The OPEN Daily » Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com Essential Guide to L.A. Sun, 19 Feb 2017 15:21:02 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.12 536 East Rustic Road in Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/536-east-rustic-road-in-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/536-east-rustic-road-in-santa-monica#comments Sat, 18 Feb 2017 02:25:59 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154291 Built in 1951, this beautiful post and beam residence is light-filled, open, and inviting.

The 2,631 square-foot home is located in a private, meditative setting.

The bright living room offers walls of glass that open to the lush backyard.

Wood and stone floors add warmth and charm to the home.

The glass enclosed dining room makes an elegant statement. You’ll feel like you’re dining in a garden!

The kitchen has granite countertops and high-end appliances.

The master suite includes a loft office and large deck overlooking the canyon and the old growth trees surrounding the property.

The property offers 2 lots for a total of 8,837 square feet. This is a very special property that’s been lovingly nurtured and meticulously maintained.

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Listing courtesy of Isabelle Mizrahi, Berkshire Hathaway.

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San Francisco’s Manresa Bread Brings Pop-Up Shop to Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/san-franciscos-manresa-bread-brings-pop-up-shop-to-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/san-franciscos-manresa-bread-brings-pop-up-shop-to-santa-monica#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:03:10 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154198 The event will take place on Feb. 25 at Ester’s Wine Shop & Bar.

 

Manresa Bread, the neighborhood bakery launched in the kitchen of Chef David Kinch’s three-Michelin star Manresa in Northern California, will showcase bread and other baked goods at a pop up shop in Santa Monica this month.

On Sat. Feb. 25, from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m., Manresa Bread head baker and partner Avery Ruzicka will collaborate with Chef Jeremy Fox, offering a selection of bread, pastry, sandwiches, and toast at Esters Wine Shop & Bar at 1314 Seventh St.

Ruzicka will bring some of Manresa Bread’s most popular and signature dishes to Los Angeles including levain, pumpernickel, croissants, chocolate croissants, kouign amann, and prosciutto and kale pesto croissants. Chef Fox and Chefs Akuto and Montgomery will highlight Manresa Bread on a special menu of sandwiches, in addition to other items offered that day.

Ruzicka hadn’t initially planned on becoming a baker. She had a double major in political science and international studies at Chapel Hill in her native North Carolina. In an interview in 2013, she said, “The pull of the kitchen got me.”

She then went on to study bread baking at the French Culinary Institute in New York, and had internships at PerSe and Bouchon Bakery, two of Thomas Keller’s New York restaurants.

After meeting Kinch in New York, she moved to Los Gatos and began baking bread. She said, “Why I love bread is that you’re always learning. You have to be really engaged with it. It is alive so you have to figure out how to cultivate it and help it help you make what you want to make.”

