Briefs

Finalists named for Sustainable Quality Awards

A dry cleaner, house of worship, grocery store and a coffee house are among the finalists for City Hall’s Sustainable Quality Awards. For 15 years, the Sustainable Quality Awards have honored local organizations and businesses that make extraordinary contributions to the community. The SQAs celebrate business achievement in economic... Read more →

Briefs

Do your part to recycle

Not sure what to do with that old computer monitor taking up space in your closet? City Hall has the perfect solution. For one day only, City Hall’s Solid Waste Management Division will conduct a free — that’s right, free — electronic recycle event this Saturday, March 13. This event is a yearly round-up of electronic... Read more →

City Council

City Council forces bar to close early

CITY HALL — The Parlor restaurant and bar on Wilshire Boulevard will have to close at midnight on weekends and is barred from allowing drinking games under a set of restrictions approved by the City Council Tuesday night. In a unanimous decision, the five council members who attended the meeting voted to reject The Parlor’s appeal... Read more →

News

Council pays up to help save pier concerts

SM PIER — Hoping to salvage the popular free summer concert series held annually at the Santa Monica Pier, the City Council Tuesday night unanimously agreed to give $35,000 to the series organizers. The gift leaves the Pier Restoration Corp. with a $57,000 shortfall it hopes to bridge with private donations. After most sponsors of the... Read more →

City Council

Restaurant charged with selling whale

CITY HALL — Federal prosecutors Wednesday filed criminal charges against a chef and the owners of The Hump, a highly-regarded sushi restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport, for allegedly selling banned whale meat. Prosecutors claim The Hump sold undercover operatives sei whale meat, some of which was obtained from the back of a... Read more →

News

Feds: The Hump sells banned whale sushi

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, one of the most highly-regarded sushi restaurants in the region, is the subject of a federal investigation, with investigators claiming chefs there sell banned whale meat to adventurous diners looking for something a little more exotic than yellowtail. Armed with a search warrant, federal officials on Friday... Read more →

City Council

‘Mixed reviews’ for common area smoking ban

CITY HALL — A year after a law banning smoking in common areas of apartments and condos took effect, a City Hall report says the ban has been well received by tenants and landlords. The report from the City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit released last week said City Hall has received relatively few complaints about the ban... Read more →

City Council

More Big Blue Buses on the way

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 part of... Read more →

Environment

Eating right for life

Dear EarthTalk: I see a lot of “healthy snacks” being marketed for kids that list “natural flavors” but don’t identify them. Should I use these products? John Stein, Methuen, MA Beloved food writer Michael Pollan recommends steering clear of foods that advertise their green attributes on their label. According... Read more →

Education

61 school employees to get pink slips

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Sixty-one local public school employees, most of them classroom teachers, will be getting pink slips by March 15, part of a plan approved by the school board to eliminate a total of 92 positions to help cut into a projected $14 million budget deficit. The damage could have been greater, but some teachers who would have... Read more →

Education

Brownley walks a mile in guard’s shoes

JAMS — Having sent both her children here, state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is well acquainted with John Adams Middle School. But on Friday the former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education member got to see the campus from a whole new perspective. Donning a florescent yellow work vest and... Read more →

News

Pier concert series in jeopardy

SM PIER — Facing two years of severe sponsorship shortfalls, Santa Monica Pier leadership is considering a reduced Twilight Dance Series or replacing the popular event with a less expensive run of free concerts. Officials with the pier said sponsorship revenue has dropped by 80 percent from 2008, and have announced a fundraising effort... Read more →

City Council

Fundraising starts early for some SM pols

CITY HALL — The November election is still eight months away, but some Santa Monica politicians and residents are already gearing up for a fight. Ted Winterer, who in February was nominated to fill a vacancy on the City Council for the second straight year but failed to win the appointment, is starting to raise money for his council... Read more →