News

Finding a compromise on outdoor dining

DOWNTOWN — They’re considered vital to the successful operation of a restaurant with an outdoor dining section, offering patrons the luxury of an alfresco environment with protection from the elements. But depending on how retractable weather screens are used, they can be illegal. That’s what a handful of... Read more →

City Council

City Hall wants to give cash to families losing homes

CITY HALL — Santa Monica families who are about to lose their homes should think twice before returning their keys. City officials are preparing to launch a new program that will give financial assistance to struggling local families on the brink of homelessness, using anticipated incoming funds from the federal stimulus package. The... Read more →

News

New clinic for kids opens

MID-CITY — Children in Santa Monica and the Westside who suffer from cerebral palsy, scoliosis, spina bifida and other muscoskeletal disorders have a new facility to turn to. The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, a leader in orthopaedic patient care, research and education for nearly a century, held the grand opening Wednesday of the... Read more →

Airport

Court upholds jet ban injunction

CITY HALL — Jets are allowed to continue using Santa Monica Airport while federal aviation and city officials battle over the legality of a locally-imposed ban on the largest and fastest aircraft. That’s according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which recently denied a request by City Hall to lift an injunction against the... Read more →

News

Making their voices heard

MAIN STREET — Armed with sticky notes, markers and most importantly, opinions, residents on Monday met with city officials to give their input on an elaborate proposal for the future of Downtown and the Civic Center. City Hall is planning on a number of improvements to the area in anticipation of the Exposition Light Rail, which is... Read more →

News

Making waves at the beach

SM BEACH — For people confined to a wheelchair, getting close to the waves has never been easier. City Hall has replaced and added accessible walkways at a handful of locations along the sand, just one of several improvements to the beach experience highlighted during the third annual Beach Summit, hosted by the Santa Monica Convention... Read more →

Crime

Elderly woman run over in hit-and-run

MID-CITY — A 79-year-old woman was run over and dragged while visiting a medical plaza on Santa Monica Boulevard Monday afternoon, the driver fleeing the scene, failing to render aid, police said. Santa Monica investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver, who was described as a white male in his 60s... Read more →

Education

Going for the sun’s cup

SAMOHI — Students from Santa Monica High School will be representing their school and their community in the Metropolitan Water District’s 2009 Solar Cup, competing in sprint and endurance races in their 16-foot, solar-powered boat, “RETHINK.” Students from Samohi’s Team Marine, Heal the Bay Surfrider Club... Read more →

News

A new tide is forming

OCEAN PARK Facing a flurry of opposition from business owners and residents, the Big Blue Bus has pulled a proposal to cancel the Tide Ride shuttle and plans to instead examine ways to revamp the lowest performing line in its system, gearing it more toward tourism. The change in plans comes as welcomed news to the local neighborhood and... Read more →

City Council

Habitat for Humanity project canceled

<i>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... Read more →

News

SM libraries work to fill demand

MAIN LIBRARY — With the economy on its back, want for public services is at a high, and as residents continue to trim discretionary spending, community assets, including library collections, have become more essential than ever. A recent Internet search of Santa Monica Public Library’s electronic catalog found that an... Read more →

Environment

Killer heat

Dear EarthTalk: Has anyone been tracking whether climate change is causing more loss of human life as it gets more pronounced? — Gordon Gould, Compton, CA Researchers believe that global warming is already responsible for some 150,000 deaths each year around the world, and fear that the number may well double by 2030 even if we... Read more →

Education

SMC’s financial future in hands of voters

SMC — To help balance their check book and avoid cuts, Santa Monica College trustees need voters to support every single proposition on the special election being held May 19. That’s a direct order from SMC President Chui Tsang, who earlier this week presented a tentative budget to trustees for the 2009-10 fiscal year. The... Read more →

News

Angel Flight pilots help families stay close

SM AIRPORT — Dana Harvey knows there is no stronger bond than the one between a mother and her children. With four of her own and a nonprofit in Oakland to run, Harvey can’t imagine being away from home for too long. But having been diagnosed with breast cancer last year, Harvey was forced to travel to Los Angeles for... Read more →

Education

Special ed director, take two

SMMUSD HDQTRS — District officials are looking for a new field of candidates to repair a troubled special education department after the first round yielded no viable prospects. The position of special education director is one that is believed to be the first major vacancy in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District since the... Read more →