News

Delivering music with a message

SM PIER — Tonight’s concert for the 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series brings together two artists whose music spans different continents yet project a similar message, a celebration of multi-cultural heritage and a nation’s diversity. Hailing from Israel, Idan Raichel introduces his unique music project to the pier. Called... Read more →

City Council

Animal rights activists rally against pigeon net

CITY HALL — Animal rights activists staged a small protest before the City Council meeting Tuesday in opposition to a plan to install netting underneath the Santa Monica Pier in an effort to prevent pigeons from fouling the waters. Their hope is to change the minds of city officials who just last month approved a $107,758 contract... Read more →

News

Another candidate for Expo maintenance yard emerges

CITY HALL — There’s a new contender emerging in the small pool of possible maintenance yard locations for the Exposition Light Rail. That candidate is a roughly 13-acre chunk of land made up of two city blocks bounded by Colorado Avenue to the north, Olympic Boulevard to the south, Ninth Street to the west, and 11th Street to... Read more →

Briefs

Pulling strings for Puppetry Center

A grassroots campaign is underway to save the Santa Monica Puppetry Center, which is on the verge of closing this month, another victim of the slumping economy. Kayla Darcy Goldrick and her family have created a Web site (www.puppetmagic.com) where fans of puppeteer Steve Meltzer and his center can donate funds to help pay the roughly... Read more →

City Council

Creating smoke-free apartments

CITY HALL — There could be more anti-smoking laws on the way in Santa Monica. The City Attorney’s Office recently released a report detailing laws passed by other California cities that require landlords to designate units in apartments and condominiums as smoking or non-smoking, listing variations that could be adopted... Read more →

City Council

City Manager Ewell to retire

CITY HALL — After 34 years of public service, City Manager P. Lamont Ewell — who is widely credited with improving customer service in City Hall — plans to resign from his post at the end of the year. Ewell made the announcement Wednesday to give the City Council ample time to conduct a nationwide search for his successor.... Read more →

News

My mother, Santa Monica and I

I am so happy my mother was able to campaign for me in my first race for public office when I ran for City Council in 2004. She loved campaigning here. Door to door, the phone bank, the events. She called them all “teas” because that’s what they called them in Boston in the ‘40s and ‘50s when her brother Jack ran... Read more →

News

Former mayor Goldway earns national post

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama appointed Ruth Goldway chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission last week. The former Santa Monica mayor, who succeeded Republican Dan Blair, said she has a lot of goals for her time in office. “I hope to emphasize the needs of the average citizen mailer as opposed to the business... Read more →

Education

Kids’ pictures will become a thousand words

MID-CITY — A summer’s worth of student photography will become a neighborhood’s worth of dialogue in an effort to reanimate the Mid-City area of Santa Monica. For eight weeks, 15 teenagers ages 14-17 have met every Wednesday at the Police Activities League (PAL) with photojournalist, and Daily Press contributing... Read more →

City Council

Light Rail could cause complications for circulation

<i>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... Read more →