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POA to the rescue Cops help family victimized by allegedly drunk driver BY ASHLEY ARCHIBALD Daily Press Staff Writer

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY Alex Petrakos’ back-to-school shopping list looked similar to that of most 11-year-old boys. A new backpack was a must (his old one is too small to fit many of the things he carries in a brightly-colored shoulder bag), and the pairs of Levis and new shoes will replace old ones past the point of saving. However, few such shopping trips are paid for by the Police Officers’ Association, the group that represents sworn members of the Santa Monica Police Department. Last June, Alex and his mother Sunny Hively — her given name is Mary — were injured in a horrific accident on the side of Highway 60 on the way back from an Angels baseball game. Alex was sitting inside the car when an allegedly drunk driver, Tina Marie Silva, plowed into the family’s vehicle while it was parked, disabled, on the side of the road. The collision broke Alex’s hips and legs, and confined him to a wheelchair and then crutches for months. Hively was standing outside of the car with her other son, Maximillion, when the accident happened. She was released from the hospital in August, but still faces a long road to recovery that includes surgery on her right leg. Maximillion, then a student at Lincoln Middle School, was killed in the crash. Officer Jennifer Rodriguez, who belongs to the POA, heard about the accident a month after the fact. Rodriguez taught the D.A.R.E. (Drug and Alcohol Resistance Education) program at Grant Elementary School. She read about

BY ASHLEY ARCHIBALD Daily Press Staff Writer

MID-CITY Residents of Santa Monica’s Mid-

threat of a loss in federal grant money. Experts questioned the value of the federal law and said California’s cost of complying would far exceed the lost federal

City neighborhood were surprised last week to find that a grocery store proposed on the eastern end of Wilshire Boulevard had been redesigned to preclude the need for public hearings, preventing any opportunity to get their concerns about traffic and parking addressed by public officials. Fresh & Easy, a discount retail chain, announced plans in February to move into the spot vacated by Magnolia Audio Video store in February to mixed reaction by residents who welcomed the idea of a store within walking distance of their homes but had concerns about off-site parking required for the store and the traffic inherent with new development. Developers seem to have found a way to solve one of those problems while avoiding any kind of public discussion on the other issues raised at a public meeting in March. The store, originally presented at 13,000 square feet, will be reduced so that the developer will no longer have to look further than the property to provide code-required parking, said Russell Bunim, the city planner in charge of the project. The development had included plans to find 17 additional spots at nearby 2811 Wilshire Blvd. and another 12 at 3201 Wilshire Blvd., which neighbors found disturbing. City Hall is exploring the idea of renting the additional retail space for $1 per month to store emergency supplies for the area, said Jason Harris, manager of the Economic Development Division. At the same time, Fresh & Easy has dropped plans to sell alcohol at the store, circumventing a need to get a conditional use



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Beer, please 18th Street Arts Center 1639 18th St., 1 p.m. — 6 p.m. The BAM Fest returns with plenty of quality beer, live music and art. There will be 30-plus breweries participating. The event is not just about beer, it’s an opportunity to raise the profile of the 18th Street Arts Center, which bills itself as an artists’ residency program that provokes public dialogue through contemporary art-making. For more information, visit

Under the lights Santa Monica College 1900 Pico Blvd., 7 p.m. St. Monica football will host Santa Fe League rival St. Genevieve at Corsair Field. St. Monica enters the game 4-2 overall and 1-0 in league. Who likes the Beatles? Santa Monica High School 601 Pico Blvd., 7:30 p.m. The Samohi Symphony presents its tribute to the Beatles with a night of takes on classic hits. The event is rounded out by an audience sing-along and a performance by rock band FKB. The performance will be held at Barnum Hall. Cost: $20; $10 for students. For more information, call (310) 739-3907. Dig the pier’s porch Santa Monica Pier 6 p.m. Unwind on the front porch of Santa Monica for music and a free movie. Each Friday night through Oct. 19 the pier will host free flicks and a DJ spinning records. This week’s movie is the teen hit “The Hunger Games.” For more information, visit frontporchcinema.

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Gas prices spike 8 cents a gallon overnight JASON DEAREN Associated Press

SAN FRANCISCO Landscaping business owner Sebastian Figueredo stood Thursday at a Union 76 gas station near the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge, holding his phone up high so he could get a photo of the price sign. A gallon of regular at the station was selling for $4.79, up from $4.59 the day before. Premium gasoline was $4.99. “Every time these go up, I can’t just raise my hourly rate up as well,” Figueredo complained. Throughout California, the average price of a gallon of regular gasoline jumped 8 cents overnight to $4.32 and was up 18 cents during the past week, according to the AAA’s Daily Fuel Gauge. Analysts said it was poised to quickly soar past $4.37 a gallon — the high so far this year — after refinery outages and pipeline problems left the state short on supplies. The highest average price ever for regular gasoline in the state was $4.61 in 2008. Among the recent disruptions, an Aug. 6 fire at a Chevron Corp. refinery in Richmond left one of the region’s largest refineries producing at a reduced capacity. A power failure in Southern California has affected an Exxon Mobil Corp. refinery, and a Chevron pipeline that moves crude to Northern California was also shut down. Elsewhere, the national average for gas is $3.78 a gallon, the highest ever for this time of year. However, gas prices in many states have started moving lower, which is typical for October. But in California, gasoline inventories are the lowest in more than 10 years — a situation made worse by the state’s strict pollution limits that require a special blend of cleaner-

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Parking greed Editor:

I find Don Patterson’s (assistant director of the Finance Department) remarks about the parking both arrogant and insulting (“Feeling the parking pinch,” Oct. 3). Probably “not many people have complained” because it doesn’t do any good when you have the city politicians and bureaucrats who have sold out to the developers, and haven’t met a new fee they can’t find a way to pass to their constituents, continue with their greed. I have lost numerous coins to the “new” meters, have called the number on the meter and given the meter number and amount that I lost, and have never had any response. Granted, it’s not a lot of money, but it is the principle that Santa Monica is more than happy to “steal” this revenue. If it’s my last dime, and I don’t get credited in the meter, and I get a ticket as a result, guess who pays the huge parking fine. Now, they’ve made it very expensive to have lunch, run errands, or shop in the center of town. The powers that be in the city have made it clear that the only drummer they march to is the almighty dollar, and citizens be damned. I work here, but live in the Marina, and try to get out of town as fast as possible after my work day. They are ruining Santa Monica for everyone but the City Hall nitwits! Greed, greed, greed. That’s the name of the game.

