Quake Shakes Region

A 5.4 earthquake shook Southern California at 11:42 this morning.

The epicenter was 10 miles south of Chino Hills, and the quake was felt as far away as San Diego.

There were 27 aftershocks in the hour following the quake.

Immediately after the quake, system overload caused cell phones to go dead, but service was soon restored.. Disneyland closed its rides, and Metroline trains stopped running for a short time.

There were reports of minor damage and injuries , but nothing major.

All Politics, All the Time

VI. Deranging the Townscape

Like the beach itself, beach towns are in constant motion, endlessly evolving, and, over time, shedding whatever is not vital, essential and useful.

Unfortunately, like the beach itself, beach towns are often assaulted by litter, meaning anything that violates, insults or deranges them..

In its 133 years, Santa Monica has suffered all manner of litter, but the last three decades have been especially rough — with nine million square feet of new commercial development, with traffic to match, deposited on our streets, courtesy of City Hall, the chief architect of the assault.

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Spot Closures on PCH Continue

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close one lane of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in alternating directions in spot locations between La Tuna Canyon and the McClure Tunnel for manhole frame and cover adjustment and between Cross Creek and the tunnel for pavement markings and striping from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. nightly Monday, July 28 through Thursday, July 31.

The closures are part of a $7 million, 11.6-mile paving project from Malibu Lagoon Bridge to the McClure Tunnel.

Whither the Weather 7/26 -8/1

By Ava Tramer

Beaches
Mostly sunny
Highs: 69-76; Lows: 61-65

Inland
Hot and sunny
Highs: 91-96; Lows: 62-65

Deserts
Clear and hot
Highs: 105-110; Lows: 79-82

And Santa Monica…
This weekend will be sunny and bright, not to mention hot, with highs in the mid 70s, so slather on the sunscreen, perch those sunglasses on your nose, and head on down to the beach to soak in the sun! But come Monday, be sure to bundle up. Get out your parkas, boots, and mittens, and prepare yourself a steaming cup of hot chocolate. The dramatically colder weather will have highs in the high 60s and low 70s (brrrrrrrr!). And there is even the potential for some clouds to float by (oh no!). Stay warm, Santa Monica. Stay warm.

Sore Winners

Last night, as the City Council’s final review of the planners’ “Strategic Framework” for the revision of the land use and circulation elements of the General Plan (LUCE) got underway, four Council members were out of sorts.

At the previous review, they had voted to approve increases in height and density limits, as recommended by the planners. And they had prevailed: 4-3 . They were winners! But they were not happy.

Apparently, not everyone was pleased with their vote. Perhaps they got emails. Or phone calls. It wasn’t clear. Of the four, Mayor Pro Tem Richard Bloom was the most vociferous, but he wasn’t very
explicit.

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