City Council

Apartment smoking ban now official

CITY HALL — Lighting up cigarettes in common areas of multi-unit residences is now prohibited. The council adopted on second reading an ordinance to ban tobacco in common areas of apartments and condominium complexes, adding to a growing list of anti-smoking laws in the city. Ordinances go through a two-step process before they are... Read more →

News

Fiery crash causes frustrating commute

INTERSTATE 10 — Drivers trying to make their way east out of Santa Monica on Wednesday were faced with a frustrating commute with cars backed up for miles because of a fiery crash that shut down several lanes of the Santa Monica Freeway. Motorists took to side streets heading east, causing gridlock on major thoroughfares like Olympic... Read more →

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Two die in crash at SM airport

SM AIRPORT — A small plane carrying a pair of passengers crashed upon takeoff here Wednesday, killing both onboard. City officials said that the single-engine craft was attempting to fly out of Santa Monica Airport shortly after 5 p.m. when the pilot reported engine trouble to the control tower. As the pilot attempted to land, the... Read more →

City Council

Cirque returns to American roots

CITY HALL — After a nine-year absence, the surreal sights and sounds of Cirque du Soleil will return to the city where it made its American debut and first experienced commercial success, helping launch a more than two-decade career entertaining audiences across the globe. The City Council on Tuesday authorized City Manager Lamont... Read more →

City Council

City Hall finds violations at Arboretum

CITY HALL — One by one they alleged unsatisfactory living conditions, with some claiming mold contamination in their units, others retaliation and discrimination by the management company. All spoke with slight hesitance. Almost nine months after a group of working poor and Section 8 residents addressed the City Council about... Read more →

News

Recovery advocate Schonlau dies at 79

DOWNTOWN — Ken Schonlau, a longtime Santa Monica resident who helped found the CLARE Foundation and the Sober Living Network, helping legions kick their addictions, passed away Jan. 22 at Saint John’s Health Center from acute respiratory arrest. He was 79. Schonlau, a resident of The Shores, was born on March 22, 1929 in Chicago,... Read more →

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Big names on music’s biggest night

PICO BOULEVARD — Paul McCartney and Radiohead top the list of performers for next month’s 51st Annual Grammy Awards, both of them nominees. They will join a collection of performers that includes Kenny Chesney, Coldplay, Jennifer Hudson, the Jonas Brothers, Lil Wayne, Katy Perry and Carrie Underwood. Radiohead will be making its... Read more →

Airport

EPA to study lead emissions at airport

CITY HALL — Long the target of criticism for air pollution, the Santa Monica Airport could serve as the basis for stronger federal regulations over lead emissions. The Environmental Protection Agency is expected to conduct a study on lead particulate from propeller aircraft at SMO starting this summer, using the results to develop a... Read more →

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Waxman pushing for digital delay

DOWNTOWN — Despite months of preparation, local lawmakers are trying to push back the date of the transition to fully digital television channels, saying that millions of Americans are unprepared for the switch. Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA), the newly elected head of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, authored a bill to push... Read more →

Education

Put it in writing

SMMUSD HDQTRS — For years City Hall has remained one of the steadiest financial backers of the school district, providing stability and a reliable revenue stream to an educational institution whose security can be influenced by the state’s fiscal volatility. Whether the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will receive... Read more →

Briefs

Taking into account

Tonight some 200 community volunteers will conduct the most important data-collection effort of the year — a citywide count of the number of homeless people on the streets of Santa Monica. This year, for the first time, the City Hall is expanding its involvement in the biennial Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Count... Read more →

City Council

Pier storm drain gets some love

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →

Environment

Recycling blues

Dear EarthTalk: It seems like more products are being packaged in no. 5 rather than no. 2 plastic today, and my local recycling agency won’t take no. 5. I’ve also heard that no. 5 plastics are more toxic, which concerns me more than the recyclability issue. Which plastic is the better choice? — Janice Shaffer, Chillicothe,... Read more →

Education

Adding to the ranks

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Public school officials last week celebrated the addition of four newly certified National Board teachers, raising the overall number to 52, six of whom are now administrators. National Board Certification is a symbol of professional teaching excellence. It was created so that teachers, like professionals in other... Read more →

News

Surf camps feel the pinch

SM BEACH — Giving surf lessons are fun until someone gets punched in the face. Two years ago, tensions were high between the 14 surf camps crammed onto the one mile stretch of beach south of the Santa Monica Pier. Some altercations even escalated to fist fighting. Last year, City Hall cut the number of surf camps from 14 to four by... Read more →