Fairmont voted best travel hotel

The historic Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, situated atop the scenic Palisades Park bluffs overlooking the Santa Monica Bay, was named best hotel for business travelers in Los Angeles County by the readers of Travel + Leisure magazine. Business travelers staying in the hotel’s signature bungalow accommodations may take... Read more →


Senior center wins award for lunch service

PICO BLVD — For the seniors who attend the Adult Day Service Center here, lunchtime means more than just a meal. It’s a social hour in a bright setting with flowers on every table. And it comes with entertainment. On Friday, the show was courtesy of Bob “The Music Man” Levy, who played his guitar and taught World... Read more →


California Incline closed over night

CALIFORNIA AVE — City officials will close the California Incline, one of the few Santa Monica streets connected to Pacific Coast Highway, Tuesday night at 10 p.m. until 7 a.m. on Wednesday morning in advance of a major storm expected to make landfall over night, which is expected to drop 3 to 6 inches of rain. Officials will make the... Read more →


Wisconsin to hold pre-Rose Bowl rally at Santa Monica Pier

SM PIER — Expect to see a flood of college football fans dressed in red and white if you’re in Downtown Santa Monica on Dec. 30 — the date when the Big Ten co-champion Wisconsin Badgers will hold a pep rally at the Santa Monica Pier ahead of their Rose Bowl appearance opposite Texas Christian University on New Year’s... Read more →


Rain breaks records, more expected

LOS ANGELES — A storm walloped parts of California with up to 7 inches of rain and spawned minor flooding, mudslides and road closures Monday, but forecasters warn the bad weather’s real impact may be yet to come. More than 3 additional inches of rain expected across the region by Wednesday will hit already saturated... Read more →


Desertification a real threat

Dear EarthTalk Can you explain what “desertification” is and why it is an important environmental issue? Jay Harris Nashville, TN Desertification is the degradation of land in already dry parts of the globe that results from various factors, including natural climate changes as well as human activity. As the name connotes it is... Read more →


Bus crash on PCH

CITYWIDE — It certainly was a manic Monday for one Metro bus driver who missed a freeway ramp early this morning, tried to make a U-turn and ended up with his bus disabled and blocking six lanes of Pacific Coast Highway in Santa Monica.  The driver, heading from a garage to his route up Santa Monica Boulevard, instead steered onto... Read more →


Slide closes PCH west of Malibu

MALIBU — A scenic stretch of Pacific Coast Highway west of Malibu has been closed because of a rock and mud slide as record rains soak Southern California. The California Highway Patrol says PCH was shut down at about 8:10 p.m. Sunday because of the slide near the border of Los Angeles and Ventura counties some 40 miles west of Downtown... Read more →


New stats reveal greater number of dropouts

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Last school year 13.5 percent of local public high school students dropped out, an increase from 8.1 percent during the previous year, according to new statistics compiled by the California Department of Education. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials blamed the steep increase on a new system for... Read more →


Promenade, traffic lights without power

DOWNTOWN — To make a dreary rainy day even worse, about 50 businesses on the Third Street Promenade were without power, and were expected to remain without electricity until as late as 2 a.m. Tuesday, said Vanessa McGrady of Southern California Edison. More than 2,000 customers were initially affected by a large outage, caused by an... Read more →


FAA: Santa Monica Airport must stay open

SMO — Although an agreement between the federal government and City Hall governing the operation of Santa Monica Airport expires in 2015, FAA officials say that’s no reason to expect significant change at SMO. And it’s certainly not a reason to look forward to an airport closure, the agency says. “In the FAA’s... Read more →


Spreading positivity through music

ROSE AVE — It’s been a challenging year for many. Unemployment is on the rise along with foreclosures. Confidence in elected officials is waning as the state’s debt keeps climbing. In this unpredictable time, it can be difficult to remain positive. That’s where Jazz musician and Santa Monica High School alum John... Read more →


Olympic High deemed ‘model’ campus

LINCOLN BLVD — Olympic High School, which offers programs designed for students who have struggled to stay in school, has been named a 2011 Model Continuation High School by State Superintendent Jack O’Connell, making it one of 27 schools to receive the honor. “We at Olympic are delighted to have our school and staff... Read more →


SMPD: A year without a deadly traffic accident

CITYWIDE — For the first time in a long time, Santa Monica experienced no fatal traffic accidents over the last 12 months, a remarkable statistic given the volume of vehicle trips that take place in this bustling city by the sea, authorities said. Santa Monica Police Department Investigator Chris Dawson, who handles traffic accidents,... Read more →


New nursing facility for veterans seeks patients

WEST L.A. — Veterans in need of assistance are being encouraged to apply for a bed at the new Veterans Home of California — West Los Angeles, a 396-bed, long-term assisted living and nursing facility located near the VA hospital on Wilshire Boulevard. The home provides veterans who qualify with a living environment that... Read more →