News

LA Marathon could come to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — When Josh Johnson participates in the L.A. Marathon next year, he can look forward to a short trip home at the end of a long 26.2 miles. If the Santa Monica resident is up for it by then, he can even run there. Marathon officials are planning a new route for the 2010 race, starting the course for its 25th anniversary at... Read more →

Airport

FAA fight likely headed to federal court

DOWNTOWN — The long-standing battle between the FAA and City Hall over a jet ban at Santa Monica Airport is now likely on its way to a federal court of appeals after aviation officials on Wednesday ruled that the local law unjustly discriminates against certain classes of aircraft. The ruling by the FAA’s associate... Read more →

City Council

Redevelopment agency enjoys better bond rating

CITY HALL — While the recession has led to the downgrading of bond ratings for agencies across the state, two local redevelopment project zones in Santa Monica are enjoying a rare pat on the back. Fitch Ratings recently upgraded the bond status for the Ocean Park Redevelopment Agency, which in the past was involved in the Sea Colony and... Read more →

Crime

More cars set on fire

DOWNTOWN — It looks like there’s an arsonist on the loose. The Santa Monica Arson Task Force is asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a series of car fires believed to have been intentionally set by a vandal, the latest two fires occurring Monday in the 1700 block of Franklin Street.  All five fires... Read more →

News

Hotel project likely to face uphill battle

DOWNTOWN — While still in the infancy stages, a hotel project in development-weary Santa Monica could face an uphill battle of opposition from residents. Maxser and Co., which owns a seven-story historically landmarked commercial tower at 710 Wilshire Blvd., just last month got a glimpse of what resistance may come when Santa Monica... Read more →

News

Continuing a tradition of art and culture

CITYWIDE — Arts and culture are about to receive a welcomed boost in funding following City Hall’s announcement Monday that it has approved grants for 19 local organizations in the amount of $90,000 and change through the Community Access and Participation Grants Program. To receive funding, each applicant had to demonstrate a... Read more →

City Council

The greening continues

CITY HALL — It’s seen in the low-emission parking enforcement vehicles, the water conservation initiatives and solid waste diversion targets, the products of an aggressive plan aimed at making sustainability a regular component of city life. Half a dozen years after the creation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan (SCP),... Read more →

Environment

Green Revolution’s legacy quite costly

Dear EarthTalk: What effects do fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides used on residential lawns or on farms have on nearby water bodies like rivers, streams — or even the ocean for those of us who live near the shore? — Linda Reddington, Manahawkin, NJ With the advent of the so-called Green Revolution in the second half of... Read more →

Briefs

Fourth of July parade hits Main

Saturday is America’s birthday and to celebrate the Ocean Park Association is presenting the third annual Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. Pre-registration is required. Parking<p> Those planning to attend, there is parking for $3 in the Civic Center garage and surface... Read more →

News

Court ruling could impact promenade performers

DOWNTOWN — A recent U.S. appellate court decision ruling that a law regulating street performers in Seattle violates the First Amendment has prompted city officials in Santa Monica to evaluate the implications locally. The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has been in close contact with Seattle city officials since the ruling... Read more →

News

From gas guzzlers to money savers

CITYWIDE — Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic it might feel as though all of Los Angeles is on the roads, but a recent report from the State Board of Equalization shows that gas consumption is down, and has been for the past three years. According to the figures for January through March of 2009, Californians used 213 million... Read more →

Homelessness

Housing Venice’s most vulnerable homeless

VENICE — Somewhere on the streets lives a 59-year-old man who once served his country in the armed forces, today fighting a different kind of enemy — cancer, hepatitis C and kidney and liver diseases. Out of all the homeless individuals living in Venice, he’s considered to be the most at risk of dying. He is just one of... Read more →

Briefs

Ocean water quality info available online

The Department of Public Health reminds L.A. residents to visit www.publichealth.lacounty.gov/beach or call (800) 525-5662 before heading to the beach. Ocean water is tested up to five times a week in order to provide up-to-date reports on water quality and sewage spills. “Accurate knowledge about the cleanliness of L.A. County beaches... Read more →

Crime

What a switch: Woman bites dog

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. Wednesday, June 24, at 5:15 p.m., Officers responded to the 2600 block of 11th Street regarding an assault and battery that just occurred. While en-route,... Read more →