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Solar Eclipse Monday; Pedestrian Dies Near Pier; Malibu School District Separation Efforts

Local briefs for the week of April 8th

Pedestrian Dies Near Pier

A pedestrian was killed early in the morning of April 1 in an apparent automobile accident at Ocean Avenue and Colorado Avenue. Police were called at approximately 5:30 am and sealed off the area for their investigation. The driver of the vehicle remained on-scene and cooperated with the police.

The pedestrian victim was declared dead at the scene. The identity of this individual has not been provided by authorities.

By 11:20 am, police had concluded their investigation and reopened the area to traffic.

Solar Eclipse Monday

A total solar eclipse will pass across the Southern and Eastern US on Monday, April 8th.   While the path of totality will be no closer to LA than Eastern Texas, locals will not be totally left out of the fun.

In Los Angeles County, residents are expected to see a partial eclipse. The eclipse will peak Monday at 11:22 am, at about half the sun disappearing.

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is reminding Los Angeles County residents to take necessary precautions while viewing the solar eclipse on Monday, April 8th.   

"As we anticipate viewing the solar eclipse, I urge everyone to prioritize their eye safety. The sun's powerful rays can cause serious eye damage if you look directly at it during an eclipse," said Dr. Barbara Ferrer, Ph.D., M.P.H., M.Ed., Director of the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. "By following simple precautions and using certified eclipse glasses and avoiding direct sun gazing, we can safely enjoy this amazing natural phenomenon."  

Malibu School District Separation Efforts

The City of Malibu will hold a Special Meeting and Work Session of the City Council scheduled for April 10 aimed at providing residents with a comprehensive understanding of the revenue sharing agreement in the context of the ongoing school district separation efforts.

The Special Meeting and Work Session is for Malibu residents to gain insights into the revenue sharing agreement and its implications for the community. This session will focus exclusively on providing information and fostering discussion among Malibu residents and community stakeholders, said the City of Malibu in a press release.

Additionally, the Santa Monica-Malibu School District (SMMUSD) will be hosting community workshops for Santa Monica residents, in addition to joint sessions in May that will be co-hosted by SMMUSD and the City.

For more information on the City's school separation efforts, please contact Deputy City Manager Alexis Brown at 310-456-2489, ext. 300, email or visit: 

99 Cents Only Stores Closing

99 Cents Only Store executive said "significant and lasting challenges" faced by the popular retailer will force the closure of all 371 locations. The company cited inflationary pressures, and a challenging overall retail environment. 

Mike Simoncic, the company's interim CEO, made the announcement on Thursday, adding that Hilco Real Estate will assist in liquidating all merchandise starting this weekend.

Sales are expected to begin Friday, April 5 at all company store locations, including the Santa Monica location on Pico Blvd.

"This was an extremely difficult decision and is not the outcome we expected or hoped to achieve," said the company, in a prepared statement. "We deeply appreciate the dedicated employees, customers, partners, and communities who have collectively supported 99 Cents Only Stores for decades."


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