City Council

Fogarty steps down as planning director

CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s planning director is resigning, even as City Hall faces major challenges in applying the land use plan that she most notably shepherded into existence. Eileen Fogarty, who has led the Department of Planning and Community Development for the last four and a half years, will make her exit in May, according... Read more →


Hazardous waste collection on hold

City officials were forced to postpone a planned transition to a door-to-door hazardous waste collection program pending final approval by the County of Los Angeles. City Hall is working to provide the county with all necessary information in order to resume the collection program as soon as possible, said Andrew Basmajian, communications... Read more →

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Labor agreement holds up beach hotel’s sale

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 →


Paperless plan check, dark fiber lead to technology award

For the 12th straight year City Hall took home two Technology Solutions Awards and received a Significant Achievement Award from the Public Technology Institute. City Hall was recognized for its new paperless plan check review process, a digital workers’ comp and liability claims filing system, and its ring of dark fiber which links... Read more →


Local woman nears the big 100

For some people, age is just a number. For Raquel Paez, it’s a pretty big one. The 16-year resident of Santa Monica turns 100 this month, and remains a marvel of independence despite her advanced years. Friday, amid well-wishing banners and a large plate of red velvet cake served at the Senior Luncheon at St. Monica’s Catholic... Read more →


On the road to food safety

Dear EarthTalk: What specific issues and protections are covered by the Food Safety Modernization Act recently signed into law? P. Palmerino, New York, NY Existing laws and oversight from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) have done a decent job of keeping the vast majority of Americans safe from food borne illnesses, but several... Read more →


Bay Cities goes solar

LINCOLN BLVD One of Santa Monica’s most popular delis took a giant step towards sustainability, installing 96 high-performance solar panels on its roof. Bay Cities Italian Deli, home of the famous Godmother sandwich, expects to reduce energy costs that will save it more than $5,000 in the first year, with a projected electricity bill... Read more →


Construction on PCH to impact traffic through 2012

PCH — Officials with the city of Los Angeles warned drivers Friday that a $10 million wastewater pipe project in the Pacific Palisades will impact traffic along Pacific Coast Highway through the end of next year. The Coastal Interceptor Relief Sewer system is intended to cut down on the amount of pollutant-carrying stormwater reaching... Read more →


Parents postpone Pt. Dume charter appeal

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Three kindergarten teaching positions are off the chopping block after petitioners to make Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School a charter school announced they would not appeal their case to the state, yet. Superintendent Tim Cuneo told the Board of Education at its meeting Thursday that although he’d... Read more →


Superintendent apologizes for confidential memo

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Superintendent Tim Cuneo publicly apologized at the Board of Education meeting Thursday for a confidential memo leaked last week that labeled three people associated with special education as potential saboteurs. In his statement, Cuneo stated that he had never meant to offend or demean the three people — Tricia... Read more →


Case of beer turns into deadly weapon

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. Tuesday, Feb. 22, at 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2200 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Bill’s Liquor —... Read more →

City Council

Planning Commission stalls parking construction

CITY HALL — Planning commissioners denied a request by city staff to move forward with the demolition and replacement of the public parking structure on Second Street at its meeting Wednesday. The rejection came in spite of staff recommendation to avoid an overlap between the reconstruction of the building — called Parking... Read more →

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Santa Monica Place not for nightlife

CITY HALL — Neighbors of Santa Monica Place on Wednesday succeeded in shutting down, at least temporarily, an attempt by Macerich Co. to extend the number of hours people could purchase alcohol on the mall’s patios. Three residents in the Luxe Apartments on Fourth Street and more than 50 residents of the Promenade Gateway... Read more →


Buying local made easy

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has teamed up with the Buy Local Santa Monica campaign to launch a website that makes it easier for people to support public schools while at the same time saving money and helping local businesses thrive. is an online shopping platform like that features local... Read more →