Billboards get held in check

CITYWIDE — As the debate on billboards in Los Angeles drags on, activists are using Santa Monica as the shining star of municipal sign policy. Los Angeles stemmed a growing flood of visual clutter in 2002 when the City Council passed a billboard moratorium, banning the construction of new billboards. It was immediately attacked by... Read more →


Pico improvements stalled — again

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The long-awaited project to aesthetically revitalize a barren stretch of 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard will have to wait a while more. About a decade after residents first approached City Hall about sprucing up the two corridors from the I-10 Freeway to Pico Boulevard, the City Council earlier this week... Read more →


Super goes from interim to permanent

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Tim Cuneo, a former education consultant who arrived here last summer to take over a district that had gone through a series of major personnel changes and challenges, is expected to be named the next superintendent. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced on Friday that the Board of Education will... Read more →


District looks into sexual harassment allegation

KANSAS AVENUE — School district officials plan to launch an investigation into a sexual harassment allegation involving a male teacher at Edison Language Academy and two female colleagues. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was notified several weeks ago that an instructor reportedly made an anti-gay comment to the... Read more →


Friends identify Web site GM as crash victim

SM AIRPORT — The head of a popular aviation Web site was one of two victims who perished in a fatal plane crash here on Wednesday night, according to friends and colleagues. The forum for was flooded with messages of condolences on Thursday as news spread that Paulo Emanuele, the site’s general manager, died when... Read more →


Gonna put it in the want ads

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. <!-- LPSH -->Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 11:35 a.m., Santa Monica vice officers contacted a woman offering sexual services in exchange for money. The... Read more →


Heavy hitters coming to Santa Monica’s Broad Stage

11th STREET — Musical icons Dave Grusin and Lee Ritenour debut their latest classical crossover venture “Amparo” at the Broad Stage on Saturday. Grammy nominated “Amparo” — the follow up to Grusin and Ritenour’s successful 2000 release of “Two Worlds” — is the brainchild of Chris... Read more →


The gift that keeps on giving

Upward Bound House, a leading provider of housing and supportive services to homeless families in Los Angeles, accepted $100,000 that will help support the construction of an emergency shelter in Culver City for families with children. The gift was given by longtime supporters Robert and Marion Wilson, who helped found Upward Bound... Read more →

City Council

Apartment smoking ban now official

CITY HALL — Lighting up cigarettes in common areas of multi-unit residences is now prohibited. The council adopted on second reading an ordinance to ban tobacco in common areas of apartments and condominium complexes, adding to a growing list of anti-smoking laws in the city. Ordinances go through a two-step process before they are... Read more →

City Council

Cirque returns to American roots

CITY HALL — After a nine-year absence, the surreal sights and sounds of Cirque du Soleil will return to the city where it made its American debut and first experienced commercial success, helping launch a more than two-decade career entertaining audiences across the globe. The City Council on Tuesday authorized City Manager Lamont... Read more →

City Council

Council declares seat vacant

CITY HALL — The search for the seventh member of the City Council has officially begun. Nearly three weeks after Councilmember and former Mayor Herb Katz died, his colleagues declared the late architect’s seat vacant, a step that is required to launch the process to appoint a replacement. Candidates, who must be registered voters... Read more →


Fiery crash causes frustrating commute

INTERSTATE 10 — Drivers trying to make their way east out of Santa Monica on Wednesday were faced with a frustrating commute with cars backed up for miles because of a fiery crash that shut down several lanes of the Santa Monica Freeway. Motorists took to side streets heading east, causing gridlock on major thoroughfares like Olympic... Read more →


Huge turnout for homeless count

CITYWIDE — For more than 200 volunteers, a long night had just began. Just before 10 p.m. on Tuesday, the Ken Edwards Center on Fourth Street was packed with volunteers who gathered to participate in the Santa Monica homeless count for 2009. For the first time, City Hall conducted a complete homeless count covering all of the... Read more →


Two die in crash at SM airport

SM AIRPORT — A small plane carrying a pair of passengers crashed upon takeoff here Wednesday, killing both onboard. City officials said that the single-engine craft was attempting to fly out of Santa Monica Airport shortly after 5 p.m. when the pilot reported engine trouble to the control tower. As the pilot attempted to land, the... Read more →


A day in the life: Patrick Nulty, Santa Monica firefighter

Editor’s note: Have you ever wondered what it would be like to walk in another person’s shoes? The Daily Press presents a series of interviews with local workers to find out what their typical day is like, from a bus driver to a short-order cook, fireman to taxi driver. CITY YARDS — Dense gray clouds of smoke billowed... Read more →