SMO at 100: A century of history but an uncertain future
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by Scott Snowden
1h ago
Editor’s Note: In the first of a series of in-depth features focusing on the future of Santa Monica Airport, we look at the incredible history connected to this seemingly ordinary strip of land  Following the City Council’s recent vote to move ahead with the process of planning for a future park where the Santa Monica Airport is currently located, the issue of exactly what to do with the 227 acre site has once again been propelled into public scrutiny. And in a little over five and a half year’s time, at the stroke of midnight on December 31, 2028, the form and function of this substanti ..read more
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Crime Watch: caught on tape
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by Staff Report
19h ago
On December 6 A Community Services Officer was dispatched to the 1000 block of Lincoln Blvd. The reporting party at the location provided SMPD with video footage showing the theft of an electric mobility scooter from the subterranean parking garage at the location. Ultimately, Ebony Harter, 36 years old, was arrested for burglary and remains in police custody for a scheduled February 7th court appearance. The post Crime Watch: caught on tape appeared first on Santa Monica Daily Press ..read more
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Don’t like Phil’s forecast? Check out these rodents instead
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by Associated Press
19h ago
He gets most of the PR, at least nationally, but Punxsutawney Phil isn’t the only groundhog to purport to predict the weather. Not hardly. From Staten Island Chuck in New York City to Jimmy the Groundhog in Wisconsin, there are a lot of them. And their predictions, which of course is a generous term, can be all over the map just as they are. And please do remember Charlotte, a groundhog who died in 2014 a week after the New York City mayor dropped her during festivities. Rodents predicting weather trends. Why? Just as fair a Groundhog Day question, though, is this: Why not? And more important ..read more
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Apple suffers 1st quarterly sales decline in nearly 4 years
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by Staff Report
19h ago
Apple on Thursday posted its first quarterly revenue drop in nearly four years after pandemic-driven restrictions on its China factories curtailed sales of the latest iPhone during the holiday season. The company’s sales of $117 billion for the October-December period represented a 5% decline from the same time in the previous year, a deeper downturn than analysts had projected. It marks Apple’s first year-over-year decrease in quarterly revenue since the January-March period in 2019 when sales also slipped 5% amid slowing iPhone demand and the fallout of a trade war with China that was being ..read more
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Alphabet posts lower Q4 profit amid ad squeeze, competition
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by Associated Press
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Google’s parent company Alphabet on Thursday posted lower profit and a small revenue increase for last year’s fourth quarter, as a decline in online ad spending and competition from rivals weigh on the search giant. While overall revenue grew, advertising revenue fell by nearly 4% and revenue at YouTube declined 8% year-over-year. That appeared to spook investors, who sent the company’s stock lower in after-hours trading. The company based in Mountain View, California, said it earned $13.62 billion, or $1.05 per share, in the October-December quarter. That’s down 34% from $20.64 billion, or ..read more
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Grand Jury Charges Hairstylist and Actress for Alleged Multimillion-Dollar Caregiver Fraud Scheme Against Malibu-Based Physician
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by Staff Report
19h ago
A Fresno hairstylist and an actress have been charged in a 12‑count indictment alleging they defrauded a physician out of more than $2.7 million before his death and then attempted to defraud his estate out of an additional amount exceeding $20 million, the Justice Department announced today. Anthony David Flores, 46, a.k.a. “Anton David,” of Fresno, was arrested last week in Fresno by federal agents. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges against him and is scheduled for a detention hearing on February 10 in the Eastern District of California.  His co-defendant, Anna Rene Moore, 39, a ..read more
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Why California’s well-intentioned PAGA labor law needs reform
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by Associated Press
19h ago
Eight billion dollars. That’s the amount of money trial attorneys have leveraged from California employers over the last six years in Private Attorneys General Act settlements. Employees rarely see that money, though. They generally take home a minimum amount while attorneys keep hundreds of thousands of dollars for themselves. The Labor Commissioner’s office agrees. In a 2019-20 budget disclosure, the agency noted that “the substantial majority of proposed private court settlements in PAGA cases reviewed by the (PAGA) Unit fell short of protecting the interests of the state and workers.” C ..read more
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Will the state’s big Medi-Cal plan really fix mental health care for low-income Californians?
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by Associated Press
22h ago
A year has passed since a massive statewide effort called CalAIM began rolling out. Among several significant changes CalAIM promised: An overhaul of the availability of mental health care for young people insured by Medi-Cal, the public insurance program for low-income Californians. Advocates for youth mental health say they remain enthusiastic about CalAIM’s potential, using words like “game-changing” and “transformational.” But they also say the new framework is being born at a tricky time. Three years into the pandemic, provider burnout and escalating patient need have combined to create ..read more
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Comedy legend is a laughing matter for Samohi theater program
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by Staff Report
1d ago
SNL alumni and comedian Dr. Tim Meadows has spent the past several months helping Samohi Theater students develop their acting skills, culminating in a comedy skit show last week. Meadows was asked to participate by Theater Director Kate Barraza who knew of his work with students around the country. “Dr. Meadows is very funny and makes the people around him more funny,” she said. “The students respected and appreciated this opportunity and truly rose to the occasion. It was so fun to be a part of this experience. There were times when the students got Dr. Meadows laughing really hard and it w ..read more
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PYFC Awards Gala
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by Staff Report
1d ago
PYFC: The Pico Youth and Family Center hosted the 14th Annual Hope & Unity Awards Gala, on Jan. 27 at Expert Dojo. Dr. Guadalupe Mireles-Toumayan received the Education Leadership award for her work in the local Latino community, such as leading the effort in sending over 200 boxes full of clothes, toys, and educational supplies to children in detention centers on the border for Christmas. She thanked the PYFC and stated how important it was to her to remind students, parents, and the community of the importance of history and culture. She talked about the challenges she has faced, her pr ..read more
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