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 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    July 21, 2014

City Council Election Race Begins as SMCLC Kicks of Candidate Endorsements

The race has begun as the nomination period commences, looking for candidates to run for the elections on November 4. Occupancies include three City Council seats, three Rent Control Board seats,...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    July 14, 2014

Protests Over Gaza Offensive Spread To Westwood

Last Tuesday, the front of the Israeli Consulate on Wilshire Boulevard was the site of major protest against the latest Israeli bombing of the Gaza Strip. Protesters, including students activists,...


Pono in Hawaiian means done 'the right way'- and at Pono Burger they're not wrong

Since May 2013, the Quonset hut in Santa Monica has been transformed into a great organic burger restaurant. With the return of summer and strawberry season came the return of their very best Sweet...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    July 7, 2014

New Ballot Measures Swallow Up Airport Discussions

The City Council's consideration to put forward a ballot measure that would lessen the restrictions of council's power to control Santa Monica airport is being overshadowed by two new companion...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    July 7, 2014

Petition Wars Over Santa Monica Pony Rides

In the words of animal rights figurehead Cesar Chavez, " we know we cannot be kind to animals until we stop exploiting them". However, disputes are rising as to where the line can be drawn between...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    June 30, 2014

Celebrate July 4 With A Bang- But Without The Fireworks

With Independence Day fast approaching, the celebrations getting underway, and the fire department sending a vital press release, we take a quick look back at what brought about our annual Fourth of...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    June 30, 2014

Edison Plans 8% Hike Due To Polar Vortex

Tensions are rising along with electricity bills, as the price increase in natural gas due to winter's polar vortex catches up with consumers. Wednesday's Terrence News briefing saw Southern...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    June 30, 2014

Concerns Deepen As Uber Protests Drive On

Since its launch in Los Angeles in March 2012, Uber has generated an enormous user base and is now valued at over $18.2 billion. Yet its drivers are becoming increasingly dissatisfied with their...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    June 23, 2014

City Council Stubs Out Public E-Cigarettes

Following the city council's meeting on Tuesday evening, action has been put forth on banning the public use of e-cigarettes. The unanimous decision is raising questions over the validity of this new...

 By Katie Wilmshurst    News    June 23, 2014

Is Santa Monica Becoming a Santa Mega-opolis?

by Katie Wilmshurst Many Santa Monicans are concerned about the upcoming development project scheduled for Arizona Avenue, as its hearing at the city council looms. The unanimous approval to go ahead...


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