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An Open Letter to Interim Santa Monica City Manager Lane Dilg Re: Main Street’s ‘Al Fresco’ emergency rescue experiment Dear Ms. Dilg, Please accept my respect for your obvious skills and also accept my sympathy for the pressures coming at you from so many directions with diminished resources available for relief. Some mistakes are inevitable, so we must do our best to learn from them and adjust our course. Santa Monica’s deeply flawed Main Street “Al Fresco” rescue plan proves to be one such mistake with COVID-19 realities spoiling the pretty picture painted by the plan. Social distancing, with...

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Corona by the Numbers & Local Updates: COVID-19 cases Top 100,000; Beaches Closed for Holiday Weekend

Compiled by Christina Campodonico Reported Cases by Neighborhood as of Monday, June 29 Culver City: 205; Del Rey: 128; El Segundo: 51; Marina del Rey: 20; Mar Vista: 125; Playa Vista: 46; Playa del Rey: 6; Santa Monica: 401; Venice: 92; Westchester: 162 Total Confirmed Cases in LA County: 100,772 Total Deaths: 3,326 • To mitigate the spread of COVID-19 and prevent large gatherings over the Fourth of July holiday weekend, Los Angeles County officials announced Monday (June 29) that LA County beaches, beach parking lots, beach bike paths and beach accessways will be closed from 12:01 a.m. Friday...

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Fear Not the Fireworks!

Help your pet cope with the booming sounds of Independence Day By Dr. J.J. Rawlinson The author is the Senior Manager of Community Partnerships and Welfare Initiatives and a veterinarian at Wallis Annenberg PetSpace, a one-of-a-kind community space in Playa Vista that is a unique mix of pet adoption center, educational programming destination and convening space for some of today’s top academics who study the human-animal relationship. Residents may be noticing an influx of fireworks being set off in the recent weeks. Though Marina del Rey canceled its official Fourth of July fireworks show to help prevent the spread...

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OPINION: Stop the Spread this Fourth of July

Celebrate freedom by increasing personal responsibility By Lindsay B. Call The author is the Chief Resilience Officer of the City of Santa Monica. We’ve now surpassed 10 million cases of COVID-19 worldwide and Monday, Los Angeles County had its highest daily case recording since the start of the pandemic. Hospitalization rates are also rising. Governor Gavin Newsom ordered the immediate closure of all bars at noon on Sunday in seven counties, including Los Angeles. LA County is now projecting the possibility of running out of hospital beds in two to three weeks. Likewise, the number of intensive care unit beds could be exhausted sometime in...

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Westchester Float Salutes 2020 Graduates

By Meera Sastry For the past 12 years, Dan Garr, along with a team of parents from his son’s former class at Westchester Lutheran School, has built elaborate floats for Westchester’s Fourth of July parade. This year’s promised to be an exceptional one, with Garr’s son and his class set to graduate high school with suitable congratulations in order. As COVID-19 spread, however, the students’ graduations and the annual Independence Day parade were both canceled. Nevertheless, Garr and the other parents were determined to commemorate the hard work and perseverance of their children, and repurposed their planned “Class of...

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