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tique closed shop for a few hours last week and volunteered at the soup kitchen. “Interacting with the people was the best part for me because I felt like I put a smile on a few people’s faces,” Niktash said. “Working in retail, we’re friendly with people and we have customer service skills.” Niktash added that she plans to work at the soup kitchen at least once a month. Bread & Roses Cafe serves about 150 individuals every day. Va Lecia Adams, the executive director of St. Joseph Center, noted that the donations from Only Hearts comes at a critical time for the organization, which is dealing with more clients because of the current economic crisis. “We had a marked increase in the num-

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK There were harsh words and frustrated sighs, an encouraging thought here and there, and a lot of tension throughout. When it comes to the reconfiguration of Ocean Park Boulevard, just about everyone has a strong opinion. Those feelings erupted during a meeting on Wednesday when residents were updated on the status of a highly-criticized pilot project that restriped one of the busiest neighborhood streets last year from four lanes to two in response to pedestrian safety concerns. The meeting was intended to give the community a chance to weigh in on the recent changes on the street — which included more parking spaces and the addition of bike lanes — and later help transportation management staff formulate recommendations for a permanent solution. City officials also plan to take into consideration an online survey that more than 500 people have already filled out. Nearly a year after Ocean Park Boulevard — from Lincoln Boulevard to 25th Street — was restriped, the new configuration remains a volatile issue. “I’ve been watching the traffic increase in front of my store,” said Elizabeth Seiji, who owns Edelweiss Flower Boutique. “I haven’t really seen any improvement as far as traffic.” City Hall instituted the changes on Ocean Park Boulevard after years of hearing complaints from residents about safety issues posed at certain intersections, including 16th and 18th Street where several pedestrians were struck in the past, calling for a traffic signal. After studying the issue and hosting a community meeting more than a year ago, city officials decided to remove a travel lane

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IT’S IN THE BAG: Laurie Newbound (left) buys a gift and a tote bag at the Only Hearts boutique on Montana Avenue Tuesday afternoon. The store will give 100 percent of the proceeds from the limited edition tote bags to the Food Bank of New York and St. Joseph Center in Venice.

Boutique joins fight against hunger BY MELODY HANATANI Daily Press Staff Writer

MONTANA AVENUE A local boutique is trying to bring some holiday cheer to the homeless population. As part of its 30th anniversary, Only Hearts, a business specializing in intimate apparel and sleepwear, will donate 5 percent of proceeds from sales this month to St. Joseph Center as part of its campaign to fight hunger during the holidays. The “I Heart Sharing” project takes place simultaneously at the company’s Santa Monica and two New York boutiques, applying proceeds from its East Coast stores to the Food Bank for New York City. “I’ve noticed in New York that we’re seeing more people on the streets,” said Helena Stuart, who founded the heart-themed

business in NYC. “We thought we’ve been so successful and lucky in the last 30 years … that we could give back.” As part of the campaign, Stuart commissioned NYC artist Megan Galante and Santa Monica artist Yas Niktash, who is also the local store manager, to design the boutiques’ windows, also using the artwork on a specially-made tote bag that was created for “I Heart Sharing.” All proceeds from the bag sales will be donated to the two charities. Stuart left it up to the individual store managers to choose a local nonprofit organization to be the beneficiary of the campaign. Niktash, who has been with the company for eight years, said she selected St. Joseph Center because it operates a soup kitchen — the Bread & Roses Cafe. Employees at the Santa Monica bou-

