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 →

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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 →


PRC, City Hall looking to streamline pier management

SM PIER — The Pier Restoration Corp. may be in for a makeover pending the results of a study it commissioned last week that will examine the current model used to manage the historic Santa Monica Pier and its finances. Before the study moves forward, the matter will be taken to the City Council on Tuesday, May 3. At present, the PRC,... Read more →


Door-to-door warning

Santa Monica police are reminding residents to be leery of solicitors after a man pretending to be with the health department was seen Monday night in an apartment complex knocking on doors. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said a resident living on the 800 block of Pacific Street became suspicious when a man who said he was a government employee... Read more →


Santa Monica gets passing grade with a few exceptions

CITYWIDE — Santa Monicans gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the city by the sea, awarding it an A-grade as a good place to live as well as high marks on providing critical city services including emergency response, public safety and environmental responsibility. The most prevalent concerns held by residents focused on the state... Read more →

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City Hall close to bringing back Cirque du Soleil

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 →


Veggies aren’t what they used to be

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left. Is that true? — Esther G., Newark, NJ It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it — especially compared... Read more →


Saint John’s known for its Angels

  MID-CITY — Whatever your beliefs, everyone can agree that Saint John’s has Angels in the emergency room. That fact was nationally recognized April 11 when the American Hospital Association awarded the Angels of the ER volunteer program the 2011 award for Volunteer Excellence at an awards breakfast in Washington, D.C. Ann... Read more →


Residents rally against use of leaded fuel at SMO

SMO — Residents living in Venice and Mar Vista gathered at the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Airport on Friday to stage an Earth Day rally against the use of leaded fuel by owners of propeller planes that fly over homes nearby. Lead, long banned from normal car fuels and many household products, presents a recognized danger to... Read more →


St. John’s nurses will decide in May whether to unionize

MIDTOWN — Nurses working at Saint John’s Health Center will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether or not they want to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board reported Friday. Representatives of Saint John’s and the California Nurses Association (CNA) signed a stipulated election agreement, approved by the... Read more →


High gas prices rattle local businesses

CITYWIDE — As the price of gas nears $5 a gallon, the pump has the same connotation as dentists’ offices — you know you have to go, and you know it’s going to hurt. Nationwide, prices have begun to creep up in response to increased demand for petroleum from developing countries and unrest in the Middle East. The West... Read more →