Catherine Weinberger Marina del Rey, Calif.

Calling for a complete ban Editor:

The City Council is trying to make a silk purse out of a sow’s ear with its tortuous approach to stub out smoking in apartments (“No smoking for new tenants; landlords to conduct surveys,” Oct. 4). It’s really simple: enact a complete ban on smoking in apartments and let landlords evict those who continue to smoke.

Margaret Coyne Santa Monica

Smoking covenants Editor:

Isn’t it curious that our left wing City Council plans to use a deed restriction to prohibit smokers from owning and living in condominiums in Santa Monica? It’s the same tactic that was previously used to keep blacks, Jews and other minority groups from buying and owning property. Of course, when the lefties discriminate it’s always for the greater good.

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Billy Lourie: Long live the king




Santa Monica was a far different town. Curiously, the population hasn’t increased that much but the demographics certainly have. Our city always had affluent neighborhoods, but in general it was a quiet, working-class beach town blessed with a wonderful mix of colorful characters. Perhaps purely because of economics, it doesn’t seem that way anymore. (The cheapest apartment in my building rents for $3,200. With that monthly nut who can afford to be colorful?) In my first year here I was struck by the number of ex-pats from England that one would meet at three popular British pubs: the Ye Olde King’s Head, the Mucky Ducky and the Brigadoon. I love British accents and hanging out in these establishments watching dart throwing and hearing terms like “mate,” “bloke,” “bangers and mash” “shepherd pie” and “have a pint?” I felt like I was in Liverpool, especially if I had enough of those pints. Opened in 1974, the King’s Head was the most popular. In its 1980’s heyday it was difficult just to get into the joint, but if you did it was like stepping across the pond. The longtime and much beloved general manager was the late Billy Lourie, who passed away this past Sept. 17 at age 58 and for whom the King’s Head is having a memorial celebrating his life this Sunday. Billy was a Santa Monica icon. Everyone who made the scene at the King’s Head enjoyed the traditional cuisine, beer and throwing some darts. But for many the biggest attraction was the invigorating company of its reigning king or, as he was affectionately known, Captain Billy. A large man his adult life, (5 feet, 11 inches tall, 250 pounds and “then some”) Billy looked like a cross between a menacing viking and an overgrown choir boy. Brilliant and incredibly strong, he seemingly had endless talents, including being an expert sailor. He learned to sail as a handsome and adventuresome kid on Long Island. After moving out to California, Billy acquired a classic 40-foot pirate ship, “The Dolphin.” (I wish I had a photo.) With his long red hair and beard, and when he playfully wore an eye patch and brandished a sword, Billy looked quite the imposing buccaneer, ay matey. Billy started at the King’s Head as a combination cook and bouncer, an unusual pairing but he was an unusual man. As for cooking, he had developed excellent culinary skills. As for bouncing, strong as he was, Billy could efficiently and quickly dispatch any trouble. But he also had such great people skills that more often he could cajole obnoxious louts into behaving like model citizens, or until they went home. As a result of his compassionate heart, Billy was understandably the best friend to many lucky people whose relationships often went back four decades. Optimistic and resourceful, he was the one who was there when you got into a terrible jam. And

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he wouldn’t lecture or point fingers, at least not until after he got you out of it. Among Billy’s other endearing traits was his outlandish sense of humor. The Henry VIII photo with this column was taken in 1992 at his Halloween wedding at the Excalibur Hotel in Las Vegas, attended by over 200 guests dressed as members of the King’s Court. Given King Hank’s dicey record with wives it’s clear that Billy and, maybe even more so Paula, his bride-to-be who dressed as Anne Boleyn, knew how to laugh at convention. A partier before the term was coined, every Christmas season at the King’s Head jovial Billy made the perfect Santa. But the costume topper had to be one particular Halloween when he arrived as the “Sugar Plump Fairy” packed into a delicate pink tutu and tights. (For this one I really wish I had the photo.) Billy was a devoted father to Evan, his 19year-old son who has his father’s long red hair and his parents’ smarts. Evan graduated from the prestigious Early College High School (ECHS, funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation) and is a junior at UC Santa Cruz studying literature and film. Billy was also a caring friend to his exwife Paula, Evan’s mom. Billy also leaves behind CJ, his loving partner, who was taken to her high school prom by him over 40 years ago! The Sunday memorial will be from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. If only Billy could be there to see his family and multitude of friends for one last time. (Some will be flying in from across the country.) If Billy were there one thing’s for certain, he’d make sure everybody in the room had a great time. That was Billy. Long live the King. Ye Olde King’s Head, (310) 451-1402, is located at 116 Santa Monica Blvd. JACK can be reached at


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SAN FRANCISCO The California State University system named a new chancellor Thursday to head the nation’s largest collection of four-year colleges as it faces significant financial and academic headwinds. CSU officials said Timothy P. White, currently the chancellor of the University of California, Riverside, will take charge of the Cal State system, which has 427,000 students on 23 campuses. White, 63, will replace Charles B. Reed, who is retiring after 14 years. White plans to start the new job in late December when the 71-year-old Reed steps down. Born in Argentina, White moved to Northern California as a boy and was the first in his family to go to college. He was a student in the CSU, UC and California Community Colleges systems. “It’s a very important day in my life personally. It’s a day when I double down on my commitment to the state of California,” White told reporters. “It’s a nice chance for me to give back to this great state.” White is expected to receive the same compensation package as Reed: an annual salary of $421,500 plus a $30,000 supplement from CSU foundation sources and a standard benefits package. After a nationwide search that began in May, the CSU board of trustees approved White’s appointment Wednesday and is scheduled to vote on his compensation package in November, said spokesman Mike Uhlenkamp. Over the past three years, Cal State has sustained unprecedented cuts in state funding, leading to steep tuition hikes and deep reductions to courses, staffing, services and student enrollment. The CSU system could face a $250 million midyear funding cut if California voters reject Proposition 30, Gov. Jerry Brown’s tax initiative on the Nov. 6 ballot. Last month, the CSU board of trustees approved a measure to raise tuition by 5 percent early next year if the proposition fails. “There’s a lot at stake. It’s really about the future of California’s ability to remain competitive in the global economy,” White said. CSU board Chairman Bob Linscheid said

