New home for the hall

The Santa Monica Museum of Flying will be the home of a newly-created California Aviation Hall of Fame. Officials with the museum, which is expected to open in the spring or summer of 2010 after a $2 million expansion and remodel, made the announcement Thursday. “We are honored to have the opportunity to present and preserve this... Read more →


Rabbi says promenade menorah ‘not the real deal’

DOWNTOWN — For many years, Chabad of Santa Monica was the sole keeper of the Chanukah menorah on the Third Street Promenade. Hundreds would gather as the group lit its oil-fueled, traditional menorah in the middle of the promenade’s Center Court each night of the holiday. But two years ago, Bayside District Corp., the... Read more →


Reach out to librarians

Bookworms who want to connect with their local libraries have some new numbers to dial. City Hall has created new public phone numbers for three library branches. The new listings are: n Fairview Branch (310) 458-8681 n Montana Avenue Branch Library (310) 458-8682 n Ocean Park Branch (310) 458-8683 Phone numbers for the Main Library remain... Read more →


State Supreme Court to hear Black Widows appeal

DOWNTOWN — A former Santa Monica landlord who is serving a life sentence for the murders of two homeless men for financial gain may have another shot at proving her innocence. The California Supreme Court agreed last week to hear an appeal filed by Helen Golay, 78, whose attorney claims her Sixth Amendment rights were violated during... Read more →


Study: Businesses not harmed by emissions bill

CITYWIDE — As California works to implement the state climate change law known as AB 32 — aimed at reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — some small business owners have complained they’ll bear the brunt of the new regulations and the state’s economy will pay the price. But a new study that analyzed... Read more →


Say cheese

Underwater photographers are encouraged to submit pictures to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for its “Underwater Parks Day” photo competition, a contest designed to highlight the undersea world just off the Southern California coast. Entries will be accepted until Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. Only one entry per person,... Read more →


Arrest sheds light on ‘shaken baby syndrome’

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica man is expected to be arraigned today on murder charges in connection with the death of his 2-month-old stepdaughter, the possible victim of a form of child abuse known as “shaken baby syndrome,” police said. Donald Hillman, 33, was arrested Monday in North Hollywood by Santa Monica detectives and... Read more →


Smoking ban advocates stay committed

CITYWIDE — Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet may have faltered in his first attempt to ban smoking inside Santa Monica apartments, but that doesn’t mean he’s giving up. Despite a lack of support for the idea from his colleagues and a legal opinion from the Rent Control Board’s general counsel that the... Read more →

City Council

Councilman appointed to coastal commission

CITY HALL — Santa Monica City Councilman Richard Bloom has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission, a 12-member panel charged with regulating the use of land and water in the state’s coastal zone, including promoting access to public beaches. Bloom learned of the appointment on Tuesday after traveling to Sacramento... Read more →


Construction underway on new history museum

DOWNTOWN — Construction has begun on the new, permanent home of the Santa Monica History Museum, a project of the city’s historical society. Louise Gabriel, president and CEO of the museum, made the announcement Monday and unveiled the museum’s new name and logo. “We are thrilled that we will soon see the... Read more →