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Holiday eats made safely BY DAILY PRESS STAFF CITYWIDE This holiday season, Los Angeles County health officials urge people to learn and use safe food handling practices throughout the year to prevent food borne illnesses. “Each year public health investigates cases of food borne illness during the holidays that are the result of undercooked food and poor food handling practices,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of Public Health for the county. “These can be avoided by practicing good ‘kitchen hygiene’ and by following safe cooking recommendations.” Typical symptoms of food borne illness (sometimes known as food poisoning) include stomach pain, vomiting, and diarrhea, all of which can start hours or days after consuming contaminated food or drink. For healthy people, most symptoms usually go away after a few hours or days without treatment. But food borne illness can be severe and even life-threatening in older adults, infants and young children, pregnant women, and those with conditions that weaken their immune systems, such as cancer or HIV/AIDS. “The first rule of food safety is to wash your hands thoroughly before, during and after meal preparation. Simple hand washing with soap and water between kitchen tasks can prevent the spread of germs,” Fielding said. “If you are ill, especially with vomiting or diarrhea, let someone else prepare the holiday meal so you do not spread the illness, and take time to recover.” The following tips can assist cooks during the holiday season: Raw turkey, chicken, or other meats can contain Campylobacter or Salmonella bacteria that cause diarrhea and other illnesses. These bacteria can multiply rapidly when poultry is taken out of refrigeration and before it is thoroughly cooked. Freezing does not kill these bacteria, but they are destroyed when food is cooked to the proper temperature. To thaw a turkey (by refrigerator, cold water or microwave): • Place frozen turkey in original wrapper in the refrigerator (40 degrees or below). Allow approximately 24 hours per 5 pounds of turkey. After thawing, keep turkey refrigerated for only one to two days before cooking. • A turkey that has been thawed in the refrigerator can be re-frozen. It is not recommended to re-freeze a turkey that has been thawed using other methods. SEE SAFETY PAGE 9

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Jurors hint at partial verdict in MySpace hoax BY GREG RISLING Associated Press Writer

LOS ANGELES Jurors deliberating in the MySpace cyber-bullying trial of a Missouri mother on Tuesday suggested in a note to the judge that they reached verdicts on three of the four counts. The note sent late on the first day of deliberations asked, “Can we be hung on one count but unanimous on the others?” U.S. District Court Judge George Wu told the jurors to return Wednesday and resume deliberations. “I’m going to excuse for today and have you deliberate some more,” Wu told the panel

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of six men and six women. “If the jury is still at an impasse (tomorrow), hand me a note.” Wu did not ask jurors which count was at issue, nor did he ask what the vote count was. Lori Drew, 49, is accused of conspiracy and accessing computers without authorization for her alleged role in a scheme to create a phony profile of a teenage boy on the MySpace social networking Web site to harass 13-year-old neighbor Megan Meier. Drew could be sentenced to as many as 20 years in prison if convicted of all four counts. Megan, who was being treated for depression, hanged herself in 2006 after receiving a message that the world would be better off without her.

Drew, whose daughter was once a friend of Megan, pleaded not guilty to the charges. Earlier Tuesday, jurors asked the judge to clarify an instruction about one of the counts in which prosecutors allege Drew accessed a computer without authorization to obtain information in order to inflict emotional distress on Megan. Prosecutors charged Drew under the Computer Use and Fraud Act, which in the past has been used in hacking and trademark theft cases. Wu is considering a defense motion to have the case dismissed because attorney Dean Steward argued that prosecutors hadn’t proven Drew read MySpace’s service terms.


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I was very pleased to read the article “District eyes background checks on volunteers” in Tuesday’s issue, regarding a new proposed school district policy requiring criminal background checks and fingerprinting on all individuals volunteering in our school district. It is heartening to see the Ad Hoc Policy Review Committee taking positive steps to ensure the safety of our children with this proposed change, and in reviewing all the district’s policies regarding the reporting of child abuse and sexual harassment. This is an excellent start and I applaud their efforts and recommendations. As a parent and child sexual abuse prevention educator, I would like to add that while these policy changes are indeed important and long overdue, let us remember that not every sex offender has been convicted of a crime and many fly under the radar, despite our best efforts. For this reason, it is imperative the we, as parents, take the initiative by talking to our children and empowering them with the right language and information so that they are not victimized by those offenders who simply haven’t been caught and therefore have no criminal record to implicate them. It is imperative that we let our kids know that no one has the right to touch them in any way that makes them uncomfortable — not a teacher, not a sports coach, not a relative. And that it is OK for them to tell us if such an incident occurs. In plain English, our children need to know that we’ve “got their back” on this one. Statistics show that 90 percent of child sexual abuse happens by someone the child knows, not by a stranger. It is also one of the most under-reported crimes in our country because children fear the repercussions. They fear they won’t be believed, that they will somehow be blamed or that they are in some way responsible for the inappropriate actions of another person. Because of this, many children carry the shame and secrecy of their abuse throughout their lives, affecting how they view themselves and others, and the relationships they form as adults. Kids must be told that if they are touched inappropriately by another person, that it is never their fault, no matter what that offender tries to tell them. Sex offenders count on the denial and fear parents have of discussing this subject with our kids. By bringing it to light and having open, honest conversations with our children, we can beat these offenders at their own game. Kids should not have to figure out how to defend themselves from sexual abuse on their own, they need us to help educate and protect them. In the meantime, I would like to sincerely thank the Ad Hoc Committee for their all their work on behalf of our children in this school district. It is an excellent beginning in keeping our kids safe.

