Council to consider raising parking rates in Downtown

CITY HALL — Parking in Downtown public garages could soon force visitors to dig deeper into their wallets. The City Council next month is expected to take up the question of whether to increase rates at Structures 1-9 along Second and Fourth streets as per recommendations outlined in a recent study about parking occupancy in private... Read more →


Organ donor gives life to Barnum Hall

SAMOHI — The walls of Barnum Hall will soon echo with the sound of music, organ music to be exact. Installation began Saturday of a 1920s Wurlitzer organ donated to the recently renovated Santa Monica High School auditorium. The organ, which should be ready to play by the end of the month, was the final piece of a nearly... Read more →


Residents react to plane crash at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Lloyd Saunders was hard at work in the garden when he heard it. Lynn Barker was enjoying an afternoon outside with her husband when the sound caught their attention. All looked up and saw and heard the same thing — a small plane struggling overhead, sputtering, going out of sight and then silence. They knew the... Read more →


Do touch that dial

Dear EarthTalk What are some simple low cost improvements I can do to my home to make it greener? Stefan Lonce via e-mail According to consumer advocate Remar Sutton, there are many ways to save energy and other resources around the home without spending a lot of money. And taking action sooner rather than later will lead to ongoing savings... Read more →


Gardening for the soul

SUNSET PARK — There’s a hearty vegetable garden in Greg Fuller’s backyard with seemingly enough vegetables to fill the produce section of a small grocery store, teeming with zucchini, corn and tomatoes. Tending to the small farm is a team of men and women who come without fail every Tuesday and Saturday morning for... Read more →


Saint Anne best of the best

Saint Anne School, a local Catholic school, has been selected for the 2009 Best of Santa Monica Award in the Religious Schools category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA). The award, given annually to small businesses throughout the country, recognizes companies that have achieved exceptional success, while maintaining a high quality of... Read more →


Jazz it up on the lawn

With August comes Jazz on the Lawn. The free concert series presented on the City Hall lawn offers residents a chance to kick back in their favorite beach chairs for a picnic with cool breezes and the smoothest jazz, with a lineup that features Tony Award nominee Valarie Pettiford and composer and saxophonist Geoff “Double G”... Read more →

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State to take $21M from RDA funding

CITY HALL — While city officials just last month celebrated the upgraded bond ratings for two local redevelopment zones, the mood has changed substantially in the days following the state’s budget adoption. The Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which finances neighborhood revitalization projects, is expected to take a... Read more →


Will Rogers principal dies

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Irma Lyons, the principal of Will Rogers Learning Community and 17-year veteran of the school district, died on Thursday at the UCLA Medical Center after a long battle with cancer. Lyons began her career as a teacher at Will Rogers and was later promoted to assistant principal and then principal, replacing Maureen... Read more →


Artists protest boardwalk’s loss of originality

VENICE BEACH — The Venice Beach boardwalk has a history of eclecticism with merchants hawking handmade goods and street performers speaking out in the name of political activism, but a group of local artists is now protesting what they say is a loss of the strip’s originality. This Saturday at 9 a.m. these artists plan to parade... Read more →


Getting their caffeine fix

MAIN STREET — A woman hops out of a black car as it pulls over outside the Edgemar building on Main Street. It’s 9 a.m., and she’s in a hurry to get to work. One important errand comes first, however. Inside Peet’s Coffee and Tea, her foot twitches as she waits in line. Finally, she hurries to the counter. “How... Read more →


Jeweler aids in recovery of stolen necklace

DOWNTOWN — It was like any other negotiation, the seller starting with their asking price, countered with an offer by the buyer, parting ways if neither can agree. That’s exactly how it was for Michael Kurt when two women walked into his Wilshire Boulevard store earlier this month to sell a necklace and matching bracelet set... Read more →


Robberies, burglaries DUIs and drugs

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. Monday, July 27, at 5 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the 1100 block of Alley 2 when they observed a vehicle driving away at... Read more →


Jury deliberating in Juarez murders

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The fate of two imprisoned gang members charged with murdering two brothers at a Santa Monica clothing store 10 years ago is now in the hands of a jury. Jurors began deliberating Wednesday afternoon in the murder trial of David Robles and Jessie Garcia, who face two counts of murder and two counts of attempted murder,... Read more →


Two years of toking it up

CITYWIDE — Since Measure Y took effect in July, 2007, the Santa Monica Police Department has not issued any citations for offenses involving the adult, personal use of marijuana inside private residences. Supporters of the “lowest law enforcement priority” measure said that means it’s served its purpose. Bill... Read more →