City Council

Council tackles leaf blowers, food trucks

CITY HALL — City Council on Tuesday decided it will consider changing its stance on leaf blowers and gourmet food trucks, but gave few details about potential new ordinances on either topic. All types of mechanical leaf blowers, whether gas-powered or electric, will remain illegal in Santa Monica, but the council will look at the... Read more →

High School

Time to apply to college

High school seniors or recent graduates who meet eligibility and financial requirements were reminded this week they have until March 2 to apply for up to $9,700 per year in Cal Grants to attend a California public college or university. Cal Grants also cover tuition and fees at some private and independent colleges or career schools, and can... Read more →

News

BBB proposes big fare increases

BBB HDQTRS — The price of a trip on a Big Blue Bus could triple for elderly riders and double for most others by this summer under a plan being proposed by transportation officials. Reduced spending on transportation from Sacramento, lower tax revenue and higher fuel costs have all contributed to a $6 million deficit for the... Read more →

News

Lease signed for historic shotgun house

DOWNTOWN — The house finally has a home. City Hall and the Santa Monica Conservancy on Tuesday agreed to a 20-year, renewable lease for the historic, turn-of-the-century “shotgun” house that was saved from demolition. The shotgun house — so named because a blast fired through the front door would travel through each... Read more →

Briefs

Calling all artists

SM PIER — Once again the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. is inviting talented student, amateur and professional designers to submit their vision for the 26th annual Twilight Dance Series in the form of a poster. The winning design becomes the primary communications piece for the concert series, used in display advertising, posters,... Read more →

News

Paying tribute to King’s legacy

SGI AUDITORIUM — On a rainy Monday morning when students, government workers and many others were free to sleep in, several hundred Santa Monica residents instead were at Soka Gakkai International Auditorium to celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. The event was the 25th annual commemoration put on by The Rev. Dr. Martin... Read more →

City Council

Council to approve $3.35M for credit card processing

CITY HALL — These days you can pay for just about any city service with a credit card, but while it may be convenient, there’s a hidden cost attached. Processing payments made with plastic is expected to cost City Hall $3.35 million over the next five years, under the terms of a contract with TransFirst Health and Government... Read more →

News

Big Blue Bus city’s biggest liability

CITY HALL — Lawrence Powell had just gotten off the Big Blue Bus and was crossing Santa Monica Boulevard at Ocean Avenue. As he stepped into the crosswalk, the bus he’d been riding on started to turn right, cutting into the crosswalk. Pedestrians yelled at the driver to stop but it was too late. The bus ran over Powell, breaking... Read more →

Environment

Nitrogen additive has side effects

Dear EarthTalk Since nitrogen oxide compounds are components of smog and are common water pollutants, does nitrogen-enriched gasoline create additional pollution? Rick Oestrike Poughkeepsie, NY It might seem like adding nitrogen to gasoline is all the rage among oil companies today, but the idea has been around for years. The U.S.... Read more →

Education

School board to put tax on ballot

SMMUSD HDQRTS — Voters in Santa Monica and Malibu will be asked in May to approve an “emergency” parcel tax to help district schools cope with reduced support for education from the state government. Facing a $12 million projected deficit and having already reduced this year’s budget by $4.5 million, the Santa... Read more →