What’s read, white and black all over?

Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, The Corsair, won 24 awards at the 2011 Southern California Convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges. The event was recently held at the California State University Fullerton campus. It brings together journalism students from Southern California community colleges for a... Read more →


Eating right

Nearly 80 percent of Malibu restaurants and other food service businesses exceed local stormwater standards and were recognized by the Clean Bay Restaurant Certification Program. The stormwater pollution and urban runoff can create a serious problem for the Santa Monica Bay and other local water bodies. This jeopardizes the overall ecology of... Read more →


City officials eye influx of small housing

CITYWIDE — How much is too much? That’s a question facing Santa Monica city officials overseeing a update of the zoning rules and regulations at the same time as very small apartments marketed as “affordable housing” multiply across the city. The apartments range from single-room-occupancy units, called SROs, with no... Read more →


Residents protest trailer home demolition

VILLAGE TRAILER PARK — Residents of the Village Trailer Park staged a hastily organized protest Monday morning to rail against the demolition of 10 unoccupied trailers at the park, which they see as the last truly affordable housing in Santa Monica. As news cameras rolled, residents hoisted signs reading “ Occupy VTP” and... Read more →


BIDs to demand help from City Council

CITYWIDE — The outlook for small businesses in Santa Monica is improving, but there’s more that City Hall and the City Council can do to help spur on the economic engine. That’s the message leaders of Santa Monica’s four business improvement districts (BIDs) will try to impart to the City Council in a special study... Read more →

City Council

City Hall’s triple-A credit rating stands

CITY HALL — Three of the nation’s top credit rating agencies reviewed City Hall’s finances and have affirmed its triple-A credit rating. Acting Finance Director Gigi Decavalles-Hughes said Monday that a combination of strong fiscal management, low debt levels and a diverse economy helped contribute to the triple-A rating,... Read more →


Samohi staff cleared in racial incident

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — There’s no evidence to suggest that staff at Santa Monica High School intimidated witnesses or destroyed evidence in connection with an alleged racial incident at the campus, law enforcement officials said Monday. An African-American student and member of the Samohi wrestling team told police that on May 4... Read more →

City Council

Community & Cultural Services director to retire

CITY HALL — After 31 years of service to the residents of Santa Monica, Community & Cultural Services Director Barbara Stinchfield is retiring, city officials said Monday. Stinchfield, who oversees an operating budget of $47 million and a staff of approximately 400 full- and part-time employees, will step down from her post on... Read more →


Local leaders discuss racism during Samohi public meeting

SAMOHI — A diverse assortment of Santa Monica city officials, school board dignitaries and community members gathered at Santa Monica High School Saturday to discuss an issue that lurks on the periphery of polite conversation — racism. The event, called a Dialogue on Race, was one of several structured discussions on the origins,... Read more →


Incentives for recycling

Dear EarthTalk Why don't more states mandate deposits on beverage bottles as incentives for people to return them? Most bottles I've seen only list a few states on them. Alan Wu Cary, NC So-called bottle bills, otherwise known as container recycling laws, mandate that certain types of beverage containers require a small deposit (usually five... Read more →


Santa Monica awarded communications award

Santa Monica has been designated a “Citizen-Engaged Community” by the Public Technology Institute. The institute, a nonprofit national research organization, gave Santa Monica the award for its use of Web, telephone and mobile technologies to connect residents and businesses with city services. Santa Monica is the only city of... Read more →


Community cries foul over large developments sans plans

CITYWIDE — City staff are reviewing regulations that govern development within city limits, but community groups argue that large projects already in the works are doing an end-run around the planning effort before it’s completed. The review of the city’s zoning ordinance, a tool to guide future development and design, is... Read more →


Courtyard becomes a graveyard

WILMONT — When it comes to Halloween decorations, Tesh Rosenblath-Talaro doesn’t settle. She goes all out. With the help of her husband, a pair of childhood friends and a few enthusiastic neighbors, Rosenblath-Talaro has for the last 15 years transformed the courtyard of her California Avenue apartment building into a homage to... Read more →


D.A. forced to seek governor’s warrant in beating case

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two Arizona men facing attempted murder charges in connection with the brutal beating of a Santa Monica resident last month are formally fighting extradition, forcing Los Angeles County prosecutors to seek a governor’s warrant, authorities told the Daily Press. Brian Scott Hale, 24, of Tempe, Ariz., and... Read more →