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holiday by Republican presidential proclamation in 1863 by Abe Lincoln to “recommend to the people of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed with grateful hearts with the many signal favors of almighty God.” Graciously permit me to show my gratitude. First of all, everyday above ground is a great day. With a grateful heart I would like to give thanks for, and to, my editor Kevin Herrera. During his stewardship of the SMDP he has demonstrated the integrity of a real Edward R. Murrow newsman. He is dedicated to the value of a free press. He allows all sides of a story regardless of race, creed, color or preferential brand of single malt Scotch whisky that one imbibes. Our publisher should give him a raise. To take the heat in the editorial kitchen requires a set of brass cojones muy grande. I would like to thank my readership, both fair and fowl [sic] who permit me to give them a piece of my spherical lyrical mind so that I may camp out inside of theirs. Keep those cards and letters coming in, folks! Lastly, from the depths of my Stygian obsidian heart, I would like to gratefully thank Bennet Kelley for his “endorsement au flambe” in his SMDP column “Bigotry, lies and the Obama wars” in response to my SMDP article “President-elect or president eject.” By comparing my work with Sean Hannity’s and to put my name in the same sentence as Rush Limbaugh’s, Mr. Kelley has launched this humble mailman, U.S. Navy veteran and famous nobody, to the galactic heights of two of the most well-known and best looking American arch-conservatives on planet earth. Obviously, I’ve made an impression. And I don’t take this gravy bathed endorsement lightly since Mr. Kelley’s scrumptious resume as an award-winning author also includes the yummy morsel as the past co-founder of the Democratic National Committee’s young professional outreach and fundraising arm. This ingredient lends a luscious buttery density to the crème brûlée of my work. Mr. Kelley has formally vetted me, by his reputation and words, into the clubhouse of some of the most dangerous conservative man-beasts alive. No birth certificate is required. Bennie, dude! Gimme a man-hug! Following the publication of this article, I will, with a grateful heart and puddles of joy in my eyes, send copies of my original article, Bennie’s endorsement and this article to Sean Hannity and Rush Limbaugh. I will pitch for a roundtable segment of their shows that will feature Joe the Plumber, Tito the Builder and Steve the Mailman. I will also pitch, in a shameless plug for political post-partisanship, that Mr. Kelley should be the very first guest on our inaugural segment. No good deed goes unpunished as the saying goes. Now dispensing with the gooey sentiment, allow me to get back to business and stick a fork into Mr. Kelley’s giblets over cigars, cognac and Sarah Palin’s Baked Alaska. I will update the status of the two pending Supreme Court fricassees over Presidentelect Zero’s citizenship status [Berg v. Obama and Donofrio v. Mitchell] as well as the baker’s dozen of state lawsuits for a future

article after Dec. 5. Pertaining to Mr. Kelley’s corpulently constipated intellectual fetishism vis-a-vis racial politics as related in his column; I don’t speak for Mark Vargas but Mr. Kelley obscures his crypto-racism in decanted statistics from the poisoned punch bowl of the prostituted NY Times. My apologies, however, to Mr. Kelley that Mark Vargas and I didn’t gargle the Happy-Hate flavored Kool-Aid and ethnodive over the cliff with the rest of the Demolemmings.

