SMC students plead guilty to locker room thefts

SMC — A pair of former Santa Monica College students plead guilty to a series of locker room robberies at the main campus, making off with over 130 stolen items that included iPods, books and other valuables, authorities announced Tuesday. Juan A. Rodriguez and Gianny E. Galindo plead guilty to several counts of commercial burglary on... Read more →

City Council

Council postpones meeting because of mayor’s death

CITY HALL — City Council’s meeting scheduled for today has been called off because at least three council members thought it was too soon to meet following Mayor Ken Genser’s death on Saturday. Without a quorum of four members, City Hall rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday Jan. 19. City Councilwoman Gleam Davis said she... Read more →


Report: Santa Monica Bay gets cleaner

SM BAY — Santa Monica Bay beaches are safer for swimming than they were five years ago, but water quality remains poor during winter months, the latest report from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission said. Problems like contaminated fish, threatened wildlife populations and trash in the ocean remain persistent concerns,... Read more →


Cleaning up their act

Dear EarthTalk I recently got my car detailed at a local place and then gasped at the chemical fumes when I got inside. Are there green detailers out there, or products that I could use myself to keep my vehicle clean and my family out of harm’s way? David Berkowitz Newton, MA Traditionally, auto detailing has employed a range of... Read more →


Mayor Genser dead at 59

DOWNTOWN — Mayor Ken Genser, a champion of renters’ rights who dedicated 30 years to serving the residents of Santa Monica, died Saturday, city officials said. Genser, 59, had been ill since October. Genser, who had served on the City Council since 1988, is regarded as one of the city by the sea’s greatest civic leaders who... Read more →


Lawmakers talk pollution

A recently completed UCLA air monitoring study will be the topic today in West Los Angeles as lawmakers come together to discuss the findings. The forum, “The Science of Santa Monica Airport Air Pollution,” will be moderated by L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. California Assemblyman Ted Lieu, 53rd District, and L.A. City... Read more →


Mayor Genser dead at 59

DOWNTOWN — After months of battling illness, Mayor Ken Genser died on Saturday. He had been in the hospital for the past few months. Details for the memorial service have not been announced. Genser, who last attended a council meeting on Oct. 27, 2009, was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 10 weeks ago complaining of severe back... Read more →

City Council

Ordinance change sought to allow food truck court

CITY HALL — Though gourmet food trucks have drawn criticism from some quarters for doing business on public streets, it turns out parking on private property is what’s illegal. Santa Monica code enforcement officers shut down a group of food vendors who had set up for business on a privately owned lot this week, and on Thursday... Read more →

City Council

A modern age for parking permits

CITY HALL — For the thousands of residents who have preferential parking restrictions in their neighborhoods, the cumbersome permit renewal process could soon become a bit easier. Instead of requiring residents to apply for renewals in person or by mail, City Hall is considering moving the process online. “I’m hoping to have... Read more →


Mayor Genser gravely ill

DOWNTOWN — Mayor Ken Genser, the longest serving elected official in city history with more than 20 years as a member of the City Council and Planning Commission, is gravely ill and is not expected to survive, friends and family members told the Daily Press Friday. Genser, 59, who last attended a council meeting on Oct. 27, was... Read more →