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Group wants future of SMO to be decided by voters 

CITY HALL — The nation’s largest lobbying group for pilots and aircraft owners is backing an effort to amend the City Charter so that voters, not the City Council, will decide the fate of Santa Monica Airport. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA) has pledged its support for the ballot initiative, which is being spearheaded... Read more →

New bus stops arriving

BBB HDQTRS — Shade canopies, seating and real-time arrival information are coming to a bus stop near you. On Monday the Big Blue Bus, Santa Monica’s public transportation company, will start replacing more than 300 bus stops, a process that is expected to take up to two years to complete and cost roughly $7 million, officials said.... Read more →

Samohi student wins pilot scholarship

SMO — Claire Goldberg, a junior at Santa Monica High School, was announced the winner of the Flying Scholarship for Girls Joe Justice award, which affords her the opportunity to get her pilot’s license. Goldberg received her award at a ceremony at Santa Monica Airport on Saturday March 22. Clara Glassman (12th grade) was the first... Read more →

Elementary school reduces lunchtime trash

Students at McKinley Elementary School are getting a lesson in sustainability by helping to divert lunchtime trash from entering landfills. For their efforts the school has been named a finalist in environmental nonprofit Grades for Green’s Trash-Free Lunch Challenge, it was announced this week. Grades for Green's annual Trash-Free... Read more →

Shotgun House on the move

TIME FOR A RIDE: The historic Shotgun House is ready to roll to its new home. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) OCEAN PARK — This Saturday, get a glimpse of history as the Shotgun House will be moved to its (hopefully) final resting place in Ocean Park, where it will serve as the headquarters for the Santa Monica Conservancy and as a... Read more →

SMMUSD projects $96.4M budget

SMMUSD HDQTRS — On top of hiring more teachers, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District plans to bring in new custodians, computer technicians and textbooks. District officials went over predictions for revenues and expenditures with the Board of Education Wednesday afternoon. The district will bring in $92.5 million and could... Read more →

Laughing Matters: From sea to oily sea

Saturday is Earth Hour, a worldwide event to raise environmental awareness. (Only an hour? I guess it’s “quality time.”) At 8:30 p.m., our Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier will be dark as Earth Hour is expected to include hundreds of millions of people in 154 countries spanning every continent. Fittingly perhaps, this past... Read more →

Brief: Jazz bands shine

Last Saturday, Santa Monica High School’s Jazz Band 1, 2, and Combo competed at the Newbury Park High School Jazz Festival and received high marks. Jazz band 2, under the direction of Sean Pawling, performed in the Novice Division and received straight "Good" ratings. For most students, this was their very first jazz festival and they... Read more →

Brief: Landlord violates court order

A Los Angeles Superior Court judge has found Santa Monica landlord Isaac Gabriel in contempt for violating an injunction prohibiting him from coming within 10 yards of his tenants. As part of the injunction Gabriel was also required to hire a property management company to oversee his two apartment buildings, something he didn’t do since... Read more →