More cars set on fire

DOWNTOWN — It looks like there’s an arsonist on the loose. The Santa Monica Arson Task Force is asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a series of car fires believed to have been intentionally set by a vandal, the latest two fires occurring Monday in the 1700 block of Franklin Street.  All five fires... Read more →

City Council

Redevelopment agency enjoys better bond rating

CITY HALL — While the recession has led to the downgrading of bond ratings for agencies across the state, two local redevelopment project zones in Santa Monica are enjoying a rare pat on the back. Fitch Ratings recently upgraded the bond status for the Ocean Park Redevelopment Agency, which in the past was involved in the Sea Colony and... Read more →


Continuing a tradition of art and culture

CITYWIDE — Arts and culture are about to receive a welcomed boost in funding following City Hall’s announcement Monday that it has approved grants for 19 local organizations in the amount of $90,000 and change through the Community Access and Participation Grants Program. To receive funding, each applicant had to demonstrate a... Read more →


Hotel project likely to face uphill battle

DOWNTOWN — While still in the infancy stages, a hotel project in development-weary Santa Monica could face an uphill battle of opposition from residents. Maxser and Co., which owns a seven-story historically landmarked commercial tower at 710 Wilshire Blvd., just last month got a glimpse of what resistance may come when Santa Monica... Read more →


Green Revolution’s legacy quite costly

Dear EarthTalk: What effects do fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides used on residential lawns or on farms have on nearby water bodies like rivers, streams — or even the ocean for those of us who live near the shore? — Linda Reddington, Manahawkin, NJ With the advent of the so-called Green Revolution in the second half of... Read more →

City Council

The greening continues

CITY HALL — It’s seen in the low-emission parking enforcement vehicles, the water conservation initiatives and solid waste diversion targets, the products of an aggressive plan aimed at making sustainability a regular component of city life. Half a dozen years after the creation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan (SCP),... Read more →


Fourth of July parade hits Main

Saturday is America’s birthday and to celebrate the Ocean Park Association is presenting the third annual Santa Monica Fourth of July Parade. The parade will begin at 9:30 a.m. at the Civic Center. Pre-registration is required. Parking<p> Those planning to attend, there is parking for $3 in the Civic Center garage and surface... Read more →


Court ruling could impact promenade performers

DOWNTOWN — A recent U.S. appellate court decision ruling that a law regulating street performers in Seattle violates the First Amendment has prompted city officials in Santa Monica to evaluate the implications locally. The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has been in close contact with Seattle city officials since the ruling... Read more →


From gas guzzlers to money savers

CITYWIDE — Sitting in bumper-to-bumper traffic it might feel as though all of Los Angeles is on the roads, but a recent report from the State Board of Equalization shows that gas consumption is down, and has been for the past three years. According to the figures for January through March of 2009, Californians used 213 million... Read more →


Homework policy in the works

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Despite months spent overhauling the district’s homework policy, a new set of guidelines might not be ready in time for the start of the school year after a concerned Board of Education on Wednesday sent a draft version back to its staff for more tinkering. The board had issues with a number of areas, including a... Read more →


Housing Venice’s most vulnerable homeless

VENICE — Somewhere on the streets lives a 59-year-old man who once served his country in the armed forces, today fighting a different kind of enemy — cancer, hepatitis C and kidney and liver diseases. Out of all the homeless individuals living in Venice, he’s considered to be the most at risk of dying. He is just one of... Read more →


Ocean water quality info available online

The Department of Public Health reminds L.A. residents to visit or call (800) 525-5662 before heading to the beach. Ocean water is tested up to five times a week in order to provide up-to-date reports on water quality and sewage spills. “Accurate knowledge about the cleanliness of L.A. County beaches... Read more →


What a switch: Woman bites dog

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. Wednesday, June 24, at 5:15 p.m., Officers responded to the 2600 block of 11th Street regarding an assault and battery that just occurred. While en-route,... Read more →


A recipe for barbequing success

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, many Southern Californians might be dusting off their grill and preparing to spend the holiday weekend enjoying picnics at the beach, or barbequing in the backyard. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health would like to remind cooks that combining warm temperatures and the great outdoors... Read more →