Crime

Bike rider busted with burglary tools

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. Sunday, Sept. 6, at 8:18 p.m., Officers stopped a bicyclist for committing a vehicle code violation. Officers asked the bicyclist for some proof of... Read more →

Education

A teacher’s first day of class

SAMOHI — It moved clockwise, then counterclockwise and then back right again, a blur of neon 1980s-era oversized shirts, leggings, baggy jeans and tank tops swirling around in circles, laughter and stomping feet filling the muggy room. At the center of it all is Darryl Hovis, running after students who screech and laugh as they try to... Read more →

News

Parking to increase Downtown

CITY HALL — Visitors to Downtown can expect to pay more for parking after the City Council on Tuesday gave a preliminary nod to a series of rate increases that will bring the area’s garages closer to competitors like The Grove and Westfield Century City. The changes, which will be instituted after city staff returns to council... Read more →

Education

Budget planning starts earlier than usual for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — While classes begin today for the new school year, district officials already have their minds on next year. Facing an $8 to $12 million funding shortfall over the next three years, officials with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) have began focusing on the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year,... Read more →

News

Pier celebrating 100th anniversary

SM PIER Happy Birthday The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. will join today with community members, tourists and city officials to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier. The festivities will begin at 7 a.m. when a multi-denominational group of religious leaders will gather at the pier’s west end for a blessing... Read more →

News

Short circuit

BROADWAY The American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be collecting old electronics — stereos, television sets, telephones, computers and more — at their headquarters located at 1450 11th St. (at Broadway) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through the end of November. The consumer electronic recyclables will be... Read more →

City Council

City Hall defends pigeon net

CITY HALL — A recent controversial move to install a bird-deterring net underneath the Santa Monica Pier came after a series of studies blamed pigeons for fouling the bay. In a report to the City Council last week, Public Works Director Lee Swain explains how the department reached the decision to net the area beneath the pier,... Read more →

City Council

Bluffs project to finally begin

CITY HALL — The long-awaited reinforcement of the Palisades Bluff could soon begin. The City Council tonight is expected to approve two construction services contracts for the Palisades Bluffs Stabilization Project, which will involve installing a series of horizontal drains to remove groundwater that accumulates behind the bluffs,... Read more →

News

City Hall gets new parking manager

DOWNTOWN — The cars are still going in and out, the attendants are collecting fares from drivers as usual, but there’s something different about the 29 public parking facilities in Santa Monica. That’s because of a recent change in the management of all the city-owned garages, which are now run by Nashville-based Central... Read more →

Environment

Green floats

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that hybrid engine technology is now being used to power boats. What’s happening with that? — D. Smith, Portland, ME With concerns about climate change and the fate of the world’s imperiled oceans and waterways at an all time high, it makes sense that the boating industry would be... Read more →

News

Safety agencies prepare for pier’s 100th

SM PIER — If it’s one thing that local officials are certain when it concerns the pier’s century mark on Wednesday, it’s that a large turnout can be expected to ring in the next 100 years. Just how big that crowd will be remains to be seen. Regardless of the size, public safety agencies say they’re prepared.... Read more →

News

New ending proposed for upcoming Los Angeles Marathon

OCEAN AVENUE — A new finish line has emerged for the L.A. Marathon in 2010. Responding to the request of the City Council that an ending point in Santa Monica be considered for the 26.2 mile race, marathon officials have reportedly began exploring the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard as a possible candidate after... Read more →

Crime

Cops nab suspected bike thieves

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. Sunday, Aug. 30, at 8:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of 17th Street regarding a suspicious person in a subterranean... Read more →

News

The long dry run

 ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — As firefighters battle to bring the gigantic Station fire and others under control, Los Angelenos are left to wonder what the state can do to protect homeowners from the next hellacious conflagration. Our ancient forests in California are living museums, rich with detailed records from the past. All the... Read more →

Education

Neighbors complain of traffic near SMC

SMC — An unusual surge in enrollment at the local community college because of the economic downturn might be evident in not just the crowds on campus but the traffic off of it. That’s what neighbors near Santa Monica College have seen in the first few weeks of classes, reportedly observing a higher volume of buses and cars... Read more →