White has the right experience and background to lead the Cal State system. “His demonstrated leadership and commitment to student success are the right combination for the university’s future,” Linscheid said. The Cal State faculty union, which has clashed with Reed over university policies and contract negotiations, welcomed White to the job. “While we wish that the CSU trustees had been more transparent in making its selection, we are nevertheless eager to work with the new chancellor to rebuild the California State University,” said union President Lillian Taiz, a history professor at Cal State Los Angeles. Wednesday’s CSU announcement comes a week after California Community Colleges named Brice Harris to head the 112-campus system. Harris, previously headed the Los Rios Community College District in the Sacramento area, will replace Jack Scott. White grew up in the San Francisco Bay area suburb of Pleasant Hill, where he delivered newspapers and was an avid swimmer and water polo player. He went to Diablo Valley Community College, earned a bachelor’s degree at Fresno State University, a master’s degree at Cal State East Bay and a doctorate at UC Berkeley. “The powerful lesson for me is, it’s not where you start, it’s where you finish,” White said. White, an expert in muscle plasticity, injury and aging, launched his academic career as a researcher at the University of Michigan. He served as a senior administrator at Oregon State University and the University of Idaho before becoming the eighth chancellor of the 21,000-student UC Riverside campus in 2008. University of California President Mark Yudof, who heads the 10-campus UC system, called White an “excellent choice to lead the California State University system.” Yudof said he will soon appoint an interim chancellor for UC Riverside before launching a search for a permanent successor. White has four sons with his wife Karen, who is a professor in the biomedical sciences program at UC Riverside.

Running together A trio of Malibu residents are running for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Board of Education. Interestingly, the trio are running as a slate instead of operating as individual candidates. So, this week’s Q-Line question asks:

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LOS ANGELES Eight months ago Southern California had a nuclear power plant that could generate enough electricity for 1.4 million homes. It might never be the same again. Southern California Edison sketched out a proposal Thursday under which its longshuttered San Onofre nuclear power plant might be stuck, perhaps permanently, in a sort of middle gear. The company announced plans to repair and restart one of two damaged reactors, Unit 2, at reduced power to hopefully halt vibration that has caused excessive wear to scores of tubes that carry radioactive water. The outlook for its heavily damaged sister, Unit 3, appears grim and no decision on its future is expected until at least next summer. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission is expected to take months to review the plan, and there is no timetable to restart the plant. San Onofre, located between Los Angeles and San Diego, was long an anchor in the Southern California power supply. That clearly will change, with one reactor offline for an indefinite period and the other possibly running at no more than 70 percent power, at least initially. With San Onofre dark, state officials patched together enough power last summer to fill the gap and avoid potential blackouts. Plans are already taking shape that envision lower output from San Onofre at least into 2013. “Whenever you lose generation, it has implications,” said San Diego Gas & Electric spokeswoman Jennifer Ramp. Contingency plans are being discussed by regional power and utility officials that could lead to new or upgraded transmission lines or power generation to account for limited or no power from San Onofre. In the power-hungry region “the partial restart of the unit is helpful, however grid reliability risks in Southern California do not go away,” said Stephanie McCorkle of the California Independent System Operator, which manages much of the state’s power grid. “It remains unclear if Unit 2 will be available during the (2013) summer peak demand period and Unit 3 is offline indefinitely.” Company executives have left open the possibility that the generators in Unit 3 might be scrapped. “The circumstances they are dealing with obviously are novel,” said John Keeley, a spokesman for the Nuclear Energy Institute, an industry group. “The technical challenge here is distinctive, there is no question about that.” The trouble began Jan. 31, when the Unit 3 reactor was shut down as a precaution after a tube break. Traces of radiation escaped at the time, but officials said there was no danger to workers or neighbors. Unit 2 had been taken offline earlier that month for maintenance, but investigators later found unexpected wear on hundreds of tubes inside steam generators in both units. The problems center on four steam generators that were installed at San Onofre during a $670 million overhaul in 2009 and 2010. Tests found some tubes were so badly corroded that they could fail and possibly release radiation, a stunning finding inside the nearly new equipment. In a March letter, federal regulators outlined a series of benchmarks Edison must reach to restart the plant, including deter-

mining the cause of vibration and friction that damaged tubes, and how it would be fixed and then monitored during operation. Edison’s plan calls for operating Unit 2 at reduced power for five months, then shutting it down for inspections. Company officials expressed confidence in the proposal, which followed more than 170,000 tube inspections over more than eight months. “This is not an experiment,” Pete Dietrich, senior vice president and chief nuclear officer at SCE, told reporters in a conference call. The proposal was immediately denounced by environmentalists and antinuclear activists who have argued for months that restarting the plant would invite catastrophe. About 7.4 million Californians live within 50 miles of San Onofre’s twin domes. “Both these reactors are alike and neither is safe to operate,” said S. David Freeman, a former head of the Los Angeles Department of Water and Power who advises Friends of the Earth. “While Edison may be under financial pressure to get one up and running, operating this badly damaged reactor at reduced power without fixing or replacing these leaky generators is like driving a car with worn-out brakes.” Meanwhile, the company is facing a state review of costs related to the long-running outage that could leave customers or shareholders with a huge bill for repairs and replacement power — a figure that had reached $165 million at midyear. The company did not update those figures Thursday. In June, a team of federal investigators announced that a botched computer analysis resulted in design flaws that are largely to blame for unprecedented wear in the tubes. Overall, investigators found wear from friction and vibration in 15,000 places, in varying degrees, in 3,401 tubes inside the four generators. And in about 280 spots — virtually all in the Unit 3 reactor — more than 50 percent of the tube wall was worn away. In Unit 2, investigators found that the wall thickness had been worn away by at least 20 percent in 147 tubes. When about a third of the wall thickness wears away, a tube is deemed too risky to keep in service. Edison has retired, or plugged, more than 500 tubes in Unit 2 because of damage or as a precaution, a number within the margin to continue operating the plant. Gradual wear is common in such tubing, but the rate of decay at San Onofre stunned officials since the equipment was recently installed. Dietrich said Unit 2 was susceptible to the same problems that ravaged Unit 3, but engineers believe that the extent of damage was different because of manufacturing and assembly differences that resulted in looser tubes in Unit 3. Running at lower power should correct the trouble, at least in Unit 2, he said. The generators, which resemble massive steel fire hydrants, control heat in the reactors and operate something like a car radiator. At San Onofre, each one stands 65 feet high, weighs 1.3 million pounds, with 9,727 U-shaped tubes inside, each three-quarters of an inch in diameter. They were manufactured by Japan-based Mitsubishi Heavy Industries. Cracked and corroded generator tubing has vexed the nation’s nuclear industry for years.

