City Council

Some relief for residents living near 4th St. stairs

CITY HALL — A stepped up park ranger presence in the vicinity of Fourth Street and Adelaide Drive may have halted early morning fitness classes from taking place in the neighborhood. But even with the increased vigilance, some residents say more needs to be done to keep the neighborhood, which has long been a popular workout site... Read more →

News

Putting the food truck craze on a diet

DOWNTOWN — There could be restrictions on the way for those popular specialty-food trucks that have popped up around the Third Street Promenade in the past year. Concerned about the recent mobile food influx into Santa Monica, the Bayside District Corp., a private-public management company for Downtown, will ask the City Council to... Read more →

News

Farm fresh just for you

PACIFIC PALISADES — Santa Monica may be home to countless Farmers’ Markets, but some residents have found another way to get their farm-fresh produce. They’re utilizing community supported agriculture organizations such as Abundant Harvest Organics to have boxes of fruits, vegetables — even milk and meats —... Read more →

News

Second team takes charge while teachers miss time

DOWNTOWN — While teaching special education students with various communication deficiencies, Vincent Bernota recalls one of the most significant moments in his career as a substitute. The game was hangman, and the secret word was “computer science.” With only a few letters left before “game over,” a student... Read more →

Crime

Broken taillight leads to drug 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. Thursday, Nov. 19, at 2:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the area of Lincoln Boulevard and Grant Street when they saw... Read more →

City Council

Draft LUCE goes public

CITY HALL — More than five years after City Hall began working on a new general plan to guide future development in Santa Monica, the draft Land Use and Circulation Element has been released. The main concepts of the draft LUCE were presented to the council on Tuesday, showing a document that aims to preserve neighborhoods, control and... Read more →

News

Rail yard looks like a possibility

CITY HALL — While residents and city officials for months have pushed for the relocation of a proposed Exposition Light Rail maintenance yard away from homes, it’s looking more likely that the facility will remain as planned in the Pico Neighborhood. That appeared to be the direction after the City Council on Tuesday authorized... Read more →

Briefs

Get your shots

The Venice Family Clinic is determined to get everyone at risk for swine flu vaccinated, regardless of their financial situation. High-risk individuals are defined as pregnant women, anyone age 6 months through 24 years, people living with or caring for infants less than 6 months old, people 25 to 64 years with certain chronic medical... Read more →

Briefs

Library best of the best

Santa Monica Public Library is ranked among the nation’s best, earning four stars in the Library Journal’s national rating of public libraries, the LJ Index of Public Library Service 2009. The ratings, announced Nov. 15, were based on 2007 data from the Institute of Library Services. The index looked at more than 7,000 public... Read more →

Briefs

Toys for tots

In the holiday spirit, the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will hold its 17th annual “Spark of Love” toy drive this year, benefiting needy children and teens in the surrounding communities. Youth volunteers with the Red Cross, KABC Channel 7 and Santa Monica Fire Department will be collecting new unwrapped toys or sports... Read more →