News

Suicides on the rise

DOWNTOWN — The number of people who have taken their own lives in Santa Monica so far this year has reached a level not seen in recent years, leaving some to wonder if the economic downturn is responsible. Since the beginning of the year, there have been 20 suicide attempts within the city, 10 of which have been fatal, according... Read more →

Environment

Zero-emissions truck rolls into Santa Monica

CITY HALL — A new truck is joining the Santa Monica fleet, a zero-emissions truck that will serve the Water Division. The first of its kind purchased in the United States, the ZeroTruck is the only all-electric truck on sale in the U.S. this year. All Santa Monica fleet vehicles are currently run on compressed natural gas, but the city... Read more →

News

Big sound, small bites

BROAD STAGE — In a world where the music is big, the action is intense and audiences crowd movie houses lives Yoav Goren. Silly movie references aside, Goren is the man behind the soundtracks of movie trailers. Not the music in the movie itself, but the compositions that can be heard in the background of thousands of movie trailers.... Read more →

Education

District votes to purchase homes through eminent domain

SMMUSD HDQTRS — District officials on Thursday voted to acquire two homes through eminent domain for the expansion of Edison Language Academy after months of negotiations with the property owners failed to yield results.  The Board of Education adopted a resolution to begin a process that through court-authority gives government... Read more →

News

Locals react to possible loss of mail delivery

CITYWIDE — “A major inconvenience.” “It wouldn’t affect me.” “The economy would be hurt even further.” Santa Monica residents and business owners appear to be split on the threat of losing Saturday mail — an option that’s “on the table” along with various other cost... Read more →

News

Cottage owners plan to rent for short-term stays

OCEAN AVENUE — Facing a growing bill to rehab a more than century-old cottage, the owners are looking to rent the historically-landmarked property to bring in some extra cash. John and Donna Heidt, who purchased the house at 2219 Ocean Ave. last year, recently applied for a bed and breakfast designation for the beachfront... Read more →

Crime

Fighting over green tea

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. Saturday, June 20, at 2 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the intersection of the Third Street Promenade and Broadway regarding a report of... Read more →

News

Free lunches for kids

DOWNTOWN — Kids who work up an appetite over the summer months will be able to chow down on some healthy grub for free under two federally-funded programs that provide nutritious meals for students whose families may be struggling to put food on the table. Nearly 2,900 locations across the state, including three in Santa Monica, will... Read more →

News

Local Iranians calling for peace

CITYWIDE — Nima Ghalehsari was excited as he sat watching the news on the evening of June 12. The Iranian student at Santa Monica College was looking forward to hearing the results of the presidential election in Iran, but when the television anchor announced the re-election of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, he was shocked. “It was... Read more →

News

Council extends preferential parking restrictions

WILSHIRE BLVD. — It’s a recurring scene that happens about once a week — a group of intoxicated individuals stumble loudly through a residential neighborhood to their cars in the early morning hours, waking neighbors along the way. That’s how about a half dozen residents living off of Wilshire Boulevard painted the... Read more →

City Council

Council approves budget, increases fines and fees

CITY HALL — A challenging past several months trying to balance a budget hit by state funding cuts and drops in sales tax revenue reached a relatively satisfactory conclusion on Tuesday night when the City Council adopted a roughly half billion dollar package for fiscal 2009-10. While City Hall was able to avoid layoffs, furloughing... Read more →

News

Get your electric car charged on Route 66

DOWNTOWN — The Green Roadway Project takes an iconic American image — a car driving along winding roads, covering territory ranging from snowy mountains to crashing ocean waves — and adds more to the picture. A demonstration Wednesday at the Mobile station at Lincoln and Santa Monica boulevards evoked a vision of a world... Read more →

City Council

Massage parlors to offer easy access

CITY HALL — Massage businesses in Santa Monica will now be required to keep their doors unlocked during operating hours after the City Council on Tuesday voted to impose more stringent regulations on the parlors. The new policy, which is meant to better ensure safety in the event of a fire, was one of a handful of changes authorized to... Read more →

Briefs

Annenberg Community Beach House swings into summer

The Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating summer with a full schedule of activities and events. Located just north of the Santa Monica Pier, the beach house boasts a swimming pool, play area and gardens. This summer pool passes on Monday are reduced to $1 from 10 a.m. until noon. Fitness classes such as yoga, beach tennis and beach... Read more →

News

Brokers address multiple vacancies

DOWNTOWN — As vacancies continue popping up along commercial districts in Santa Monica, city officials are looking for ways to help landlords and tenants weather the financial storm. City Hall on Tuesday gathered a crowd of commercial brokers, landlords and representatives of various Business Improvement Districts for a roundtable... Read more →