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Articles from the August 4, 2014 edition

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City Manager Rod Gould Announces Retirement

Rod Gould, Santa Monica's city manager, said Friday that he planned to retire at the end of January. Gould made the announcement as the coastal city is embroiled in a debate over the scale and scope...

 

Freeways as Fences, Trapping the Mountain Lions of Los Angeles

That mountain lions have managed to survive at all in the Santa Monica Mountains of California-in the vicinity of the megacity of Los Angeles-is a testament to the resilience of wildlife, but...

 

Explosion Leaves Residents and Pier Without Power

A surge that set off an explosion in an underground vault left 4,704 Santa Monica residents and the entire SM Pier without power Sunday night. The explosion was reported around 9:45 p.m. at Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard, the Santa Monica Fire...

 
 Events   

BELMAR APARTMENTS GRAND OPENING

The grand opening for Belmar Apartments was held on July 31st. Mayor Pam O'Connor called it "an important milestone in advancing Santa Monica's commitment to creating affordable housing opportunities...

 

Stowaway Arrested Again at LAX

The 62-year-old airplane stowaway who breached security at San Jose's airport and made her way onto a flight to Los Angeles was arrested again Thursday at Los Angeles International Airport when she sh...

 

SMMUSD Addresses the Dissemination of Misinformation

The District received a letter from PEER, a Washington D.C.-based environmental advocacy group, asserting that the District has threatened that teachers will be terminated if they refuse to occupy classrooms containing toxic compounds. In response,...

 

Local News Briefs

Block Party and Lorna Jane Santa Monica Place is celebrating this weekend with a free family-friendly beachside summer block party. The summer bash promises a good time with a live concert, beauty tips and giveaways and more. It’s all going down...

 

The Face In The Reeds

Passover is a celebration of freedom, it is also a quarrel about the meaning of freedom, the value of life, and the shadow of death, which symbolically “passes over” the house. During the course of the evening, conflicts emerge about the merit...

 

Charlotte's Web

The Children’s Literature Association named Charlotte’s Web “the best American children’s book of the past two hundred years,” and Joseph Robinette, working with the advice of E.B. White, has created a play that captures this work in a...

 
 By Antje Weser    News    August 4, 2014

SANTA MONICA CRIME WATCH

Theft of Bicycle Basket Santa Monica police on 8/1/14 at approximately 12:45 AM officers responded to a report of a theft in progress at Parking Structure #8, located at 1555 2nd Street. They say upon arrival officers met with the reporting party...

 

UCLA Can Play in Pauley Despite Flood

When Pauley Pavilion was modernized two years go the UCLA basketball team played its home schedule primarily at the Sports Arena. Due to heavy flooding last week which included the Pauley Pavilion...

 

Former Trojan Kiffin Becomes Alabama Assistant

With the college football season coming up, Lane Kiffin is my topic for the day. A brief resume: Kiffin has been head coach with the Oakland Raiders and with Tennessee and USC. The Trojans fired him...

 

MOVIE REVIEW: THE HUNDRED-FOOT JOURNEY

To paraphrase screenwriter Steven Knight, "Food is memories". Since the days of a feeble Oliver Twist innocently saying "Please sir, I want some more" to Scarlet O'Hara infamously avowing "I'll never...

 

SMC Student Handpicked to Receive Full Tuition Scholarship to Columbia University

Recent Santa Monica College graduate Grace Sandoval, 26, who was accepted into Columbia University School of General Studies (GS), has been handpicked to receive the Ivy League university’s full tuition Program for Academic Leadership and Service (...

 

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