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LOS ANGELES A former Charles Manson follower imprisoned for 40 years in a double murder engineered by Manson won a recommendation of parole Thursday in his 27th appearance before a parole board panel. Bruce Davis, convicted with Manson and another man in the killings of a musician and a stuntman, was not involved in the infamous Sharon Tate murders in 1969. The answer to his plea for freedom came on the eve of his 70th birthday. He was a young man of 30 when he was sentenced to life in prison in 1972 in a case that was a postscript to Manson’s notorious reign as leader of the murderous communal cult known as the Manson family. Davis long maintained he was a bystander in the killings of the two men, but in recent years he acknowledged his shared responsibility because he was present. The hearing was held at the California Men’s Colony at San Luis Obispo, where Davis is imprisoned. His release was opposed by a Los Angeles prosecutor and by a former Manson family member, Barbara Hoyt, as well as Sharon Tate’s sister, Debra Tate. The two women attended the hearing, according to The Tribune of San Luis Obispo. The recommendation is not the last hurdle in Davis’ quest for freedom. The parole grant is subject to a 120-day review period by the entire parole board. If it is upheld, Gov. Jerry Brown then has 30 days to review the decision. Los Angeles County district attorney’s spokeswoman Sandi Gibbons said, “We certainly disagree with the board’s decision. We will evaluate how we plan to proceed as the matter goes to Gov. Brown.” She noted that District Attorney Steve Cooley helped persuade then-Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to stop Davis’ prior parole date in 2010. A parole board determined then that Davis was ready for release, saying he had no recent disciplinary problems and had completed education and self-help programs. However, Schwarzenegger reversed the

decision, citing the heinous nature of the crimes and saying Davis was still a danger. Gov. Brown has the final say on decisions by the current parole board. His spokesman Gil Duran declined comment after the hearing, saying the issue had not yet reached the governor’s desk. Davis has been in prison since being convicted with Manson and another follower, Steve Grogan, in the murders of musician Gary Hinman and stuntman Donald “Shorty” Shea. “I’m pleased and relieved and I hope Bruce’s ordeal will be over,” said attorney Michael Beckman, who has been fighting for years for the release of Davis. He said an emotional Davis spoke to the panel at length and took responsibility for his role in the killings. Davis also said he tried to do good for other inmates and would continue ministering for troubled souls on the outside, the lawyer said. If eventually freed, Davis will go to transitional housing associated with religious groups in Los Angeles County. Davis became a born-again Christian in prison and ministered to other inmates, married a woman he met through the prison ministry, and has a grown daughter. The couple recently divorced. Beckman said Davis also earned a master’s degree and a doctorate in philosophy of religion. Beckman said his client is totally rehabilitated and meets state requirements for parole. Los Angeles County Deputy District Attorney Patrick Sequeira opposed his release. Few followers of the infamous Manson cult have been released from prison. Grogan was freed in 1985 after he led police to Shea’s buried body. Lynette “Squeaky” Fromme was released from federal prison in 2009 after serving time for the attempted assassination of President Gerald Ford. Manson and two of his followers, Leslie Van Houten and Patricia Krenwinkel, remain in prison for life in the Tate killings. Their co-defendant, Susan Atkins, died of cancer behind bars in 2009. Another of the Tate killers, Charles “Tex” Watson, remains in prison.

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‘Idol’ divas Carey, Minaj take their feud public FRAZIER MOORE, AP Television Writer

NEW YORK Is this “Idol” threat an idle threat? Mariah Carey told Barbara Walters her fellow “American Idol” judge Nicki Minaj threatened to shoot her, Walters reported on ABC’s “The View” Thursday morning. Consulting her notes, Walters recounted a phone conversation with Carey just before the ABC talk show went on the air, with new details of Tuesday’s blowup between Carey and Minaj that was partly captured on video made public on the TMZ website. Walters said Carey told her that “when Nicki walked off the set, multiple people heard Nicki say, ‘If I had a gun I would shoot the (adjective unspoken by Walters) bitch.’” After a meeting on Wednesday attended by the pair, Minaj said to Carey, “I love you, but we might fight again,” according to Walters. “Mariah responded, ‘No, we will not.’” Walters said Carey told her that the singer had hired extra security. “Mariah said she doesn’t feel comfortable emotionally,” Walters reported. “But she will continue with the show because she loves the show. And she loves mentoring the contestants.” Walters issued an invitation to Minaj, a past guest of “The View,” asking her to return to the show to give her side of the

story. But Minaj wasted no time responding with a string of Twitter postings. One read: “Hey yAll. Lets just say nicki said smthn about a gun. Ppl will believe it cuz she’s a black rapper. Lmao. I’ll then hit up Barbara n milk it” She continued: “Ironically no camera or mic heard the gun comment tho. Lol (at) the struggle. Not even the producers believed u. Say no to violence barbz.” A bit later, she tweeted: “I don’t call tmz n Barbara Walters cuz I stand on my own two feet. Never needed an army. God is good. Insecurity is as cruel as the grave.” Rumors of drama between Minaj and Carey began to swirl as soon as the new panel was officially announced on Sept. 16. Then the blurry web video released Tuesday by displayed what appeared to be an argument between Minaj and Carey during the tryout taping in Charlotte, N.C. On the video, Minaj announces that she is no longer putting up with “her ... Highness,” in an expletiveenhanced reference to Carey. Fox’s “American Idol” is still the nation’s most popular show despite a dramatic falloff in ratings last season that led to Randy Jackson being joined by three new judges, who also include country singer Keith Urban. The show’s new season premieres in January.