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Imaginations Soar at the S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair on the Santa Monica Pier http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/imaginations-soar-at-the-s-t-e-a-m-machines-innovation-fair-on-the-santa-monica-pier http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/imaginations-soar-at-the-s-t-e-a-m-machines-innovation-fair-on-the-santa-monica-pier#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 08:02:48 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154194 On Sunday, March 5, the landmark Santa Monica Pier will transform into a nucleus of innovation as it welcomes many of the country’s brightest young inventors, tech leaders, educators and students for the 4th Annual S.T.E.A.M. Machines Innovation Fair. This one-day event is free to the public and summons all to playfully dive into an interactive experience that connects the fields of science, technology, engineering, arts, and math.
Launching at 11:30am, S.T.E.A.M. will entertain, enlighten, and mesmerize in three ways: a Path to Innovation Panel hosting brilliant galactic and scientific minds, an Innovation Exhibition presenting a wonderland of experiential and groundbreaking delights, and the Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest featuring student teams from across Los Angeles and the nation.
Rube Goldberg Curious Contraption Contest
Welcome to the main event, sure to capture the attention of everyone from the mildly curious spectator to the die-hard science fanatic. In what sounds like a fantasy bestseller, the regional contest features tiers of middle school, high school, and university squads in a battle of Rube Goldberg machines – overly engineered contraptions that achieve a simple end-game through the most complicated (and humorous) paths imaginable. Inspired by the Pulitzer Prize winning inventor and cartoonist Rube Goldberg, these contraptions inspire creativity and innovation. On the Internet, they’re viral video sensations, and in-person, they’re mechanical magic.
Student teams from Santa Monica to Arkansas are scheming big for this year’s challenge – applying a Band-Aid in minimum of 20 chain reactions. Down the Santa Monica Pier, over a dozen machines will be operating in 10’x10’ plots, each tinkering towards that final Band-Aid mechanism. The winning team will be judged and awarded a cash prize and entry to the national competition by a creditable committee: Lyle Tavernier (NASA Educational Technology Specialist), Hector Alvarez (Two Bit Circus Creative Director), Brett Doar (celebrated Rube Goldberg machinist), Martin Tomasz (analog/radio/mixed-signal engineer), and Heather Doyle (S.T.E.A.M. Innovation Fair Creator).
Path to Innovation Panel
A notable panel of scientific wizards will enlighten folks with visionary tales, discussing challenges in their fields and revealing secrets that the future holds.
  • Gray Bright: Host of the Tomorrow Show, standup comedian, robotic engineer, and Lego enthusiast.
  • Brent Bushnell: Board President and CEO (or Chief Rabble-Rouser) of Two Bit Circus, a Los Angeles-based experiential entertainment company.
  • Michelle Easter: former high fashion runway model who diverted at 26 to pursue an engineering degree. By 31, she had finished at the top of her class with a degree in Mechanical Engineering and is now a Mechatronics Engineer for NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory.
  • Jeremy Selan: two-time Scientific and Technical Achievement Academy Award Winner and Valve developer making an impact in the virtual reality sector.
  • Zaina Siyed: local high school student, robotics champion and founder of FemSTEM – a foundation to help encourage girls to participate in STEM activities.
Innovation Exhibition
During the competition, innovation stations will be activated throughout the pier hosted by event partners and vendors. Each will spark curiosity and engagement from the crowds with its own brand of genius:
  • Columbia Memorial Space Center: guests can use LEGO robots to compete against each other at soccer.
  • Craig Burrows Photography: floral photography collection lauded by Wired for its ‘ultraviolet-induced visible fluorescence’ technique.
  • Heal the Bay / Aquarium / FCEC: piloting an underwater remotely operated vehicle (ROV), build boats out of aluminum foil and play around with a host of other technological gadgets.
  • Orchanic: showcasing an A.I. prototype that uses Deep Learning to identify trash on the beaches, the HEXA spider robot, and smart clothing.
  • Paisley Garbage: arts and craft vendor.
  • Peddler’s Creamery: churn delicious homemade ice cream by a bicycle.
  • reDiscover Center: turn massive amounts of recycled cardboard into anything imaginable.
  • STEMup4Youth: guests can let their imaginations go wild by building enormous structures out of recycles cardboard.
  • Steve Craig’s drawBot: a crowd favorite, Steve Craig returns again this year with his exceptionally popular drawing machines and more.
  • T4T.org: invites festival-goers to create the Ultimate Recycling Machine using their imagination, engineering skills, and some fun upcycled materials.
For more information, visit SteamMachinesLA.com; search for the official event hashtag #SteamMachines.
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Santa Monica School Cancels Activities In Effort To Stop Spreading Norovirus http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-school-cancels-activities-in-effort-to-stop-spreading-norovirus http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-school-cancels-activities-in-effort-to-stop-spreading-norovirus#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:56:16 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154182 SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com)  —   A Santa Monica school is curtailing school activities where they’re trying to stop the spread of the norovirus.

CBS2’s Randy Paige spoke to concerned parents of students at John Adams Middle School.

“The school dance was canceled,” said Silvia Huizar.

“I like that the school is being proactive,” said Paul Coulam.

The parents received an email from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District which said that optional group activities including dances,field trips and music rehearsals will be canceled to stop the spread of the gastr0-intestinal illness, most likely the norovius which has been going around.

