica spent about $97 million and committed another $88 million to near-term spending on 233 Capital Improvement projects last year according to the year-end report. The hundreds of projects were spread across several categories including General Government, Community & Economic Development, Public Safety, Recreation... Read more →

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Everyman orchestra brings enthusiasm to the Broad Stage

“If you’re going to have a mid-life crisis,” 49-year-old Zain Kahn says, “I highly recommend starting an orchestra.” Just a few years ago -- 2016 to be exact — the software company overseer and side orchestra conductor Khan says he felt life catching up to him. Kahn’s dream when he was younger was to conduct an orchestra.... Read more →

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Walking tours link locals and visitors to Santa Monica history

Do you want to know where Jim Morrison played his first public show? How about the once-secret history of special commandos trained on the Santa Monica beach? Maybe you’re more interested in the founding of the modern movie industry, the City’s role as a global fitness trendsetter or the now ubiquitous cartoon sailor with a penchant for... Read more →

Briefs

Briefs: DUI-DRIVER’S LICENSE CHECKPOINT

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Saul Rodriguez, Lieutenant (310) 458-2293 saul.rodriguez@smgov.net Santa Monica, CA - The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will be conducting a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on February 2, 2018 at an undisclosed location within the city limits between the hours of 7:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. In... Read more →

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Coates hopes ‘Black Panther’ hype transfers to comic book

As people gear up for the "Black Panther" movie, Ta-Nehisi Coates wants them to check out the original source, Marvel's Black Panther comic book, where he's booting up a massive outer space adventure for the king of Wakanda. The award-winning author and journalist, in an interview with The Associated Press, predicted that the Black Panther... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch

On January 22, 2018 at about 10:33 p.m. officers responded to a radio call for service at Johnny Rockets Restaurant – 1322 3rd Street Promenade – regarding a female subject yelling at employees. As officers arrived, they could hear the female subject yelling and detained her for an investigation.   Officers determined the subject... Read more →

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Santa Monica woman killed in helicopter crash

A helicopter that crashed in Southern California, killing three people on board and injuring two others, including a man on the ground, didn't send a distress call before plummeting into a home in a gated community, a federal investigator said Wednesday. The Robinson R44 helicopter was headed to Catalina Island when it went down in Newport... Read more →

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Ballot measure filed to establish term limits for City Council

Local community advocate Mary Marlow and Councilwoman Sue Himmelrich have filed a ballot initiative for the 2018 election that would limit councilmembers to three terms. The measure would provide individuals with up to 12 years (three terms of four years each) over the course of their lifetime and only applies to Council as elections for... Read more →

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Fumigation recommended for termite problems in local schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will have a board meeting this Thursday, February 1 in Malibu. Highlighted on the agenda’s docket are proposed termite treatment and inter/intradistrict transfer residency checks: Establishing a Standard for Termite Treatment This item will determine a standard for eliminating termites... Read more →

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Rent Control abolishes surcharges for new tenants

New tenants moving into rent-controlled buildings in Santa Monica will not have to pay surcharges on past bond measures, after the Rent Control Board voted 5-0 to end pass-throughs on local voted indebtedness. The surcharges will also end for new property owners, meaning they can no longer pass massive tax increases down to tenants when... Read more →

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Budget talks bogged down by immigration, deficit concerns

A week after a standoff forced a three-day government shutdown, congressional budget talks remain bogged down by Democrats' demands to protect "Dreamer" immigrants and GOP conservatives' concerns about a booming federal deficit. The deadlock is deflating hopes that lawmakers will reach a breakthrough before another shutdown deadline next... Read more →