State of the Schools event addresses financial woes

OCEAN PARK BLVD. — First the bad news about the local public schools. A financial predicament is about to become even more problematic for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which is projecting an operating deficit of $10 million this year and is sure to feel a big hit from an estimated $21 billion state budget... Read more →

Farmers’ Markets under quarantine

DOWNTOWN — At least 17 Farmers’ Markets, including four in Santa Monica, are under quarantine after state officials found Mediterranean fruit flies in a backyard on Warwick Avenue near Interstate 10. Farmers selling fruit and some vegetables within the quarantine zone — which includes Santa Monica, Culver City, Venice,... Read more →

New transfer and recycling facility proposed

CITY HALL — The future of the City Yards could hold less noise and odor for its neighbors. Those are the plans for a new Resource Recovery Center that will be located at the southern end of the City Yards off Michigan Avenue, housing a new self-haul facility, buy-back center, expanded transfer station and hazardous household waste... Read more →

Boutique benefits school and merchants

ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY — In the spirit of the season, businesses are getting a head start on sales and helping Roosevelt out at the same time with an all-day holiday boutique. Saturday’s boutique features over 50 vendors who will give 20 percent of the day’s sales to the Roosevelt booster club. The range of products and prices... Read more →

Not ready for last call

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, Nov. 8, at 10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a report of vandalism. When... Read more →

City Council pursues Broad museum

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to launch formal negotiations with art collector and philanthropist Eli Broad to secure the museum he intends to build on the Westside for his 2,000-piece contemporary art collection. City Manager Lamont Ewell was given permission to initiate negotiations with the... Read more →

KCRW’s Seymour steps down as general manager

SMC — Ruth Seymour, the longtime general manager of public radio station KCRW-FM (89.9), announced Wednesday she is retiring at the end of February after more than three decades on the job. Seymour, who joined the station as a consultant in 1977, said she is “leaving a station that is strong in its identity, a station like no... Read more →

Study: Elevated pollution levels near SM Airport

SM AIRPORT — People who live and work near the Santa Monica Airport are being exposed to unusually high levels of air pollution, a significant health concern that has been largely associated with major commercial airports such as LAX, according to a new study by UCLA researchers. The study, published Wednesday in the journal... Read more →

SMFD welcomes dispatch operators

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Just a few weeks before its dispatch center goes live for the first time in nearly three years, the Santa Monica Fire Department on Wednesday welcomed the people who will be responsible for fielding the emergency calls for the city. The first class for the reactivated center includes a communications supervisor... Read more →

Don’t drink and drive

Cops will be on the lookout for drunk drivers this Friday, Nov. 20, holding a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Michigan Avenue. Police officers will be contacting drivers to confirm sobriety and check their driver’s license status. This will be the first of a series of checkpoints that will... Read more →