“They just want to keep, I guess, the kids apart from each other outside the classroom so that they can get rid of the virus completely,” Huizar said.

The LA County Department of Public Health says some students of the middle school may have contracted the highly-contagious virus at a science camp they attended in Yosemite last month.

The district says 150 students and teachers at the school have come down with the bug. A number of students at other schools have also said they have been sickened by the virus, many of them siblings of students at John Adams.

“They did tell us what to do, to tell the them [the kids] to wash their hands,but it’s so hard, they’re in middle school, they don’t care, so then, you know, they go home and spread it to their siblings,” Huizar said.

“I think the most important thing to bring home is that parents are responsible, to keep their kids at home if they’re showing any symptoms,” said parent Natasha Watson, “and I know that’s difficult with working parents, such as myself, but I think that’s critical — to make sure they follow the guidelines and keep their kids home.”

The school said normal activities will resume once the health department gives them the green light.

 

 

 

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Gas Crisis In Mexico Causing Prices To Spike In L.A. County, Consumer Advocate Says http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/gas-crisis-in-mexico-causing-prices-to-spike-in-l-a-county-consumer-advocate-says http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/gas-crisis-in-mexico-causing-prices-to-spike-in-l-a-county-consumer-advocate-says#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:43:04 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154158 SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) — One driver in Santa Monica driver says she couldn’t believe how much she was paying for gas.

According to Triple A, gas prices have risen for 19 straight days in L.A. County and are now the highest they’ve been since January 2016, averaging $2.97 a gallon.

According to a consumer advocate, one of the main reasons is that Southern California refineries are selling gas to Mexico.

“In California this is something that happens every once in a while but when they do it, it really messes with our prices,” Cody Rosenfield said.

Rosenfield says since Mexico’s demand is so high right now, that’s where refineries see the money.

“Even if they’re getting paid less by selling in Mexico it raises the prices so much in the United States and California that they make a fortune.” Rosenfield said.

But the Western States Petroleum Association blames market conditions saying: “Recent changes in gasoline prices, while concerning for consumers are consistent with the increased volatility that has been part of California fuel markets for the past several years.”

Driver Christopher Rand says fuel prices here are cheap to him.

“I’ve lived out east and I’ve lived in Canada where it’s way more,” Rand said. “So to me all this seems pretty cheap.”

Triple A says if the current rate of price increases stays the same we could see $3 a gallon by the end of this week

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Santa Monica City Council Moves to Divest from Wells Fargo http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-city-council-moves-to-divest-from-wells-fargo http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-city-council-moves-to-divest-from-wells-fargo#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:23:35 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154150  

Last night, the Santa Monica City Council voted to divest all City funds from Wells Fargo bank due to their involvement in financing the Dakota Access Pipeline and their other misleading business practices that do not align with Santa Monica policies. The motion was brought forward by Councilmembers Terry O’Day and Tony Vazquez.

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“One of the most substantive and symbolic fights for our future is happening at Standing Rock over the Dakota Access Pipeline,” said Councilmember O’Day. “It is a fight over sovereignty and respect for native people and humanity. Wells Fargo is a key lender to the project. Divesting with this institution would take us into the next generation of implementing our values with our business relationships and the way that we invest our dollars.”

Divestment will be completed as soon as is reasonably possible. The City has $1 billion in annual transactions with Wells Fargo, including deposits and payments. The City’s investment portfolio includes $4.6 million in Wells Fargo bonds. Staff will issue an RFP for banking services as soon as it is practical. Finance staff will return to Council with recommendations on a divestment strategy at its February 28 meeting.

“Santa Monica is taking a stand against Wells Fargo because they have repeatedly used deceptive business practices,” said Councilmember Tony Vazquez. “Their investment in the Dakota Access Pipeline is the latest egregious action. It’s our hope that other cities will divest their funds so together we can have a collective and powerful impact.”

For more information and detail on the City’s cash and investments, see the latest Monthly Cash and Investment Report and Investment Policy.

