Dog park to be named for Katz

JOSLYN PARK — Former Mayor Herb Katz was more than just a public servant and an architect. He also loved dogs. On Thursday, city officials will dedicate the off-leash dog area at Joslyn Park in honor of Katz, who died in January 2009 after a long bout with cancer. He was 78. Katz, who served on many boards and commissions, including... Read more →


BBB wants to diversify its advertising portfolio

DOWNTOWN — Local transit officials are trying to work out a deal with Culver City’s bus company to take over their advertising arm for a cut of the profits. Currently Culver City Bus does not have an advertising program, choosing instead to use space on its 52 coaches to build brand recognition for the company and, in turn,... Read more →


FCVs making a comeback

Dear EarthTalk Not long ago we were reading a lot about hydrogen’s role in a clean energy future, with cars transitioning from gasoline-powered engines to hydrogen-powered fuel cells. Where does hydrogen fit now in the mix with electric cars now coming on so strong? Amanda Jenkins Troy, Minn. It is true that just a few years... Read more →


Pico residents weigh in on Expo buffer zone

CITY YARDS — Residents living near the proposed Exposition Light Rail Line maintenance yard on Thursday had a rare opportunity to weigh in on what they want to see built in a roughly 2-acre buffer zone meant to shield them from noise made by trains. Representatives from the Metro Transit Authority, Exposition Construction Authority... Read more →


Yahoo! Center parking dilemma bumped to May

CITY HALL — Some projects just can’t catch a break. The Planning Commission was supposed to hear an amendment to the development agreement for the Yahoo! Center at its meeting Wednesday, but the matter got moved when illness and scheduling conflicts reduced the number of available commissioners to four. It’s the... Read more →

City Council

Developers balk at zoning law extension

CITY HALL — City Council members voted to extend an interim ordinance that expands City Hall’s ability to oversee development projects in Downtown that are taller than 32 feet, but not without some alarm from at least one developer who threatened to sue if the approvals on existing projects changed. The ordinance requires... Read more →


Suspect says he stole clothes because he was naked

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, April 24, at 6 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of La Mesa Drive regarding a report of an attempted residential... Read more →


Mammal center looks for home for blind sea lion

LOS ANGELES — It costs $100 a day to feed Big Guy, a 750-pound, blind sea lion that has been living at Southern California’s Marine Mammal Care Center for 15 months. That isn’t the main reason he has to leave though. The center is a hospital, not a hotel, and they’ve done all they can for him except find him a new... Read more →


Northridge quake rips, rumbles through Santa Monica

At 4:30 a.m., on Jan. 17, 1994, Santa Monica residents were jolted from their sleep by the powerful shaking of the Northridge earthquake. This was the first earthquake to strike directly under an urban area in Southern California since the 1933 Long Beach earthquake and produced the strongest ground motions ever instrumentally recorded in an... Read more →


Parking structure re-build gets thumbs up

CITY HALL — City Council members overturned a decision by the Planning Commission Tuesday and approved on appeal a permit that will allow city staff to overhaul Parking Structure 6 on Second Street. The project would convert the now 342-space parking structure to a 748-space facility with subterranean parking for cars, 90 bicycle... Read more →


Library drops popular Bloch from chess program

OCEAN PARK LIBRARY — Library administration replaced the former leader of the Ocean Park Library’s chess program several weeks ago, much to the chagrin of parents, children and other participants. Mel Bloch, who many credit with building the program, was let go in what City Librarian Greg Mullen described as a personnel matter.... Read more →


Tree people praise City Hall

For the 30th consecutive year, City Hall has been recognized as a tree-friendly city by the Arbor Day Foundation, which bestowed upon Santa Monica the “Tree City USA Growth Award” for its tree care and preservation policies. City Hall is currently developing an Urban Forest Master Plan to ensure that Santa Monica’s urban... Read more →

City Council

Airport noise complaints get a boost

CITY HALL — Overall traffic at Santa Monica Airport may be down, but neighbors are still riled about noise and they may have a point, according to a consultant who spoke at Monday night’s Airport Commission meeting. The meeting was a special workshop to present data reflecting on a year of noise monitoring at the airport,... Read more →


Santa Monica police looking for jewelry heist suspects

WILSHIRE BLVD — Santa Monica police are looking for three masked suspects who stole an estimated $1.5 million worth of jewelry from a salesman who was ambushed in a parking lot next to the Veggie Grill, authorities said. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the victim flew in from New York and was visiting local jewelry stores Tuesday in an... Read more →