City Council eases restrictions on outdoor signs

MAIN STREET — For the last 18 months, Frank Strauss, owner of the Fedora Primo hat shop on Pier Avenue just off of Main Street, has put out a rack of hats and a small sign to attract business into his store. The sign, which simply reads “Hats,” and the rack are both positioned within Strauss’ property line, although... Read more →


Gold’s Gym trainer dies in Ocean Ave crash

OCEAN AVE — A former Ford model and trainer at Gold’s Gym in Venice was taken off life support and died Thursday morning after suffering critical injuries when she was hit by a tourist while riding her motorcycle on Ocean Avenue, police said. Investigators said alcohol played a role in the accident, which occurred Saturday night... Read more →


Bloom kicks off state assembly race with fundraiser

SMO — Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom will begin his bid for the State Assembly, District 41 with a fundraiser at the Santa Monica Art Studios on June 5. The seat is currently held by former Santa Monica Board of Education member Julia Brownley, who will be termed out by the 2012 election. It covers the coast as far north as Port... Read more →


Collaboration to combat youth violence making progress

CITYWIDE — Few could argue that City Hall and the multitude of nonprofits that function here ignore the needs of the youngest members of the community. There exist programs for every kind of age group, problem area and demographic, which tend to pop up like mushrooms after a rain when a major act of violence or tragedy occurs. But... Read more →

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SMPD makes good on OIR suggestions

CITY HALL — Santa Monica police Chief Tim Jackman released an update on the department’s progress in reviewing its investigation and reporting standards in the wake of a botched probe of a school board member accused of child endangerment. The paper, released on City Hall’s website on Tuesday, summarized the actions the... Read more →


Big Blue Bus routes to change

CITY HALL — Big Blue Bus officials revealed the first of three rounds of proposed changes to remove inefficiencies and get the system ready for the arrival of light rail and the thousands of new passengers it expects within the next three years. On Tuesday, City Council members were asked to vote only on changes to service, which... Read more →


City officials contemplate going own way on homeless

CITY HALL — The City Council got more than it bargained for in a study session on homelessness Tuesday when Human Services officials suggested it might be time to end a long-standing relationship with a coalition of homeless service providers in Los Angeles County. Santa Monica belongs to the Los Angeles Homeless Services... Read more →


Meet Santa Monica’s heroes

At the Santa Monica Festival Saturday, several residents were recognized for their contributions to making the city a better place to live as part of the “Community Heroes” program, a partnership between City Hall and the Human Relations Council. “In their own way, each of these community heroes has been contributing to our... Read more →


RAND study: Depressed patients less likely to take medication

CIVIC CENTER — People suffering from depression are less likely to stick to a medication regimen to treat chronic health problems, putting them at increased risk of more serious health issues, according to a study released Tuesday by the Santa Monica-based RAND Corp. The study found that depressed patients suffering from chronic... Read more →


Board appoints new superintendent

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School board members voted unanimously Monday night to hire Sandra Lyon as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s new superintendent. Lyon hails from the Palmdale School District, where she spent two years as the chief leadership officer, which entailed supervising, guiding and disciplining the... Read more →


Expo design process gets going

CIVIC CENTER — Exposition Construction Authority and design-builder Skanska/Rados representatives played to a packed crowd at the Civic Center Monday night to describe the project and elicit community input for the second phase of the Expo Light Rail line, which will terminate in Santa Monica. It wasn’t clear if they achieved... Read more →


Meals on Wheels a finalist

Santa Monica-based Meals on Wheels West, which provides food and services for those confined to their home because of a disability, has a chance to win a free car from Toyota as part of the car company’s “100 Cars for Good” program. Meals on Wheels currently has no vehicle for the local chapter, said RoseMary Regalbuto,... Read more →


Cops bust clerks for selling booze to minors

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Two sales clerks and several adults were cited during sting operations involving minors looking to purchase alcohol, authorities said Monday. Underage decoys attempted to buy booze from 36 businesses in Santa Monica during the “minor decoy operation,” and 44 adults were approached and asked to... Read more →