Housing Authority is cleaning house

CITY HALL — Applicants for subsidized housing programs in Santa Monica need to look alive, or risk losing a spot on a list they’ve been waiting on for half a decade. The Santa Monica Housing Authority is beginning an update of its waiting list, which contains the names of approximately 3,600 people who are hoping to get housing... Read more →


Getting the most out of spent fuel

Dear EarthTalk: Why don’t we reprocess and re-use our nuclear waste like France does? Would it be possible for us to start doing so? — Albert Jukowsky, Silver Spring, Md. Reprocessing nuclear waste to extract more energy from it, while expensive and controversial, is indeed to this day still practiced in France, the UK,... Read more →


Navy to pay Santa Monica a visit

SM PIER — Hey there, sailor. For the first time in almost two decades, Santa Monica will take part in a week-long celebration of the men in white when 4,400 active duty sailors descend on Los Angeles County for a schedule of public relations events and well-deserved R&R. Between 200 and 300 members of the crew of USS Abraham... Read more →


Affordable housing program brings a Santa Monican home

BICKNELL AVENUE — Each year, City Hall’s Housing Division reports out on the number of affordable units it helped create within Santa Monica over the previous reporting period. The numbers over the past five years have varied, sometimes topping 200 and occasionally sinking as low as 28, as it did in the 2005-06 fiscal... Read more →

City Council

Are cell phones, smart meters dangerous?

CITY HALL — Our modern world contains many new devices that provide convenience and luxury, but could they be making us sick? That’s a question confronted by Elizabeth Barris, a former Santa Monica resident who has been on a quest to raise awareness about electronics that most take for granted, and the potentially hazardous... Read more →


Congressional leaders tell Obama West L.A. VA off limits

WASHINGTON, DC — Sens. Dianne Feinstein and Barbara Boxer joined Rep. Henry Waxman in firing off a letter to President Obama on Friday expressing their opposition to any plan to sell parts of the West Los Angeles VA property to help drawdown the national debt. The three Democrats from California told the president and ranking members... Read more →


New season brings change to pier concerts

SM PIER — Thursday nights at the Santa Monica Pier, as the warm summer sun shines a ruddy gold in the evening sky, thousands of people begin streaming into a large parking lot on the south side of the edifice. Their destination, a large stage set up against the edge of the pier. Below, even more people sit on towels and blankets on the... Read more →


No going solo on Ferris wheel

SM PIER — Alice Hunter doesn’t have a problem being single, but the operators of the iconic Santa Monica Pier Ferris wheel do. On a whim, Hunter, who recently moved to Brentwood from London, decided to purchase a $5 ticket to ride the wheel at Pacific Park earlier this month. She admits she felt a little “silly”... Read more →


High above ‘Carmageddon’

SMO — Why brave what many are predicting to be one of the worst traffic events in recent memory when you can take to the skies? That’s what a few airlines and charter aviation operators are hoping frustrated commuters decide during the two days Interstate 405 will be closed from Interstate 10 to U.S. Route 101. One helicopter... Read more →


Police nab one in brazen bar robbery

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Sunday, July 10, at 12:45 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade — Cabo Cantina —... Read more →


Public urges preservation of Bergamot Station

PIER 59 — Santa Monica residents flocked to Pier 59 Studios Wednesday night to get in their two cents on how to support, enliven and preserve the arts venue in the face of a racing engine of change — the Exposition Light Rail line. When the train arrives in 2015, city planners estimate that it will bring nearly 3,500 new transit... Read more →


Cops searching for suspect in sexual battery

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Thursday appealed to the public for help in finding a man who accosted a woman in a carport, the second sexual assault in the city by the sea in less than a month. The sexual battery occurred in a carport near Wilshire Boulevard and Euclid Street between 4 p.m. and 4:20 p.m. on July... Read more →