Remembering 9/11

The tragic day that shocked Americans nationwide is coming up on its 10th anniversary. On Sep. 11, 2001, 2,997 people were killed during the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon. Of the thousands who lost their lives, five people had connections to Santa Monica, city officials said. To remember the day and honor those... Read more →


AFM confirms possible move to Downtown L.A.

DOWNTOWN — Cheaper hotel rooms, better movie theaters and a more exciting nightlife are some of the reasons why the American Film Market, one of the world’s largest gatherings of independent filmmakers and producers, is considering leaving Santa Monica in 2013 for Downtown Los Angeles, according to a statement released... Read more →


You make the call on funding measures for schools

Should the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District put another emergency funding measure and bond on the ballot? That’s the question members of a feasibility committee will have to answer. The school district is looking for a Malibu resident to serve on the committee. Application are due Sept. 30. They can be found at... Read more →


New anti-smoking bill becomes state law

SACRAMENTO — Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill into law Wednesday that allows landlords to prohibit smoking in their apartments, but Santa Monica property owners say the measure doesn’t go far enough. Senate Bill 332, put forth by Sen. Alex Padilla (D-Pacoima), was intended to expand the availability of smoke-free housing in... Read more →


Day at the Airport event called off

SMO — Organizers postponed indefinitely a long-awaited event meant to show off the appeal of the Santa Monica Airport Wednesday just three days before it was supposed to take place. Airport staff were worried that the event would draw too many people, and overwhelm the security personnel, said Robby Robotham, president of Friends of the... Read more →

City Council

City Hall puts development at your fingertips

CITY HALL — City Hall launched a new website Wednesday meant to keep residents informed about a multitude of developments and construction projects set to take place in Santa Monica over the next five to seven years. The site is themed “Be excited! Be prepared!,” and combines standard publicity tools like press releases... Read more →


Committee needs bodies

Are you always complaining about Santa Monica College and what it spends its money on? Well, here’s your chance to get involved. The college is looking for volunteers to serve on the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the spending of funds generated by a series of bond measures — U, S and AA — that are being... Read more →


Accounting firm owner allegedly took nearly $700K

CITYWIDE — The owner of an accounting firm that provided services for several political campaigns in Santa Monica appeared in federal court Tuesday on charges of taking almost $700,000 from a California candidate’s coffers. Kinde Durkee, of Durkee & Associates, appeared before U.S. Magistrate Judge Jay C. Gandhi at 2 p.m. at... Read more →


City officials to meet with FAA over flight schools

SMO — Santa Monica officials announced that they will be traveling to Washington, D.C. next week to take on the FAA regarding the operation of flight schools at Santa Monica Airport. In an information item released on City Hall’s website Friday, Public Works Director Martin Pastucha and assistant to the City Manager Kate Vernez... Read more →


Scholarships for farmers

Snyder Diamond, a family-owned kitchen and bath company with deep roots in Santa Monica, has teamed up with the Santa Monica Farmers’ Market and appliance brands Sub-Zero and Wolf to launch a scholarship program in support of local farming education. The Snyder Diamond Scholarship program was created to promote farmer education and... Read more →


Main is the new black

Main Street merchants are rolling out the red carpet this Thursday for “Fashion’s Night Out,” a worldwide event created in 2009 to celebrate fashion and restore consumer confidence during the recession. Twenty-five businesses along Main Street will be celebrating with parties and deals all night. This year the Vogue... Read more →


Court date set in City Hall parking ticket dispute

DOWNTOWN —Residents Harriet and Stanley Epstein’s parking ticket lawsuit against City Hall will reach a Los Angeles County Superior Court on Feb. 15, unless it is settled before then. Harriet Epstein was issued a parking ticket on Feb. 2, 2011, for allegedly parking in Reed Park and then leaving to run an errand. Parking is for... Read more →


Pavley champions causes for the vulnerable

SACRAMENTO — Next Friday, the current legislative session comes to a close, and lawmakers are busy getting a flurry of bills passed and on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk where they will either be approved or perish. State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) is right in the thick of it. This year alone, Pavley landed eight... Read more →


Arts center climbs over the hill

MONTANA AVE — Turning 40 can be depressing for some people, but not for the Brentwood Arts Center. It’s ready to party. The family-friendly home of creativity celebrates its fourth decade this year, and plans to do so in style with a three-day fiesta including a display of its students’ work, hands-on art projects and live... Read more →