City Council

Windscreen rules dropped on Ocean Ave.

CITY HALL — Restaurants on Ocean Avenue have one fewer regulation to worry about. The City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of scrapping an ordinance that had prohibited the seaside eateries that lease outdoor dining space from City Hall from using drop-down curtains to shield patrons seated on their sidewalk patios from the cold. City... Read more →

News

Cody’s road to recovery

It’s sunny out, but Cody Williams is lying on a bed in Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s rehabilitation unit instead of enjoying his summer with friends. He moves slowly, deliberately, as a therapist helps him stretch one side of his body, then the other. He shouldn’t be here. If Williams had his way, he would be... Read more →

City Council

Council bans smoking on patios and balconies

CITY HALL — Smokers who enjoy an occasional drag out on their patios better light up while they still can. That’s because the City Council on Tuesday voted to strengthen Santa Monica’s already strict anti-smoking laws, adding a restriction that bars people from lighting up within 25-feet of a door or window in any... Read more →

Environment

Local beaches some of the most polluted in California

OCEAN AVENUE — Santa Monica continues to have some of the most polluted beaches in California, with the Santa Monica Pier failing to meet clean water criteria nearly half the time, according to an annual study released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a news conference in Santa Monica on Wednesday, Noah Garrison,... Read more →

Briefs

Praise for phasing out Polystyrene

City Hall was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Waste Prevention Award from the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) for its “ground breaking” take-out food container program, city officials announced this week. Santa Monica’s ban on Polystyrene, in place since Feb. 9, 2007, protects the beaches and bay by prohibiting... Read more →

News

New parking restrictions near Adelaide stairs

ADELAIDE DRIVE — Aiming to curb pedestrian traffic and overcrowding near two public staircases that have become ultra-popular workout spots, City Hall officials this week announced new weekend parking restrictions near Adelaide Drive and Fourth Street. In the past, parking on Adelaide has been by permit only from 6 p.m. to 8 a.m. but... Read more →

Briefs

Online help for the disabled

Residents and visitors with disabilities can now go online to access information about services in Santa Monica. Santa Monica’s Human Services Division and Disabilities Commission this week launched Accessible Santa Monica, City Hall’s new disability resources web portal at www.smgov.net/accessiblesm. The site is a one-stop shop... Read more →

City Council

Independent review of de la Torre probe set

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials have agreed to conduct an independent review of police actions during a four-month investigation into whether school board member Oscar de la Torre committed child endangerment in connection with an after school fist fight between two teenagers. Prosecutors last week declined to file charges in the... Read more →

City Council

Holbrook pondering two-year council bid

CITY HALL — In a move that could have big implications for November’s City Council election, five-term incumbent Bob Holbrook has announced he may run for a two-year seat on the council instead of a full four-year term as previously expected. Holbrook said he pulled papers to run for one of two available two-year seats on Monday... Read more →

Crime

Robbery suspect held

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have arrested a suspect in an alleged strong-arm robbery that took place July 24 in the 200 block of Georgina Avenue. The suspect, Gregory Lamont Archie, 28, allegedly approached a female victim as she was preparing to go jogging and asked for directions. During the conversation, the suspect allegedly... Read more →

News

Day of bicycles could be in works

CITYWIDE — Richard McKinnon often rides his bicycle across Santa Monica during holidays. He said it allows him to experience the city in a different way than usual — much more serenely. “It’s quite a unique experience,” he said. Now he’s trying to give more people the opportunity to ride their bikes through... Read more →

Environment

Early bloomers

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve noticed that wildflower blooms in the mountains have been coming earlier and earlier in recent years. Is this a sign of global warming? And what does this mean for the long term survival of these hardy yet rare plants? Ashley J. Via e-mail As always, it’s hard to pin specific year-to-year weather-variations... Read more →