City Council

Esplanade design contract up for approval

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public discussion in... Read more →


Public art honored

It seems that Santa Monica’s public art is drawing national attention. Last week, City Hall’s public art program was recognized by Americans for the Arts, the leading national professional arts service organization, for all three projects submitted for the “Year in Review.” The projects were among the 47 the jury... Read more →


Solar Alliance students earn national recognition

SMMUSD HDQTRS — When Charlotte Biren and Jenna Perelman approached the dais to accept a commendation from the Board of Education on behalf of the Santa Monica High School Solar Alliance for its work inspiring district kids to spare the air by biking, walking or busing to school, they were thrilled and honored for their work to be... Read more →


Think twice about spray sunscreens

Dear EarthTalk Isn’t spray sunscreen a health and environmental nightmare when it seems that more of the sunscreen ends up going up my nose than on the kid at the beach next to me? Lillian Robertson Methuen, Mass. Spray cans of sunscreen may no longer contain chlorofluorocarbons (also known as CFCs, which were phased out in the 1990s... Read more →


Donald Sutherland, bicyclist collide

SANTA MONICA BLVD — The conflict between bicyclists and those who drive Santa Monica’s streets has claimed an accomplished character actor. Donald Sutherland, who played Hawkeye Pierce in the movie“MASH”, was driving out of an alley in the 1200 block of Santa Monica Boulevard around 2:45 p.m. Thursday when his SUV... Read more →


Relax, but don’t be a victim

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Summer’s here and the time is right for a vacation. But just because you and your family may be taking a break doesn’t mean criminals do as well. The Santa Monica Police Department wants to remind residents to keep their homes and personal property secured while getting some R and R. “By taking... Read more →


Petition to put the kibosh on flavored milk

DOUGLAS PARK — Harriet Fraser, Christine Goddard and Beth Ricanati spent one of their first days of summer at Douglas Park on Wilshire Boulevard. It was a perfect Friday. The marine layer had burned off just an hour or two before, leaving the temperature at a comfortable 68 degrees and wispy white clouds streaking across a deep blue... Read more →


There’s more to it than parking

CITY HALL — Parking, ever the touchstone issue in densely-developed Santa Monica, has been a major talking point at Planning Commission and City Council meetings over past months. It has been the subject of ferocious debates, at the heart of which are two major players — Saint John’s Health Center and Equity Office... Read more →


Boston mob boss was hiding in plain sight

SANTA MONICA — As the FBI chased leads on two continents, Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger spent nearly all of his 16 years on the lam in this quiet seaside city, passing himself off as just another elderly retiree, albeit one who kept a .357 Magnum and more than 100 rounds of ammunition in his modest... Read more →

City Council

City officials raise concerns about conflicts

CITY HALL — At every City Council meeting, without fail, at least one citizen will use their duly allotted two minutes of public comment to accuse one or more city officials of corruption and conflicts of interest. As fate would have it, some of them might be right. City Attorney Marsha Moutrie asked the City Council for direction... Read more →


Mileage rates increase by 4.5 cents

Due to a significant increase in gas prices, the Internal Revenue Service announced that the optional standard mileage rates will increase for business purposes from 51 cents to 55.5 cents a mile until Dec. 31, 2011. Rates for computing medical and moving mileage rates have also increased by 4.5 cents, up to 23.5 cents a mile from... Read more →


Summer Soulstice heats up Main Street

DOWNTOWN — This weekend, historic Main Street will be transformed as it hosts Santa Monica’s 11th annual Summer Soulstice and sidewalk sale, a two-day event where vendors will line the street and over 20 bands will perform. The Soulstice is said to be the largest free single-day outdoor music event in SoCal, according to... Read more →


People say Bulger liked to visit Santa Monica Pier

SM PIER — Although some have described fugitive Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger as a recluse, he apparently did enjoy hanging out at the historic Santa Monica Pier, where one man says he recognized Bulger in 2008 and contacted the television show “America’s Most Wanted.” Keith Messina of Las Vegas... Read more →