BY COMPARING MY WORK WITH SEAN HANNITY’S AND TO PUT MY NAME IN THE SAME SENTENCE AS RUSH LIMBAUGH’S, MR. KELLEY HAS LAUNCHED THIS HUMBLE MAILMAN, U.S. NAVY VETERAN AND FAMOUS NOBODY, TO THE GALACTIC HEIGHTS OF TWO OF THE MOST WELLKNOWN AND BEST LOOKING AMERICAN ARCHCONSERVATIVES ON PLANET EARTH.

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Deciphering Bill’s private master plan IN THE NEXT FEW DAYS, BARACK OBAMA

will officially put Hillary Clinton’s name forward for what should be unanimous confirmation as secretary of state. Some will question her choice as the face of President Obama’s foreign policy. If she was wrong on Iraq, they’ll ask, how can she be right for Foggy Bottom? Being America’s Smartest Columnist, however, I see the move as bold (bordering on brilliant) for both because in one fell swoop, they remove the biggest obstacle in the path of their respective political careers: former President Bill Clinton. I understand that Bill is the adopted son of a drunk, and I appreciate the focus it takes to pull off the kind of social climbing that got him from dirt poor in the Ozarks to a nine-figure fortune in Westchester, N.Y. within one generation. I also get that Hillary was probably smarter and more qualified, yet had to hitch her wagon to Bill’s because she came up at a time when a woman’s place was behind her man. But as our new president shows, a broken home and societal prejudice do not excuse bad behavior (one of the many lessons he’s teaching the Clintons), so I don’t give them a pass. Let’s not forget Bill Clinton’s legacy. A man who got the Israeli prime minister and Palestinian leader to publicly shake hands and left his successor a budget surplus won’t go down in history as having presided over a period of peace and prosperity. All anyone will think of is the fact that he lied to cover up his juvenile play dates with Monica Lewinsky while being deposed in a civil suit brought by Paula Jones. It was the lie that led to his impeachment, the impeachment that caused his last name to become a dirty word, and the associated character assassination that prevented his vice president from being able to run on their administration’s record during the 2000 campaign — the one which gave us President George W. Bush. So there is an unbroken line from the problems we’re now dealing with back to Bill Clinton’s suspect decision to pull little Bubba out to show to an intern in the Oval Office. While he may not have technically done it to Monica, there is no question that he screwed the rest of us. We had a deal with Bill Clinton. We promised never to mention the word “impeachment” again as long as he went away (and stayed away) until it was time to hand the Democratic party over to the nominee in 2008. But Bill didn’t like that deal too much after his wife declared her

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candidacy. It was a given that the Democrat was going to get elected, so he wouldn’t be the most powerful person in the party any more. But if Hillary won, not only is he no longer the most powerful person in the party, he’s not even the most powerful person in his own house. He’d just be “former President Clinton” with the emphasis on “former.” Seeing that he was doing very well giving speeches for hundreds of thousands of dollars a pop and bartering access to himself and his contacts through donations to his namesake foundation and Global Initiative, I believe Bill decided to sabotage his wife’s campaign. And when Hillary was going to be vetted for the V.P. spot, he made it clear the books of the foundation and Global Initiative were staying closed, so junior senator from New York was going to have to be good enough for her. But when Bill decided to wait until after the Jewish holidays in September to start campaigning (leaving only a few weeks to spend out on the trail), Barack had to know something was wrong. And now he’s president-elect, he can’t have Bill promising God knows what to God knows whom and undermining him with every handshake. So he offered Hillary the top spot in his cabinet. All she had to do was promise to look the other way while he kneecaps her husband. After everything he’s done to publicly humiliate her, she had to take some private joy in hearing that Bill agreed to every condition, turned over the names of all donors to his library and foundation, and will submit future speeches and business deals to the Obama administration for vetting. For a man who’s been running his own pseudopresidency for the last eight years, this has got to be an emasculating development. I can only wonder how much better off we’d all be if Bill had been gelded decades ago. Politics isn’t checkers, it’s chess. And in the new winner-takes-all game of Democratic Party politics, Barack Obama beat his last opponent, Bill Clinton, by taking his once untouchable queen off the board. Check and mate, see you at the Inaugural Ball. KENNY MACK is a writer, comedian, and social commentator living in Santa Monica who is shopping his book, “Word In Edgewise: The Collected Opinions of America’s Smartest Columnist” to forward-thinking publishers. He can be reached at kennymack@gmail.com

