News

Buying a home in Santa Monica requires deep pockets

DOWNTOWN — Housing prices might be down but the cost of owning in Santa Monica still requires deep pockets. A recent report by Coldwell Banker found that Santa Monica has the fifth most expensive residential real estate market in the country, a ranking that experts attribute to the desirable beach location and wealthy population.... Read more →

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Senior struck while in crosswalk

OCEAN AVE — A 77-year-old was struck by a vehicle while crossing the street at the intersection of Ocean and Idaho avenues over the weekend, police said. The pedestrian suffered serious head trauma and was transported to a local hospital. No new information on the pedestrian’s condition was available Monday. The accident... Read more →

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Banner bummer at aquarium

SM PIER — Wanting to raise awareness, the Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium installed two, nearly 30-foot blue signs with bold white lettering above its entrance, alerting visitors to its presence. No longer would people say, “I didn’t know there was an aquarium at the pier.” Now those banners, valued at close... Read more →

City Council

City Manager search begins

CITY HALL — Wanted in Santa Monica — a new city manager who’s a creative strategist, a wizard at financial management, embraces public participation and embodies the community’s social values of affordable housing and environmental responsibility. Those are the qualities listed on a more than two-week-old job posting... Read more →

Environment

Latest buzz on bees

Dear EarthTalk Not long ago there were concerns about honey bees disappearing. Are the bees still disappearing, and if so do we know why and do we have a solution? David Grand Rapids, Minn. The topic of disappearing honey bees first cropped up in 2004 and by the spring of 2007 was all over the news. Thousands of commercial beekeepers across... Read more →

Briefs

Hospitals warned about errors

Eleven California hospitals, including Saint John’s Health Center, were fined $25,000 each in administrative penalties this week for violations that, in some cases, led to death or serious injury, according to Department of Public Health officials. Most of the hospitals fined were in Southern California, and about half were cited... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Place adds trio of tenants

Nike, one of the world’s largest athletic apparel companies, will join the British luxury fashion house Burberry and furniture/houseware manufacturer CB2 at Santa Monica Place, occupying key retail spots at the mall, which is scheduled to open in less than a year after a significant renovation in which the roof was ripped off, creating... Read more →

Crime

Teen stabbed following Samohi football game

CORSAIR FIELD — A 17-year-old Inglewood resident was stabbed multiple times Friday as he was leaving the Santa Monica High School football game at Santa Monica College’s Corsair Filed, police said.   The victim suffered non-life threatening injuries and was transported to a local hospital for treatment. No suspect was... Read more →

News

Cleaning the beach one day at a time

SM BEACH — While 20 minutes is hardly enough time to save the world, it’s all Sara Bayles needs to make a difference in her community. The aspiring fiction writer and former special effects makeup artist is more than 60 days deep in her quest to keep Santa Monica State Beach clean, spending 20 minutes over 365 non-consecutive... Read more →

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Breathing new life into the Civic Auditorium

MAIN STREET — The glorious days of award shows and concerts featuring top-notch acts at the Civic Auditorium might not necessarily just be a thing of the past. The aging facility that was once the home of the Academy Awards and drew talents like Elton John and Bob Dylan is set to see new management by the Nederlander Organization,... Read more →