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Inside Santa Monica: Seismic Sticker Shock & Samohi’s Trump Guy http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/inside-santa-monica-seismic-sticker-shock-samohis-trump-guy http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/inside-santa-monica-seismic-sticker-shock-samohis-trump-guy#comments Thu, 16 Feb 2017 07:23:14 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154146 By Beige Luciano-Adams

White House senior advisor Stephen Miller was “the least popular kid at Santa Monica High School,” said “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah, summing up an avalanche of media interest in the Trump attack dog’s unlikely origin story

Although Santa Monica spans only 8.3 square miles, this is a city that tends to go big: world-class sunsets over the Pacific, astronomical housing prices, strict environmental standards and, coming soon, a massive citywide seismic retrofit program.

City leaders are considering a law that would require some 2,000 “potentially vulnerable” buildings to undergo earthquake safety testing and upgrades, the majority of them “soft story” structures — i.e. those ubiquitously SoCal apartment buildings that hang over carports, like the kind that infamously collapsed during the Northridge quake.

Better safe than sorry, surely, but the question of who’ll foot the bill is soon to take center stage. As it stands now, the city would pay to get the program rolling but the primary financial burden falls to building owners. How much of those costs landlords will be able to pass through to rent control tenants remains unclear.

Los Angeles and San Francisco have approved measures that allow as much as half of seismic retrofit costs to trickle down to tenants via incremental rent increases, including buildings subject to rent control.

Santa Monica city spokesperson Constance Farrell said the Rent Control Board will consider what other cities have done and later decide what (if any) cost burden protected tenants will bear.

“Our rent control office is analyzing the list of properties to understand impacts on rent-controlled units, including how many of the 2,000 are rent-controlled,” explains Farrell. That analysis, she said, will go before the rent control board at a future public meeting.

Lead times to complete retrofits will vary from two years for brick buildings to 10 for concrete. The city estimates costs for a non-complex, six-story wood building would range from $30,000 to $60,000 ($5,000 to $10,000 per unit) — but L.A. and San Francisco have put typical soft-story retrofit costs significantly higher, at $60,000 to $130,000 per building, a range the city says property owners can expect to see in Santa Monica. Some local financing assistance will be available, according to a staff report.

In the meantime, the city is looking to update protections for tenants impacted by required seismic safety upgrades — including asbestos abatement and temporary relocation assistance, both at the property owner’s expense.

In short: A lot of buildings, a lot of unknowns.

Find a spreadsheet listing potentially impacted addresses at smgov.net.

The Making of a Trump Man at Samohi

“The least-popular kid at Santa Monica High School.”

That’s how “The Daily Show” host Trevor Noah described White House senior advisor Stephen Miller, who creeped out conservatives and liberals alike with this ominous defense of President Trump’s court-blocked refugee ban: “Our opponents, the media and the whole world will soon see as we begin to take further actions that the powers of the president to protect our country are very substantial and will not be questioned.”

As reported by the Los Angeles Times, Miller attended ultra-progressive Samohi in the early 2000s and earned a reputation as “the student body’s best-known and least-liked conservative activist,” fighting a lonely battle against political correctness, student access to birth control, the campus LGBT club and Spanish-language announcements.

“This guy is 17 years old, and it’s like listening to someone who’s 70 years old — in the 1930s,” school board member Oscar de la Torre told the Times.

‘California Values’ and Betsy DeVos

State Sen. Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) didn’t mince words following the confirmation of Betsy DeVos as U.S. Secretary of Education, the first White House cabinet nomination in history to require a tie-breaking vote from the Veep:

“As a billionaire with no personal or professional background in public education and an advocate for private school vouchers, she is startlingly unqualified to lead our nation’s public schools,” reads a statement by Allen, formerly president of the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board of Education.

SMMUSD Supt. Ben Drati was more circumspect, acknowledging public concern over the appointment while offering the hope “that she will quickly embrace and gain a better understanding of our extremely important education system.”

Drati said we’re lucky to live in California, “where education continues to be a top priority.” Allen suggested finding common ground with the federal government where possible, but left on a fighting note: “Where we must preserve our California values, we will.”