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Pot smokers caught with shotgun 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.

TUESDAY, SEPT. 25, AT 9:50 P.M., Santa Monica police officers were on patrol along Bay Street when they said they smelled the strong odor of smoked marijuana coming from a car that was parked along the curb. Officers drove toward the car, at which time three people quickly got out and tried to walk away. Officers detained them and looked inside the car where they could see several containers with marijuana inside, police said. Officers searched the vehicle and allegedly recovered some hashish and Hydrocodone from inside the glove box. The owner of the car also admitted to having a shotgun in the trunk. He was placed under arrest for illegal possession of prescription drugs and concentrated cannabis. The shotgun was legal, but booked for safekeeping. The suspect was identified as Phillip Leroy Thompson, 23, of Atlanta. No bail information was provided by police.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, AT 2:21 P.M., Officers responded to the 1300 block of Fourth Street — Wells Fargo — regarding two people who were allegedly trying to open a bank account using a phony check. Before officers could arrive, the suspects grew nervous and left the bank, police said. Officers spoke with bank employees, who said the suspects came into the bank and said the wanted to open a checking account with one of the suspects’ first paycheck. The check was in the amount of $975. The bank employees said they immediately noticed that there were no bank markings on the check and tried to confirm its legitimacy. The suspects asked for one of their IDs back and then left. A few hours later, officers located a female suspect walking in the 1600 block of Seventh Street and detained her. She was later identified by bank employees and placed under arrest. Officers searched her purse and said they found further evidence of a crime. Officers also learned that she had previously cashed a check in a similar amount using someone else’s identity. She was booked for obtaining credit in another’s name, burglary and forgery. She was identified as Maureen Ruben Lugo, 37, of Santa Monica. Her bail was set at $50,000.

WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 26, AT 9:49 P.M., Officers were driving past Bistro Santa Monica located on the 2300 block of Santa Monica Boulevard when they were flagged down by the manager, who told them he had a subject inside the restaurant refusing to pay for a meal he just finished. Officers spoke with the man, who told them he did not have any means to pay for the meal. He was placed under arrest for defrauding an innkeeper and violating his probation. The suspect was identified as Aldo Armando Craig, 32, of Los Angeles. His bail was set at $10,000.

THURSDAY, SEPT. 27, AT 5:29 A.M., Officers responded to the 1800 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding a report of two women fighting in the street. When officers arrived, they found two women in an alley off Ocean Park Boulevard. One was unconscious. The other was rubbing her eyes and told officers that the other woman used pepper spray on her. Paramedics arrived and treated the woman who was unconscious and transported her to a local hospital for a head injury. Police said the woman who was pepper sprayed was allowed to stay in the other woman’s home for a few days. When she brought a strange man into the home, the victim kicked her out. While leaving, the victim noticed that the suspect had some of her clothes and a fight ensued. The victim used pepper spray to defend herself, police said. The suspect allegedly took the victim to the ground and slammed her head into the asphalt several times until she lost consciousness. The suspect was booked for robbery, assault with a deadly weapon and a probation violation. She was identified as Travette Hill, 23, a transient. No bail was set.

FRIDAY, SEPT. 28, Officers went to the home of a suspect in a sexual assault case. After interviewing him, they placed him under arrest for sexual penetration with a foreign object. Police said the suspect went out to a nightclub with some friends on Sept. 16. After the nightclub, the group went back to the alleged victim’s apartment. As she was saying goodnight to the group, she hugged the suspect. At that time he put his hand under her dress and sexually assaulted her using his hand and or fingers, police said. The woman told her husband and they reported the incident to police two days later. The suspect was identified as Yaw Vanscoy, 25, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $20,000.

SATURDAY, SEPT. 29, AT 4:25 P.M., Police were on patrol near the corner of Third Street and Santa Monica Boulevard when they saw a man cross the street against a red light. Officers called out to the man, but he ignored them and continued to walk away. Officers caught up with him and one of them grabbed his arm. The suspect allegedly pulled his arm away. Officers put him in a control hold and handcuffed him as the suspect yelled profanities and questioned the officers’ authority, police said. The suspect was eventually booked for failing to stop for a red light and resisting arrest. He was identified as Elijah Thomas, 21, of Santa Monica. His bail was set at $10,000.

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SHOPPING FROM PAGE 1 the accident in an article by a local newspaper, and had a sinking feeling. “I looked at my roster and found his name and said, ‘Oh no, this is one of my D.A.R.E. kids,’” she said. Rodriguez spends a good deal of her professional time teaching children about the dangers of drugs and alcohol, especially drinking and driving. When one of those lessons impacted her student in a very real way, she decided to get involved. She took Alex, his uncle and a friend out for a day to explore the Public Safety Facility and learn the ins and outs of SMPD’s newest facility. Alex got to put out calls on the practice dispatch channel, learn about the art and science of fingerprinting and spend time with the SWAT team and police dogs. Rodriguez then took the trio to Pacific Park at the Santa Monica Pier to enjoy rides and games at PALpalooza, an event for children involved in the Police Activities League program. Although they seemed to enjoy themselves and break out of the unnatural routine of recovery and readjustment, Rodriguez wasn’t satisfied — she wanted to make a more tangible difference in the lives of Alex and his mother. “In the midst of that day, I was trying to brainstorm how we could give the child some more support,” Rodriguez said. The community rallied around the family immediately after the accident, but as time passed the initial shock of the tragedy faded and help began to disappear with it. That left them struggling under the weight of huge medical bills accumulated

