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Council approves museum proposal

CITY HALL — There’s still no guarantee Eli and Edythe Broad will choose to build their planned modern art museum in Santa Monica’s Civic Center, but on Tuesday the City Council signed off on the basics of what a potential agreement to bring the facility to town would look like. Under the approved “agreement in... Read more →

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Ferris wheel ad causes concern for SM officials

SM PIER — Over the weekend the Santa Monica Pier’s Ferris wheel was transformed into a giant — and illegal — advertisement for Asics shoes, catching City Hall officials off guard. The “supergraphic” went up on Saturday, a day before the L.A. Marathon brought tens of thousands of runners and spectators to... Read more →

Briefs

Stairway to the Stars returns

The 61st annual Stairway to the Stars, one of the most popular and longest running musical events in the city, kicks off tonight, putting the spotlight on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s music students, teachers and curriculum. This year, 26 bands, orchestras and choirs will dazzle the audience at the Santa Monica... Read more →

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Carousel ticket prices doubled

Ticket prices at the popular carousel at the Santa Monica Pier will double for most riders beginning May 1, after the City Council decided Tuesday night that City Hall can no longer afford to subsidize the attraction. Prices will increase from $1 per ride to $2 for those at least 15 years old, and the price for kids ages 3 to 14 will be $1... Read more →

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City Council endorses school parcel tax

CITY HALL — Supporters of the “emergency” parcel tax to help fund local public schools received a boost Tuesday night when the City Council unanimously endorsed the measure. Measure A, which would generate roughly $5.7 million annually, will appear on a May 25 special mail-in ballot election. The measure is intended to help... Read more →

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Broadway Deli could be headed for closure

DOWNTOWN — The Broadway Deli, a fixture on the Third Street Promenade for 20 years, has been unable to negotiate a new lease agreement with its landlord, Promenade Gateway LLP, and could be headed for closure. Marc Zeidler, the restaurant’s general manager, said in talks late last year Gateway insisted on a drastic rent increase... Read more →

Education

Emeritus receives unprecedented gift

SMC — Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College received a $1.038 million gift from the estate of the late Zelda Herman, officials with the school announced Monday. The gift is the largest the Emeritus College has ever received and the fourth largest in the history of SMC. “We are so grateful to receive this incredible gift... Read more →

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Restaurants raise water awareness

A total of five Santa Monica restaurants are participating in UNICEF’s Tap Project in honor of World Water Week. During the week of March 21 through March 27, Ye Olde King’s Head, Ocean & Vine, Real Food Daily, South and Swingers will encourage diners to donate $1 or more for the tap water they normally receive for... Read more →

Education

SMC considers creating student housing

SMC — Student housing may eventually be available at Santa Monica College. Last month, school officials circulated a survey trying to gauge interest in student housing, targeting those currently enrolled. Although the final report is not available yet, Vice President of Enrollment Development Teresita Rodriguez said that the school... Read more →

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AMC celebrates two decades in SM

To commemorate 20 years of movie magic, AMC Theatres this week is hosting charity screenings of hit movies from 1990, with all proceeds benefiting Variety — The Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL). The movie theater giant celebrated last week 20 years on the Third Street... Read more →

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Carousel price hike to pay for pier concerts

SM PIER — The fundraising drive to save the summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier is now focusing on a new demographic — the youngsters who drag their parents to the pier to ride the popular carousel. The Pier Restoration Corp. wants to double the cost of a ride for those 15 years old and up — from $1 to $2 —... Read more →

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Council to approve funds for recreational programs

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 →

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Councilman wants anti-paparazzi law at pre-schools

CITY HALL — Arguing that existing laws aren’t enough to protect parents and their children from being swarmed by the paparazzi at one local nursery school where some celebrities take their kids, Councilman Richard Bloom is again pushing his colleagues to accept an ordinance aimed at curbing photographers’ access to their... Read more →

Environment

Critter-proof composting

Dear EarthTalk My husband and I want to start a garden this year. I really want to make compost from leftover food scraps and yard materials. He says it will attract unwanted animals, and refuses to agree to it. Is he right? If so, how do we deal with that issue in a green-friendly, non-lethal way? Carmen Veurink Grand Rapids,... Read more →

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Massive race takes all kinds

DOWNTOWN — In a field of 25,000, there were bound to be some characters. Among them were Patrick McDonagh and five friends who ran the race dressed up in full Elvis Presley regalia, complete with wigs and white spandex jumpsuits, blaring rock ‘n’ roll from a stereo on a pushcart and drinking beer instead of... Read more →