Category: Inside Santa Monica

Beginning of the End

Santa Monica Airport closure agreement leaves plenty to fight about By Beige Luciano-Adams Following years of public sparring and weeks of closed-door negotiations, Santa Monica announced over the weekend that it has reached a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to close Santa Monica Airport on Dec. 31, 2028. News of the consent decree left stakeholders on both sides of the debate smarting. Aviation advocates decried the future closure while resident groups seeking to end flight operations vowed to fight the agreement in court. The city declared, “SMO will close forever in 2028”; dissenters countered “SMO will stay open”...

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Big Money for Buses & A Bubbly Bandit Gets Busted

By Beige Luciano-Adams Editor’s Note: Inside Santa Monica is a new occasional column offering readers a quick survey of issues and events impacting the city. Jean Valjean, Bon Vivant Santa Monica police recently ran down a young man gripping a bottle of champagne — who immediately apologized and allowed a search of his bulging backpack, where officers discovered another five bottles, all bearing security sensors and labels from Vons. All in, $617 worth of bubbly. And $1,000 bail. Stealing bread is classic, pragmatic, righteous; stealing champagne is a spirited wink, a whimsical peccadillo. The gross travesties of our criminal...

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