We have you covered over the months in the hospital’s intensive care unit and other appointments, many of which Hively later found were not covered by her insurance. At the same time, things at the family’s residence had gone untended for some time. Although Hively’s sister, Brenda Petrakos, stepped in and took care of Alex while his mother was hospitalized, things like dirty clothes had been pushed to the wayside by more pressing concerns. It got to the point that many things had to be thrown away, Hively said Wednesday, and Alex was in desperate need of new goods. That was something Rodriguez could sink her teeth into. She went to the POA president and requested a donation, something to help the family get Alex a few things to prepare for his first year at Lincoln Middle School. Ultimately, the board approved a $250 donation. “It was definitely a no-brainer for them,” Rodriguez said. “They agreed this was a particularly extraordinary cause.” Alex, Hively and Rodriguez met at the Public Safety Facility after school on Wednesday. Alex, for one, had goals. Skinny jeans only, please — his mom once had to cut the cuff of a pair of loose jeans out of his bicycle chain with his brother’s pocket knife, causing him to reject the style — and shoes that could double for school wear and a potential Nightwing outfit for Halloween. Who’s Nightwing, you ask? Alex has a YouTube video for you. (If you’ve never see it, he’s sort of an evolved Robin, a la Batman.) He and his brother Max used to watch regularly-occurring shows on the online video-sharing service, like that of Ray

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ments and coping. Alex is acclimating well at Lincoln, he says, sailing through violin lessons and his regular academics. Still, with his name comes recognition amongst his fellow students who attended school with his brother, Max. “I’m ‘that’ kid,” Alex said succinctly. Now he’ll be “that kid” in an awesome new hoodie, courtesy of the POA. His mother appreciates the gesture and the help it brings to the household. “It means a lot to us,” she said.

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LAW FROM PAGE 1 funding. State justice officials said California stands to lose nearly $800,000 this year. The grant money previously had been used for drug enforcement but would have been diverted to sex offender management, registration and victim notification programs under the federal law. Only the state’s portion of the grant will be lost, the department said; grants to local law enforcement are unaffected. The California Sex Offender Management Board, which advises the governor and Legislature, estimated in 2008 that it would cost the state at least $32 million to comply with the federal law, not including the cost of incarcerating offenders who failed to comply with the new federal registration regulations. The bulk of the cost, about $25 million, would have been for local law enforcement agencies to assess and more frequently reassess offenders’ risk of committing new crimes to meet the federal requirements, the

MARKET FROM PAGE 1 permit from City Hall for the sale. “We altered the footprint of our store to make it a better fit for the location,” said Brendan Wonnacott, a spokesperson for the company. “We believe this is a great spot for a neighborhood market like Fresh & Easy. We look forward to bringing delicious and wholesome food to the neighborhood and providing a great alternative for people looking for more affordable options.” Although that solves two problems raised by some neighbors — who dislike the idea of people parking blocks away from the store and don’t want another alcohol sales location — it also means that Fresh & Easy will not have to go before the Planning Commission to seek the parking variance or conditional use permit. It’s a problem for Joseph Fitzsimons, the vice president of Sullivan Dituri Co., a real estate management company that has a property immediately south of the site. Fitzsimons worries about delivery trucks going to and from the grocery store, which are often loud and cause traffic. “Apparently, they figured out that if they applied under a certain square footage, they don’t need a variance for parking and if


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board projected. The board, made up of law enforcement and treatment experts, also said California’s registration system was superior to that required by the federal law. The federal law requires that an offender’s perceived risk of committing a new crime be based solely on his or her previous crime, while California relies on a range of indicators. They include the offender’s criminal history, age at the time of the offense and the type of victim. The board said the federal requirement “is far less reliable” than California’s method. The federal law also would require California to begin publicly naming many juvenile sex offenders on its Megan’s Law website, which the state board said was counterproductive. It also would have had to add several additional crimes to the list of those requiring criminals to register as sex offenders. “California should absorb the comparatively small loss of federal funds that would result from not accepting the very costly and ill-advised changes to state law and policy required by the (federal) Act,” the board said in its 2008 report. they’re not looking to sell alcohol there’s no CUP and no public hearing to address everyone’s concerns,” Fitzsimons said. It’s also disconcerting to residents who had previously thought the Fresh & Easy store to be dead in the water. Gregg Heacock, head of neighborhood association Mid-City Neighbors, found out on Friday in a phone call with city planners that this was no longer the case. Because the project can now be approved administratively, there’s little to be done, which frustrates Heacock because it feels as though City Hall is pushing neighborhood leaders and their concerns to the sideline. Heacock had problems with the development because he felt it would cause additional traffic if it couldn’t provide more parking and better access to what parking it had. Furthermore, he disliked the Fresh & Easy business model, which keeps costs low by cutting out cashiers, instead providing mostly unmanned check-out counters for customers. “It’s changing the character of the service we receive and the quality of businesses that serve us,” Heacock said. The company has also come under fire by its employees in the past several years for resisting calls to unionize at the stores.

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Dow Jones average climbs after encouraging jobs report MATTHEW CRAFT AP Business Writer

NEW YORK An encouraging report on the labor market and better sales from Costco and other retail stores helped push the stock market higher Thursday. The government said that 367,000 Americans sought unemployment benefits for the first time last week. That’s an increase from the previous week but fewer than economists had forecast. The Dow Jones industrial average gained 80.75 points to close at 13,575.36. Aluminum giant Alcoa led the 30 stocks in the Dow with

a 3.3 percent surge, rising 29 cents to $9.07. “It’s not just the jobless claims numbers on their own,” said Brian Gendreau, market strategist at Cetera Financial Group. “They’re coming on the back of ... manufacturing and service-sector reports that were better than people expected this week.” The Standard & Poor’s 500 index climbed 10.41 points to 1,461.40. The Nasdaq composite rose 14.23 points to 3,149.46. The job-market report helped drive the yield on the benchmark 10-year Treasury note up to 1.67 percent from 1.62 percent late Wednesday. Traders tend to sell Treasurys following better economic news.

