SMC launches recycling training program

SMC — Santa Monica College, in collaboration with the California Works Alliance, will officially launch its new recycling and resource management job-training program on Wednesday. Dubbed “Jobs Through Recycling,” the program — which provides job training in the high-growth, high-demand field of resource management... Read more →


Sunset Park power lines go underground

SUNSET PARK — A long-awaited project that will result in fewer above ground power lines in a four-block area surrounding Pico Boulevard and 18th Street is underway, City Hall officials have announced. The $8 million project is expected to take six months to complete and involves placing communications and electricity distribution lines... Read more →


Twilight Dance Series poster contest begins

The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. announced Thursday its latest edition of the annual Twilight Dance Series poster contest. The winning design will become the official poster for the 27th annual Twilight Dance Series, the pier’s free summer concerts. The poster will serve as the primary advertising piece for the annual event that... Read more →


Santa Monica Conservancy honors preservationists

DOWNTOWN — A collection of Craftsman-style bungalows and a commercial building designed by renowned architect Paul Williams are just some of the landmarked structures that will be featured Sunday when the Santa Monica Conservancy presents the 2011 Preservation Awards. The awards will be presented to residents, organizations and... Read more →


Suspect gets overexposed

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. Friday, Jan. 14, at 10:17 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2600 block of Alley Five regarding a suspect throwing garbage cans and... Read more →


Water treatment plant goes online

CITYWIDE — Flashback to the days leading up to this past Christmas: The region was being pounded by a rare, nearly week-long storm that brought down trees and caused hill dwellers to fear their homes would be swallowed up in a cascade of mud. In Santa Monica, there were few reports of damage. In fact, the storm had an upside for... Read more →


‘Survivor’ champ arrested in Santa Monica

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police said Thursday that Judson Birza, the million dollar winner of “Survivor: Nicaragua” just one month ago, was arrested around noon on Wednesday while riding his skateboard in the middle of the street. Birza was detained for a vehicle code violation. Officers ran his name through a database... Read more →


Appeals court sides with FAA in jet ban case

SMO — A federal appeals court in Washington, D.C. has declined to review an FAA ruling that determined City Hall is barred from enforcing a ban, passed by the City Council in 2008, prohibiting class C and D jets from landing at the Santa Monica Airport. The ruling, issued on Friday, was the latest blow to local officials’ attempt... Read more →

City Council

City Hall fights to keep RDA funding

CITY HALL — Bracing for a fight with Sacramento, Santa Monica’s City Council joined a raft of other California cities this week by moving to shore up tens of millions of dollars per year in Redevelopment Agency funding that Gov. Jerry Brown has proposed using to help close the state’s multi-billion dollar budget gap. City... Read more →


Friday’s top events

Today's events have a heavy dose of theater. A nose for theatre Ruskin Group Theatre 3000 Airport Ave., 8 p.m. Ruskin Group Theatre presents an adventure based on the legend of 17th Century French dramatist and duelist Savinien de Bergerac, now known the world over as Cyrano. Afflicted with an enormous and bulbous nose, he is convinced... Read more →


Jury deadlocks in Moose Lodge sentencing

DOWNTOWN LA — Jurors could not come to an agreement on whether or not to recommend the death penalty or life in prison without the possibility of parole for a hard-core gang member who murdered five people, including two Santa Monica men at the Sunset Park Moose Lodge. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury deliberated about three days... Read more →


Santa Monica earns B from American Lung Association

DOWNTOWN — While nearly two-thirds of all cities in the state received failing grades in an annual smoking report released Thursday by the American Lung Association, Santa Monica earned a B for its policies restricting smoking and the sales of tobacco products. The report rates cities in the areas of providing smoke-free outdoor... Read more →


Businesses on board with proposed plastic bag ban

MAIN LIBRARY — If there are opponents in Santa Monica’s business community of the proposed law banning stores from giving out free single-use plastic bags, they haven’t made themselves known to the local Chamber of Commerce. At an informational session about the proposed ban the business group held on Wednesday morning at... Read more →