Reading program makes a bigger splash

Themed “Make a Splash,” Santa Monica Public Library’s Summer Reading Program saw significant increases in participation over previous years for the 10-week program designed to raise literacy skills in children and teens over the summer months. This year, 2,917 participants read about 1,164,600 minutes, a 34 percent increase... Read more →


Sharing the roads with bikes

Dear EarthTalk Are there efforts to increase bike lanes and paths around the nation? I’d like to be able to bike more instead of drive, but I’m concerned about safety. John Shields, Minneapolis, Minn. Around the U.S. new bike lanes and paths are all the rage, helping cash-strapped cities simultaneously green operations and... Read more →


A true calling

DOWNTOWN — After two years of working as head of the Salvation Army in Burbank, Mario Ruiz got a call from headquarters informing him that it was time to move again. Earlier in the year during a visit to the beach, his 18-year-old daughter Loreal told him that she wanted to spend the next summer in Santa Monica. A few months... Read more →

City Council

City Council to approve dating services

CITY HALL — A lot has changed since the 1950s, especially when it comes to dating. Accordingly, after careful deliberation, Santa Monica officials are preparing to get with the times by repealing a 1954 ordinance that prohibits “personal introductory service, marriage bureau, lonely hearts club, or other business of a like... Read more →


SM company looks to lead electric car market

DOWNTOWN — Right now, electric car company Coda is a startup in an unproven industry whose employees are still settling into its new headquarters at Broadway and Ninth Street. But to hear Coda CEO Kevin Czinger tell it, the company is on the verge of something big. Czinger predicts Coda will sell 14,000 of its all-electric compact... Read more →


47 at SMMUSD top $100K in pay

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Forty-seven employees of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District earn more than $100,000 per year — nearly all of them central office administrators or campus principals, according to a review of salaries by the Daily Press. Superintendent Tim Cuneo has the top annual salary, at $214,000 (not including... Read more →


Household chores lead to broken TV

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, Oct. 1, at 6:35 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 800 block of 19th Street regarding a family disturbance. When officers arrived... Read more →


Campaign roundup: Cops, firefighters still behind Measure Y

DOWNTOWN — After some jitters over how elected leaders might be planning to spend Measure Y revenue should the half percent sales tax increase pass on Nov. 2, Santa Monica’s cops and firefighters are continuing to back the ballot initiative. Sources told the Daily Press that leaders of the public safety unions were surprised this... Read more →


Trying to find out who’s best in Santa Monica

Do you have a favorite sushi spot? How about a dynamite burger joint? If so, the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau wants to know. Tourism officials are asking their Facebook and Twitter friends to submit their “10 Best” lists in Santa Monica to celebrate 10/10/10. The person with the winning list will win a package of... Read more →


Campaign roundup: Candidates rolling in the dough

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica City Council stalwart Bob Holbrook raised $37,624 in the past three months, jumping out to a big money lead over his competitors, campaign disclosure documents show. Challenger Ted Winterer was the second place fundraiser among those seeking a four-year term on the council with $22,406 in donations between July 1... Read more →


Measure Y opponents don’t appear to be one happy family

DOWNTOWN — In a sign of just how divisive Measure Y has become, even some of those who are on the same side of the issue are starting to bicker amongst themselves. It all started when opponents of the measure, which would increase the local sales tax by a half percent, filed their official ballot arguments with the Santa Monica City... Read more →


New driver’s license tough to fake

Starting Wednesday, Californians getting a new or renewed driver's license will be receiving a redesigned card that features better security measures and a brand-new look, officials said. The new look is the first major revision to the driver's license and the state identification card since 2001 and makes the IDs easier to use and harder to... Read more →


Stop sign goes green

CIVIC CENTER — In an effort to get drivers to pay more attention to what’s in front of them, City Hall has installed Santa Monica’s first solar-powered LED stop sign. Sam Morrisey, City Hall’s principal transportation engineer, said the sign was installed Tuesday at the highly-used intersection of Olympic Drive and... Read more →


Applicants sought at SMC

The Santa Monica Community College District is looking to appoint a member to the Personnel Commission. The appointment term is Dec. 1, 2010 — Dec. 1, 2013. Deadline to apply is Oct. 21. The SMC Personnel Commission is a public body responsible for the administration of the college’s Merit System, a civil service system for... Read more →


‘Squirm Night’ puts spotlight on candidates

MAIN LIBRARY — Who are these people who think they should be responsible for making the biggest decisions that affect Santa Monica and its public school system? Some of them have been in the public eye for a decade or two; others are making their first forays into local politics. All of them (at least all of them who qualified to get... Read more →