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Council considers beachside apartments for homeless

<i>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... Read more →


Trial strains family ties

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The blood spilled at the Moose Lodge left a stain on the lives of the families of both the victims and the alleged murderers, and it is now seeping out to affect another family, that of material witness Cristian Solares. Solares was called to testify to the events of Mar. 5, 2005 when three documented gang members... Read more →


Anti-panhandling campaign changes focus

CITYWIDE — Responding to concerns that a proposed anti-panhandling campaign could reinforce stereotypes about a city once known as the “home for the homeless,” officials are looking to take a different approach. More than a year after a consultant was hired to craft a marketing initiative that would advise visitors to donate... Read more →


Getting smart

Dear EarthTalk What is the so-called “smart grid” I’ve been hearing about, and how can it save energy and money? Larry Burger Litchfield, CT America’s electricity grid is built upon what many consider to be an antiquated principle: Make large amounts of electricity and have it always available to end users whether... Read more →


Construction prices get competitive

CITYWIDE — There have been many victims of the ongoing economic crises, however, City Hall and Santa Monica College have recently been able to capitalize on a falling demand in private and commercial construction as well as a drop in labor and materials costs. “We had a problem in the last five or six years, until just recently,... Read more →


Baykeeper moves Gala to the Internet

DOWNTOWN — A fundraiser has never been cheaper or longer. Facing a tough economy in which donors might be less willing to fork over thousands of dollars for a ticket to a benefit, one local nonprofit organization is utilizing the Internet to raise money, all while keeping the fun of a real event. Santa Monica Baykeeper launched its... Read more →

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Familiar faces to contend for City Council seat

CITY HALL — The field of candidates vying for an open seat on the City Council could be packed with the ghosts of elections past. While the City Clerk’s Office has not received any applications to date from residents interested in serving late Councilmember Herb Katz’ term through 2010, a number of people active in the... Read more →

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Global warming lawsuit settled

CITY HALL — The federal government on Friday settled a lawsuit in which City Hall and environmental watchdog groups accused two U.S. agencies of financing energy projects overseas without considering impacts on global warming. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) and the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC)... Read more →


Digging for docents

The City of Santa Monica and the Santa Monica Conservancy will partner to provide docent-led tours of the Annenberg Community Beach House when it opens at the end of April. “There is so much enthusiasm from community members about capturing the rich history of this site,” said Community and Cultural Services Director Barbara... Read more →


Housing price slide comes to town

CITYWIDE — It was a long time coming but one of the most desirable places to live in Southern California is finally seeing home prices drop. In a city that was once considered insulated from the effects of the recession due to the affluence of the general population, single-family homes and condominiums are seeing their values... Read more →


Macerich considers postponing mall reopening

DOWNTOWN — The opening of the new and improved Santa Monica Place could be pushed back several months as developers consider timing the completion of the mall to coincide with the transformation of Macy’s to Bloomingdale’s. The reason for the possible schedule change is to ensure that one of the two anchor tenants —... Read more →


Along for the crime

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. Thursday, Jan. 29, at 7:35 p.m., Santa Monica vice officers contacted a woman they found on the Internet who was advertising sexual services in exchange for... Read more →


Moose Lodge murder trial opens

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The attorneys representing two alleged gang members charged with brutally murdering two Santa Monica men at a birthday part at the Moose Lodge in Ocean Park argued here Thursday that eyewitness testimony placing their clients at the scene is unreliable. The arguments came during opening statements made by the defense... Read more →


Parking puzzle comes together

FIFTH STREET — One of the final missing pieces in a plan to improve public parking in Downtown will soon fall in the hands of City Hall. With the authorization of the City Council last week, officials are moving forward with the purchase of a two-story commercial building at 1334 Fifth St., acquiring property that will give City Hall a... Read more →


Rejection is an everyday thing for missionaries

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — The way people treat them, you would think they were begging for loose change instead of trying to bring peace and love to the world. These missionaries with the Family Federation for World Peace and Unification have heard it all. Some they approach politely decline to participate, while others get angry and... Read more →