Unions Look for Another Win

One of the few remaining bastions of economic stability for working families and for some the only viable entrée into the middle class, labor unions have been in steady decline over recent decades and are under outright assault in some states. Considering the political climate, small gains count bigtime for unions.

In a Feb. 6 letter, the Santa Monica Democratic Club gently reminded Providence St. John’s Health Center that hospital frontline employees voting this week on whether to join the SEIU-United Healthcare Workers enjoy federal protections against “intimidation, threats and other coercive pressures.”

The letter came days after an announcement by UNITE HERE Local 11 that three workers fired by the Shore Hotel after leading a drive to unionize prevailed in their complaint to the National Labor Relations Board. The hotel has agreed to pay more than $98,000 in back and front pay and will “prominently display” the settlement.

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Santa Monica tentatively approves nation’s most extensive earthquake retrofit plan http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-tentatively-approves-nations-most-extensive-earthquake-retrofit-plan http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-tentatively-approves-nations-most-extensive-earthquake-retrofit-plan#comments Wed, 15 Feb 2017 18:20:30 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154100 The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday tentatively approved the nation’s most extensive seismic retrofitting effort, which could require safety improvements to as many as 2,000 earthquake-vulnerable buildings.

The vote was unanimous. 

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County health officials investigate death of Santa Monica High student amid norovirus concerns http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/county-health-officials-investigate-death-of-santa-monica-high-student-amid-norovirus-concerns http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/county-health-officials-investigate-death-of-santa-monica-high-student-amid-norovirus-concerns#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:55:08 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154016 The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health is investigating the death Saturday of an 18-year-old Santa Monica High School student.

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Former Steelers tailback Rashard Mendenhall puts Santa Monica townhome in play http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/former-steelers-tailback-rashard-mendenhall-puts-santa-monica-townhome-in-play http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/former-steelers-tailback-rashard-mendenhall-puts-santa-monica-townhome-in-play#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 19:54:52 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=154012 Professional football player-turned-TV writer Rashard Mendenhall has put his home in Santa Monica on the market for $1.579 million.

Sitting across from the Brentwood Country Club, the multilevel townhouse was designed for indoor-outdoor entertaining and has balconies and patios on every level….

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#MillionMealsForLove: Santa Monica couple donates wedding budget to help starving children http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/millionmealsforlove-santa-monica-couple-donates-wedding-budget-to-help-starving-children http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/millionmealsforlove-santa-monica-couple-donates-wedding-budget-to-help-starving-children#comments Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:38:13 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153966 A Santa Monica couple decided to donate the budget for their wedding to make a difference for starving children in Africa.

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Santa Monica’s Lincoln Boulevard could get pedestrian-friendly makeover http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monicas-lincoln-boulevard-could-get-pedestrian-friendly-makeover http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monicas-lincoln-boulevard-could-get-pedestrian-friendly-makeover#comments Mon, 13 Feb 2017 01:41:07 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153888

Improvements include new crosswalks and a dedicated bus lane

A long stretch of Lincoln Boulevard through Santa Monica is all set to get a major makeover that will make the street a bit more accessible to bicyclists and pedestrians. As Santa Monica Next reports, the city’s planning commission is set to review plans for the project’s first phase this coming Wednesday.

The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan seeks to promote public transit ridership and improve the experience of walkers and bicyclists along the stretch of thoroughfare between the 10 Freeway and Ozone Avenue.

Phase one of the project, which has just finished an extensive public comment period, would add three new crosswalks to the street and enhance four others, establish a dedicated bus lane during peak hours, add crosswalk striping to 20 side streets, establish 52 curb ramps, add landscaped medians and curb extensions, and plant 48 new trees.

According to a staff report, the first phase will cost $2.5 million and could be completed by the end of 2018.

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The second phase will be costlier and more ambitious. It will add more medians, improve street lighting, and establish infrastructure for capturing stormwater runoff. Phase two will also include efforts to convince property owners to overhaul auto-centric buildings to better serve the needs of a more walkable community. This could include a fund for facade improvements and guides for developers on how to get adaptive reuse projects underway.

