News

Bayside ambassadors get positive reviews

DOWNTOWN — Walking down the Third Street Promenade in a dark blue jacket emblazoned with the words “Santa Monica Downtown Ambassadors,” Shana Gadlin approached a group of tourists huddled around a map. After a minute of talking and pointing, the group thanked Gadlin for her directions and moved along. Being a de-facto... Read more →

Crime

Kid busted by the food cops

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Next time you’re about to sneak a snack while riding on a Big Blue Bus, you may want to think twice. Eating on the bus system isn’t just bad manners, it’s also against state law, as one 14-year-old boy found out first hand this month when two undercover officers escorted him off a No. 4 bus and... Read more →

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Chamber event to promote buying local

SM CHAMBER — With tourism lagging and the economy still struggling, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is hoping its latest business expo, which takes place today, will provide local businesses with a needed boost. Beginning at 5 p.m., about 70 exhibitors including merchants, non-profit organizations and City Hall departments will... Read more →

News

Beach House a drain on city coffers

SM BEACH HOUSE — Since opening in April, the Annenberg Community Beach House has been a hit with visitors and an in-demand venue for private parties. But even so, the public beach club has fallen short of revenue projections and is expected to earn $800,000 less this fiscal year from private events than originally estimated, raising... Read more →

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Blog aims to boost tourism, love of SM

CITYWIDE — The official I Love Santa Monica blog, launched, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day, is everything you’d expect from the folks at the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau: shiny, upbeat and, of course, all about Santa Monica. Promising to be an online forum for sharing “fun, historic, memorable and... Read more →

Crime

Police arrest trio for attempted murder

MIDCITY — Santa Monica police arrested three men early Saturday morning after witnessing one of them fire several shots into a vehicle near Colorado Avenue and 17th Street. The shooting took place as SMPD officers responded to a call regarding a fight in progress outside of a party. Police officials reported that, shortly after arriving... Read more →

Environment

Fresh water overload

Dear EarthTalk If the ice caps are melting, what is happening to the salt content of the oceans? And might this contribute to weather patterns or cause other environmental problems? George Boyer via e-mail It’s true that the melting of the polar ice caps as a result of global warming is sending large amounts of freshwater into the... Read more →

News

Heartfelt words on display

DOWNTOWN — With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Petra Eiko and Darrylynn Kaun are asking people to answer the question, “What is in Your Heart?” Through an interactive art project created by Eiko and showcased at Kaun’s Zero Minus Plus gift boutique in Fred Segal, the women focus on issues they hold dear to... Read more →

City Council

Candidates stump for council seat

CITY HALL — With the City Council scheduled to select a new member on Feb. 23, potential appointees are taking different approaches in their behind-the-scenes campaigns to fill the vacancy. Terry O’Day, a former Planning Commission chair, has been asking supporters to e-mail council members urging them to back his bid for the... Read more →

News

Massive West L.A. project delayed

OLYMPIC BLVD — In a move applauded by Santa Monica residents concerned about traffic on the east side of town, the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday delayed approving a large mixed-use project proposed for the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive. City Hall and the Friends of Sunset Park, in addition to a coalition of... Read more →

Government

Hoffman ‘not that interested’ in council

CITY HALL — Ever since Mayor Ken Genser’s memorial service last month, Patricia Hoffman, a longtime political ally and friend of his, has been viewed by many City Hall insiders as the front-runner to replace him on the council. As the chairperson of the political party Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, which holds a... Read more →

City Council

Pier museum hearing delayed

CITY HALL — At least for now, plans for a museum at the end of the Santa Monica pier have been placed on hold. The Pier Restoration Corp. had planned to ask the City Council for $5,000 at its Tuesday meeting to begin planning the museum but decided at the last minute to pull its proposal from the agenda. Ben Franz-Knight, the... Read more →

City Council

City manager settling into ‘dream job’

CITY HALL — Less than three weeks into the top job at City Hall, Rod Gould says he’s already learned at least one valuable lesson about Santa Monica — “a small city that acts like a big city in many ways,” as he put it. With a large city staff to lead, a host of community leaders to get to know and some... Read more →

News

West L.A. project sparks protest

OLYMPIC BLVD — Centinela Avenue may be where Santa Monica ends, but local residents are afraid a massive development proposed for just beyond that boundary could come to mark the beginning of a new era of nightmarish traffic in the city brought on by over-development. Called the Bundy Village Medical Park, the controversial project... Read more →

Education

School year to be cut by 5 days

SMMUSD HDQTRS — California’s budget crisis means summer break will likely be coming early for students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The school district has reached tentative labor agreements with its teachers and other employees that include five furlough days this year and next year. If given final... Read more →