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MONTANA AVE If you like sweets ... and who doesn’t, there’s a new confectioner in town you should know about. Leslie’s Cakes offers some of the most delectable cookies and cakes on the Westside. Owner Leslie Cohen started her business by accident. Cohen always loved baking, but for Cohen it was, “a joyful hobby” baking for her friends and family. Then, three years ago, she offered 100 warm chocolate chip cookies as an auction item for her daughter’s class at Franklin Elementary School. “People started fighting over them ... so I ended up giving the cookies to the top two winners of the auction,” she said.

It didn’t take long for word to spread. Soon mothers were asking Cohen to bake for their parties and events and Leslie’s Cakes was born. For Cohen, baking is still a hobby (she’s a fulltime practicing attorney by day), but she’s expanded her online business to include retail items at The Farms market on Montana Avenue, offering an assortment of all-natural treats that include: chocolate chip, butterscotch chocolate chip, brownies, gingery snaps and banana chocolate chip bread. A broader selection of items is available via her Web site. For more information check out her site, lesliescakes.com, or stop by The Farms. news@smdp.com

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NEW YORK The Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said Tuesday the list of banks it considers to be in trouble shot up nearly 50 percent to 171 during the third quarter — yet another sign of escalating problems among the institutions controlling Americans’ deposits. The 171 banks on the FDIC’s “problem list” encompass only about 2 percent of the nearly 8,500 FDIC-insured institutions. Still, the increase from 117 in the second quarter is sharp, and the current tally is the highest since late 1995. “We’ve had profound problems in our financial markets that are taking a rising toll on the real economy,” said FDIC Chairman Sheila Bair in a statement, adding that Tuesday’s report “reflects these challenges.” Banks across the country have been hurt — and in some cases, devastated — by the collapse of the subprime mortgage market and subsequent problems across the lending spectrum. As the FDIC report shows, the number of hobbled institutions is rising at a quickening pace, a trend that has already begun to reshape the banking industry. The FDIC said total assets held by troubled institutions climbed from $78.3 billion to $115.6 billion — a figure that suggests that the nation’s top 20 banks aren’t on the list, even

though they are getting slammed, too, by the growing credit crisis. The FDIC does not reveal the names of the institutions it deems troubled. Bert Ely, a banking consultant based in Alexandria, Va., pointed out that the assets held by problem banks represent less than 1 percent of those held by all U.S. banks. “We’re still talking about a fairly small portion of the industry,” he said. And on average, only about 13 percent of institutions on the FDIC’s list end up failing. Still, banks that don’t make the list can end up collapsing anyway — the two biggest bank failures over the past year, Washington Mutual Inc. and IndyMac Bancorp, had not been on the FDIC’s list of troubled banks. Wachovia Corp., which nearly failed before it got bought by Wells Fargo & Co. in October, had not been on the list, either. Nine banks failed in the third quarter, decreasing the FDIC’s deposit insurance fund to $34.6 billion from $45.2 billion in the second quarter. This quarter, the pace appears to be picking up — nine banks have already failed since Sept. 30, including Downey Savings and Loan Association, based in Newport Beach. “To some extent, a bank failure is a regulatory failure,” Ely said. Regulators, if they address bank problems early on, can convince a troubled bank to sell off assets, raise capital or find a buyer, he said. “My hope is they’re moving faster on these problems.”


