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Santa Monica's $39.5 billion in Assessed Real Estate Values Places in Third Among LA County Cities

According to the assessment roll from the LA County Assessor, Santa Monica's 25,000 or so assessor's parcels are collectively worth $39.5 billion. This places Santa Monica 3rd in the County of Los...

Work Begins on City Yard Modernization, Some Wonder about Recycling Center Closure

After three years of preparation, construction began this month on the modernization of the 14.7-acre Santa Monica City Yards located adjacent to Bergamot Station on Michigan Avenue. The City Yards...

As State Legislature Considers Ban on Rat Poison, LA City Council Struggles with Rats, Typhus.

While California's biggest city deploys rat poison, the California State Legislature simultaneously considers a ban on rat poison. As former US Vice President Dan Quayle said, irony is pretty ironic...

SMPD Shoots Musician After he Rushes them in Alley Off Lincoln Blvd Sunday Morning

Early Sunday morning, Santa Monica Police were attacked by Wolfgang Mountford, 29, in an alley off Lincoln Blvd, near Grant Avenue. Police say the man rushed them, an officer pulled his sidearm and...

Biggest Threat to US Environment is Population Growth from Immigration. When Will We Learn This?

Americans plant trees and host community events to promote conservation and sustainability. Those activities are important. But they don't address one of America's biggest environmental challenges --...

Chinatown Restaurant Review: Zen Mei Bistro, a great budget dining experience

Zen Mei is an authentic Chinese restaurant located in Chinatown in Downtown Los Angeles. It is a family run business which has been owned by Michelle Liu for the last seven years. The restaurant is...

Hits and Misses: A Tourist's Perspective on Los Angeles after 30 days here

As a tourist, I see California in a different light than as someone who's from here. For instance, the concept of the greater Los Angeles area is a bit peculiar to me because I see each place in LA...

Can a Soft Hearted Waitress Find Happiness With New Jersey's Favorite Wedding Singer?

A raucously enthusiastic "The Wedding Singer," adapted from the Broadway musical and hit movie opened June 29th at the Morgan-Wixson theatre. A cast of 28 multi racial singers and dancers told the...

International Yoga Day: Interview with Indian Prime Minister's Yoga Instructor HR Nagendra

Could you share with us how long you have known and have been working with Shri Narendra Modi? I have been working with him for more than 30 years now. He visited Prashanti Kutiram, Vivekananda Yoga...

Traditional Chinese Medicine Offers Solutions for Allergies: Acupuncture and Herbal Medicine

Acupuncture has saved my life. I'm allergic to most medications and so acupuncture gave me another sense of hope and balance. Acupuncture helped me when I felt depressed or had anxiety. It brings me...

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