Education

School district to consider another parcel tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica residents have been known for their generous support of public schools through parcel tax and bond measures, but whether that generosity will extend during a time of economic uncertainty could be tested next year. Superintendent Tim Cuneo on Thursday is planning to recommend the Board of Education form an... Read more →

News

Tourists sound off on Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — Over 5.5 million people visit Santa Monica each year, but are they return customers? It’s summer, and Santa Monica’s tourism industry — which supports 16,000 jobs and generates $1.2 billion for local businesses annually — is in full swing. The world famous Santa Monica Pier and the trendy Third... Read more →

Briefs

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

CITYWIDE New DMV laws effective this month Those who have had their license suspended because after being convicted of Driving Under the Influence will now have to install a breathalyzer-like device on their dashboards, requiring drivers to blow into it before their car will start. The mandatory installation of ignition interlock devices,... Read more →

News

Venice gang members arrested in narcotics bust

VENICE — Members of two Venice street gangs suspected of cocaine trafficking were arrested today by federal agents. Prosecutors allege that members of the Venice Shoreline Crips and Venice-13 gangs are among the top suppliers of crack to users on the Westside of Los Angeles. According to federal indictments unsealed Thursday, nine... Read more →

Crime

Arrested for drugs, not masturbation

<i>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. </i> Monday, June 29, at 7:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 3000 block of Pico Boulevard regarding a report of a... Read more →

News

A mixed shopping bag

<i>Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica.</i> MONTANA AVE — There is light traffic both on the road and in the stores. Despite the warm weather, shoppers are scarce up and down trendy Montana Avenue. But then again, it is Wednesday morning. A... Read more →

News

Creating developments that benefit residents

CIVIC CENTER — It’s a phrase that’s frequently been brought up during previous workshops for the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), one presented in concept yet undefined. On Tuesday, residents got their chance to voice what they believe should be community benefits to result from future developments in the city,... Read more →

Education

Cutting out the fat in school lunches

SMMUSD — Where kids once hid from boogie monsters in their closets or ghosts under their beds, today they’re being protected from a real threat — trans fat. July 1 marked the beginning of a state-wide ban on trans fat in all food served in public school lunches via vending machines or outside contractors. The bill was... Read more →

News

LA Marathon could come to Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — When Josh Johnson participates in the L.A. Marathon next year, he can look forward to a short trip home at the end of a long 26.2 miles. If the Santa Monica resident is up for it by then, he can even run there. Marathon officials are planning a new route for the 2010 race, starting the course for its 25th anniversary at... Read more →

Airport

FAA fight likely headed to federal court

DOWNTOWN — The long-standing battle between the FAA and City Hall over a jet ban at Santa Monica Airport is now likely on its way to a federal court of appeals after aviation officials on Wednesday ruled that the local law unjustly discriminates against certain classes of aircraft. The ruling by the FAA’s associate... Read more →