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to jog. The first thing I noticed was the wind in my face, followed by the sand and then I saw it — a violent dark green ocean. The waves turning about got me thinking about the uncertainty of life, which led me to think about the uncertainty of the financial markets. I realized that in these uncertain times, one thing will become as valuable as cash and that is your credit history. When someone is talking about credit they are referring to a score generated by three credit bureaus — Experian, Equifax and Trans Union. These bureaus collect information from creditors and compile that information into a credit report. Financial institutions such as banks, pull that information in what is known as a tri-merge report, which compiles your credit data from all three bureaus. You will find several items on your credit report, per www.myfico.com, such as your name, date of birth, social security number, address(es), trade lines such as credit cards, real estate mortgages, car loans, cell phone bill, gym membership, etc. You will also find out who has looked at or pulled your credit report recently. These examinations by financial institutions are known as inquiries. Finally, the credit report will state any public records or collection accounts such as bankruptcy, foreclosures, lawsuits, wage attachment, liens, judgments, etc. Some items that are not located on your credit report are race, color, religion, national origin, gender, marital status, current interest rates on existing accounts and any items reported as child/family support. The bureaus formulate a credit score from the data on your credit report. Generically called a FICO, scores range from

350-850 with scores over 750 considered near perfect credit. The three bureaus report at different rates and sometimes do not report the exact same information. Therefore, a lender will use a median score instead of one bureau’s particular score. For example, if you received a 680 from Experian, a 725 from Equifax, and a 700 from Trans Union, the Trans Union score of 700 would be used as your median credit score by the lender. Over time a credit score will forgive a person’s mistakes as long as that person makes an effort to make timely payments. This is why paying your bills on time is so crucial. One late payment or other derogatory item will bring your score down quickly, but it takes several months of “perfect” behavior to have it start increasing. A tip to good credit is pulling a report every six months to make sure no one has stolen your identity. Make sure you make payments on time, even if it means making only a minimum payment. Remember it takes a long time for your credit to increase, but not long for it to decrease due to a late credit card payment or missed mortgage payment. When shopping for a loan do not have a lot of people pull your credit. Instead, go to a reputable Web site and pull your own credit. Bring a copy of your credit report to lenders. Many Web sites will charge an extra fee for the credit score, however; it is worth paying the extra money for your own peace of mind. MIKE HEAYN is a Washington Mutual multi-family loan consultant. He can be reached at (310) 428-1342, or e-mailed at michael.heayn@wamu.net.

Reports to detail economic fallout during third quarter BY ALAN ZIBEL AP Business Writer

WASHINGTON Investors on Tuesday braced for several reports expected to show the U.S. economy contracted even more than originally thought in the third quarter as home prices shrank, more banks fell into trouble and consumer confidence sagged. The reports come on the heels of a Wall Street rally that drove up major indexes more than 4.5 percent Monday on news of the government’s plan to bail out Citigroup Inc., a move investors hope will help quiet some of the uncertainty hounding the financial sector and the overall economy. The Dow Jones industrials soared nearly 400 points, and the 891-point rise since Friday gave the Dow its biggest two-day percentage gain since October 1987. Asian markets built on the rally overnight. In Japan, the Nikkei 225 stock average was up 3.4 percent, while Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index advanced 3.3 percent by midday. South Korea’s Kospi rose 1.5 percent. Before U.S. markets open Tuesday, the Commerce Department is due to release its new reading on gross domestic product — the value of goods and services produced within the U.S.

The report is expected to show that economic activity contracted at a 0.5 percent annual rate in the July-September quarter, according to the consensus estimate of Wall Street economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters. If that proves correct, it would be a tad worse than the government’s initial estimate of a 0.3 percent rate of decline. The third-quarter reading of the Standard & Poors/Case-Shiller index, a widely tracked measurement of home prices, is also due out before the Wall Street opens. The Case-Shiller 20-city housing index dropped a record 16.6 percent in August from a year ago, the largest drop since its inception in 2000. Meanwhile, a preliminary report by The Conference Board on consumer sentiment in November, is expected to show more erosion in confidence from already battered levels, as consumers grapple with the continued fallout from the financial meltdown — layoffs, plunging home prices and dwindling retirement funds. Economists surveyed by Thomson Reuters expect the Consumer Confidence index to slip to 37.9 in November from September’s reading of 38, which was the lowest since the New Yorkbased research group started tracking the index in 1967. The projected level would be less than half of the 87.8 reading a year ago.

