Verizon opens parking lot for businesses

BROADWAY — Parking is never easy to come by, but in the heart of the city’s light industrial district where businesses have exploded over the past 30 years, it can at times seem impossible to find. But there will be some temporary relief to the long-standing parking problem along the eastern stretch of Broadway after City Hall... Read more →


Water main failure floods neighborhood

WASHINGTON AVE — A 10-inch water main burst near Washington Avenue and Second Street Tuesday afternoon, sending torrents water rushing into underground garages, flooding parked cars, city officials said. The cause of the break and the extent of the damages was not known at presstime, however, several residents were seen bailing water... Read more →


‘Kooza’ extends run

The big blue and yellow circus tent that is occupying a sizable chunk of real estate adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier will be sticking around for a little while longer. Cirque du Soleil said Monday that its traveling show “Kooza” is extending its run in Santa Monica through Dec. 20. The two-and-a-half hour show featuring clowns,... Read more →


Students express thoughts on beauty

MONTANA AVE — Beauty is … “For people with a passion for fashion and for love,” one girl said. Beauty is … “Nature,” another student said. Beauty is … “Friends,” according to another young girl. Those are just some of the sentiments expressed by a group of students at Roosevelt... Read more →


AFM a market with a crop of fresh producers

OCEAN AVE — For the next week, Downtown will become the world’s largest boardroom, as thousands of filmmakers, agents and distributors from roughly 70 countries gather in local hotels and movie theaters to compete in an intense bidding war for the latest crop of potential Academy Award winners. While film festivals like Cannes... Read more →

City Council

Landlords busted by city task force

CITY HALL — Just because apartment units are legally removed from the rental market doesn’t mean they’re not being illegally rerented. That’s what a city task force recently learned after investigating nearly 60 properties that were withdrawn from the rental market under the state Ellis Act but had not been accounted... Read more →


New phone app saves lives, raises money

MID-CITY — Lives can be saved or lost in a matter of seconds. Often times, in an attempt to make the most appropriate medical decisions during emergency situations, paramedics can spend those critical seconds and minutes gathering unknown medical information. However, MyRapidMD seeks to save both time and potentially more lives by... Read more →


No appeal for high school field lights

SMMUSD HDQTRS — There will be no appeal filed to bring back temporary lights for Friday night high school football games. School district officials decided recently they will not ask the California Coastal Commission to reconsider its denial last month of a request to allow temporary lights at Malibu High School for 16 nights a year.... Read more →


Tiny critters and the giant problem

Dear EarthTalk Why is the plankton in the oceans dying? And what does this mean for the health of the oceans and marine life? Marilynn Block Portland, OR As the lowest link on the marine food chain, plankton — that tiny aquatic plant, animal and bacterial matter floating throughout the world’s oceans — is a vital building... Read more →

City Council

Medical pot dispensary hits roadblock

CITY HALL — They look more like grandmas than the aspiring owners of a medical marijuana dispensary. But despite their small frame, silver hair and soft-spoken matronly disposition, they aren't and they are. Long-time friends Judith Eton, 67 of Brentwood, Harriet Simon, 75 of Encino, and Judy Uhrman, 65 of Encino, came into Santa... Read more →


Service set for SMC’S Taylor

SMC — A special service honoring long-time football coach Robert Taylor has been set for this week, college officials said. Taylor, who passed away late last month was head football coach at Santa Monica College from 1994 until early this season. The cause of death has not been announced. School officials are urging mourners to gather... Read more →


Recyclables stolen from students

SAMOHI — Efforts to outfit villages in Africa and Cambodia with life-saving water treatment devices took a serious blow earlier this month when thousands of bottles and cans were stolen from student organizations Team Marine and Heal the Bay Surfrider Club. The recyclables, worth several hundred dollars, were to be used to purchase... Read more →


Improv for improvement

OLYMPIC HIGH SCHOOL — “We’ve got a criminal in here!” Colin Sweeney, a professional improv comedian, pulls 17-year-old Darshana Ruffman into the room. Her arms are held behind her back as she’s sat down in a chair in front of the white board. Ruffman has committed a crime, but she has no idea what it is. Over... Read more →


Fish share proposal rankles activists

SM PIER — A few feet from the Santa Monica Pier’s iconic sports fishing sign, a group of environmentalists engaged in a symbolic game of tug-of-war, pitting small fishermen against corporate giants in what has become a bitterly divisive debate over how best to manage seafood supplies. The activists with Food & Water Watch, a... Read more →


Council raises concerns about expansion of Expo yard

CITY HALL — A controversial proposal to build a light rail maintenance yard near homes is raising new concerns about whether an environmental impact review will be performed to address recent plan changes to add a paint and body shop to the facility. The issue involves a “hybrid” plan to place the light rail maintenance... Read more →