Year in Review Part 1: February

first_imgHomeFeaturedYear in Review Part 1: February Dec. 24, 2019 at 9:33 amFeaturedNewsYear in Review Part 1: FebruaryMatthew Hall1 year agoBBBbreezecrimeTyra BanksWISEyear in review The Daily Press is summarizing the year’s news as it was covered in our pages for the year. Today, we are covering the first four months of the year.FEBRUARYThe SMMUSD Board of Education discussed adding security cameras around the perimeters of school campuses and requiring all campus visitors to check in through an ID verification system that runs their identity through criminal databases. The measures are intended to make the district’s schools more secure against crime and other scenarios, such as active shooter situations.New state legislation extended some of the insurance and safety protections Santa Monica provides for dockless scooter and bike riders to all Californians. AB 1286, by Assemblymember Al Muratsuchi (D-Torrance), required that cities and counties adopt and scooter and bike companies comply with safety rules like the ones set forth in Santa Monica’s Shared Mobility Pilot Program.Council voted to shorten its often lengthy meetings by incentivizing members of the public to speak for one minute instead of two. Members of the public who address Council for one minute can speak at the beginning of the item, while those who use two minutes will speak after.Jackie Rivera-Krouse took over the Santa Monica Farmers Market from longtime manager Laura Avery. Rivera-Krouse, who was born in Santa Monica and grew up in northeast Los Angeles, said some of her earliest memories are of the Santa Monica Farmers Market.Two new apartment buildings were approved in downtown Santa Monica, one replacing an office building and the other filling an empty lot. One is a six-story building at 1437 7th Street with 10,000 square feet of commercial space on its ground floor and 65 apartments in its upper stories. The other is a five-story building at 1235 5th Street with about 1,800 square feet of ground floor commercial space and 23 apartments.Fresh N’ Lean opened its first store at 705 Montana Ave. offering grab-and-go meals designed for meat eaters, vegans and those trying to lose weight. Customers can visit the store in person, order a la carte deliveries or try different meals before they sign up for one of the company’s delivery plans.Stephen Lloyd Fader, 42, was charged with murder after stabbing his mother and father. His mother died at the scene but his father survived.Several Santa Monica parents began a campaign to change the start of school days. The  Change.org petition asks the school district to move school start times for all middle and high schools to 8:30 a.m. or later for the benefit of students’ wellbeing.Santa Monica was spared any serious damage during a weekend storm but PCH was closed due to sporadic flooding and debris flows.Heroic Wine Bar opened at 514 Santa Monica Blvd. serving Italian fare from award-winning chef Barbara Pollastrini in addition to a wine, cheese and charcuterie menu. All cheeses and meats at both the deli and the wine bar are imported and the wines are rated 90 points or higher.Tyra Banks announced an attraction called Modelland at Santa Monica Place. Banks, a supermodel and television host, said she is launching a ticketed retail and dining experience at the downtown Santa Monica mall. It will be the flagship location of what she is planning to expand as a global chain.Community Corporation of Santa Monica won $1 million in a countywide challenge to come up with housing solutions for those experiencing homelessness. CCSM is proposing using prefabricated housing units to construct permanent supportive housing, which would reduce costs by up to 25 percent and cut construction time in half.A former mechanic for Bird alleged in a lawsuit that the company breached its agreement with the city of Santa Monica to provide safe, durable scooters. Screenshots of Bird’s internal communication show that an operations specialist asked mechanics in November not to take scooters off the road or report them as damaged if they had missing screws, grips or kickstands, loose necks, handlebars, bolts or brains or broken reflectors.Experiential retail became a trend locally as stores began offering  customers an interactive shopping or entertainment experience that they can only get by visiting a physical store. An increasing number of retailers are opening in-store restaurants and bars, hosting free and ticketed events or giving customers the chance to interact with new technology.The Coastal Commission approved a partial demolition and remodel of a long vacant building in one of the Santa Monica’s most desirable locations. The properties at 423 – 429 Ocean Ave are across the street from Palisades Park with ocean views. The 16 former apartments have been vacant for a decade and will be converted into 14 condominiums after the Coastal Commission required a density increase beyond limits previously set by Santa Monica.The growth of co-working in Santa Monica accelerated rapidly as two industry giants, Spaces and WeWork, announced plans to open more than 180,000 square feet of co-working space near Bergamot Station. Spaces has signed an almost 70,000 square foot lease at the Water Garden on 26th Street and WeWork is taking over the 116,000 square foot Lantana Campus on Olympic Boulevard.Outer, a Santa Monica-based direct-to-consumer furniture company, launched Neighborhood Showrooms, a concept that will display Outer’s outdoor furniture through a customer’s home.Kevin Ferron was arrested and charged with attempted murder after attacking his girlfriend at their home. Arrest records show Ferron had been arrested