City Council

Papermate project gets past council

CITY HALL — The Hines Development Co. skirted another disappointing bid in front of the City Council Tuesday night despite community members’ concerns that the approval to move forward with a development agreement would eviscerate local control over the process. The meeting was the City Council’s second look at the former... Read more →

Briefs

Are you prepared for the next quake?

After a 5.9 earthquake hit the East Coast on Tuesday, Los Angeles County public safety officials are encouraging residents to get prepared for the next earthquake on this side of the country. County officials recommend that residents review their earthquake survival procedures and make use of several county resources available to all. L.A.... Read more →

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Police nab suspected serial burglar after short car chase

PROMENADE — With guns drawn, Santa Monica police arrested a suspected serial burglar at the corner of Washington Avenue and Second Street after a short car chase on Wednesday. SMPD spokesman Sgt. Richard Lewis told the Daily Press that a worker with a retail store on the Third Street Promenade was walking along the popular shopping... Read more →

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BBB rolls out changes Sunday

CITYWIDE — If you ride the Big Blue Bus regularly, be prepared Sunday for changes to some of the public transit agency’s most popular lines. Changes will be made to routes 1, 2, 6, 7, Rapid 7, 10, 11 and 12, and a new “Downtown Ride” will be added to move people from the Civic Center Parking Structure to Santa... Read more →

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PALpalooza at Pacific Park

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is once again hosting PALpalooza this evening, from 5 to 11 p.m. The Santa Monica Police Activities League, and more than 100 PAL chapters from around the state, will participate in this free, back-to-school treat. The Santa Monica PAL is a non-profit organization which provides free youth programs to... Read more →

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Critical cameras on buses not working

CITYWIDE — Robert Arroyo had a problem. A frequent rider of Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus system, Arroyo was noticing what he considered to be poor driving habits amongst some of the bus drivers, which he dutifully reported to the Big Blue Bus administration. When a complaint gets filed, BBB officials pull video footage from the... Read more →

City Council

City Hall to take control of Lincoln Boulevard

CITY HALL — Lincoln Boulevard has been caught in a game of tug-of-war for nearly 14 years. On one side sits the California state government, which controls the road from asphalt to where the sidewalk meets private property. One the other is City Hall, which is only allowed to plug holes and apply Band-Aid fixes to the broken... Read more →

Briefs

Mickey and Minnie help Boys & Girls

The Walt Disney Co. has awarded the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica a $5,000 grant to help fund programs that serve over 7,000 kids. “We rely on the generosity of organizations like The Walt Disney Co. for funding of programs that help us give the kids we serve each year a brighter future,” Aaron Young, president and CEO... Read more →

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Grocery worker dies from stab wounds

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A grocery store clerk who was stabbed inside a supermarket on Berkeley Street died Monday at a hospital, and police detained her estranged husband, who is expected to be booked for murder. The stabbing was reported at 3:24 p.m. Sunday at the Albertsons market at 3105 Wilshire Blvd., said Santa Monica... Read more →

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Museum of Flying prepares for flight

The Museum of Flying will once again open its doors at an undetermined date in November, according to museum officials. “We are excited that the museum will once again be able to preserve and present the history of aviation and inspire children to excel in academics with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and... Read more →

City Council

City Hall forks out green for trees

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 public... Read more →

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Draft Bike Action Plan now available for review

CITYWIDE — For anyone curious about how the city hopes to continue making biking a comfortable and convenient mode of transportation in Santa Monica, the city’s draft Bike Action Plan is now available for public review. The Bike Action Plan is an effort to help the city meet the transportation goals established in its Land Use... Read more →

Environment

Wrangling over water

Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. House of Representatives recently voted to strip the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) of its authority over state water quality. Why did they do this, what are the ramifications and what do leading green groups have to say about it? Joseph Emory York, Penn. The legislation in question, the Clean Water... Read more →

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From the brink of death to the Hall of Fame

DOWNTOWN — Dave Blackburn, Santa Monica resident and a recent inductee to the International Softball Congress Hall of Fame, tells a “joke.” “Every day for a month I had to look the grim reaper in the eyes and say I have a hall of fame to get to and you and not any one else is going to stop me,” Blackburn said.... Read more →