Concerns raised over massive development

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Residents got their first look at a plan to build a large commercial and residential building on a site near a future light rail stop Tuesday night, some of them expressing doubts about the developer’s claim that the nearly 1-million-square-foot complex would have a moderate traffic impact. The meeting was the... Read more →

Don’t drink and drive

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety, driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will be contacting drivers to... Read more →

Just say no to plastic bags

CITYWIDE — Local businesses are joining thousands across Los Angeles County today to help protect the environment during Heal the Bay’s third annual “A Day Without a Bag.” To help reduce the amount of plastic bags used, business owners, in conjunction with county officials and Heal the Bay, are encouraging shoppers to... Read more →

Schools receive masks to fight flu

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Local schools will soon be getting thousands of surgical masks as a precaution against a flu outbreak, courtesy of the federal government. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is slated to receive 22,000 of the masks — about two for each student — along with rubber gloves and some heavier-duty... Read more →

Rain delay

There’s no need to water the lawn these days thanks to the recent rain storm that drenched the city. That’s according to City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, which is recommending all property owners to shut off irrigation systems for the coming weeks. City officials would like for people to adjust... Read more →

Rose Bowl rallies boost tourism

SM PIER — It may have been a down year for tourism in Santa Monica, but at least it’s going to end with a bang. Both college football teams playing in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day — Ohio State and the University of Oregon — have decided to hold their pre-game pep rallies in Santa Monica, providing a... Read more →

Voters reluctant to support parcel tax for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters are reluctant to support an emergency parcel tax to close the school district’s projected $12 million deficit, but may be willing to tax themselves a lesser amount to help close the gap. That’s according to a committee charged with researching whether the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District... Read more →

SMC campus design wins creativity award

STEWART STREET — The design for the proposed, $61.2 million Santa Monica College Media & Technology Complex at the Academy of Entertainment & Technology has won a creativity award from the Los Angeles Urban Land Institute. The design for the complex — which would expand the academy satellite campus to bring together... Read more →

Large helicopters to land at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Three military transport helicopters that are among the largest in the Navy’s inventory will be landing here today as part of a movie shoot, city officials said. The three CH-46 Sea Knight choppers, which are used to rapidly transport Marines, supplies and equipment between bases or from ship to shore, will fly over... Read more →

Alleged stalker of actress Garner arrested

SECOND STREET — A man was arrested Monday by Santa Monica police for violating a restraining order and stalking after he was found to be near a nursery school where actress Jennifer Garner’s daughter, Violet Affleck, attends. Steven Burky was arrested around 9 a.m. in the 1200 block of Alley One near the rear of the First... Read more →