City signs off on Expo line ‘buffer zone’

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday unanimously agreed to a land swap involving Santa Monica College and the Expo Metro Line Construction Authority that paves the way for the creation of a “buffer zone” to shield Pico Neighborhood residents from some of the impact from a rail maintenance yard planned for 2900 Exposition... Read more →


Mixing up the music

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present an eclectic mix of concerts in December — from opera to jazz to percussion — all of which will be held at The Broad Stage or Edye Second Space at the SMC Performing Arts Center, located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, officials with the college said. The lineup... Read more →


Sheraton Delfina sells for $102.8M

PICO BLVD — The Sheraton Delfina Santa Monica Hotel has been purchased for $102.8 million by a Maryland real estate investment trust with plans to spend another $9 million to refurbish guest rooms and common areas. Pebblebrook Hotel Trust said earlier this week that it bought the upscale, 310-room hotel on Pico Boulevard across the... Read more →

City Council

A new mayor for Santa Monica?

CITY HALL —  After an election that saw Santa Monica’s City Council incumbents sweep their way back into office, don’t expect any policy shifts in 2011. But be prepared, observers say, for some early contention on the dais. Once members are sworn in for their new terms Dec. 7, the council’s first order of business... Read more →


UCLA opens new allergy center

Aiming to provide state-of-the-art testing and treatment for food and drug allergies, UCLA Health System this month announced the opening of a new allergy center in Santa Monica. The facility, located at 1245 16th St., provides a variety of unique services in allergy care, including skin testing for penicillin allergy. It’s also the... Read more →


SMPD searches for sexual assault suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are searching for a suspect in an alleged sexual assault that took place Nov. 17, a press release stated. The victim, who came forward the next day, alleges that a cab driver sexually assaulted her shortly after picking her up in the 300 block of Arizona Avenue. She told police officials... Read more →


Why no recycling law?

Dear EarthTalk Given the environmental and economic benefits, why doesn’t the U.S. have a federal law mandating recycling nationwide? N. Koslowsky Pompano Beach, FL The U.S. government has historically relied on state and local governments to handle waste management in all of its forms, including recycling. Although there have been a... Read more →


A ‘Central’ location for pleasure

At about 5:30 p.m. on a Monday night, only a few regulars sit at the bar at Central Social Aid and Pleasure Club. The red brick walls and dimmed lighting exude a vibe of a 1920s speakeasy, but the passionate bartender screaming obscenities at the flat screen TV after her rival football team makes a touchdown reminds people that it... Read more →


Cops warn ‘click it or ticket’

CITYWIDE — With the holidays upon us, millions of Americans will be on the road, traveling to the homes of family and friends. The Santa Monica Police Department wants everyone to arrive safely for their Thanksgiving feasts and is reminding drivers and passengers to buckle up or risk getting a ticket. “No one wants to start the... Read more →


Council to consider parking structure advertising

DOWNTOWN — Hoping to raise revenue for Downtown parking improvements, Santa Monica officials are asking the City Council to allow advertisements inside city-owned parking structures. The proposal, which the council is set to consider tonight, could raise between $150,000 and $400,000 per year that could be spent on additional signs... Read more →


Holbrook still leading Winterer in council race

DOWNTOWN — As vote tallying headed into the home stretch ahead of the Nov. 30 deadline to certify election results, Bob Holbrook maintained his slight lead in the race for the final Santa Monica City Council seat that remains in dispute. The latest update from Los Angeles County election officials on Monday showed only slight vote total... Read more →


Holbrook extends lead in council race

DOWNTOWN — Bob Holbrook extended his narrow advantage over challenger Ted Winterer in the lone undecided City Council race on Friday, gaining ground to lead by 61 votes. Earlier this week Holbrook’s lead had been 42 votes. The latest vote tally showed Holbrook with 12,696 votes, good for third-place in the race for three four-year... Read more →


Thanksgiving tradition continues for SM seniors

BROADWAY — Fred Deni, co-owner of the Santa Monica restaurants Back on the Beach and Back on Broadway, first got the idea of hosting a charitable Thanksgiving dinner back in 1979 after noticing a homeless man scavenging for food in his restaurant’s dumpster. Since then, each year he’s gone to work Thanksgiving day in order... Read more →


Toyota Santa Monica debuts electric vehicle chargers

SM BLVD — If you’ve got an electric vehicle — or you’re thinking about getting one — take note: There’s a new place in town to drop in for a free charge. Toyota of Santa Monica, located at Eighth Street and Santa Monica Boulevard, on Friday unveiled a pair of new “phase two” charging stations... Read more →