News

Council to approve traffic signal synchronization funds

CITY HALL — Traffic jams in one of the most congested sections of the city could be reduced by as much as 20 percent if the City Council tonight approves a new traffic signal timing plan for the Downtown area, according to City Hall. Though traffic signals in parts of Downtown have been analyzed for traffic efficiency, the entire area,... Read more →

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Ruling: Landlords don’t have to accept Section 8 tenants

DOWNTOWN — In what was hailed as a victory for landlords, a state appellate court ruled recently that property owners have the right to not accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants. The ruling stems from a case filed by an elderly Santa Monica widow who tried to use her Section 8 voucher to remain in an apartment owned by Los... Read more →

Environment

Bag bans gain momentum

Dear EarthTalk How effective have plastic bag bans and restrictions been on reducing plastic litter and other problems associated with their proliferation? And is it really better to use paper bags, which will just lead to more deforestation? Peter Lindsey New Canaan, Conn. Plastic bags, first introduced in the 1950s as a convenient way... Read more →

Environment

Celebrating Earth Month with a smile

Dr. Nushin Shir, owner of Artistic Center for Dentistry, is celebrating Earth Month by offering 120 new patients free comprehensive dental exams that will include basic teeth cleaning services and limited check up x-rays. The Artistic Center for Dentistry partnered with Heal the Bay to promote the importance of making Southern... Read more →

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Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain

CITYWIDE — The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number of affordable units for those earning less than the median income continued to dwindle. The report detailed changes to Santa Monica’s... Read more →

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Web site features deals at SM businesses

SM CHAMBER — In a first of its kind promotion that Chamber of Commerce officials hope will generate buzz for some of their members, five Santa Monica businesses this week will be featured by the Web site groupon.com, which promises “one ridiculously huge coupon each day.” For each of the 47 cities the site covers, the... Read more →

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Art fights AIDS in India

MAIN LIBRARY — When director Tom Keegan followed David Gere, Peter Carley and their two children to India in 2004 after Gere received a Fulbright scholarship to study the intersection of AIDS and art, he was uncertain about the direction his documentary of the trip, “Out in India” screening April 11 at the Santa Monica... Read more →

City Council

Council travel costs down

CITY HALL — In their roles representing the residents of Santa Monica, some members of the City Council occasionally find themselves far from home, conducting what’s considered “official City Hall business” in places as distant as France, Denmark, Mexico and Norway. Under the city’s charter, City Hall covers... Read more →

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Cops allege bartenders, patrons sold cocaine at The Joker 

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — After two months of investigation, state and local law enforcement officers served several search warrants here Wednesday, with a focus on a dive bar where at least two employees and customers sold undercover agents cocaine on four separate occasions, authorities said. Officers with the Santa Monica Police... Read more →

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Parents could be held liable for teenage drinking

MAIN LIBRARY — For many parents, stories in the newspaper about teens who have died after a night of drinking are sobering reminders of the tragic consequences underage alcohol consumption can have. While preventing deaths from teenage binge drinking is the main goal for public safety officials, pediatricians and others who regularly... Read more →

Crime

Samohi students busted with ninja knives

SAMOHI — Two students here have been arrested for allegedly bringing daggers, ninja stars and other weapons on campus, police said this week. The two male students, who were not identified because they are juveniles, were arrested after a school security officer spotted one of the boys with a suspicious metal object in his pocket.... Read more →

Crime

Hump chef free on bond

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — The sushi chef charged with selling endangered sei whale at The Hump is free today on a $5,000 bond as he and the owners of the restaurant await their chance to enter pleas in federal court. A representative with the Department of Justice said the owners of The Hump and chef Kiyoshiro Tamamoto, a 45-year-old... Read more →

Briefs

Volunteers needed for beach cleanup

Environmental watchdog Heal the Bay announced Tuesday that it is expanding the concept of Earth Day to Earth Month, participating in nearly 50 events countywide in April. The Santa Monica-based nonprofit has designed a series of outreach programs for schools, businesses and community organizations looking to preserve and improve... Read more →

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Carousel building could get new ‘onion dome’ ornament

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Pier could be getting a new flourish with the possible addition of an onion-shaped, aluminum dome to the top of the 96-year-old building that houses the popular carousel. Proponents of the plan say the dome will add a dose of whimsy to the pier while restoring a long-lost feature to the carousel structure, a... Read more →

City Council

Planners seek 11th hour input on LUCE

CITY HALL — For City Hall planners, it’s time for a toast. Having worked for more than four years on the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) — a general plan update that will govern development in Santa Monica over the next 25 years — they’re billing the final two workshops on the voluminous document as a... Read more →