News

New contender emerges for Broad museum

DOWNTOWN — Philanthropist Eli Broad is thinking about moving his foundation headquarters and a new museum to the stalled downtown Los Angeles Grand Avenue Project. The Grand Avenue Authority, comprised of elected officials from the city and county of Los Angeles, on Monday authorized negotiations between the Grand Avenue Committee, the... Read more →

City Council

Council to market beach house to Hollywood

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 part of... Read more →

Education

Mayor Genser remembered as tenacious

SAMOHI — Friends and colleagues remembered Mayor Ken Genser on Sunday for his quick wit, steadfast friendship, love of a good meal and for the passion he showed serving Santa Monica as a City Councilman for the past 21 years. The memorial service honoring the late mayor, who died this month at 59, drew several hundred people to... Read more →

Environment

Picking up the pieces

Dear EarthTalk What are the primary environmental concerns in the aftermath of the big earthquake in Haiti? Frank Dover Portland, Ore. As would be the case after any natural disaster, water-borne illness could run rampant and chemicals and oil could leak out of damaged storage facilities as a result of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that... Read more →

Environment

Pelicans battered by rain, runoff

SM BEACH — Wildlife officials have collected nearly 70 California brown pelicans that have been battered by rains and urban runoff and are gearing up to help dozens more. Most of the birds are suffering from hypothermia and appear disoriented. Their feathers normally form a natural barrier to the water and act as insulation from the... Read more →

News

Founder of folk music venue McCabe’s dies at 82

PICO BLVD — Gerald “Gerry” McCabe, a furniture designer whose passion for woodworking and love of music led to the creation of the folk music institution McCabe’s Guitar Shop here, died last Sunday in Eugene, Ore., two days after suffering a heart attack, family members said. He was 82. McCabe, who was fond of the... Read more →

News

Bar’s pool plan goes down the drain

SANTA MONICA BLVD — A bar owner’s plan to add an outdoor lounge with a pool and spa to his business was denied by the Planning Commission this week because of noise and parking concerns. The denial has added to existing tension between City Hall and some bar owners who operate businesses next to residential neighborhoods and... Read more →

News

Storm sparks blaze at business

PICO BLVD — An electrical fire broke out at Triathlon Lab Thursday afternoon — the result, the store’s owner said, of the major downpour Southern California has faced this week. Lloyd Taylor, the owner of the store located at 3328 Pico Blvd., said water leaked through the seal protecting the building’s meter... Read more →

News

A humble man with hundreds of well wishers

WILSHIRE BLVD — Glenn Wong built his career around being consistent. One nylon string at a time, during the past 25 years he’s earned a reputation in the Southern California tennis community as a premier racket stringer — an artist at adjusting tension to make a player’s forehand feel just right. As other tennis shops... Read more →

News

‘State of the City’ focuses on long-term economic fix

BROAD STAGE — With the recession cutting into tax revenue, City Hall is projecting a deficit of as much as $9 million during the next fiscal year, and outgoing City Manager Lamont Ewell has said that amount could grow to $47 million by 2014 without “corrective action.” “Expenditure growth is projected to far outpace... Read more →

Crime

Not the way to feed a family

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. Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3:29 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2600 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Albertsons — regarding a... Read more →

Briefs

Free adult seminars kick off Saturday

Residents over the age of 50 will soon have more resources made available to them, thanks to a joint effort by the Life Long Learning Older Adult Task Force and City Hall. The two have teamed up to provide a four-part series of free seminars designed to address key issues facing those over the age of 50. Local and national experts will be... Read more →

Briefs

Sand bags available to residents

With a series of winter storms currently pounding the area, the Public Works Department has made sand bags available to residents to help divert storm water. To request bags, call (310) 458-4991. The Public Works Street Maintenance Division is located at 2500 Michigan Ave. in Santa... Read more →

Briefs

Price hike for getting hitched

Those looking to tie the knot will have to pay a little more for a marriage license come February. Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County clerk/registrar-recorder, announced this week that effective Feb. 1 the public marriage license fee will be $90, while the confidential license will cost $85. The price hike was authorized on Dec. 22, 2009... Read more →