four times in the last year, and police said he has a prior history of domestic violence.Camron Lee, was arrested as  a person of interest in connection with the murder of De’Ommie de la Cruz. De la Cruz was celebrating a friend’s birthday on a party bus that stopped near the Santa Monica Pier in 2017 when someone began firing a gun into the crowd. De la Cruz was hit by several gunshots and died.An advertising campaign for season nine of ‘The Walking Dead’ spooked children on the Third Street Promenade. The AMC show that explores life after the zombie apocalypse put up posters at 1201 Third Street Promenade, a building that Barnes and Noble vacated, featuring actors from the show dressed as zombies. The show hired actors to dress up as zombies and walk around the Promenade.WISE & Healthy Aging, a nonprofit headquartered in Santa Monica, tipped off Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer that a nursing home in Westlake was improperly discharging homeless and mentally-impaired residents, resulting in a $600,000 settlement.City Council approved the Santa Monica Pier Corporation’s request to move the Pier concert’s start date to the third Wednesday in August, which was estimated to increase attendance by about 30 percent and make Twilight more attractive to corporate sponsors.The City of Santa Monica officially lost the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) lawsuit. The judge said future City Council elections should be determined by a seven district map. The final ruling reinforced the amended tentative ruling. City Hall appealed the decision.Huckleberry Cafe, a comfort food cafe located off Wilshire (and 2018 Most Loved SM Breakfast/Brunch winner), celebrated its ten-year anniversary. Owners Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan said Huckleberry’s longevity and support from the community have been a surprise and they’re both thankful for the local support.A 40-unit building at 601 Wilshire Blvd. will replace a FedEx and a defunct ticket services center and another 40-unit building at 525 Colorado Ave. will replace a one-story building and parking lot occupied by software company Carbon Five. Each will contain more than 6,000 square feet of commercial space facing the street.The VOID opened on the Promenade offering a new virtual reality concept tied to popular movies such as Star Wars and Wreck it Ralph.The Breeze Bike Share program lost revenue and ridership to competition from dockless scooters and bikes.Three companies trying to take cars off the road during peak commute hours worked together to make it easier for companies to encourage their employees to carpool. Waze Carpool announced that it partnered with commuting platforms RideAmigos and Luum so employers using Waze can incentivize employees to carpool, such as by giving gift cards, paid time off, gas money or parking passes.Big Blue Bus installed solar-powered LED signs that will show arrival times at 10 large bus shelters and 166 bus stops in Santa Monica and Los Angeles by mid-2019. The 176 shelters and stops comprise 76 percent of BBB ridership. BBB has also equipped 19 of its newest buses with free Wi-Fi and a wireless connection will be standard on all new buses.Friends of the Santa Monica Public Library is a volunteer-run 501 3(c) non-profit that raises funds and advocates on behalf of the Santa Monica Public Library System. The group set a goal to raise about $100k to fund many programs throughout the year, including Santa Monica Reads, the Summer Reading Program, SMPL at the Beach, Soundwaves concerts, author talks, movie screenings and branch programming such as literacy improvement for kids.The Santa Monica Police Department arrested three people and seized 21 handguns, eight long guns/rifles, over 4000 rounds of ammunition, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin in a raid triggered by local drug sales. More than $200,000 in cash was also found at the scene.Richard Bloom, a former Mayor of Santa Monica who represents the Westside in the California State Assembly, introduced a bill that would make California the 25th state to mandate that private health insurance companies cover the costs of hearing aids for children. Bloom also announced that he introduced legislation to tax soda sold in California as a way to tackle the state’s diabetes and obesity problems.The state senator representing Santa Monica introduced a bill that seeks to phase out single-use plastics by 2030. Sen. Ben Allen, who represents the Westside, Hollywood and the South Bay in the California State Senate, introduced legislation requiring all single-use packaging and products to be reusable, recyclable or compostable. The bill has been shelved until next year’s legislative session.Stunt workers stepped up their campaign for recognition at the Oscars. Alex Daniels, 38-year veteran stunt coordinator and president of the Stuntmen’s Association, said the stunt community has been fighting for representation at the Oscars since at least 1991. Even with several stunt members in the Academy and several discussions and meetings, they have gained no traction in their fight.Previous Month: JanuaryNext Month: MarchTags :BBBbreezecrimeTyra BanksWISEyear in reviewshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentYear in Review Part 1: MarchYear in Review Part 1: JanuaryYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours agoFeaturedNewsProtesting parents and Snapchat remain in disagreement over child protection policiesClara Harter18 hours agoFeaturedNewsDowntown grocery to become mixed use developmenteditor18 hours agoNewsBruised but unbowed, meme stock investors are back for moreAssociated Press18 hours agolast_img read more


