Education

School board asks voters for $5.7M

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters will be asked in a special election in May to support an “emergency” $198 per parcel property tax to prop up the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which is facing a projected $14.5 million deficit. In a nod to the recession, the board decided not to ask for $225 per parcel, which a district... Read more →

Homelessness

U.S. Census prepping for homeless count

CITY WIDE — U.S. Census Bureau workers are gearing up to count the nation’s homeless as part of the 2010 Census at the end of March, a once-per-decade effort that this year will rely heavily on the expertise of local homeless service providers. In Santa Monica, which conducts an annual count of its homeless population and... Read more →

News

Bank failure means new name for local branch

DOWNTOWN — On Monday morning Santa Monicans who deposit their checks at First Regional Bank were in for a surprise. The bank, which had a branch at 501 Santa Monica Blvd., was seized by federal regulators over the weekend and quickly sold off to Raleigh, N.C.-based First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Its failure was blamed on... Read more →

Briefs

Volunteers needed for tours

The Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking volunteers for a new docent training class for the Annenberg Community Beach House at 415 Pacific Coast Highway. The conservancy, in partnership with the city of Santa Monica, trains docents to give guided tours of the site, which opened to great acclaim last spring.  The Annenberg Community Beach... Read more →

News

UC signs $147M deal to rent local medical facility

MID-CITY — The UCLA Hospital System is expanding its presence in Santa Monica with a 30-year deal to occupy a new outpatient surgery facility to be built on 16th Street. The three-story, 45,000 square-foot project is planned for a parking lot across the street from the Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital and... Read more →

Education

Board set to decide on tax for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School board members have already decided to ask Santa Monica and Malibu residents to pay more to offset lower state spending on public education. Tonight, they’ll decide how much to ask voters to fork over. Facing at least a $12 million budget gap, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board is aiming... Read more →

Environment

The land of wasting food

Dear EarthTalk What are the environmental implications of all the food we throw away here in the United States? Mike Schiller Cambridge, MA Food waste is a huge issue in America, especially in light of the growing divide between the profligate rich and the hungry poor. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Food Loss... Read more →

News

After more than 20 years, SMC returns to Malibu

MALIBU — For the first time in more than two decades, Santa Monica College will offer courses for credit here as part of a pilot program that will help develop a plan for a permanent campus in the Civic Center, something which the college is required to do as part of a 2004 bond measure, officials with SMC announced Friday. The... Read more →

News

Teaching young dogs new tricks

DOWNTOWN — Glyn Judson is one proud parent — even though his kids are a little hairy and might drool sometimes. Judson raises puppies for Guide Dogs of America, the national group that trains companion dogs for blind people. He takes in puppies from the GDA school in Silmar, Calif. when they are about seven weeks old, and... Read more →

News

SM Place adds three more shops

DOWNTOWN — Real estate developer Macerich this week announced three new tenants at Santa Monica Place, its revamped outdoor mall just south of the Third Street Promenade scheduled to reopen in August. The retailers are: women’s clothing store Tory Burch, women’s shoe seller Charles David and Ben Bridge Jeweler. Randy Brant,... Read more →