City Council

Council OKs controversial bond for senior housing

CITY HALL — A private developer will be allowed to seek tax exempt bonds through the state to finance three controversial senior housing projects in Santa Monica, the City Council affirmed Tuesday. The decision came over the protests of angry neighbors from the Pico-Euclid neighborhood that decry the project as too expensive, too... Read more →


SMC teachers pledge support for Japan

Members of the Santa Monica College Faculty Association voted unanimously last month to give financial support to the victims of the Japan earthquake and tsunami, pledging $1,000, officials with the college said. The body, made up of teachers from every department at the college, pledged a $500 donation to Mercy Corps, an organization with... Read more →


Last call for green book prize

Those who would like to submit entries for the fifth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature have until April 30 to do so, city officials said. The Green Prize is sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library and the city of Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. It was created to encourage and commend... Read more →


Synagogue blast suspect charged with fleeing

CLEVELAND — A suspect in an explosion at a California synagogue was charged in federal court on Tuesday with fleeing to avoid prosecution after the blast last week that shattered windows and punched a hole in a building. An affidavit filed in U.S. District Court in Los Angeles said Ron Hirsch, 60, violated federal law when he traveled... Read more →


Saint John’s nurses petition to hold union election

SAINT JOHN’S — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center have formally petitioned the National Labor Relations Board to hold a union election, a step organizers say is a decade in the making. Representatives filed the petition late Monday evening for the 450 registered nurses at the hospital, which is part of the Catholic... Read more →

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Woodlawn Cemetery to get an upgrade

(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 →


Bankrupt Concord High files suit against former director

DOWNTOWN — The former director of a small private school here that was forced to file for bankruptcy in November used school funds to pay personal expenses and put her husband and son on the payroll even though it was unclear what services they provided, according to a lawsuit filed last week. Susan Packer-Davis-Hille, her husband Eric... Read more →


Ocean Park Blvd. lane change project made permanent

OCEAN PARK BLVD — If a nine month pilot project to reconfigure a busy city road became permanent, but nobody knew, would traffic be just as bad? The answer for Sunset Park residents is a resounding yes. Ocean Park Boulevard, a bustling east-west corridor that runs from the Pacific Ocean to the city’s eastern limit, got a... Read more →


Cleaning products’ dirty secret

Dear EarthTalk Why don’t cleaning products have to list their ingredients, and are these products tested for what they might do to your health? Patricia Greenville Bethel, Conn. Since cleaning products aren’t food, beverages or drugs meant to be ingested, they aren’t regulated, per se, by the U.S. Food and Drug... Read more →


Hyde leaving a legacy of service

DOWNTOWN — Some people strive to set examples, while others just choose to live them. Margaret Hyde is one of the latter. It’s part of the reason that her house in Downtown Santa Monica remains the uncontested champion of green living, and why her popular children’s book series Mo’s Nose not only encourages kids to... Read more →


Small business owners unsure on Obamacare

CITYWIDE — Just over a year after President Barack Obama signed the federal health care overhaul into law, small businesses continue to get mixed signals on whether or not the bill’s provisions will help or hurt them, and many just ignore it altogether. In its simplest interpretation, the biblically-long bill aims to drive down... Read more →


School budget scenario bleak

SMMUSD HDQTRS — With the possibility of getting education-funding tax extensions on the June ballot remote to the point of futility and other state funding in jeopardy, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District may be in for even deeper cuts than previously thought. The school district is looking at two scenarios, said Jan Maez,... Read more →


Santa Monica police clear rape kit backlog

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — There are no longer unprocessed rape kits in the possession of the Santa Monica Police Department after detectives sent 470 to the crime lab over the last 13 months for processing to see if any critical DNA evidence can be collected, law enforcement officials said this week. Capt. Wendell Shirley told the Daily... Read more →


Santa Monica police looking for transient in synagogue blast

LOS ANGELES — Authorities say an explosion outside a synagogue and Jewish school in Santa Monica was caused by a homemade explosive device and not an accident as previously believed. Police spokesman Sgt. Jay Trisler said Friday that further forensic examination led investigators to conclude the blast that broke windows at Chabad... Read more →