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Harsh words, but no fine for illegal signs

CITY HALL — Pacific Park is getting a “notice of violation” for flaunting City Hall’s sign ordinance, but won’t have to pay up for its offense. The Santa Monica Code Compliance department was planning to issue the notice, which serves as a written warning, to the amusement park operator on Tuesday for displaying... Read more →

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Half-marathon would raise money for school athletics

CITY HALL — Following a successful Los Angeles Marathon that ended in Downtown Santa Monica for the first time on March 21, officials here are continuing to hold talks with organizers who hope to give Santa Monica a race all its own. The proposed event would be shorter, but its 13-mile course would be entirely within Santa Monica and... Read more →


Market to get ‘dragnet’ barriers

DOWNTOWN — Nearly seven years after an 86-year-old man killed 10 people and injured 63 more by driving his car through a crowded Farmers’ Market in Downtown, City Hall officials are proposing a new road blockade system they say will make the markets safer. The new proposal calls for City Hall to purchase 12 “Dragnet Vehicle... Read more →


Fresh and raw

Dear EarthTalk A friend with many minor health problems recently switched to a diet of only raw plant foods and reports feeling much better. She also insists her new eating habits are better for the environment. Does this make sense or is the strange diet making her crazy? Phil C. Reno, Nev. A raw foods diet typically consists of unprocessed... Read more →


Tourism remains strong locally

DOWNTOWN — Although Santa Monica has not made it through the recent recession unharmed, one local industry — tourism — continues to perform at a fairly consistent level. While other parts of the country are listing 50 percent decreases in tourism revenues, Santa Monica is making it through with much less... Read more →


L.A. Marathon doesn’t produce expected bounty

DOWNTOWN — Streets were slammed with runners and spectators, giving the impression that businesses were benefiting from the influx, but the Los Angeles Marathon didn’t bring the boon that some merchants had hoped for. In interviews with the Daily Press, several local businesses reported no significant spike in sales on Sunday,... Read more →


Leaving a lasting legacy

DOWNTOWN — For 50 years, the Santa Monica Playhouse has persevered as a multiple award-winning and well-recognized theatre company that has produced over 500 shows and received an abundance of rave reviews. “I think it has made a tremendous contribution to the arts in Santa Monica, in particular in terms of developing the... Read more →


Nurses’ billboard ad draws hospital’s ire

MID-CITY — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center kicked their labor dispute with hospital management up a notch this week, placing a billboard ad on Santa Monica Boulevard that questions their leadership’s commitment to Catholic social justice. Nurses at Saint John’s who favor unionization have long been at odds with... Read more →


Bus fare hike troubling to SMC officials

CITY HALL A plan to raise Big Blue Bus fares has been delayed after officials at Santa Monica College raised concerns that the proposed price hike could mean the end of its free bus ride program for students and staff. The City Council had been scheduled to consider raising bus fares this week, but the item was pulled from the agenda after... Read more →


Fundraising efforts save concert series

SM PIER — With $133,000 raised in the past two and a half weeks from City Hall contributions, private donations and sponsorship deals, Santa Monica Pier officials are planning at least seven free concerts this summer. The Pier Restoration Corp.’s board on Wednesday voted to approve the concerts, collectively known as the annual... Read more →


Suspect busted for stealing beer

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, March 17, at 7:46 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2300 block of Ocean Park Boulevard — Lee’s Market —... Read more →


Carousel ticket prices doubled

Ticket prices at the popular carousel at the Santa Monica Pier will double for most riders beginning May 1, after the City Council decided Tuesday night that City Hall can no longer afford to subsidize the attraction. Prices will increase from $1 per ride to $2 for those at least 15 years old, and the price for kids ages 3 to 14 will be $1... Read more →

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City Council endorses school parcel tax

CITY HALL — Supporters of the “emergency” parcel tax to help fund local public schools received a boost Tuesday night when the City Council unanimously endorsed the measure. Measure A, which would generate roughly $5.7 million annually, will appear on a May 25 special mail-in ballot election. The measure is intended to help... Read more →


City Hall uses YouTube to entice Google

CYBERSPACE — It might be a bit corny, but it’s catchy. Tech-savvy City Hall has released a one-minute, 48-second video on YouTube featuring a singer/songwriter and his acoustic guitar as he belts out a ballad in front of Internet giant Google’s offices on Arizona Avenue, all in an attempt to win a high-speed Internet... Read more →