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City Hall to recommend permanent changes to boulevard configuration FROM OCEAN PARK PAGE 1 in each direction and add a left-turn option, eliminating dangers unique to multiple lane streets. The result is a decrease in pedestrian and injury crashes and an overall 66 percent reduction in accidents from last year, according to city staff. Traveling time on the other hand has increased by about 8 seconds, according to transportation planner Beth Rolandson, quoting a statistic that measured Big Blue Bus trips from Lincoln to Centinela boulevards. Many residents asked that the street be returned to four lanes of traffic, complaining about gridlock during peak hours. One resident claimed that it takes her 20 minutes to get from Lincoln to 28th Street while the same trip took her 5 minutes before. A number of residents also said they have resorted to taking side streets, such as Pearl Street, though they acknowledge that it doesn’t appear to be much faster than Ocean Park Boulevard. Several residents supported the changes, arguing that the street seems safer for both pedestrians and bicyclists. “The traffic is smoother, it’s safer and it’s quieter,” said Bob Taylor, who lives just off the intersection of Lincoln and Ocean Park. For cyclists, the addition of a bike lane has been a welcomed change. When Scott Sing lived on the eastern edge of Ocean Park Boulevard, he often avoided the busy street for his bike commutes to

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Downtown. Now that he has moved to Venice, Sing said that he wishes the changes were made sooner. “I’m confused at the objection to it,” Sing said. “It seems to be about people who can’t get through in their cars fast enough, but in the name of safety, it seems to be a welcome tradeoff.” City officials said they plan to compile

traffic data on Ocean Park Boulevard and surrounding streets over the next few weeks before reporting back to the City Council next year with recommendations. Ocean Park Boulevard has seen a decrease in traffic volume, down from 18,000-19,000 cars a day in 2006 to 14,000-15,000 cars a day this month. Rick Gordon, a long-time resident who

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LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 22)

★★★★ Your instincts emerge when relating, talking and observing a key partner. You’ll gain more than the obvious information. You see way past the words, and new possibilities become possible. Tonight: Defer to that special someone. You’ll make both of you happy.

★★★ Expenses could go overboard when you least expect it. You might not be comfortable with everything that comes up. Someone makes an effort that touches you. This person really values your attention and time. Tonight: Treat yourself as well as others.

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★★★★★ Defer to a partner. Listen to news with openness. You could discover that things are not the way you thought they were. Discuss situations openly. News from others opens up possibilities. Tonight: Say yes.

★★★★★ You feel energized. Others might be surprising in their decisions and actions. Understand what is going on. Learn from others and understand why they do what they do. Communication will soar if you allow it to. Tonight: Participate in only what makes you smile.

GEMINI (May 21-June 20) ★★★ Follow through with an easy, direct pace. You can accomplish a lot if you open up. Recognize that you could have closed off an option that you had not intended to. Regroup. Are you ready to open up more? Tonight: Nap and then decide.

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CANCER (June 21-July 22)

CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19)

★★★★★ Creative and dynamic interest focuses around a child or new idea. Your joyful attitude invigorates many people. Solutions emerge. A partner sees a situation in a far more positive vein than you. Tonight: Let your imagination rock and roll.

★★★★★ Zero in on what you want. Meetings could prove to be very meaningful. Your upbeat attitude goes far. You are able to make a dream a reality. Friends and networking take up a big part of your day. Tonight: Where the gang is.

★★★ You might do more thinking than taking action right now. Others might feel like you are stalling or holding out. Know that you can do something differently. Allow your imagination to interact with others. Tonight: Could be a late night.

AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18) LEO (July 23-Aug. 22) ★★★★ Know when you need to pull back and allow others to reveal their true colors. If you are curious about what is the right answer, you’ll discover just how many variables there are. Indulge a partner. Tonight: Nap and then decide.

