Another candidate for Expo maintenance yard emerges

CITY HALL — There’s a new contender emerging in the small pool of possible maintenance yard locations for the Exposition Light Rail. That candidate is a roughly 13-acre chunk of land made up of two city blocks bounded by Colorado Avenue to the north, Olympic Boulevard to the south, Ninth Street to the west, and 11th Street to... Read more →


Students are urged to clean up

School is looming ever closer, and the Department of Public Works hopes to teach kids an important lesson: Put trash where it belongs. The department is reminding parents and teachers about the importance of educating children to recycle and properly dispose of their litter. Throwing trash out of car windows or leaving candy, gum and food... Read more →

City Council

Creating smoke-free apartments

CITY HALL — There could be more anti-smoking laws on the way in Santa Monica. The City Attorney’s Office recently released a report detailing laws passed by other California cities that require landlords to designate units in apartments and condominiums as smoking or non-smoking, listing variations that could be adopted... Read more →


My mother, Santa Monica and I

I am so happy my mother was able to campaign for me in my first race for public office when I ran for City Council in 2004. She loved campaigning here. Door to door, the phone bank, the events. She called them all “teas” because that’s what they called them in Boston in the ‘40s and ‘50s when her brother Jack ran... Read more →


Kids’ pictures will become a thousand words

MID-CITY — A summer’s worth of student photography will become a neighborhood’s worth of dialogue in an effort to reanimate the Mid-City area of Santa Monica. For eight weeks, 15 teenagers ages 14-17 have met every Wednesday at the Police Activities League (PAL) with photojournalist, and Daily Press contributing... Read more →

City Council

City Manager Ewell to retire

CITY HALL — After 34 years of public service, City Manager P. Lamont Ewell — who is widely credited with improving customer service in City Hall — plans to resign from his post at the end of the year. Ewell made the announcement Wednesday to give the City Council ample time to conduct a nationwide search for his successor.... Read more →


Former mayor Goldway earns national post

WASHINGTON, D.C. — President Barack Obama appointed Ruth Goldway chairman of the Postal Regulatory Commission last week. The former Santa Monica mayor, who succeeded Republican Dan Blair, said she has a lot of goals for her time in office. “I hope to emphasize the needs of the average citizen mailer as opposed to the business... Read more →


After protests, city officials reconsider tree removal

DOUGLAS PARK — The Santa Monica Community Maintenance Department is conferring this week to find an alternative to the removal of one of the tallest trees here. The decision comes in response to a surge in public outrage against the proposed tree removal. The tree, an Australian bunya bunya, is known for dropping heavy, bowling... Read more →


City pursues ownership of Lincoln Boulevard

LINCOLN BOULEVARD — An unsightly stretch of Highway 1 that has long been thought of needing a little TLC could soon be in the hands of City Hall. City officials have renewed discussions with the California Department of Transportation — better known as Caltrans — about relinquishing the state’s control of a 1.2 mile... Read more →

City Council

Light Rail could cause complications for circulation

<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 →


Slick recovery

Dear EarthTalk I haven’t heard much of late about big oil spills like the infamous Exxon Valdez. Has the industry cleaned up its act, or do the media just not report them? Olivia G. via e-mail In the wake of 1989’s massive Exxon Valdez oil spill in Alaska’s Prince William Sound, when 11 million gallons of oil befouled some... Read more →


Foundation focuses attention on athletics

16TH STREET — For the past 27 years, the Education Foundation of Santa Monica & Malibu has been one of the school district’s biggest donors, buying new library books, paying for dance instruction and providing academic enrichment grants to teachers. Now the nonprofit organization is directing its focus outside the... Read more →


Expo could hinder funding for subway

SM LIBRARY — As officials with the Metropolitan Transportation Authority plan for a subway extension to Santa Monica, one of the questions it will face is whether the western part of L.A. County will have the demand to support two public transit infrastructures, the other being light rail. Included in the proposal for the Westside... Read more →


Puppetry center falls victim to slumping economic times

BROADWAY — Now even puppets are unemployed. After more than a dozen years entertaining Santa Monica’s children and their families, the Santa Monica Puppetry Center is closing its doors, the latest casualty of the slumping economy. Steve Meltzer, the founder of the center and a skilled puppeteer who worked on the cult... Read more →

City Council

O’Day resigns from Planning Commission

CITY HALL — Terry O’Day, an environmental activist who helped lead a campaign to defeat an anti-development measure last fall, resigned from the Planning Commission on Thursday citing a need to focus more attention on his family and career. The one-time City Council candidate and married father of two young children submitted his... Read more →