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Top 5 Westside Stories: Holiday Display Ban, Butler/Bloom Race Undecided

Here are the top five Westside Patch stories from Nov. 18-24.

Close out your weekend with a recap of the newsiest and most popular Patch articles from last week. Here are the five stories that topped the headlines on Westside Patch sites:

  • Santa Monica's ban on holiday scenes in public places is still in place after a federal judge denied an injunction by a Christian group who wants to put up a nativity display in a public park. In its , a nonprofit association of 13 local churches and the Santa Monica Police Officers Association, said the City Council's June decision to outlaw displays infringed on its members First Amendment rights and is "hostile to the Christian religion and our nation's religious heritage." Despite the judge's decision, the group is planning Christmas celebrations at the southern end of the park and will continue to fight the ban.
  • Join the conversation: We're celebrating everything we're thankful for in our communities this weekend. Upload a photo and a caption that shows us what you appreciate in your life and check out the great photos from our readers and editors. We hope you are having a very restful and grateful Thanksgiving weekend.
  • In response to rising tensions and violence last week in Israel and Gaza, hundreds of demonstrators descended on the Federal Building in Westwood on Tuesday and last weekend. Supporters of Israel and Palestine were at the larger protest last weekend.
  • The race between Betsy Butler and Richard Bloom to represent the 50th Assembly is still not over. Bloom currently holds a lead over Butler — 430 votes as of Friday. For the latest vote tallies, click here.
  • A motorcyclist died in a crash with a Big Blue Bus in Pacific Palisades on Tuesday. and police say speed was the main factor in the incident.

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Louis Popper November 26, 2012 at 03:05 AM
The city of Santa Monica are pagans or Romans. When are they going to start throwing the Christens to the lions.
Eddie Greenberg November 26, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The city council is clearly unadjusted. This was their banner year. They eliminated speakers at the council meetings with special needs, threw people out of "The Village Trailer Park", with the complicity of SMRR and banned a Christmas Tree on the Promenade. All of the council's gifts went to developers ala Miramar Project, numerous hotels etc. There is one solution however, to shop elsewhere. That crap about "buy local" is hilarious now. Instead of the Nativity you do have the right to hug a tree in the park, and the hapless press will cover that event with positive coverage! Look where the "new post office" will be. The Santa Monica we knew is gone and those folks and some that came before are responsible.

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