★★★★ A must appearance taps into your intuition. You know which way is the right way to go. Emphasize your thoughts and ideas by setting an example as opposed to preaching. Confusion surrounds a meeting. Tonight: A must appearance.

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PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20)

★★★★★ Talk through ideas rather than jump into a situation that might not be comfortable. There are a lot of different approaches — as you’ll see when you open up discussions. Relax with a loved one. Tonight: Run errands on the way home.

★★★★★ Read between the lines. If you feel triggered, choose to go the other way. Consider an option more seriously, though it might involve breaking a tradition. A family member shares. Tonight: Where the fun is.

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JACQUELINE BIGAR’S STARS The stars show the kind of day you’ll have: ★★★★★Dynamic ★★ So-So ★★★★ Positive ★ Difficult ★★★ Average

You express strength and are unusually focused this year. You have a way with words that makes a difference in people’s responses. Your smile and upbeat approach often get a nod when others only receive a “no.” To many you seem as if you have endless creativity and imagination. Try to funnel your ingenuity where it counts! You don’t want to create mountains out of molehills. A serious and direct approach professionally draws only success. Some people could see you as a drag or obsessed. You cannot please all the people all the time. If you are single and you want a relationship, you can have one. Just be more open to those you meet in your daily life. SCORPIO reads you cold.

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TODAY IN HISTORY was a day of thanksgiving set aside by President Washington to observe the adoption of the Constitution of the United States. former slave and abolitionist Sojourner Truth died in Battle Creek, Mich. India adopted a constitution as a republic within the British Commonwealth. China entered the Korean War, launching a counteroffensive against soldiers from the United Nations, the U.S. and South Korea. France launched its first satellite, sending a 92-pound capsule into orbit. President Nixon's personal secretary, Rose Mary Woods, told a federal court that she'd accidentally caused part of the 18Ω-minute gap in a key Watergate tape.

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WLA 2577 Armacost Ave, 2bdrm/ 1 bath stove dishwasher microwave carpet central AC/heat 2 car garage front & backyard pet ok with deposit $2750 (310)578-7512 www.jkwproperties.com

WLA, LARGE 3+2. OCEAN VIEW, top of hill, prv drvwy, 3 patios/backyard, gated, no pets. Redeco $2550/mo 310-390-4610. 1248 11TH st. unit I, 3bdrm/1 1/2bath, stove, carpet, blinds, laundry, parking, no pets.on site manager $2595/mo $500 off move in (310)393-6322 www.jkwproperties.com One bedroom apartment West LA $1300 (310)391-8880

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Automotive WANTED JAPANESE MOTORCYCLES KAWASAKI,1970-1980, Z1-900, KZ900, KZ1000, H2-750, H1-500, S1-250, S2-250, S2-350, S3-400. CASH PAID. 1-800-772-1142. 1-310-721-0726.

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CLASSIFIED ADVERTISING CONDITIONS: REGULAR RATE: $5.50 a day. Ads over 15 words add 20¢ per word per day. Ad must run a minimum of twelve consecutive days. PREMIUMS: First two words caps no charge. Bold words, italics, centered lines, etc. cost extra. Please call for rates. TYPOS: Check your ad the first day of publication. Sorry, we do not issue credit after an ad has run more than once. DEADLINES: 3:00 p.m. prior the day of publication except for Monday’s paper when the deadline is Friday at 2:30 p.m. PAYMENT: All private party ads must be pre-paid. We accept checks, credit cards, and of course cash. CORRESPONDENCE: To place your ad call our offices 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, (310) 458-7737; send a check or money order with ad copy to The Santa Monica Daily Press, P.O. Box 1380, Santa Monica, CA 90406 or stop in at our office located at 410 Broadway, Suite B, Santa Monica. OTHER RATES: For information about the professional services directory or classified display ads, please call our office at (310) 458-7737.

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Photography

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COMPUTER REPAIR, DATA RECOVERY, AND VIRUS SOLUTIONS, We have computer expertise Call (310)450-5085 (323)786-6746. We will meet or beat any price!

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