School board hires superintendent search company

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified school board on Monday voted to hire Leadership Associates to conduct the search for the district’s next superintendent. Tim Cuneo, who has led SMMUSD since 2008, is retiring in June. At a brief meeting, the board agreed to hire the firm at a cost of $28,500. The board also said... Read more →

City Council

Alleys set to get green treatment

CITY HALL — For the first time, City Hall is set to begin installing “pervious concrete” that allows rain water to percolate into the ground rather than flow into the ocean as it prepares to launch its 2011 alley improvement program. Fifteen alleys in all parts of Santa Monica are scheduled to receive the upgrade this... Read more →


BBB receives award for high tech bus stops

DOWNTOWN — The Los Angeles chapter of the American Institute of Architects has awarded its “Next LA Citation Award for Architecture” to the new Big Blue Bus shelter and bus stop redevelopment program. The award honors excellence in design by Los Angeles architects for projects not yet built. “This is a very... Read more →


Farmers’ Market free of pesticides

Officials in charge of the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in Downtown reported Monday that representatives from the Department of Pesticide Regulation made a surprise visit last week and found “no illegal pesticide residue.” The inspectors randomly selected 13 farmers and collected samples that were later tested for illegal... Read more →


Group launches new SMO website

The organization Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution (CRAAP) has launched a new website it says will be an open forum for discussion about the future of Santa Monica Airport. Called “SMO 2015” and accessible at, the site will be “objective and invites input from pilots, residents, developers,... Read more →


Judge: City Hall can proceed with cabbie background checks

DOWNTOWN — Despite a temporary restraining order against enacting City Hall’s recently passed taxi cab franchise system, Santa Monica officials will be allowed to move ahead with administrative steps to set up the new system, a Los Angeles County judge ruled last week. Under the judge’s order, City Hall will be able to... Read more →


Library info on the go

City librarians are making it easier for book worms to navigate through the stacks by improving a personalized text messaging service that allows readers to submit questions using their cell phones. Text the term “AskSmpl” to 66746 to get the ball rolling. All responses will be provided by reference librarians working at the Main... Read more →


New program aims to help vets at SMC

DOWNTOWN — A Los Angeles-based nonprofit veterans group on Monday kicked off an effort to identify and treat combat veterans at local community colleges who are suffering from untreated post traumatic stress disorder. U.S. VETS, which is dedicated to providing housing and services to homeless and at-risk veterans, said nearly 20 percent... Read more →


Tuesday’s top events

Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2010 An evening with Joseph Goldstein Broad Stage 1310 11th St., 7:30 p.m. Come join one of the West's most respected Buddhist teachers and tap into the healing wisdom and happiness present within each of us. In this special evening program, Joseph Goldstein — a primary figure in the development of the Insight... Read more →


A new roll

Dear EarthTalk: I saw a TV ad for toilet paper with no cardboard core to save paper. I understand that green groups recently struck a deal with Kimberly-Clark to protect eastern U.S. forests from decimation for, among other things, toilet paper. Can you tell me if any efforts are underway to protect Canada’s boreal forest, also long... Read more →


Valet tips for New Year’s Eve

Drivers who are hesitant to leave their car with a valet have good reason to worry, according to Santa Monica-based, a premier online resource for auto enthusiasts. In its article “Confessions of a Parking Valet: True Tales of Mishaps and Mischief,” exposes the truth about what goes on at a typical valet... Read more →


Commissioner pushing for safer beach bike path

SM BEACH — Anyone who’s taken a bike ride along Santa Monica’s coast during the height of summer will attest: it can get pretty risky out there. With the crush of fellow bicyclists, skateboarders, and, occasionally, pedestrians who have wandered onto the wrong path, a peaceful cruise on the strand that spans Santa... Read more →


Homophobia on the promenade

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. Friday, Dec. 24, at 4;20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a fight in progress. When... Read more →


Resolutions: Local newsmakers share their goals for 2011

DOWNTOWN — New Year’s resolutions: Everybody makes them, almost everybody breaks them. In an attempt to make it a little more difficult to renege this year, the Daily Press checked in with a range of local movers and shakers and put them on the record with their 2011 promises. Some people, as you’ll see, took our earnest... Read more →