City Council

City Hall to take first step on freeway capping plan

CITY HALL — Today it’s the traffic clogged intersection of the I-10 Freeway and Pacific Coast Highway, but City Hall officials think they can turn it into a green open area that will help revitalize the Civic Center. City Council is set to approve on Tuesday the first step in an ambitious, multi-year proposal to enclose the I-10... Read more →

News

Locals come together to aid Haitians

DOWNTOWN — Doctors and nurses with Santa Monica-based International Medical Corps are on the ground in Haiti providing treatment to the thousands who were injured during the 7.0-magnitude earthquake that devastated the island nation Tuesday. The International Medical Corps’ Emergency Response Team is in Port-au-Prince assisting... Read more →

Education

School board to put tax on ballot

SMMUSD HDQRTS — Voters in Santa Monica and Malibu will be asked in May to approve an “emergency” parcel tax to help district schools cope with reduced support for education from the state government. Facing a $12 million projected deficit and having already reduced this year’s budget by $4.5 million, the Santa... Read more →

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Hybrid truck maker to ink deal with Port of L.A.

SUNSET PARK — Forced to dramatically reduce emissions, the Port of Los Angeles plans to purchase hydrogen fuel cell, hybrid-electric trucks from a Santa Monica-based firm. The heavy-duty-big-rigs from Vision Industries (www.visionmotorcorp.com), which moved to Sunset Park earlier this month, will be tested to evaluate their durability... Read more →

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In relief of Haiti

A pair of local eateries have agreed to host fundraisers to assist the Red Cross’ ongoing recovery efforts in the wake of a major earthquake in Haiti. The Pourtal Wine Bar is donating 25 percent of its wine tasting sales to the Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross Haitian relief effort on Tuesday, Jan. 19 from 7 p.m. until... Read more →

Briefs

Free parking for Genser memorial

While the late Mayor Ken Genser would have most likely preferred it if you walked or rode the bus (he was a major proponent of alternative transit), City Hall is offering free parking for the memorial service paying tribute to Santa Monica’s longest-serving elected official. The memorial for Genser, who passed away Saturday at the age... Read more →

Environment

City buys electric car from former adversary

CITY HALL — The man who was once targeted by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office for allegedly selling electric cars without permission is now doing business with City Hall, and last month delivered a fully electric pickup truck for use in the city’s fleet. Last year, City Hall lawyers spent about six months trying to... Read more →

News

CIty takes steps to curb pier pigeons

SM PIER — For pigeons, the Santa Monica Pier has long been something akin to easy street, where even the beta males seem to get fat and happy off discarded pizza crust and fallen churros. But the times are changing and Santa Monica is taking a more aggressive stand against the birds, which studies have shown contribute to poor water... Read more →

Crime

Sears still popular with shoplifters

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. Sunday, Jan. 10, at 5:43 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a theft suspect... Read more →

City Council

Ready, set, Glow

CITY HALL — Planning is underway for the second installment of Glow, Santa Monica’s signature, dawn-to-dusk art event that drew roughly 200,000 people to the Santa Monica Pier and beach in the summer of 2008 to experience exhibits that lit up the night sky. Jessica Cusick, City Hall’s cultural affairs manager, said she... Read more →

News

Four face trial for Brumfield murder

DOWNTOWN — Four suspected gang members charged with the beating death of a Santa Monica man will stand trial after a Superior Court judge last week found there was enough evidence to move forward with the case. Assisted by court-approved wire taps, Santa Monica police officers in October of last year arrested Sammy Murphy, 50; Gwindon... Read more →

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Roadhouse still in limbo, but both sides negotiating

SM CANYON — A legal dispute between the owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse and his landlord is nearing an out-of-court settlement, but there appear to be few options left for keeping the historic restaurant in business long term. Lee and Christine Benchay, who own the property on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Santa Monica where... Read more →

Education

Kuehl to launch public policy institute at SMC

SMC — Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl was hired Tuesday by the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to create a public policy institute at the school with hopes of providing residents with nonpartisan reports on key economic, social and political issues come election time. Kuehl, who represented Santa Monica and other Westside... Read more →

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Event aims to boost sales on Main Street

MAIN STREET — After a dismal year for retailers, Main Street merchants are grasping for ways to boost sales. This month, they’re banding together to launch “Last Fridays,” on Jan. 29. Participating stores will be staying open late and holding special events to bring in customers. The event is planned to take place the... Read more →

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Report: Santa Monica Bay gets cleaner

SM BAY — Santa Monica Bay beaches are safer for swimming than they were five years ago, but water quality remains poor during winter months, the latest report from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission said. Problems like contaminated fish, threatened wildlife populations and trash in the ocean remain persistent concerns,... Read more →