Holbrook to seek full term

CITY HALL — Five-term City Council incumbent Bob Holbrook on Monday said he plans to seek re-election to a four-year term, ending speculation he might challenge council colleagues Gleam Davis and Terry O’Day for a two-year seat in November’s election. Holbrook’s decision came after members of the influential political... Read more →

Line up early and win

Something special awaits the first 500 guests at the new Santa Monica Place on Friday, Aug. 6: Each of the first eligible 500 guests arriving at the Third Street entrance before the project’s official opening will receive a free Santa Monica Place Gift Card, with dollar amounts ranging from $10 to $500. The three-level, open-air Santa... Read more →

College gets millions to train garbage men

Santa Monica College has been awarded a $4.87 million grant for job training in the high-demand fields of recycling and resource management, officials with the college said Monday. The Community-Based Job Training Grant comes through the U.S. Department of Labor. Through this grant, SMC will collaborate with two Orange County community... Read more →

SMRR fails to endorse full slates

JAMS — It was a bad year for incumbents at Sunday’s Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights convention, with one sitting City Council member and two incumbent school board members failing to win endorsements from the influential political party. During a four-hour meeting at John Adams Middle School, party members couldn’t... Read more →

Staying local

Dear EarthTalk I know that local food has health and environmental benefits, but my local grocer only carries a few items. Is there a push for bigger supermarkets to carry locally produced food? Maria Fine Somerville, MA By eating locally sourced foods, we strengthen the bond between local farmers and our communities, stay connected to the... Read more →

L.A. Marathon will return to SM

DOWNTOWN — It looks like the L.A. Marathon’s “Stadium to the Sea” route is here to stay. The only details in doubt are some of the finer points of the massive race’s finish line and end-of-route festival. Santa Monica city and marathon officials said this week that the finish line may be pushed further north from... Read more →

Partial settlement reached in affordable housing dispute

CITY HALL — Officials here have worked out a deal to resolve part of an affordable housing dispute that arose earlier this year when City Hall disclosed that developer JSM Construction failed to provide at least 52 low-income units the company agreed to build as part of its development plans in Downtown. The deal, announced this week,... Read more →

Investigation tackles local gold companies

CITY HALL — An investigation launched in May by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office into the business practices of a local gold company has been expanded to include another more well-known company based in Santa Monica: Goldline International, city officials said. Santa Monica Deputy City Attorney Adam Radinsky said his... Read more →

Sex offender spotted on promenade, pier

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A convicted sex offender who sometimes dresses in a Spider-man costume and poses for photographs with children has been recently seen walking along the Third Street Promenade and the Santa Monica Pier, police said. Roger Montgomery, 51, a transient, is described as a male white, 6 feet, 2 inches with red hair... Read more →

Shouting match leads to pot bust

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. Saturday, July 24, at 10:20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2900 block of Delaware Avenue regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →

Windscreen rules dropped on Ocean Ave.

CITY HALL — Restaurants on Ocean Avenue have one fewer regulation to worry about. The City Council on Tuesday voted in favor of scrapping an ordinance that had prohibited the seaside eateries that lease outdoor dining space from City Hall from using drop-down curtains to shield patrons seated on their sidewalk patios from the cold. City... Read more →

Cody’s road to recovery

It’s sunny out, but Cody Williams is lying on a bed in Northridge Hospital Medical Center’s rehabilitation unit instead of enjoying his summer with friends. He moves slowly, deliberately, as a therapist helps him stretch one side of his body, then the other. He shouldn’t be here. If Williams had his way, he would be... Read more →

Council bans smoking on patios and balconies

CITY HALL — Smokers who enjoy an occasional drag out on their patios better light up while they still can. That’s because the City Council on Tuesday voted to strengthen Santa Monica’s already strict anti-smoking laws, adding a restriction that bars people from lighting up within 25-feet of a door or window in any... Read more →

Local beaches some of the most polluted in California

OCEAN AVENUE — Santa Monica continues to have some of the most polluted beaches in California, with the Santa Monica Pier failing to meet clean water criteria nearly half the time, according to an annual study released Wednesday by the Natural Resources Defense Council. In a news conference in Santa Monica on Wednesday, Noah Garrison,... Read more →

Praise for phasing out Polystyrene

City Hall was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Waste Prevention Award from the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) for its “ground breaking” take-out food container program, city officials announced this week. Santa Monica’s ban on Polystyrene, in place since Feb. 9, 2007, protects the beaches and bay by prohibiting... Read more →