Santa Monica officicials have been considering possibilities for Lincoln Boulevard improvements since Caltrans relinquished management of the street back to the city in 2012. Under the agency’s control, Lincoln Boulevard developed into an efficient traffic corridor, but its many auto-serving businesses and lack of crosswalks have made it an unappealing environment for walkers.

Santa Monica unveiled preliminary plans for the street’s makeover in 2015. If the phase one improvements are recommended by the planning commission this week, they will then move onto the city council for final approval.

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Santa Monica New Age group White Sun beats Enya, Vangelis and others to win Grammy http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-new-age-group-white-sun-beats-enya-vangelis-and-others-to-win-grammy http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-new-age-group-white-sun-beats-enya-vangelis-and-others-to-win-grammy#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2017 22:39:04 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153876 Grammys 2017 live updates: Beyoncé leads the pack with nine nominations, but can she make history? Feb. 12, 2017, 2:15 p.m. Who will win album of the year? Will Beyoncé or Adele make history? How music’s biggest night pans out is anyone’s guess. But one thing is certain: The 59th Grammy Awards…

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Second SamoHi Girl Dies of a “Mysterious Medical Condition” in 3 months–Sr. Kelly Cano dies http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/second-samohi-girl-dies-of-a-mysterious-medical-condition-in-3-months-sr-kelly-cano-dies http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/second-samohi-girl-dies-of-a-mysterious-medical-condition-in-3-months-sr-kelly-cano-dies#comments Sun, 12 Feb 2017 05:31:30 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153830 2/11: A second Santa Monica High School student died of an unknown illness this school year, the District has announced. "We learned this morning of the passing of Samohi student, senior Kelly Cano. According to her mother, Sandra Cano, a SMMUSD school nurse, doctors have stated that she passed away of an unknown medical condition, not thought to be related to Norovirus." "We are…

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Santa Monica shooting of armed man was ‘suicide by cop,’ authorities say http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-shooting-of-armed-man-was-suicide-by-cop-authorities-say http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-shooting-of-armed-man-was-suicide-by-cop-authorities-say#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 22:25:18 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153396 A man wanted in connection with a stabbing last week who was shot by California Highway Patrol officers in Santa Monica asked officers whether that was “all they had” before throwing a knife at them and prompting a second, deadly round of fire, according to law enforcement. 

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Man Fatally Shot by CHP in Santa Monica ID’d as Suspect Wanted for Stabbing Death of Roommate: LASD http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-fatally-shot-by-chp-in-santa-monica-idd-as-suspect-wanted-for-stabbing-death-of-roommate-lasd http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-fatally-shot-by-chp-in-santa-monica-idd-as-suspect-wanted-for-stabbing-death-of-roommate-lasd#comments Wed, 08 Feb 2017 05:22:46 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153348 A man who was allegedly armed with a knife and fatally shot by at least one California Highway Patrol officer near the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica has been identified as a suspect wanted in connection with the stabbing death of his roommate, sheriff’s officials said Tuesday.

Authorities investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting on Feb. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Authorities investigate a deadly officer-involved shooting on Feb. 6, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Gerardo Vasquez, 52, was wanted by the Simi Valley Police Department for the fatal stabbing of his roommate that happened on Friday, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a news release. After the stabbing Vasquez fled the scene and was considered armed and dangerous, according to sheriff’s officials.

CHP officers caught up with Vazquez a few days later, about 12:20 a.m. on Monday after receiving calls about a man walking along the 10 Freeway near Centinela Avenue in Santa Monica, LASD officials reported.

Responding officers found Vasquez armed with a knife at the center median. Vazquez ran across lanes as officers approached him and eventually ran off an embankment and onto surface streets and an officer-involved shooting occurred in the 3300 block of Pico Boulevard in Santa Monica, according to LASD Lt. Joe Mendoza.

After the shooting Vasquez fell onto his side and allegedly yelled an expletive at officers. Officials said Vasquez raised a large knife over his shoulder and was in the process of throwing the knife toward the officers leading to a second officer-involved shooting, sheriff’s officials said.

The knife landed near where the officers were standing and was later recovered, officials said.

