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August 28, 1986
Although few people knew it, some card parlors were legal in Santa Monica until this week. According to City Atty. Robert M. Myers, several old ordinances regulating the parlors were cleared from the books in 1981 by city officials who mistakenly believed that state law prohibited gambling on a variety of card games.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 22, 2000 | BOB POOL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
An Orange County woman suspected of stealing nearly $1 million from her employers and fleeing the United States was arrested Thursday in Britain. Anne E. Stacey, 46, and her husband, Eric A. Harper, 36, were taken into custody in Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where they were hunting for a house to buy, FBI officials in Los Angeles said.
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July 4, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Monica and San Francisco violated federal law by trying to block banks from charging fees to people who use automated teller machines but don't hold accounts with those institutions, a federal judge ruled in a decision released Monday. However, officials for both cities said the dispute is not over and that they soon will appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "This ruling isn't a defeat. It's a step forward," Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown said Monday.
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July 4, 2000 | GINA PICCALO, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Santa Monica and San Francisco violated federal law by trying to block banks from charging fees to people who use automated teller machines but don't hold accounts with those institutions, a federal judge ruled in a decision released Monday. However, officials for both cities said the dispute is not over and that they soon will appeal to the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. "This ruling isn't a defeat. It's a step forward," Santa Monica City Councilman Kevin McKeown said Monday.
NEWS
May 24, 1990
The City Council voted unanimously to phase out the use of ozone-depleting compounds in the city, making it one of three cities in the nation to do so, according to city staff. Staff members said other cities that have taken similar action include Newark, N.J., and Irvine. The ordinance will require businesses servicing auto air-conditioners to use chlorofluorocarbon recycling and recovery units as of Jan. 1, 1991. Effective Jan.
NEWS
March 16, 1995
I read with interest that the homeless are suing the city of Santa Monica for being inhospitable ("Suit Says Laws Are Unfair to Homeless," March 2.) It impresses me that these people have the initiative to hire a lawyer, plan strategy and file a suit. I suggest they redirect that energy and get their personal lives together. A good starting place would be to avail themselves of the many services offered by the city they're suing. ANDREW FINLEY Santa Monica
NEWS
September 24, 1987
The city attorney's office is drawing up an ordinance that would make the brandishing of toy guns a misdemeanor, part of a countywide movement to restrict use of replica firearms. The measure probably will be presented to the City Council for consideration within 30 to 60 days, City Atty. Robert M. Myers said. The council, acting on a request by Councilman Herb Katz, voted at the end of its Tuesday night meeting to direct the city attorney to draw up an ordinance.
NEWS
July 27, 1995 | LOUISE YARNALL
Unmarried couples were given added protection from unscrupulous landlords this week as the Santa Monica City Council prohibited property owners from unjustly evicting unmarried partners or from harassing tenants of rent-controlled apartments to force them to move. The two ordinances were approved Tuesday in an attempt to stem unfair treatment of tenants after the state Legislature's passage this week of a law overriding several provisions of Santa Monica's tough rent control law.
NEWS
August 15, 1985
The City Council tentatively approved an ordinance to strengthen the city's laws prohibiting discrimination in the rental market against families with children. If the ordinance is passed, a landlord could not evict a tenant who gives birth to or adopts a child. Nor could the landlord evict a newly married renter whose spouse moves into the unit.
NEWS
June 1, 1989
A hardship clause for developers facing a citywide commercial building moratorium has been voted down by the City Council. The clause would have allowed certain projects near approval to escape the moratorium enacted by the council last week. Although Councilwoman Christine Reed moved to pass the ordinance, no one seconded the motion, and it failed. Even the man who wrote the ordinance urged the council not to vote for it. When asked by a councilman whether the clause would create more problems than it solved, City Atty.
