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Thirty Meter Telescope: Mauna Kea Protest is Not a Culture War

The protesters blocking the access road for construction of a new Thirty Meter Telescope on the summit of Mauna Kea on the Big Island of Hawaii are only the latest in a long line of protests...

 

Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson Joins Native Hawaiians Objecting to 100' Telescope on Mauna Kea

Protesters have camped at the foot of Mauna Kea, a dormant 14,000-foot volcano on the Big Island of Hawaii for a week now, blocking the access road and demanding the halt to construction of a $1.4...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 22, 2019

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 ho...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    July 1, 2019

Though Down 7%, Santa Monica City Budget Maintains Some Costly Items

The Santa Monica City Council approved a nearly $1.6 million budget for 2019-2021 on Tuesday. This is $108 million less than the previous two-year budget, a decrease of 7 percent. While cutting 29...

 

Article 34: California Voters to Decide Against their Right to Decide

A bill proposed by Santa Monica's State Senator Ben Allen would repeal Article 34 of the California State Constitution. On June 4, Allen's bill was approved unanimously by the California State...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 21, 2019

Jury Awards $2 Billion in Third Courtroom Verdict Against Roundup and Monsanto

In a third strike against Monsanto, maker of the weed-killer Roundup, an Alameda County jury awarded over $2 billion to a Livermore couple who each contracted non-Hodgkin's lymphoma. The couple, Alva...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Politics    May 21, 2019

Santa Monica to Pay $85,000 Annually to Consultant to Track the Homeless

City staff are asking the Council to contract with an outside consultant to manage their homeless tracking system. In order for the City to receive federal funds for homelessness, they are required...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 10, 2019

Community Corps to Build 94 Units Across 14th Street from Woodlawn Cemetery

Community Corp. of Santa Monica (CCSM) will be holding a public hearing this month on their proposal to build 55 affordable housing units on 14th Street, across the street from Woodlawn Cemetery. The...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 10, 2019

Southern California Housing Prices Fall 0.2%, Breaking a 7 Year Trend

Housing prices and sales are falling in California, according to a report by the California Association of Realtors. Although the statewide median home price is up a tiny 0.2 percent, at $565,880,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    April 29, 2019

Homeless Man Charged with Setting the Skirball Fire, Other Fires in the Sepulveda Pass

Charges have been filed against a homeless man who allegedly set a number of fires near Sepulveda Boulevard and Getty Center Drive on Easter Sunday, April 21. Steven William Adkison, 31, now faces fou...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 29, 2019

Santa Monica City Hall Celebrates Massively Expensive and Wasteful City Hall Annex on Earth Day

The Santa Monica city's blog page sought to remind us this Earth Day that our elected leaders are so good and saintly as to be constructing a "global environmental statement" in the form of a 50,200...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 23, 2019

Gates Kingsley Gates Guarantees 100% Satisfaction in New Office Location

The funeral home in the style of an English country house, situated conveniently down the block from Saint John's Hospital, once prepared the remains of former President Ronald Reagan. It had been a S...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 23, 2019

Venice Homeless Shelter Approved at MTA Bus Yard on Main Street and Sunset Avenue

A Venice neighborhood group has initiated a legal fight against plans by the City of Los Angeles to erect a 154-bed homeless shelter on a former Metro bus yard, a few blocks from the beach. The...

 

As Legislature Tries to Stuff More Housing Down the Throats of Cities, California Just Says No

The Los Angeles City Council voted unanimously to oppose a proposed bill in the California State Senate, SB 50, which would offer waivers and other encouragements to housing built close to urban...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 15, 2019

President Donald Trump Raises Money and Traffic on Westside Friday 4/5/19

President Donald Trump swept through Los Angeles last Friday after a trip to Calexico to discuss the situation at the border with Mexico. Multiple roads throughout West Los Angeles were closed at...

 

Street Vendors Decriminalized, as Long as They're In the Right Place at the Right Time

On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council voted to institute an emergency ordinance that would require sidewalk vendors to acquire licenses and permits. They would also be barred from operating in...

 

Brunei Stones Gays, and Hollywood Boycotts Hotels as new Anti Gay Laws Take Effect

On April 3, Brunei put into effect Islamic Sharia laws that allow for amputation for theft and stoning to death for adultery and homosexual sex. These laws have been on the books since 2014 but were...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 9, 2019

Rearranging the Deck Chairs on the SamoHi Titanic with a $385 million "Discovery" Building

Ground broke on Tuesday for a new structure, dubbed the Discovery Building, at the Santa Monica High School campus. Its function is to replace the Science and Technology buildings which were...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    April 5, 2019

Montana Avenue Bomber Robber Gets Two Years for February 2018 Incident

The LA County District Attorney's office announced yesterday that they had secured a two-year sentence for the so-called "Bomber Robber." Robert Abalov of Los Angeles was initially charged with attemp...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    April 3, 2019

Los Angeles County Bans Monsanto's Roundup In the Wake of 2 Huge Jury Verdicts

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors banned the use of any glyphosate-type weed killer on county property pending more information about the chemical's potential health and environmental...

 

$1.4 Million Gets 23 Homeless People Into Santa Monica Housing (That's $60,900 per individual)

An Information Item sent from Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole to the city council seeks to explain what achievements staff has made over the past year to address homelessness. In late November of...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 25, 2019

Current Santa Monica City Council Saved From Election by California Appeals Court (For now)

The California Court of Appeal offered temporary relief to Santa Monica's current City Councilmembers, who were facing a special election this summer. Justices Elizabeth Grimes, Maria Stratton, and...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 14, 2019

Poison Control: Roundup Continues to be Used by City of Santa Monica

The weedkiller Roundup, a product of Monsanto, continues to be used in Santa Monica's public spaces despite a recent $289 million dollar judgment against Monsanto for the terminal illness of school...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 14, 2019

'Homeless' Man Sets Fire to House, Closes Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica

On Monday around 1:00 pm, a small house fire in the 1300 block of the Pacific Coast Highway closed all southbound lanes and the number one northbound lane. Around the same time, police were called for...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Crime    March 14, 2019

As Crime Increases 8.8% in Santa Monica, California Liberalizes Shoplifting Laws and Releases Felons

In a video address to citizens on Facebook on Wednesday, January 29, Police Chief Cynthia Renaud explained the 8.8 percent increase in Part 1 Crime in 2018. Part I crimes range from murder through...

 

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