Glow lights the Santa Monica night

SM BEACH — As the sun sinks over the horizon and darkness settles over the city, bursts of light dot the beach and Santa Monica Pier. On the corner of Colorado and Ocean avenues, smiley faces and abstract words are projected on the seven-story walls of the Holiday Inn. White balloons the size of a Smart car float in the air, lit up... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: David Ganezer

• Name: David Ganezer • Age: 50 • Occupation: Local newspaper publisher • Marital status/children: Married with a daughter and son • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: I have been a proud Wilmont resident since 1998. Before that, I lived in Ocean Park for more than 10 years • Your mode of... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: Robert Kronovet

• Name: Robert Kronovet • Age: 53 • Occupation: Santa Monica Rent Board commissioner/Small business owner • Marital status/children: Married 22 years, three children • Your neighborhood?: Sunset Park • How long have you lived there?: 20 Years • Your mode of transportation/model, make and year of... Read more →


Black students stumble as district boosts test scores

SMMUSD HDQTRS — African American students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District did worse on state standardized tests this year compared with 2009, despite significant improvements by the overall student body on the exams. The average SMMUSD student received a score of 844 on the California Department of Education’s... Read more →


Cuneo to step down as SMMUSD chief

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Tim Cuneo, superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, has announced he will step down when his contract ends in June. His departure means the district’s board will have a major decision to make in the month’s following November’s election, when four of seven seats will be... Read more →


Get in the know with candidate forums

Election 2010 The Santa Monica municipal elections on Nov. 2 are less than two months away. A number of forums will be held in the coming weeks to keep the community informed and educated on the candidates for City Council, school board and Rent Control Board as well as the measures that will appear on the ballot, including a half-cent... Read more →


Glow survival guide

SM BEACH — Santa Monica is giving a whole new meaning to all-nighters. Instead of staying up late and filling up your textbooks with useless highlighting or watching re-runs, head on down to the beach for a night at Glow, the city's bi-annual art and culture event. Themed "Dusk and Beyond," the festivities officially... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: Jon Louis Mann

• Name: Jon Louis Mann • Age: 65 • Occupation: Flight attendant/teacher • Marital status/children: Single and available! Two boys, age 37 and 7 • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: I’ve lived in Pico Neighborhood, Sunset Park and Ocean Park for over 30 years • Your mode of... Read more →


Officials ease food truck enforcement

DOWNTOWN — Under pressure from an association of food truck owners, City Hall has backed away from its policy of requiring mobile vendors to move to a new location every 30 minutes when parked on a public street, much to the chagrin of some Downtown business owners. The 30-minute rule, intended to prevent vendors from occupying prime... Read more →


Pollution study underway at SMO

SMO — The four-day closure of the Santa Monica Airport this week for runway maintenance was more than a welcome respite from fly-over noise for neighboring residents — it was also a chance for scientists to take baseline air quality measurements that could result in a better understanding of the airport’s pollution... Read more →


Sock it to ya’

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. 19, at 4:36 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2200 block of Wilshire Boulevard (Whole Foods) regarding an assault with a... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: Bob Holbrook

• Name: Bob Holbrook • Age: 68 • Occupation: Community pharmacist • Marital status/children: Married to Jean Ann; children: Bob, Cindy and Craig • Your neighborhood? How long have you lived there?: I have resided in the North of Montana neighborhood for the past 41 years. I was born in Ocean Park and lived... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: Jean McNeil Wyner

• Name: Jean McNeil Wyner • Age: 70 • Occupation: Community liaison for Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center & Orthopaedic Hospital • Marital status/children: Married, one adult son • Your neighborhood/How long you’ve lived there?: Wilmont, 1.5 years • Your mode of transportation/model, make and... Read more →


Malibu parents submit charter school application

MALIBU — A coalition of Malibu parents and teachers submitted an application on Monday to turn Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School into a charter campus — just the second such move in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District history. The district has two months to review the application and present it to the... Read more →


Meet the City Council candidates: Kevin McKeown

Editor's note: Santa Monicans have critical decisions to make come November when they will be asked to cast votes for candidates running for the City Council, SMMUSD school board, the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees and the Rent Control Board. To help make those decisions easier, the Daily Press created a questionnaire that asks... Read more →