Watch it when you want

CityTV 16, Santa Monica’s government access television station, has recently launched a new web site that allows people to watch their favorite local shows live or on demand. Fans of “Cheap Eats,” Get Out!” and “Santa Monica Update” can watch old episodes whenever they like and can watch a CityTV 16 live... Read more →


House race campaign ad draws bipartisan ire

LOS ANGELES — A crudely produced video depicting gun-toting black gang members spanking a white, bikini-clad California congressional candidate set off a bipartisan furor Wednesday and illustrated how the power of the anything-goes Internet is influencing political campaigns. Democrat Janice Hahn, who is portrayed in the ad as a... Read more →


No more free parking

Come July 1, those driving hybrid cars with the yellow “clean air” decals will no longer be able to park for free at meters in Santa Monica, city officials announced Wednesday. The change comes as a result of the legislature abandoning a program that allowed drivers of those hybrids to use car pool or high-occupancy lanes even... Read more →


Homelessness dips in Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — Homelessness across Los Angeles County experienced a slight decline, but the percentage of homeless that served in the military is on the rise, according to a report released Tuesday by a countywide organization. The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) put out the results of the county’s homeless count,... Read more →


Facebook for the faithful

CYBERSPACE — While it can be argued that social networking sites like MySpace, Facebook and Twitter have become tools for the narcissistic, a pair of Santa Monica residents with a strong connection with God have used the technology to create a community comprised of altruistic followers using the power of prayer to help others. Known... Read more →


Brownley backs Osborn’s Assembly bid

DOWNTOWN — Liberal activist and candidate for the 41st Assembly District Torie Osborn picked up a significant endorsement over the weekend, winning the support of Assemblywoman Julia Brownley, D-Santa Monica. Osborn, a 25-year Santa Monica resident, is looking to succeed Brownley in 2012. Brownley is being forced out because of term... Read more →


‘Spider-Man’ producer Laura Ziskin dies at 61

LOS ANGELES — Laura Ziskin, who produced the “Spider-Man” movie franchise among many other hits in a 35-year Hollywood career, has died. She was 61. Ziskin, who fought a seven-year battle against breast cancer, died Sunday evening at her Santa Monica home, according to a statement from the Entertainment Industry... Read more →


Santa Monica College’s graduation going global

CORSAIR FIELD — For the second year in a row, Santa Monica College’s graduation is going global. SMC’s Commencement Exercises, which will be held at 6 p.m. today on Corsair Field, will be webcast live and available on the SMC Alumni webpage ( ). Families and friends from all over the world who will not be... Read more →

City Council

Big Blue Bus costs major moolah to run

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 part of... Read more →


SM 5000 partners with Education Foundation

Popular annual running event the Santa Monica 5000 has recently announced a new partnership with the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation that names the nonprofit the race’s sole beneficiary. The race, scheduled for Oct. 2, will raise money for local school fitness and athletic programs facing budget issues. The race will also... Read more →


Artist uses coastline as his canvas

SM BEACH — His name is Andreas Hoenigschmid, but he might as well call himself Mr. Sandman. The artist, husband, father and former fire dancer has been following his own dream, using a love of geometry and a passion for the visual and performing arts to create grand, crop circle-like designs in the sand south of the Santa Monica... Read more →


SMC’s childhood education center receives OK

CIVIC CENTER — To the list of developments planned for the Civic Center Auditorium and surroundings, it’s finally time to add the Early Childhood Education Center, a learning lab for Santa Monica College that has been several years in the making. Planning commissioners approved a change to the Civic Center Specific Plan Wednesday... Read more →


Better bags

Dear EarthTalk: I heard that some reusable bags contain lead. Is this a major health concern? Can’t these bags be made to avoid such contamination? — Donald Young, Cincinnati, Ohio It’s true that some reusable shopping bags for sale in U.S. stores have been shown to contain lead, a neurotoxin linked to... Read more →


Ed Foundation awards teacher grants

SMMUSD HDQTRS —The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, which raises funds in support of arts, academics and athletics in local public schools, will award 24 grants to teachers at 14 different schools for up to $1,000 each, and award one “Super Grant” in the amount of $4,500 to Olympic High School. Olympic High School... Read more →


Powell receives lifetime achievement award

FAIRMONT MIRAMAR — Pacific Park’s CEO and general manager Mary Ann Powell received the Roy E. Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. “Mary Ann has and of course will continue to work tirelessly not only to improve the... Read more →