NEWS
July 27, 1995 | LOUISE YARNALL
Unmarried couples were given added protection from unscrupulous landlords this week as the Santa Monica City Council prohibited property owners from unjustly evicting unmarried partners or from harassing tenants of rent-controlled apartments to force them to move. The two ordinances were approved Tuesday in an attempt to stem unfair treatment of tenants after the state Legislature's passage this week of a law overriding several provisions of Santa Monica's tough rent control law.
NEWS
March 16, 1995
I read with interest that the homeless are suing the city of Santa Monica for being inhospitable ("Suit Says Laws Are Unfair to Homeless," March 2.) It impresses me that these people have the initiative to hire a lawyer, plan strategy and file a suit. I suggest they redirect that energy and get their personal lives together. A good starting place would be to avail themselves of the many services offered by the city they're suing. ANDREW FINLEY Santa Monica
NEWS
May 24, 1990
The City Council voted unanimously to phase out the use of ozone-depleting compounds in the city, making it one of three cities in the nation to do so, according to city staff. Staff members said other cities that have taken similar action include Newark, N.J., and Irvine. The ordinance will require businesses servicing auto air-conditioners to use chlorofluorocarbon recycling and recovery units as of Jan. 1, 1991. Effective Jan.
NEWS
February 15, 1990
A Santa Monica Superior Court judge ruled last week that a five-unit apartment building moved from North Hollywood to Santa Monica does not fall under the beach city's rent control law. In addition, Judge Lawrence Waddington ordered the Rent Control Board to pay $4,000 in attorney fees and $1,500 in court costs. The rent board had argued unsuccessfully that the building should not be exempted from rent control provisions because it was not new construction, which is exempted.
NEWS
February 11, 1990 | JULIO MORAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Santa Monica landlords say the recent decision by the owner of a large beachfront apartment building to evict more than 200 tenants provides the clearest evidence yet that the city's stringent rent-control system is failing to serve low-income tenants and needs to be drastically changed.
NEWS
August 17, 1989 | From Times wire services
The state Supreme Court ruled today that rent boards can decide when rents are excessive as long as landlords have the chance to block any rent withholding in court. The decision in a case from Santa Monica also struck down a former provision of the city's rent control law allowing the rent board to award triple damages for deliberate rent overcharges. Although the court struck down part of the city's rent law, it fell far short of the ruling sought by landlords.
NEWS
February 15, 1990
A Santa Monica Superior Court judge ruled last week that a five-unit apartment building moved from North Hollywood to Santa Monica does not fall under the beach city's rent control law. In addition, Judge Lawrence Waddington ordered the Rent Control Board to pay $4,000 in attorney fees and $1,500 in court costs. The rent board had argued unsuccessfully that the building should not be exempted from rent control provisions because it was not new construction, which is exempted.
NEWS
September 20, 1987 | SHELDON ITO, Times Staff Writer
In a decision that left both sides claiming victory, a Santa Monica Superior Court judge ruled Thursday that a new state law prohibits the Santa Monica Rent Control Board from blocking the destruction of an empty residential motel, but left open the possibility that the city could force the building's landlords to replace the lost units. Judge David M.
NEWS
June 1, 1989
A hardship clause for developers facing a citywide commercial building moratorium has been voted down by the City Council. The clause would have allowed certain projects near approval to escape the moratorium enacted by the council last week. Although Councilwoman Christine Reed moved to pass the ordinance, no one seconded the motion, and it failed. Even the man who wrote the ordinance urged the council not to vote for it. When asked by a councilman whether the clause would create more problems than it solved, City Atty.
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March 15, 1988 | TRACY WILKINSON, Times Staff Writer
Ruling on a lawsuit aimed at overturning Santa Monica's tough rent control law, a federal judge Monday threw out 10 of 15 claims made by attorneys for a 90-year-old landlord but denied the city's motion to dismiss the challenge altogether. The action by U.S. District Judge Ronald Lew allows further arguments on the broad contention of the suit that Santa Monica's rent control law is unconstitutional because it deprives landlords of property rights.
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