The Commerce Department said that orders to U.S. factories came in better than forecasts, even though the 5.2 percent drop in orders was the biggest in more than three years. Costco and other retail chain stores reported September sales that came in ahead of Wall Street’s estimates. Costco gained $1.86 to $101.48. Target rose 56 cents to $63.65. The stock market barely moved following the release of the Federal Reserve’s minutes from its meeting last month, when the Fed hatched a new open-ended program to spend $40 billion a month on mortgage bonds. The minutes revealed that all but one member of the Fed’s interest-rate committee

voted in favor of the bond-buying effort. The key event this week comes Friday morning when the Labor Department releases its monthly jobs report. Economists forecast that the unemployment rate inched up to 8.2 percent in September from 8.1 percent in August. The major stock market indexes have climbed steadily higher to start October. The Dow rose 78 points Monday after the Institute for Supply Management said its gauge of manufacturing rose in September for the first time in four months. For the month, the Dow is up an even 1 percent and the S&P 500 is up 1.4 percent.

Retailers report slower sales growth in September ANNE D’INNOCENZIO AP Retail Writer

NEW YORK Americans may have slowed their spending in September after splurging during the start of the busy back-to-school shopping season in the month before. But most importantly, they were still spending. September sales rose 3.9 percent — a slowdown from the 6-percent rise in August — as 22 retailers like Macy’s and Costco reported mixed results, according to the International Council of Shopping Centers. Still, given the economic and political uncertainty that weighs on many Americans right now, analysts say the results are an encouraging sign for stores as they head into what’s traditionally the busiest shopping period of

the year in November and December. “This should set up to be a good holiday season,” said Ken Perkins, president of Retail Metrics LLC, a research firm. Retailers’ monthly sales figures are based on revenue at stores opened at least a year. That measure, which is considered to be an indicator of a retailer’s health because it excludes results from stores recently opened or closed, offers insights into how Americans are spending during the slow economic recovery. But only a handful of merchants representing about 13 percent of the $2.4 trillion U.S. retail industry report monthly revenue. And that list is dwindling: Target Corp. on Thursday said that it will no longer report monthly figures starting next year. Target was among those retailers report-

ing results that fell short of analyst expectations. The discounter said its sales gain of 2.1 percent was slightly below analysts’ expectations as shoppers picked up back-to-school items and groceries. Department-store chain Macy’s also posted a 2.5 percent increase last month that was below the gain of 3.3 percent analysts polled by Thomson Reuters had expected. Meanwhile, Costco Wholesale’s 5.7 percent gain put it among the merchants that posted results that beat Wall Street estimates. September’s results offer hope for retailers as they head into the winter holiday shopping season, a two-month period in which they can make up to 40 percent of their annual revenue. It’s the latest sign that consumers are feeling a little better about

the economy. That’s important because consumer spending accounts for 70 percent of economic activity. Right now, confidence is at a sevenmonth high as people are feeling better about rising home prices and a rebounding stock market. Still job growth remains weak and prices for everything from food to gas are higher. On top of that, there’s a worry that the U.S. economy will fall into another recession next year. That’s when tax increases and deep government spending cuts will take effect unless Congress reaches a budget deal. “If (Congress) can get their act together, it will be good for the consumer’s psyche,” said Michael P. Niemira, chief economist at International Council of Shopping Centers.

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Pennsylvania Avenue joins list of endangered spaces BRETT ZONGKER

Japanese Garden, Nasher Sculpture Garden in Dallas and New York’s Jones Beach, a public beach and park designed by Robert Moses in the 1920s that continues to draw 6 million to 8 million visitors each year. This year’s list also honors the patrons who helped create such notable spaces. For Washington, it was the federal Pennsylvania Avenue Development Corp., which funded improvements but disbanded in the 1990s. “Back in the old days, great buildings, great landscapes, great art collections were the result of great patronage,” Birnbaum said. But this year’s listings are “dying a quiet death because of deferred maintenance and neglect.” The historic corridor may see new development, though, as Donald Trump recently won rights to redevelop Washington’s Old Post Office into a luxury hotel. Birnbaum said such big investors on the avenue could add pressure to change the design. In some ways, designed landscapes are more complicated to preserve than a single historic building. Putting off maintenance can quickly accelerate their decline, Birnbaum said. In Los Angeles, the Japanese garden has become the focus of a legal dispute. It was given to the University of California Los Angeles in 1964 by former regent Edward W. Carter. But the school listed the property for sale this year without notifying Carter’s heirs. The popular Jones Beach on New York’s Long Island is a state park that once was a model for others nationwide. Now it’s suffering from strained budgets. Embellishments designed by its original architect have slowly been lost. Brick walkways were replaced with asphalt. A mahogany railing along the boardwalk was replaced with aluminum. Water fountains and plants have been removed because there’s little staff to tend such gardens in a struggling economy. “Now it functions as a park, but it’s lost that extra level that made it premiere,” said Alexandra Wolfe, preservation services director for the Society for the Preservation of Long Island Antiquities, who nominated the beach for the listing. “We wanted to call out the fact that this is also a designed landscape.”

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WASHINGTON Washington’s Pennsylvania Avenue, sometimes called “America’s Main Street,” is being listed among the nation’s endangered landscapes because of neglect and deferred maintenance by the National Park Service. The grand avenue connecting the Capitol and White House is slowly falling into disrepair, the nonprofit Cultural Landscape Foundation told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Water fountains rarely function, benches are broken and some trees have been removed. In the 1960s, President John F. Kennedy called for a revitalization of Pennsylvania Avenue. Improvements included the creation of small parks designed by top landscape architects, including M. Paul Friedberg and Carol Johnson. But they haven’t been maintained. “There really is this kind of very slow downward spiral that is happening,” said Charles Birnbaum, the group’s founding president. Except for part of the road that was redesigned as a pedestrian plaza in 2004 for security in front of the White House, “the lion’s share of the 1.2-mile stretch hasn’t been renewed,” Birnbaum said. National Mall Superintendent Robert Vogel said in an emailed statement that the park service is working on ways to preserve and restore Pennsylvania Avenue, though he did not elaborate. “We welcome the interest and support of the Cultural Landscape Foundation and the attention they can bring to this effort,” he said. The Washington-based foundation, created in 1998, aims to educate people about historic landscapes through training programs, partnering with local groups and publicity for at-risk spaces. It has a track record of saving threatened landscapes by raising awareness with its annual Landslide listing. Eleven other sites are being added to the group’s Landslide 2012 list, which will be announced Thursday at an event with New York’s Central Park Conservancy. They include Los Angeles’ Hannah Carter