One officer also used a less-lethal shotgun to fire bean bag rounds at the Vasquez.

No officers were injured in the shootings.

Investigators said the incident appeared to be a ‘suicide by cop incident.”

No other information was released.

The shootings remain under investigation by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Homicide Bureau.

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Santa Monica High School lockdown, armed robber: Suspect nabbed http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-high-school-lockdown-armed-robber-suspect-nabbed http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-high-school-lockdown-armed-robber-suspect-nabbed#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 21:57:22 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153318 Photo credit: Wiki Commons

Police Monday arrested an armed robbery suspect and temporarily locked down nearby Santa Monica High School as a precaution while officers searched for a possible accomplice.

The crime occurred early Monday afternoon across the street from the campus, which is in the 600 block of Pico Boulevard, the Santa Monica Police Department reported.

Details about the robbery were not immediately available, but it was not related to the school, authorities said.

Police announced about 2:35 p.m. that the school lockdown had been lifted.

A suspect remained outstanding.

–City News Service 

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Take A Break: Entertaining Santa Monica Symphony Celebration http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/take-a-break-entertaining-santa-monica-symphony-celebration http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/take-a-break-entertaining-santa-monica-symphony-celebration#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:17:51 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153252 Smart And Spicy "I try to have fun," he told me, when I asked about the cowboy hat and the train whistles. I’d watched Guido Lamell, Music Director/ Conductor of the Santa Monica Symphony, wearing a Stetson while conducting Rodeo. I’d laughed as he blew a train whistle for comic effect during a concert. I’d been amused while he advised his audience, referring to a…

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SMMUSD Updates Norovirus Alert, John Adams Middle School Closure http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/smmusd-updates-norovirus-alert-john-adams-middle-school-closure http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/smmusd-updates-norovirus-alert-john-adams-middle-school-closure#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 08:00:27 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153236 Dear Rogers, Grant, Edison, Muir, SMASH and Samohi families, As you may be aware, we closed John Adams Middle School on Friday to help control the spread of a gastrointestinal illness, possibly Norovirus, as recommended by the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health. Some JAMS families also have students at our other schools, which we have been monitoring for signs of illness. All SMMUSD…

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Upset Hindus urge Santa Monica’s Leaf Group withdraw items disrespecting Hindu gods http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/upset-hindus-urge-santa-monicas-leaf-group-withdraw-items-disrespecting-hindu-gods http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/upset-hindus-urge-santa-monicas-leaf-group-withdraw-items-disrespecting-hindu-gods#comments Tue, 07 Feb 2017 07:59:35 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153234 Hindus are urging Santa Monica headquartered Leaf Group Limited to immediately withdraw some of the products sold on its marketplace Society6 which mock-distort-disrespect various Hindu deities, calling it highly inappropriate. They are also urging its Board Chairman James R. Quandt and Chief Executive Officer Sean Moriarty to offer a formal apology. Hindu statesman Rajan Zed, in a statement in…

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Man shot dead by CHP in Santa Monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-shot-dead-by-chp-in-santa-monica http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/man-shot-dead-by-chp-in-santa-monica#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 15:36:39 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153192 police lights

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A man is dead is after being shot dead by California Highway Patrol shortly after midnight on Monday morning.

The L.A. County Sheriff’s department is investigating the shooting, which happened in the 3300 block of Pico Boulevard, according to the department.

There are no details so far on why the CHP opened fire or how many officers were at the scene. The suspect, described as a male adult, was transported to a hospital and pronounced dead.

No officers were injured.

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Santa Monica School Reopens Monday After Norovirus Outbreak http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-school-reopens-monday-after-norovirus-outbreak-2 http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-school-reopens-monday-after-norovirus-outbreak-2#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 01:46:24 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153172 SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) – John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica will reopen Monday, as its principal assured parents Sunday that the recent norovirus breakout has been addressed “with an abundance of caution and the interest of community safety in mind.”

Principal Steve Richardson emailed a letter to parents Sunday, and stressed in underlined, upper-cased, boldfaced letters that any person who came down with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other symptoms “must stay home for 72 additional hours after symptoms go away.”