Connecting Trails to Community

first_img“These will be public recreation assets for generations to come,” WLP Executive Director Heidi Van Everen said, noting that its cost-share agreement with the Forest Service ensures protection of the land in perpetuity. To establish those connections, WLP has been awarded $75,000 from the Montana Recreational Trails Program, $25,000 from the National Forest Foundation, $20,000 from Flathead National Forest, and private matching funds from local donors excited about the project, including Rick and Sue Williams, who have owned property in Whitefish for more than three decades, witnessing the area’s growth firsthand. Last year, they announced a $50,000 gift to WLP to support the next phase of trail development at Holbrook. With plans to break ground on the new section of trail in July, the team at WLP has been researching the history of Holbrook Overlook, which was once a widely used site with expansive views of the entire Flathead Valley — and even provided a scenic backdrop in the 1993 family film “Beethoven’s 2nd.” Since Big Mountain Road was re-routed in 2008, however, the Holbrook Overlook was largely lost to the community and the existing infrastructure has slowly faded.  “Improving and redeveloping this historic recreation site with managed, non-motorized recreation will add invaluable benefits for locals and visitors,” according to WLP. “With 3.5 miles of family friendly loop trails, an accessible interpretive loop to an inspiring Whitefish Lake overlook, picnic tables and day use amenities, the Holbrook Overlook will once again become a valued public land recreation destination just minutes from town.” Holbrook will also serve as a starting point for longer trail adventures on the Whitefish Trail to Hellroaring Basin, over to Smith Lake, and on into the Whitefish Range.  “We’re excited about it not only because it represents the first recreation action of the project, but also because it’s such a broad spectrum of community engagement,” Alan Myers-Davis, director of development at WPL, said. “Eventually it will provide access to the whole front face of the Whitefish Range, with the Whitefish Trail serving as that connection.” A year ago in Whitefish, just as the community regained its footing following the pandemic’s first shockwaves — grocery aisles were restocked, gear rooms converted into home offices, personal spaces recalibrated — a curious manifestation of the public health crisis began to take shape amid the dirt and the dust and the divots of local trailheads.  From dawn to dusk, the parking areas bustled bumper-to-bumper, brimming with cars and trucks bearing exotic place names like “Texas” and “Delaware.” For many local residents, it was the first indication that the COVID-19 pandemic would have lasting consequences in the community, prompting both consternation and relief as the trails, as well as the protected lands they gird, became wellsprings of gratitude. They were teeming full. “Even before the other connectivity happens, Holbrook will become a standalone area that will serve as a great attraction to the community and also provide a space for folks coming and going from Whitefish Mountain Resort,” Margosia Jadkowski, program director at WLP, said. “So we have long-term plans that are very exciting in terms of conservation and connectivity, but the community benefits will be realized very soon.”center_img From Beaver Lake to Swift Creek, Spencer to Skyles, Lion Mountain to Big Mountain, the Whitefish Trail network provided a haven from the hellscape of breaking news headlines, an outlet to quell anxiety, and an outdoor setting to safely socialize, with water bottles replacing water coolers as a conversational centerpiece as office life drifted into obsolescence.  “We give to WLP and the Whitefish Trail every year because outdoor recreation is such a big part of the community,” according to a statement from the Williams family. “The quality-of-life benefits are substantial — not to mention the economic impact — and we feel that permanently protecting our surrounding local lands is paramount, especially now.”  Email Even before the new segment provides a conduit to other trails, such as the Ralph Thayer and Smokey Range trails, it will provide local trail users with a day-use area and 3.5 miles of stacked loop trails near the base of Whitefish Mountain Resort, located just above the current Big Mountain Trailhead. Indeed, WLP is moving forward on its ambitious plan with renewed vigor, and is preparing to break ground on a new trailhead and looped trail system along Big Mountain Road, while also developing a 25-year maintenance plan for the Whitefish Trail that will consider using resort tax dollars. Dubbed “Holbrook Overlook,” the new section of trail promises to be among the most popular in town, reconnecting the community of trail users to a former U.S. Forest Service site that was once widely used. Logging last year was the first step in the Flathead National Forest’s Taylor Hellroaring Project, which blends forest management, fire mitigation and habitat improvements with increased recreation development opportunities like trails. Stay Connected with the Daily Roundup. Sign up for our newsletter and get the best of the Beacon delivered every day to your inbox. “If you noticed our local trails felt busier this past year, you were right,” Mike Jopek, board chair of the Whitefish Legacy Partners (WLP), the nonprofit curators of the local trail system, wrote in the organization’s annual community report. “Whitefish Trail use increased 18% as outdoor shops sold out of bikes, trail shoes and kayaks. Our local conservation lands were a refuge for many as we looked for new ways to recreate during the pandemic, and we enjoyed seeing more families and friends spending time outside together.”last_img read more


