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Murderer Kills Again One Week After Parole Lifted; People Injured by Police Eligible for Victim Compensation; County Homicide Rate up 200% and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

You're Invited Crime Survivors Resource Center is proud to partner with organizations and individuals united together for National Crime Victims' Rights Week for the Los Angeles County Crime Victims'...

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How M.J. George Became a Body Double for Will Smith in Men In Black II. And What That Was Like

Have you ever wished that you could be recruited by the Men in Black? This story is about a guy who actually was. One day in 2001, Mansour Jabbaar (M.J.) George was strolling through the Topanga...

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Krispy Kreme Retreats, Randy's Donuts Advances to Santa Monica as the Donut Wars Take an Unexpected turn

Forget that silly stuff about Meghan and Harry. Here's a story that actually affects you: On Sunday, April 18th Krispy Kreme Donuts will close its Santa Monica location at Euclid (13th Street) and...

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SM Council Votes to Use Federal Stimulus for Rent Abatement for City's Commercial Tenants

Commercial tenants in city-owned properties who have been financially impacted by the pandemic will soon be getting some rent relief from their landlord. At its Tuesday night's meeting, the Santa...

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SMPD Says to Prepare for a Riot Even Though No Specific Information Any Will Occur

As the trial of Derek Chauvin begins to draw to an end with the jury beginning its deliberations this week regarding the death of George Floyd, Santa Monica's Police Chief, Jacqueline Seabrook,...

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SMMUSD Tells Panel Separation Petition Would Cause 'Irreparable Harm' to Kids

Representatives from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the local community argued at Saturday's hearing on the City of Malibu's separation petition that splitting the district...

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Clean Up Your Neighborhood and Win a $100 Gift Card to a Santa Monica Business

SANTA MONICA, Calif., (April 16, 2021) – Residents and visitors are urged to help Santa Monica Shine leading up to Earth Day and beyond by joining the "Santa Monica Shines Clean Campaign" for...

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Criminal Gang Controls Vendors on Santa Monica Pier as City Officials Do Nothing to Protect Pier Businesses or the Public

A fight that broke out among pier vendors on Sunday afternoon highlights a persistent and dangerous problem at the Santa Monica landmark: criminal gang involvement in illegal street vending. Several...

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The High Costs of Pet Medical Care

In my March blog, I discussed findings from the February 2021 Modern Pet Parent Report that highlighted the importance pets have played during the pandemic. This report also discussed pet owners'...

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When Can I Collect My Ex-Spouse's Social Security?

Ask Rusty – When Can I Get Benefits from My Ex-spouse? Dear Rusty: I know that I am able to get Social Security from my ex-husband. We were married for 16 years and I have not remarried. I will be...

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SMMUSD Rejects Latest Proposal from Malibu; Separation Hearing Saturday

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education on Friday morning voted 5-2 to reject the latest City of Malibu counter proposal on "unification" or separation. This latest offer...

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DC Dance of LA Win Dance Scholarships

This past weekend, dancers from DC Dance of Los Angeles attended Radix Dance to compete and take classes with today's top choreographers in the industry. This was their first regional competition...

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Ringmaster and Producer Jessica Winther And Her Talented Circus Of Comics Sell Out Opening Night At New Hotspot The Comedy Chateau.

As the country finally slowly opens up after the Covid lockdown, people are eager to get out and see their friends and find a much missed sense of normalcy. Businesses are reopening again and a new...

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Motion to Ban Items That Can be 'Weaponized' at Protests Fails at City Council Meeting

In light of the recent demonstrations nationwide, where "violence erupted between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators and violence against law enforcement personnel," the Santa Monica City...

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A Woman Disguised Herself as a Man to Fight in the Revolutionary War: Private Deborah Sampson

WASHINGTON, DC, Apr 16 -- There are those who would say that Private Deborah Sampson deserved the Medal of Honor, but she didn't sign up for that; she joined the Army to fight for her country and...

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100 Plants to Feed the Monarch Butterfly

The plight of the monarch butterfly has captured public attention and sparked widespread interest in helping to save their dwindling populations. We are excited to announce the release of our new...

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93% of Americans Believe a Home Is a Better Investment Than Stocks

A recent Survey of Consumer Finances study released by the Federal Reserve reveals the net worth of homeowners is forty times greater than that of renters. If you're wondering if homeownership is a...

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How Much Time Do You Need To Save for a Down Payment?

One of the biggest hurdles homebuyers face is saving for a down payment. As you're budgeting and planning for your home purchase, you'll want to understand how much you'll need to put down and how...  Website

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Some Buyers Prefer Smaller Homes

Over the past year, we've had plenty of opportunities to reflect on what we consider most important in our lives. The place we call home is one of the biggest things many of us are reevaluating....

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Latest Jobs Report: What Does It Mean for You & the Housing Market?

Last Friday, the Bureau of Labor Statistics released a very encouraging jobs report. The economy gained 916,000 jobs in March – well above expert projections of 650,000 to 675,000. The unemployment...  Website

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