The school had been closed Friday, and the campus thoroughly swabbed with anti-viral cleaners, said school principal Steve Richardson. He and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials consulted with Los Angeles County Department of Public health experts on the course of action.

About 90 of the 190 people who went on a 5-day trip to Yosemite National Park that ended Jan. 27 came down with the gastro-intestinal illness last week. Norovirus is described as the most-common source of severe gastrointestinal illness in the United States.

Richardson said washing hands with soap is critical to prevent spread of the disease.

“Our custodians recleaned all of JAMS on Friday, targeting all contact surfaces in classrooms and throughout the school,” Richardson said. Restrooms and locker rooms were especially targeted, he said.

There had been worry last week that the brothers and sisters of stricken kids could have brought the illness to other elementary or high schools in Santa Monica, but a district spokeswoman said Sunday that all schools were to be in class Monday.

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Santa Monica School Reopens Monday After Norovirus Outbreak http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-school-reopens-monday-after-norovirus-outbreak http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/santa-monica-school-reopens-monday-after-norovirus-outbreak#comments Mon, 06 Feb 2017 01:45:03 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153168 SANTA MONICA (CBSLA.com) – John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica will reopen Monday, as its principal assured parents Sunday that the recent norovirus breakout has been addressed “with an abundance of caution and the interest of community safety in mind.”

Principal Steve Richardson emailed a letter to parents Sunday, and stressed in underlined, upper-cased, boldfaced letters that any person who came down with nausea, vomiting, diarrhea or other symptoms “must stay home for 72 additional hours after symptoms go away.”

The school had been closed Friday, and the campus thoroughly swabbed with anti-viral cleaners, said school principal Steve Richardson. He and Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials consulted with Los Angeles County Department of Public health experts on the course of action.

About 90 of the 190 people who went on a 5-day trip to Yosemite National Park that ended Jan. 27 came down with the gastro-intestinal illness last week. Norovirus is described as the most-common source of severe gastrointestinal illness in the United States.

Richardson said washing hands with soap is critical to prevent spread of the disease.

“Our custodians recleaned all of JAMS on Friday, targeting all contact surfaces in classrooms and throughout the school,” Richardson said. Restrooms and locker rooms were especially targeted, he said.

There had been worry last week that the brothers and sisters of stricken kids could have brought the illness to other elementary or high schools in Santa Monica, but a district spokeswoman said Sunday that all schools were to be in class Monday.

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High Surf Advisory Issued In LA, OC http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/high-surf-advisory-issued-in-la-oc http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/high-surf-advisory-issued-in-la-oc#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 14:25:24 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153048 LOS ANGELES (CBSLA.com) — Light rain fell on the Southland Friday as high surf slammed the coast, and strong winds buffeted parts of the region.

According to the National Weather Service, between a tenth of an inch and a half-inch of rain is expected in Los Angeles and Ventura counties.

Winds of 15-25 miles per hour in the San Gabriel Mountains and the Antelope Valley are expected as well.

Along the coast, a high surf advisory will remain in effect until 6 p.m. Saturday in Los Angeles and Orange counties.

Surf of 5 to 8 feet will create strong rip currents, which will bring about hazardous conditions for swimmers and surfers.

The rain is expected to to return Monday.

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Closed Friday: John Adams Middle School Closed in Santa Monica Due Disease Outbreak http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/closed-friday-john-adams-middle-school-closed-in-santa-monica-due-disease-outbreak http://www.theopendaily.com/local-blogs/closed-friday-john-adams-middle-school-closed-in-santa-monica-due-disease-outbreak#comments Fri, 03 Feb 2017 06:48:39 +0000 http://www.theopendaily.com/?p=153036 Update: Thursday night, 2/3: JAMS is closed Friday 2/3, due to Norovirus outbreak. From the District: On recommendation of the LA Department of Public Health, we are closing John Adams Middle School in Santa Monica, tomorrow, Friday, Feb. 3, 2017. An email / voice message from Principal Steve Richardson went to to parents and staff this evening, telling them JAMS would be closed. "We have…

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