City Council

Spending green on green streets

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 →

News

Applicants line around the block for market jobs

DOWNTOWN — Over 100 people in suits and ties lined up in front of Vons on Monday, spilling over onto the Broadway sidewalk in hopes of snagging a job at the grocery chain. With Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate at a staggering 12.4 percent, 3 percent higher than that of the nation as a whole, 600,000 able-bodied workers are... Read more →

Briefs

Community classes offered

Whether you’re into Zumba or beach volleyball, the city’s Community Recreation Programs offer something for nearly any taste. Class descriptions, schedules and registration forms are available in the city newsletter Seascape, which is mailed to residents and available at many public facilities, or online at... Read more →

Education

State cuts cost SMMUSD its toddler program

SMMUSD HDQTRS — For months, as the governor and state legislators wrangled over budget deals, Californians were told that cuts would be borne by every age group and demographic to balance the state budget. Once again, Santa Monica is feeling the sting of the state’s fiscal knife. At a presentation before the Board of... Read more →

Briefs

Jazz on the Lawn returns

Get out your blankets and picnic baskets, Jazz on the Lawn returns for the sixth year. The free concert series, held on the lawn of Santa Monica’s City Hall, begins on Aug. 7 and will run through Aug. 28. All shows begin at 5 p.m. Performing on Aug. 7 is the high-energy jazz sextet Theo Saunders and Intergeneration. Specializing in... Read more →

News

Raw food hot, but still uncooked

DOWNTOWN — Soups served piping warm, kelp pasta covered in faux-cheese sauce made out of pulverized nuts. Are we in a world gone mad? No, just Santa Monica, at Planet Raw, a restaurant on Broadway that caters exclusively to raw food connoisseurs, who wouldn’t dare digest anything cooked over 118-degrees. Chef Juliano... Read more →

Environment

Recycling a messy business

Dear EarthTalk Why can’t plastics of all types, instead of being initially sorted, simply be melted together to be separated later? It must be a monumental and error-prone task to separate truckloads of plastics. L. Schand, via e-mail The reason plastics aren’t typically melted together and then separated later is a matter of... Read more →

News

Gang member’s conviction upheld in Moose Lodge murders

LOS ANGELES — A state appeals court panel on Friday upheld a gang member’s conviction for the shooting deaths of two men at a private party at the Moose Lodge on Ocean Park Boulevard in Santa Monica more than six years ago. The three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected Jose Mojarro... Read more →

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Santa Monicans weigh in on bike share

CIVIC CENTER — A gray sky and a sprinkling of summer mist were not enough to keep some curious Santa Monicans from catching a glimpse of City Hall’s proposed bike sharing plan earlier this week. At the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, city officials and representatives from Global Green USA introduced a solar-powered bike sharing... Read more →

City Council

Palisades Garden Walk rename stalls

CITY HALL — A move to give an official name to the 6-acre park being built across the road from City Hall stalled at the Recreation and Parks Commission Thursday night amid concerns that the decision was being rushed. The Recreation and Parks Commission was the first public agency to get a crack at recommending a name for what is now... Read more →

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Environmental group celebrates Santa Monica bag ban

SM PIER — Santa Monica and 10 other cities and counties have taken bold strides to reduce their environmental impact by banning plastic bags, but other municipalities need to step up their game. That was the message put forth by Mayor Richard Bloom and Environment California, a nonprofit group dedicated to protecting California’s... Read more →

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Bill would pre-empt local circumcision bans

SAN FRANCISCO — Two California lawmakers have introduced a bill that would pre-empt local governments from passing laws banning male circumcision and limit the enacting of such legislation to the state. Assemblyman Mike Gatto, D-Los Angeles, said Thursday the bill came in response to recent efforts at the local level, including a... Read more →

Education

Ed board stuck on flavored milk ban idea

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Incensed parents clashed with school district staff Wednesday night in a showdown over whether or not to serve non-fat chocolate milk to kids in local schools. The fight centered on the relative nutritional value of getting kids to drink milk versus the dangers of too much extra sugar in their diets, which parents fear... Read more →

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City Manager selects new BBB director

CITY HALL — Ed King, the executive director of the San Luis Obispo Regional Transit Authority, has been named the new director of the Big Blue Bus, city officials announced Thursday. King, who will receive a base salary of $182,040, will oversee a department of 419 employees and an annual budget of $58.9 million. The BBB system... Read more →