Category: Santa Monica

Measles Warning for Venice, Santa Monica and Brentwood

Public Health officials list locations where locals may have been exposed to the disease By Joe Piasecki The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating a confirmed case of measles by a local resident who contracted the disease outside the country. The department has issued a statement that people who visited that following places within the given timeframe may have been exposed to measles. There is no known risk of measles at these venues at the current time. Sunday, July 14: 12:15 to 2:30 p.m. – Groundworks Coffee at 671 Rose Ave. in Venice 1 to 3 p.m. – Frontrunners Shoe Store at 11620 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood 1:45 to 4 p.m. – CVS at 11941 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood 5 to 7:15 p.m. – American Beauty at 425 Rose Ave. in Venice Monday, July 15: 2:30 to 5 p.m. – Comerica Bank at 12001 San Vicente Blvd. in Brentwood 3:45 to 6:30 p.m. – Groundworks Coffee at 811 Traction Ave. in Downtown L.A.’s Arts District 8:30 to 11 p.m. – California Chicken at 2401 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica Tuesday, July 16: 7:30 to 10:30 p.m. – Equinox Gym, 201 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica There have been 16 measles cases among Los Angeles County residents so far this year, plus eight non-resident cases detected among people traveling through the area. “For those who...

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A Lot More Work to Do

Santa Monica’s homeless population remains stubbornly flat By Gary Walker Despite progress in some areas, the results of the annual Santa Monica Homeless Count reveal a slight 3% increase in overall homelessness, from 957 people in January 2018 to 985 at the beginning of this year. The number of individuals sleeping on the street showed an almost imperceptible 0.5% decrease from 542 to 539, but factoring in those found dwelling in vehicles or encampments resulted in an overall 1.2% increase from 646 to 654. The number of people in shelters or emergency motel placements increased 2% from 294 to...

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Electoral Do-Over

Voting Rights Act judgment could force the entire Santa Monica City Council to face re-election in July By Joe Piasecki and Gary Walker The Santa Monica City Council will hold a closed-session meeting on Feb. 21 about whether to appeal a recent court ruling that would put all seven councilmembers up for re-election this summer — this time according to new geographic voter districts that would pit three incumbents against each other for one seat. The Pico Neighborhood Association and its treasurer Maria Loya, a past council candidate, challenged the city’s at-large election system as violating the California Voting...

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Wired for Success

Santa Monica Public Library’s free Career Online High School catches students who fell through the cracks By Nicole Borgenicht Santa Monica restaurant waiter Danny Guevara didn’t get the chance to finish high school. He was born in this country, but his parents were not. When they got deported to Mexico in 2013, Guevara left with them until he could return as an adult. Yolanda Mickens didn’t finish either. A Santa Monica resident who supervisors playground activities for a local disabilities service center, she grew up in foster care and dropped out of school to get a job after becoming...

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Memories in the Making

Santa Monica College students and faculty offer free family portraits to Woolsey Fire survivors By Jennifer Pellerito Among the many personal possessions lost to the Woolsey Fire, irreplaceable family photos taken before the age of digital photography are perhaps the most heartbreaking. To help people displaced by the 96,000-acre conflagration rebuild their lives and keepsake collections, Santa Monica College recently offered free family portrait sessions to Woolsey Fire survivors. The idea dates back to 1993, when SMC photography instructor Blue Fier offered free portraits to survivors of the Old Topanga Fire that destroyed more than 350 homes and 18,000...

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