Government

Fewer questions about nativity scene ban

PALISADES PARK —The holiday season is getting a little less stressful for City Hall. City Council’s ban of unattended displays at Palisades Park went even smoother last December than it did the year before, city officials said in a recent report. For years, local church groups set up nativity scenes in the park but in 2012, council... Read more →

News

Santa Monica gets perfect score from L.A. Conservancy

The Junipher Building on the Third Street Promenade was recently named a landmark. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITYWIDE — Santa Monica aced its preservation exam. The city by the sea topped the list of jurisdictions in Los Angeles County that were graded by the Los Angeles Conservancy for their commitment to historic... Read more →

Crime

Brief: Cops ‘proud’ no one buys kids booze during sting

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police were “proud” to report Tuesday that during a sting operation targeting adults who are asked to buy kids alcohol no one was arrested for doing so. Vice investigators also reported that in some cases clerks at liquor stores and other places that sell booze went outside to confront decoys, telling them... Read more →

Environment

Brief: Fix that leak

City officials are encouraging people to fix that leak this week. As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing “We’re for Water” campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. “Leaks can account for... Read more →

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Brief: 405 Freeway closures continue

If you plan to travel south on the 405 Freeway between Santa Monica and National boulevards, you better think again. The contractor working on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project plans to fully close the freeway on the southbound side to install an overhead sign and conduct other roadway construction activities along the median,... Read more →

Homelessness

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City Hall assesses strategy to end homelessness

CITYWIDE — City officials got good news from the annual homeless count but they’ll push to do more at tonight’s City Council meeting. While homelessness rose in Los Angeles County, it fell 5 percent in the city by the sea in 2013 and city officials said that the Police Department was among several organizations helping to curb the... Read more →

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Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach but causing no reported damage. The quake’s magnitude was 4.4 and it was centered 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS... Read more →

Education

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Good results from Olympic High schedule change

OLYMPIC HIGH — A schedule change that allows students to come in later has been a success at Santa Monica’s continuation high school, said Olympic High School Principal Janie Gates. Gates has decided to stick to the schedule, at least for the rest of the year, thanks to vast attendance improvements in 25 of the school’s classes. None... Read more →

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Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. 17th Street 10-day closure with 24-hour work shift for rail installation: 1 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. 2. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 18th streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound... Read more →