Santa Monica beach water quality gets passing grade

SM BAY — If the Santa Monica Pier were a pupil in grade school, it would be moved to the head of the class, finally making the grade when it comes to water quality, according to a report released by environmental watchdog Heal the Bay. Notorious for poor water quality, often earning Ds and Fs during the dry summer months, the... Read more →

City Council

City workers to cover 5 percent of insurance

CITY HALL — Santa Monica will soon cease being the only city among its peers in the region to cover 100 percent of employee health insurance premiums under a deal approved by the City Council on Tuesday that shifts about 5 percent of total premium costs to employees. The new deal, which covers all Santa Monica employees except for... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Chris Bley

• Name: Chris Bley • Age: 37 • Occupation: High school history and government teacher • Marital status/children: Divorced/none • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: Montana, Ocean Park, Harvard Street/34 years • Own or rent? Rent • Public school or private? Public through college... Read more →


Study: Noise increase at SMO not significant

SMO — Residents upset over what they said was a drastic increase in flights from Santa Monica Airport over their homes earlier this year are blasting a City Hall-funded study presented this week that found there had been no significant increase in noise levels. The study by Mestre Greve Associates looked at flight data from a six-month... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Patrick Cady

• Name: Patrick Cady • Age: 64 • Occupation: Retired teacher; Coach • Marital status/children: Married to Linda Cady, recently retired JAMS science teacher; One child, Kristin Cady Russio, graduate of Samohi • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: Malibu. 35 years • Own or rent?: Own •... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Ralph Mechur

• Name: Ralph Mechur • Age: 60 • Occupation: Architect • Marital status/children: Divorced/3 grown children, all Santa Monica High School graduates • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: Ocean Park from 1973 to 1980; Sunset Park from 1980 to 2010; North of Wilshire from 2010 to the... Read more →


Bike accidents on the rise in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — Santa Monica may see itself as more cyclist friendly than surrounding cities. But when it comes to the number of bike accidents, it ranks among the worst in the state. Out of 103 cities of similar size in California, Santa Monica had the third most collisions involving cyclists in 2008, according to the state’s Office... Read more →


Locals raise money to save ethnic studies in Arizona

PICO BLVD — A blend of students, educators and community members filled the Pico Youth & Family Center last week to rally support for the Mexican American studies program in Tucson, Ariz.  The program is threatened by the state’s House Bill 2281, which would make courses, including the Tucson Unified School... Read more →


Businesses feel the after Glow

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica has more than just an art event to glow about. More than 150,000 attended Glow — a biannual nocturnal art and cultural event — on Saturday night, driving a wave of customers into the seats of local restaurants and the beds of packed hotels. Local businesses, many of which were advertised on City... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Jake Wachtel

• Name: Jake Wachtel • Age: 38 • Occupation: Parent/producer/college advisory board member • Marital status/children: My wife and I have two daughters; Mia is a second grader. Emilia will begin kindergarten in two years • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: We have lived in Sunset Park for over... Read more →


Meet the Board of Education candidates: Nimish Patel

• Name: Nimish Patel • Age: 41 • Occupation: Small business owner, JD/MBA/CPA • Marital status/children: Married with two children in our public schools • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: Montana Neighborhood/six years • Own or rent? Own • Public school or private? Public schools... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: Susan Hartley

• Name: Susan Hartley • Age: 65 • Occupation: Tenant/employee attorney • Marital status/children: Single/25-year old daughter • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: Sunset Park for nine years; south of Montana Avenue for two years; north of Montana for four years • Your mode of... Read more →


Bayside wants food truck ban

DOWNTOWN — In a move that could run up against a legal barrier, the board of the Bayside District Corp. has formally urged the City Council to ban food trucks from doing business in Downtown Santa Monica. The organization’s 13-member board of directors overwhelmingly supported the idea at a meeting last week, recommending the... Read more →


Saint John’s NICU fondly remembered

MID-CITY — Emily Kay Tillman didn’t know if her newborn twins were going to survive. They were born premature — just shy of 27 weeks — and weighed about 2 pounds each. But when she walked into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit at Saint John’s Health Center just a month after they were born, she saw that a nurse... Read more →