Superintendent apologizes for confidential memo

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Superintendent Tim Cuneo publicly apologized at the Board of Education meeting Thursday for a confidential memo leaked last week that labeled three people associated with special education as potential saboteurs. In his statement, Cuneo stated that he had never meant to offend or demean the three people — Tricia... Read more →


Case of beer turns into deadly weapon

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. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2200 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Bill’s Liquor —... Read more →

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Planning Commission stalls parking construction

CITY HALL — Planning commissioners denied a request by city staff to move forward with the demolition and replacement of the public parking structure on Second Street at its meeting Wednesday. The rejection came in spite of staff recommendation to avoid an overlap between the reconstruction of the building — called Parking... Read more →

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Santa Monica Place not for nightlife

CITY HALL — Neighbors of Santa Monica Place on Wednesday succeeded in shutting down, at least temporarily, an attempt by Macerich Co. to extend the number of hours people could purchase alcohol on the mall’s patios. Three residents in the Luxe Apartments on Fourth Street and more than 50 residents of the Promenade Gateway... Read more →


Buying local made easy

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has teamed up with the Buy Local Santa Monica campaign to launch a website that makes it easier for people to support public schools while at the same time saving money and helping local businesses thrive. is an online shopping platform like that features local... Read more →

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Officials begin to discuss Measure Y funds transfer

CITY HALL — Elected officials and staff from City Hall and the school district met last Friday to begin conceptualizing how to honor voters’ wishes to give half of Measure Y funding to Santa Monica and Malibu schools. Measure Y, approved in November by just over 60 percent of voters, will impose a half-cent transaction-use tax... Read more →


Public hearings to decide fate of Big Blue Bus lines

DOWNTOWN — Big Blue Bus officials will conduct a series of public meetings this week to gather input on proposed changes in service that involve eliminating some lesser-used lines and stops and extending service on others. The first meeting will be at the Ken Edwards Center at 6 p.m. today. The changes are being considered for the... Read more →


Wishes do come true

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Maria Solano will never forget the day she was told by doctors that her young son was suffering from non-Hodgkin’s Burkitt's lymphoma, a very aggressive blood cancer. While the doctors said Diego Jimenez had a strong chance of survival, nothing seemed to comfort Solano. “I felt like somebody just... Read more →


Homeless population holds steady

CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s homeless population remained steady from its 2010 level, City Hall’s division of human services announced Monday when it presented the results from this year’s homeless count. On Jan. 28, volunteers and police officers tallied 740 homeless in the annual Homeless Count. That’s down... Read more →

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Restaurants may face higher rents for outdoor dining

CITY HALL — Restaurants may see their rents rise on outdoor dining facilities in two years after the City Council voted to increase rent on city sidewalks to bring them in line with improved property values. The decision will raise license fees that restaurants pay to use public sidewalks from $1.90 per square foot of sidewalk space... Read more →


Santa Monica one of top 10 beach cities in the world

SM BEACH — While Hollywood was recovering from an Oscars hangover, Santa Monica’s movers and shakers were drinking champagne and enjoying the sun at the Annenberg Community Beach House on Monday, celebrating the more than 50 accolades earned over the last year by businesses and organizations within the city by the sea. Along... Read more →


Hold the bottles

Dear EarthTalk: Isn’t it a waste that we buy water in plastic bottles when it is basically free out of our taps? Even health food stores, which should know better, sell it like crazy. When did Earth’s most abundant and free natural resource become a commercial ‘beverage’? A. Jacobs, via e-mail Bottled water has been... Read more →


Severe flu hits later in season

SM-UCLA — As the last game of league play approached, Santa Monica High School’s boys’ basketball team found itself missing one of its starting players, point guard Jeremiah Shevlin. The senior was out for nine days, laid low by a vicious illness that kept him out of the last two games of his high school career. “It... Read more →