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Labor standoffs silence orchestras PATRICK CONDON Associated Press

MINNEAPOLIS The Minnesota Orchestra was called the world’s greatest not long ago, welcome recognition for musicians based outside a top cultural center. Now its members are locked out of Orchestra Hall, stuck in the same kind of labor-management battle recently afflicting teachers and football referees. Across the country, symphony and chamber orchestra executives have cited flat ticket sales and slumping private support as they seek major pay concessions from musicians, who warn of a loss of talent and reputation. In Minneapolis, the Minnesota Orchestra has already cancelled concerts through Nov. 25 as negotiators argue over a proposal to trim the performers’ average salary by $46,000 a year. A similar standoff is under way across the Mississippi River at the St. Paul Chamber Orchestra. The Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra has canceled the first month of its season due to a labor impasse, and similar troubles are rumbling at orchestras in Richmond, Va., Jacksonville, Fla., and San Antonio, Texas. “It breaks my heart,” said Christal Steele, a violinist and assistant concertmaster in Indianapolis, where she and fellow musicians have gone without pay and benefits for almost a month. “This is my 40th season, and in that time I have seen nothing but this orchestra rise in quality and in stature. Now, in one fell swoop, they’re trying to erase the last 30 years.” Last week, musicians and management at the symphony orchestras in Chicago and

Atlanta reached new contracts after contentious negotiations. Atlanta’s musicians went without pay for a month before accepting $5.2 million in compensation cuts over two years, plus reductions in their ranks. The Chicago deal came after a two-day strike that forced the cancellations of the season’s first Saturday night show, with musicians wrangling salary increases but agreeing to pay higher health care costs. “It’s shaking up a lot of organizations right now,” said Drew McManus, a Chicagobased consultant to orchestras and other arts organizations. “This world of orchestras is one that’s always been defined by well-established strata — the best orchestras in the country, the second tier and so on — and that is very much in flux at the moment.” The Minnesota Orchestra has seen its reputation grow in recent years under conductor Osmo Vanska. The Finnish-born Vanska has become something of a celebrity in a state that treasures its Scandinavian heritage, and he’s won international acclaim for pushing the orchestra to new heights. After seeing the Minnesota Orchestra play at Carnegie Hall in 2010, The New Yorker’s classical music critic Alex Ross wrote that they “sounded, to my ears, like the greatest orchestra in the world.” But the orchestra’s leaders have said even as its reputation grows they’ve seen flat attendance, declining corporate and individual support, and poor results from investments. Meanwhile, salaries grew by 3 to 4 percent annually under the previous contract. “You couple that with one of the worst SEE MUSIC PAGE 15

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MUSIC FROM PAGE 14 financial markets of the last 100 years, and obviously you have to reset our orchestra and our organization in terms of looking to a future that’s sustainable,” said Michael Henson, the orchestra’s president. He said the orchestra has been forced to draw too deeply from its endowment to stay in the black. “A very significant part of our expenses are musicians’ salaries, and that’s a logical area for us to address to find a solution for long-term stability,” Henson said. Management’s proposal would trim average annual salaries for orchestra members from $135,000 to $89,000. Doug Wright, the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal trombonist and a member of the musicians’ negotiating team, said the wages reflect the skill involved in reaching the top level and that big salary cuts would result in a loss of talent. “The musicians of a major American symphony orchestra live in a global marketplace,” Wright said. “And if we’re going to continue to attract and retain the best of the


best, our competition is not, you know, the local marching band. Our competition is Boston, Chicago, L.A., San Francisco.” McManus, the arts consultant, said the Detroit Symphony Orchestra took a big blow to its reputation after a six-month musicians’ strike in 2010, during which many performers quit. Musicians have demanded an open audit of the orchestras’ finances, complaining about an ongoing $50 million renovation of Orchestra Hall’s lobby. Henson said renovation funds come from dedicated donations and are needed to keep drawing audiences and big donors. Jesse Rosen, president and chief executive officer of the League of American Orchestras, which doesn’t take sides in labor-management disputes, said orchestras are struggling with the economy like many other businesses that depend on discretionary spending. “These are big cultural trends that are affecting the movie business, and professional sports, and the way our culture operates now,” he said. “So it’s not surprising that we’re likely to see a period of visible experimentation in American orchestras and the way they operate.”



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HOW TO COMMENT The City of Santa Monica encourages public comment. You may comment at the Planning Commission public hearing, or by writing a letter or e-mail. Information received prior to the hearing will be given to the Planning Commission at the meeting. MORE INFORMATION If you want additional information about this project or wish to review the project, please contact the Project Planner (310) 458-8341. The Zoning Ordinance is available at the Planning Counter during business hours or available on the City’s web site at The meeting facility is wheelchair accessible. If you have any disabilityrelated accommodation request, please contact (310) 458-8341, or TYY Number: (310) 458-8696 at least five (5) business days prior to the meeting. Santa Monica “Big Blue” Bus Lines #1, #2, #3, Rapid 3, #7, and #9 service the City Hall and the Civic Center. Pursuant to California Government Code Section 65009(b), if this matter is subsequently challenged in Court, the challenge may be limited to only those issues raised at the Public Hearing described in this notice, or in written correspondence delivered to the City of Santa Monica at, or prior to, the Public Hearing. ESPAÑOL: Esto es una noticia de una audiencia pública para revisar applicaciónes proponiendo desarrollo en Santa Monica. Si deseas más información, favor de llamar a Carmen Gutierrez en la División de Planificación al número (310) 458-8341.

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unsure of which way to go. A cocky partner or associate could change his or her mind. Be understanding rather than combative. Sometimes you throw these types of situations back in this person's face. Tonight: Respond to someone's efforts,

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19) clarity. Your serious tone gives others a lot to digest. In-depth responses might take a while to emerge, as people have a lot to think about. Tonight: Off to the gym.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) ★★★★ Your need to understand what is happening is instrumental to finding a creative solution. In a diplomatic manner, ask as many questions as need be. You could be surprised by what comes up. Tonight: Your turn to show some cheerfulness.

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