City Council

City Hall finds violations at Arboretum

CITY HALL — One by one they alleged unsatisfactory living conditions, with some claiming mold contamination in their units, others retaliation and discrimination by the management company. All spoke with slight hesitance. Almost nine months after a group of working poor and Section 8 residents addressed the City Council about... Read more →

News

Recovery advocate Schonlau dies at 79

DOWNTOWN — Ken Schonlau, a longtime Santa Monica resident who helped found the CLARE Foundation and the Sober Living Network, helping legions kick their addictions, passed away Jan. 22 at Saint John’s Health Center from acute respiratory arrest. He was 79. Schonlau, a resident of The Shores, was born on March 22, 1929 in Chicago,... Read more →

News

Big names on music’s biggest night

PICO BOULEVARD — Paul McCartney and Radiohead top the list of performers for next month’s 51st Annual Grammy Awards, both of them nominees. They will join a collection of performers that includes Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood. Radiohead will be making its... Read more →

Airport

EPA to study lead emissions at airport

CITY HALL — Long the target of criticism for air pollution, the Santa Monica Airport could serve as the basis for stronger federal regulations over lead emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to conduct a study on lead particulate from propeller aircraft at SMO starting this summer, using the results to develop a... Read more →

City Council

Pier storm drain gets some love

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

News

Waxman pushing for digital delay

DOWNTOWN — Despite months of preparation, local lawmakers are trying to push back the date of the transition to fully digital television channels, saying that millions of Americans are unprepared for the switch. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), the newly elected head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, authored a bill to push... Read more →

Education

Put it in writing

SMMUSD HDQTRS — For years City Hall has remained one of the steadiest financial backers of the school district, providing stability and a reliable revenue stream to an educational institution whose security can be influenced by the state’s fiscal volatility. Whether the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will receive... Read more →

Briefs

Taking into account

Tonight some 200 community volunteers will conduct the most important data-collection effort of the year — a citywide count of the number of homeless people on the streets of Santa Monica. This year, for the first time, the City Hall is expanding its involvement in the biennial Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Count... Read more →

Education

Adding to the ranks

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Public school officials last week celebrated the addition of four newly certified National Board teachers, raising the overall number to 52, six of whom are now administrators. National Board Certification is a symbol of professional teaching excellence. It was created so that teachers, like professionals in other... Read more →

Environment

Recycling blues

Dear EarthTalk: It seems like more products are being packaged in no. 5 rather than no. 2 plastic today, and my local recycling agency won’t take no. 5. I’ve also heard that no. 5 plastics are more toxic, which concerns me more than the recyclability issue. Which plastic is the better choice? — Janice Shaffer, Chillicothe,... Read more →

News

Surf camps feel the pinch

SM BEACH — Giving surf lessons are fun until someone gets punched in the face. Two years ago, tensions were high between the 14 surf camps crammed onto the one mile stretch of beach south of the Santa Monica Pier. Some altercations even escalated to fist fighting. Last year, City Hall cut the number of surf camps from 14 to four by... Read more →

City Council

City puts businesses on notice

CITY HALL A dozen local businesses that generate or store hazardous materials such as used oil and antifreeze have failed to comply with local and state laws meant to protect the public from exposure to toxins, city officials said. The businesses, the majority of which are auto repair shops, received warnings letters this week from the... Read more →

Government

Witnessing history

WASHINGTON, D.C. A frigid 15 degrees, one and a half million people, the 44th president of the United States of America — the overwhelming elation and excitement at the inauguration of Barack Obama could only be described in numbers. After years of hoping for better national leadership, gathering in the nation’s capital this past... Read more →

News

Local restaurants feed people for (relatively) cheap

DOWNTOWN Restaurant weeks in San Francisco, New York and Boston are the foodie affairs of the year, letting people with refined palates and light wallets get out of restaurant Siberia and hob nob with the regulars. Now L.A. is in on the action. The second annual Dine L.A. kicks off on Jan. 25, a nearly two-week event that spotlights the best... Read more →

Government

Council to consider options to fill Katz’ seat

CITY HALL For the first time in nearly a decade, the City Council will be tasked with selecting a new member to join the dais. The 30-day clock to find a replacement for late Councilmember Herb Katz, who was re-elected to another four-year term in November, will begin ticking on Tuesday when the council declares the seat vacant. The Santa... Read more →