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  • Letter: Standing up for women

    Editor: Dear Mr. Romney, I speak to you as a brother. I am a man who will stand up for you, who will defend you and follow you. We are at major crossroads in America, your leadership is needed, our future and  destiny are at stake. I ask you now to stand up and say for the world to hear that the party of Abraham Lincoln, of Teddy Roosevelt, once and for all has no business in the affairs of [...]

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  • Letter: True transparency missing

    Editor: The issue of transparency is important, however, readers should recognize the limits of the agreement declared by the candidates signing this transparency letter (“Council candidates steer clear of unknown groups,” Aug. 21). The agreement is not to reject all endorsements given by groups that don’t meet the criteria listed. Nor is it to announce to the press before the time of election that a particular endorsement has been rejected because the group that endorses has refused to provide the [...]

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  • Q-Line: Campaign issues

    With the local election season upon us, there seems to be plenty to think about. There’s development, budget deficits and, as always, funding for education. So, this week’s Q-Line question asks: What do you think is the most pressing issue in Santa Monica as we approach election day? Here are your responses: “The most pressing issue that we must deal with is who in the City Council is going to close this airport? No negotiation, no compromise. This needs to [...]

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  • JUST A TASTE: Owner of the Daily Pint Phil McGovern has a sip of a beer at his Pico Boulevard watering hole.

    Celebrating 25 years of serving up suds

    PICO BLVD — When I first stumbled upon craft beers about eight years ago, the place I would often wander into was The Daily Pint in the Pico Neighborhood. Just a short walk, or stagger depending on the time of day, from my apartment on Michigan Avenue, The Pint, as it is affectionately called by regulars, had an impressive selection of beers by boutique American brewers, including ales expertly aged in casks filled with fresh hops or vanilla beans. Little [...]

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  • MOVING ALONG: Students leave Santa Monica High School after school on Thursday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com)

    10th graders sail through exit exam

    SMMUSD HDQTRS — Tenth graders in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District trounced their state and county counterparts in a high-stakes test that determines whether or not they can receive a high school diploma. The California High School Exit Exam, or CAHSEE, is required by law to show that students have a 10th-grade mastery of English and an understanding of math up to algebra by the time they leave high school. According to state figures, 94 percent of SMMUSD students [...]

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  • Food trucks get little love at commission

    CITY HALL — Planning commissioners took a protectionist stance for brick-and-mortar restaurants Wednesday night by approving restrictive regulations for off-street food truck lots that business owners say unfairly damage their bottom lines. In a 5-2 decision, commissioners approved new standards that allowed one off-street food truck lot one day per week on Main Street between the hours of 5 p.m. and 10 p.m. and up to four lots three days per week on Santa Monica, Lincoln or Pico boulevards between [...]

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  • Crime Watch: Lifegaurd allegedly assaulted in tent takedown

    Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Friday, Aug. 17 at 11:10 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding a report of a lifeguard who had just been assaulted. When officers arrived, they made contact with two lifeguards who had a man in handcuffs. The lifeguards [...]

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  • Todd Akin is a legitimate idiot

    Monday is the opening of the GOP presidential convention in Tampa, Fla. (Yawn.) Next week the Democrats hold their get-together in Charlotte, N.C. Every four years, each political party goes through these so-called exercises in democracy. (Or, to be more accurate, corporatocracy.) I realize there are elections every two years, but apparently nobody pays attention to the off-presidential year elections anymore except the Tea Party. Historians tell us that the first democracy originated in Athens around 500 B.C. The descriptions [...]

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  • Faith communities could lead an environmental revival

    Once, years ago, while explaining the art of spiritual healing, a wise woman taught: “You can’t speak of the spirit to someone lying in a wet bed.” Before invoking the awesome, the ethereal, the ultimate, we have to change the sheets. The same holds true on a global scale. How can we speak about things of the spirit, about caring for each other, about peace and kindness and justice and mercy when the world we are mucking around in is [...]

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  • Letter: Top notch musicians

    Editor: To clarify the article of Aug. 22 (“SM Symphony suspends season amid funding issues”), the Santa Monica Symphony under Maestro Gross has always had top union professionals as its principals and soloists, and that has included Martin Chalifour, the L.A. Phil’s renowned violinist and concertmaster. It is out of admiration for Maestro Gross that these top professionals take far less than their usual fee to play with the volunteer musicians, who are carefully selected and rehearsed by Maestro Gross. [...]

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  • Photo courtesy Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

    West Nile Virus found in Santa Monica

    CITYWIDE — County health officials issued a warning to Santa Monica residents after two dead birds found in the past three months in the city tested positive for the West Nile Virus. The country has been experiencing the biggest outbreak of the disease since it first appeared in the United States in 1999, although half of the cases of human infection have appeared in Texas. So far, 34 people in California have been infected compared to 19 at this time [...]

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  • Jewish group plans protest of Shangri-La

    OCEAN AVE — The Los Angeles branch of a national Jewish organization has called for a protest outside Hotel Shangri-La Sunday morning to spread word of a verdict which found the hotel’s owner guilty of discrimination against Jews. A jury decided that Tehmina Adaya, the Muslim owner of Hotel Shangri-La, had ordered her staff to shut down a party thrown by the Friends of the Israeli Defense Forces in July 2010. In the complaint, the 19 plaintiffs in the case [...]

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  • Head Coach Adam Guerra goes over plays with his St. Monica Mariners on Tuesday at Airport Park.

    Football: St. Monica ready to ground, pound

    AIRPORT PARK — It’s ironic that St. Monica football practices at Airport Park. As planes screech and motor into the sky overhead from Santa Monica Airport, the Mariner’s second-year head coach Adam Guerra would rather stay grounded. “Oh yeah, we’re run-first,” Guerra said. “It’s going to be hard to beat us.” St. Monica, ranked No. 10 in the first CIF-Southern Section Northeast Division poll, is coming off a 7-4 season last year that ended in the first round of the [...]

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  • Alex Cuba

    Alex Cuba headlines Twilight Concert Series

    SM PIER — Alex Cuba is industrious. His e-mail signature even reads, “Watch out, world, here is an artist managing himself.” And he manages himself and his career very well. His guidance of his career has led him to the Twilight Concert Series at the Santa Monica Pier Thursday  and though he’s played Los Angeles venues such as The Mint many times, he’s never played by the water. “It’s always been great in Los Angeles, but I’ve never played outside. [...]

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  • Football: Samohi opens with Redondo Union

    Santa Monica High School’s football team will open its season on Friday, Aug. 31 at Santa Monica College against Redondo Union. Redondo Union is new to Samohi’s preseason schedule and they join a list of heavy weights. Samohi opens the season ranked No. 9 in the first CIF-Southern Section Western Division poll, it was announced on Wednesday. The Vikings travel to traditional rival Palisades the following week with a murderers’ row of Mater Dei, Valencia and Hart awaiting them before [...]

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  • Trim the bloated defense budget

    In the midst of this summer’s heat wave, we still enjoy a measure of outdoor time, but certainly relish the air-conditioned relief indoors. As the toll of heat-related deaths continues to rise, how many of us know that Congress is proposing budget cuts to the federal assistance program for air conditioning and heating bills for hard-hit families? Yes, budget decisions in Washington come home to roost right here close to home. And the impact can be devastating. What budget priorities [...]

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