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Fire Breaks Out in Santa Monica Condominium

SANTA MONICA, CA: On Wednesday December 13th, 2017 Firefighters responded to 425 Marine Street at 4:49 p.m. Firefighters arrived in 4 minutes and 23 seconds to find a 3 story town-home complex with an active fire on the 1st floor. The building contained 6 units, with each unit being 2 floors plus a loft area. Firefighters aggressively fought... Read more →

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Students organize sock drive for local homeless

John Muir Elementary School prides itself on being the kind of neighborhood school where teachers value the community that surrounds their campus. When possible, classes sometimes take walking field trips into the nearby streets and it was one of those local excursions that stoked the fires the community advocacy among Sky Davis’... Read more →

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City registering volunteers for 2018 Homeless Count

The largest regional homeless count in the United States is looking for volunteers to help tally the number of homeless people sleeping on Santa Monica streets on Jan. 24. The count takes place overnight – from about 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. - to best capture the number of homeless sleeping in Santa Monica. Organizers need about 250... Read more →

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City Council punts consideration of controversial preschool

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Neighbors fighting plans for a 20-student preschool near Gandara Park scored their first political victory Tuesday, when four City Council members voted to postpone the debate over a Conditional Use Permit needed to open the school. The dozens of residents who are fighting the City over the... Read more →

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Air quality concerns persist as fire containment grows

  MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Staff Writer According to CalFire, firefighters are beginning to contain many of the fires burning in Southern California but air quality remains questionable near the fires as changing weather conditions push clouds of smoke in different directions. In the Statewide Fire Summary for Dec. 8, Calfire... Read more →

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Evacuations remain in place for Skirball fire zone

According to CalFire, firefighters are beginning to contain many of the fires burning in Southern California. In the Statewide Fire Summary for today, Calfire said the Skirball Fire burning North of Brentwood has consumed 475 acres and is now 30% contained. Evacuations and road closures remain in effect for some nearby residents. “As... Read more →

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Local officials prepared for fire emergencies

MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Editor With wildfires burning throughout the region and the danger expected to persist into the weekend, local officials are taking steps to prepare the city for any potential fire emergencies. The local efforts come as the National Weather Service has extended their Red Flag Warning through Saturday and... Read more →

Crime

Recyclables theft uncovers outstanding warrants

  On November 21, at about 9:39 a.m. While patrolling the area of 500 block of Olympic Blvd, officers saw a subject taking items out of a City of Santa Monica trash receptacle in violation of a municipal code. The subject was detained so he may be issued a citation. Officers determined the subject had two outstanding warrants... Read more →

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Malibu fire contained Thursday morning

A new fire broke out near Malibu Thursday morning but was quickly brought under control. The Horizon Fire broke out in the early hours of Thursday morning on the 5300 block of Horizon Drive. Firefighters called a second alarm due to the heavy brush and the flames were brought under control at about 9 a.m. with about a quarter acre... Read more →

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Nearby fires shut down schools, outdoor events

  Dangerous Santa Ana winds continue to elevate fire danger across Southern California, with winds predicted to reach 80 miles an hour in some places on Thursday, according to CAL Fire. Maps of the region showed “high danger” of fires in Los Angeles and Ventura Counties, as flames and smoke shut down schools and separated... Read more →

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Rent control survey fails to satisfy Ellis concerns

  A recent study commissioned by City staff has some of Santa Monica’s elected officials echoing the words of City Hall’s staunchest critics - alleging incompetence, wasted tax dollars and suspicious back-room decisions. The concerns of Rent Control Board members over a recent Ellis Act report delivered by Keyster Marston... Read more →

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DIAL-A-Ride to see major overhaul next year

A popular Santa Monica car service that helps seniors get around town is getting a major overhaul. In April, Big Blue Bus’s “Dial-A-Ride” moves into the smartphone age with a new name, MODE, and a partnership with Lyft. The 34-year-old service is cheap – a one-way fare is just fifty cents – but often inconvenient. Due to the high... Read more →

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More evacuations as California fire rages

VENTURA (AP) — Southern California authorities have ordered evacuations for the first time in Santa Barbara County as crews protect coastal communities from a destructive wildfire that's steadily marching west and northwest. A key stretch of U.S. 101 between Ventura and Santa Barbara counties was intermittently closed Thursday as flames... Read more →