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City Council keeps buses moving, fires at bay

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 →


Santa Monica police cleared in Oscar de la Torre probe

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica Police Department’s investigation into school board member Oscar de la Torre’s actions during a fight between two teens was appropriate, as was sending the case on to prosecutors, according to a report released Monday by the Los Angeles County Office of Independent Review (OIR). However, the lead... Read more →


Santa Monica police introduce D.A.R.E. program

GRANT ELEMENTARY — In an effort to keep kids off drugs and alcohol, the Santa Monica Police Department today will start teaching fifth graders here the D.A.R.E. curriculum, the first time in the city’s history that officers have used the educational program designed to prevent drug use, membership in gangs and violent behavior,... Read more →


EPA turns 40

Dear EarthTalk: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency had its 40th anniversary in 2010. How effective has the EPA been and what are its biggest challenges today? — Bill A., Seattle, Wash. By most accounts the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which turned 40 in December 2009, has been very effective. The first... Read more →


Tsang orders hiring freeze at SMC

SMC — With Santa Monica College facing a $5 million budget gap — and possibly one twice that big if proposed state tax extensions fail to pass — SMC President Chui Tsang has ordered a hiring freeze at the 1,800-employee institution. Tsang notified administrators about the freeze on Wednesday, saying in a memo the move was... Read more →


Actress Jaime Pressly pleads not guilty to DUI

LOS ANGELES — Actress Jaime Pressly pleaded not guilty Friday to a pair of DUI counts stemming from her arrest last month in Santa Monica. The 33-year-old star of the television show “My Name Is Earl” was charged Tuesday in the misdemeanor case, which includes the allegation that she had a blood-alcohol content of .20... Read more →


City Hall releases new app for Droid users

Smart phone users who have chosen the Android over the iPhone have a new app to download courtesy of City Hall. The Government on the Go app is a tool that allows smart phone users to tell city staff about potholes that need filling, trees that need maintenance, graffiti that needs removing, and more. City Hall released a similar app for the... Read more →


Gensler leaving Santa Monica

International architecture firm Gensler is moving its regional headquarters to downtown Los Angeles after operating for more than 20 years in Santa Monica. The move is viewed as a coup by Los Angeles officials, who are attempting to woo businesses to the city with a program that exempts new arrivals or start-ups from paying gross receipts... Read more →


Police release sketch of suspect in attempted kidnapping

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Friday released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl last month. The attempted kidnapping took place in the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the morning of Jan. 24. The victim, a 17-year-old student at New Roads School, told... Read more →


SMC cuts offerings taken by high school students

SMC — For the first time in years, Santa Monica College this summer will not offer “late-start” classes, a decision that means high school students in particular could have a harder time enrolling in college level courses. SMC in recent years has offered between 22 and 44 late-start sections (so named because they start a... Read more →


Woman uses brass knuckles on cop

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. Friday, Jan. 28, at 9:59 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2200 block of Main Street regarding a report of possible gang members... Read more →


Enrolling next year’s kindergartners

Public school officials will host several tours of elementary schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for parents of incoming kindergartners so they can learn more about enrolling their children for the 2011-12 school year. The “Kindergarten Round-Up” starts Feb. 23 and goes through March 9. Most of the tours... Read more →


Greenbacks for going green

Santa Monica College on Tuesday received two rebate checks totaling more than $217,000, the result of a 10-month pilot project intended to cut down on electricity usage. College officials said the pilot project involved retrofitting the control system for 54 fume hoods in the Science Building, a move that is estimated to save the college... Read more →


Safe waste

Residents with old motor oil, prescription drugs, computers, batteries and other hazardous waste can now call City Hall and have those items picked up for free. City Hall has launched Santa Monica’s first door-to-door household hazardous waste collection program, a pilot effort that is intended to cut costs while cutting down on carbon... Read more →