Martin McGuinness is laid to rest in Derry

first_img By News Highland – March 24, 2017 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Consultation launched on proposal to limit HGV traffic in Clady RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook Martin McGuinness is laid to rest in Derry Martin McGuinness has been laid to rest in the republican plot of his home city of Derry.Tens of thousands attended his funeral mass in the Bogside of the city, and lined his funeral route from his family home.The funeral eulogy was delivered by former US president Bill Clinton, who quoted from another famous Derryman, Seamus Heaney.He read Heaney’s line about “walking on air against your better judgement” – and said Northern Ireland’s peacemakers had done that:Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/clinton7am.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. WhatsApp 45 new social homes to be built in Dungloe center_img WhatsApp Hospitalisations rise as Donnelly suggests masks will stay ’til autumn Donegal hoteliers enjoy morale boost as bookings increase Twitter News Previous articleTourism organisation says Ardara Ulster Bank closure is devastating blowNext articleJason Quigley wins NABF Middleweight title News Highland Disruption to cancer service will increase mortality – Oncologist Pinterest Google+ Facebooklast_img read more


Twins Edge Red Sox 2-1

first_imgThe Twins snuck by the Red Sox 2-1 Thursday night to take 2 out of 3 games in Boston.  Eddie Rosario gunned down a runner at the plate to end the game after J.D. Martinez hit a ball off Taylor Rogers high off the wall in left field.  Willians Astudillo had a pinch hit single in the 7th inning that broke a 1-all tie.Minnesota managed just 2 hits but drew 9 walks against Boston pitching.  Martin Perez threw 6 innings with 2 hits and 1 earned run allowed to get the win and improve to 10-6.  Miguel Sano drew 3 walks and scored both runs for Minnesota. Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Skip 720p HD About Connatix V56490 The Twins are 87-53 and lead the American League Central by 6 1/2 games over Cleveland. Cleveland lost 7-1 to the White Sox Thursday.  The Twins magic number to clinch the AL Central is down to 16.Minnesota will host Cleveland to start a 3-game series tonight at 7:10, pregame on WJON at 6:30. 1080p HDcenter_img Auto (360p) 360p 1/1 About Connatix V56490last_img read more


La Repubblica claim Conte could quit Chelsea

first_imgChelsea boss Antonio Conte could return home to Serie A in the summer, according to an Italian newspaper.Monday’s edition of La Repubblica claims Conte is suffering from homesickness and might look to leave London if the Blues win the Premier League title.Furthermore, it says representatives from Inter Milan have put together an offer for the Chelsea head coach.AdChoices广告 There has been no public indication that Conte is unsettled at Stamford Bridge.Meawhile, Chelsea midfielder Cesc Fabregas remains a transfer target for AC Milan, according to Italian football rumours site Calciomercato.The report, which has also been picked up by the The Sun, claims Milan could try and tempt the Spaniard away from the Bridge by pledging to build their team around him.Although Fabregas made his 300th Premier League appearance in Chelsea’s win over Swansea on Saturday, he has started just six of their 26 league games this season, the first time in his career he has not been a regular.However, the former Arsenal man – who turns 30 in May said after the Swansea game he wants to stay at Chelsea.And Manchester United are said to have joined a supposed race to sign Celtic’s former Fulham striker Moussa Dembele, who it’s claimed is wanted by Chelsea.The Daily Express says scouts from both Premier League clubs were at Celtic Park on Saturday to watch him score both goals in a 2-0 win over Hamilton. Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Local Area Millionaire Reveals How to Get Rich with Bitcoin, Without Buying Bitcoin x Thanks To Our New System, UK Citizens Can Return To A Stable Economic Situation x Easy Way to Generate Extra Income x Last Nights Episode Left Viewers Speechless! x Chilling Photos Taken Moments Before It All Goes Wrong x Pole Vaulter Allison Stokke is Finally Talking About the Photo Changing Her Life x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more


Casey wears down Werribee

first_imgBy Hayley Wildes The Casey Demons have claimed back-to-back wins to begin their 2018 VFL season. In what was a…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img


Scouts work for heritage badge

first_imgBy DANIELLE GALVIN THE fight to have the Pakenham Scout Hall heritage listed has “gained legs” following a letter of…[To read the rest of this story Subscribe or Login to the Gazette Access Pass] Thanks for reading the Pakenham Berwick Gazette. Subscribe or Login to read the rest of this content with the Gazette Digital Access Pass subscription.last_img