News

Smoking ban advocates stay committed

CITYWIDE — Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet may have faltered in his first attempt to ban smoking inside Santa Monica apartments, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up. Despite a lack of support for the idea from his colleagues and a legal opinion from the Rent Control Board’s general counsel that the... Read more →

Crime

Arrest sheds light on ‘shaken baby syndrome’

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica man is expected to be arraigned today on murder charges in connection with the death of his 2-month-old stepdaughter, the possible victim of a form of child abuse known as “shaken baby syndrome,” police said. Donald Hillman, 33, was arrested Monday in North Hollywood by Santa Monica detectives and... Read more →

City Council

Councilman appointed to coastal commission

CITY HALL — Santa Monica City Councilman Richard Bloom has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission, a 12-member panel charged with regulating the use of land and water in the state’s coastal zone, including promoting access to public beaches. Bloom learned of the appointment on Tuesday after traveling to Sacramento... Read more →

City Council

City Hall expected to upgrade audio visual system

CITY HALL — City Council is expected to buy itself an early Christmas present at its meeting tonight, approving the purchase of a $257,000 audio and visual system for the council’s chambers. The new gear would replace a 10-year-old system that “has become unreliable and increasingly unsupportable,” according to a city... Read more →

News

Holiday sales extend to apartment market

DOWNTOWN — As retailers slash prices to attract cash-strapped holiday shoppers, local landlords are following suit. Apartment rental rates are down as much as 15 percent from the peak of the market about 18 months ago because of increased vacancy, landlords say, prompting many owners to offer additional incentives to fill their... Read more →

News

Construction underway on new history museum

DOWNTOWN — Construction has begun on the new, permanent home of the Santa Monica History Museum, a project of the city’s historical society. Louise Gabriel, president and CEO of the museum, made the announcement Monday and unveiled the museum’s new name and logo. “We are thrilled that we will soon see the... Read more →

News

Council hires new city manager

CITY HALL — With a unanimous vote, the City Council Tuesday selected Rod Gould to serve as the new city manager, City Hall’s most senior position, making him responsible for day-to-day operations and the formation of the city’s roughly $500-million budget. Gould, 52, is currently the city manager of Poway, Calif., also... Read more →

City Council

City officials considering new green building rules

CITY HALL — Already known as a leader in environmentally-friendly development regulations, Santa Monica officials are proposing new green building requirements that could make the city one of the strictest places to build single family homes in the nation. “The green building requirements that the city has had have mostly focused... Read more →

News

Man arrested in death of 2-month-old stepdaughter

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica detectives on Monday arrested a man for allegedly murdering his 2-month-old stepdaughter, her death the result of a type of child abuse called “shaken baby syndrome,” police said. Donald Hillman, 33, was arrested in North Hollywood around 3:30 p.m. Monday after the Los Angeles County Coroner’s... Read more →

Environment

Trouble in the air?

Dear EarthTalk I ride my bike to work along busy urban streets. Should I be worried about inhaling pollutants from vehicle emissions and other sources? J. Kaufman San Francisco, Calif. The short answer is, yes, probably. Cars, trucks and buses emit considerable amounts of airborne pollution as they make their ways along city streets and... Read more →

Education

Special ed gets personal

SMMUSD HDQTRS — For Kim Moran, negotiating special education services for her son was like sitting through an episode of “Let’s Make a Deal.” “I didn’t know quite where to go,” Moran said about her experience navigating the district’s special education program when she first enrolled her son.... Read more →

City Council

Renters seek temporary relief

CITY HALL — At 87, Freda Mendelsohn still has an independent streak. The Santa Monica resident lives alone and travels to Downtown Los Angeles some days to fill in as a federal court reporter, earning money to supplement her pension of a few hundred dollars and her Social Security check. But, in recent months, work at the courthouse... Read more →

News

Courthouse clinic helps victims of domestic abuse

SM COURTHOUSE — The woman appeared to be in denial, dismissing assertions that she needed a restraining order, insisting that it’s been a long time since she was struck. The volunteers at the Domestic Violence Clinic were having little luck with the new client who came at the ultimatum of an employer — get a restraining... Read more →

Crime

A stone’s throw sends him away

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9:03 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue regarding a fight. When... Read more →

News

Lighting up the holiday season

CITYWIDE — The season of cheer will be in full swing after this weekend of tree lightings, holiday walks and festivals. Montana gets festive<p> Montana Avenue’s annual holiday walk begins today at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. Enjoy decorations, treats and live music at various participating businesses. Marmalade... Read more →