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Activists press for district based elections

Santa Monica activist Oscar de la Torre is highlighting his own election loss last November in a legal effort to dismantle the way the City has held elections for seventy years. De la Torre is the board co-chair of the Pico Neighborhood Association, which has sued Santa Monica over the City’s use of at-large elections. De la Torre’s... Read more →

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Planning Commission will talk transit on March 1

    The Planning Commission wants you to take your favorite mode of transit to its Wednesday meeting for a discussion of Citywide mobility options, plans and data. Among the topics for discussion will be the city’s mobility strategic goal, the city’s first resident travel survey results, trends in public transit, the... Read more →

Crime

Crime watch: clothing conceals crime

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 February 14, at about 12:41 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Apple Store, 1415 3rd Street Promenade, regarding a theft suspect in custody.... Read more →

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City Council Round Up

The City Council will begin their biweekly meeting Tuesday by proclaiming March as Women’s History Month. Here are some other topics slated for discussion at the meeting: The City Council will weigh whether the City should co-produce the annual Summer SOULstice event on Main Street. The City would be responsible for oversight and... Read more →

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Police: man tried to set person on fire inside Starbucks

A homeless man is facing attempted murder charges after a fight inside the Starbucks on Ocean Avenue near City Hall got out of control. Police say Paul Dickson, 41, became upset with another customer around 10:25 a.m. on Monday, Feb. 20.  Dickson is accused of throwing an unknown flammable liquid onto the victim who is also homeless. Once... Read more →

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One big party for four park projects

Santa Monica will celebrate Parks Day on Saturday, Feb. 25 with a morning of activities spread across four parks. The day will include the grand opening of Ishihara Park, renaming of Gandara Park (formerly Stewart St. Park), reopening of Reed Park and the conclusion of construction at Los Amigos Park. Karen Ginsberg, Director of... Read more →

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Acting in the dark

The tap, tap, tap of canes are heard twice a week on the sidewalk of a tree-lined residential neighborhood in Santa Monica as a group of visually impaired actors make their way from transportation vans and up a driveway to the garage of a large house. These sounds turn your average night into a special one as the taps are replaced by the... Read more →

City Council

Council roundup

The City Council will begin their biweekly meeting Tuesday by proclaiming March as Women’s History Month. Here are some other topics slated for discussion at the meeting: The City Council will weigh whether the City should co-produce the annual Summer SOULstice event on Main Street. The City would be responsible for oversight and... Read more →

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Suspect tried to bolt with cutters

On February 16, at about 6:32 a.m. Officers were flagged by a reporting party at the 600 block of Arizona Avenue. The reporting party indicated he was following a subject who attempted to steal a bicycle in the 1200 block of 3rd Street Promenade. The reporting party saw the subject attempt to cut a lock on a bicycle using bolt cutters. The... Read more →

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Santa Monica stops short of proclaiming Sanctuary City Status

Santa Monica is drafting a new ordinance that would prohibit companies from gathering information on any client’s religion, immigration status or sexual orientation in the City or sharing the information with other entities. The ordinance is the brainchild of City Councilmembers Kevin McKeown and Sue Himmelrich. It applies to employers,... Read more →

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Room for everybody at new park opening this weekend

After seven years of planning, meetings, debate and construction, the long-awaited Ishihara Park will open to the public on Saturday, Feb. 25. The new park occupies about 2.35 acres between Dorchester Ave. and Stewart St. The long, narrow strip of land (13,320 feet long and varying between 110 feet and 60 feet wide) differs from... Read more →

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Art for Hearts raises money for youth center

  If your Valentine’s Day was a dud, you have a chance to make it up Thursday when the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) hosts its eighth annual “Art for Hearts” fundraiser at Bergamot Station. More than 75 artists participated in this year’s fundraiser by painting, tiling or even hacking apart wooden hearts that will be... Read more →