Grant to help 40 homeless

Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) has been awarded a grant of nearly $1.7 million from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its work in providing housing subsidies for the chronically homeless population in Santa Monica and the Westside of Los Angeles, officials with the group said. The competitive grant is part of... Read more →


Gang graffiti spotted near park

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — A disturbing reminder that tension still exists between local gangs surfaced Sunday morning when residents living near Virginia Avenue Park awoke to find threatening gang graffiti scrawled on a wall between 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard. Police said the graffiti specifically called out a Santa Monica gang... Read more →

City Council

Planning Commission urges new fines for rogue owners

CITY HALL — The Planning Commission has recommended creating new penalties for developers who fail to abide by affordable housing rules, an action sparked by recent revelations some local landlords did not verify income eligibility before leasing low-income units while others failed to provide promised units altogether. The commission... Read more →


Save Our Schools tops $1M, plans celebration

Supporters of local public schools have raised more than $1 million to help save teachers’ jobs and close the funding gap for the upcoming school year, organizers with the Save Our Schools campaign said this week. A celebration marking the end of the campaign is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Santa Monica... Read more →


School district seeking new personnel commissioner

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking applications for appointment to the Personnel Commission.  Applications are now being accepted for the Personnel Commission vacancy, which becomes available on Dec. 1, 2010. The appointment will be for a three-year term.  The Personnel Commission is the public body... Read more →


Airport activists to meet with Waxman

WEST L.A. — City Hall officials and a group of residents concerned about noise and safety impacts at Santa Monica Airport are set to meet with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30th District) today to lobby for a full environmental review of any potential flight path changes the FAA may propose at SMO. The FAA in July completed a six-month test of a... Read more →

City Council

City Council to approve beach restroom upgrade

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


LaVette replaces Taylor as TDS act

SM PIER — Despite the cancellation of former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor for next week’s Twilight Dance Series, concert organizers have secured soul singer Bettye LaVette to take his place during the free show. Taylor, who cited management and health issues for his cancellation, informed Santa Monica Pier officials last week that... Read more →


School lunch rules released

The SMMUSD on Monday released income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals for students. Parents can now apply for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Children who receive Food Stamp (FS), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP), or... Read more →


Keeping cotton clean

Dear EarthTalk I always thought cotton was eco-friendly, but I recently heard otherwise. What’s so bad about cotton? And where can I find organic cotton clothing? Jamie Hunter Twin Falls, ID There’s a lot “bad” about |conventionally grown cotton — cotton grown with the aid of synthetic chemicals, that is. The... Read more →


SMC looks to reverse Emeritus cuts

SMC — Reacting to complaints about the loss of exercise classes at Emeritus College, college officials are exploring options to reinstate the classes, possibly charging students a fee. Two sections of yoga, one section of tai chi and one section of aerobics were cut from the senior citizen program’s fall schedule in response to... Read more →


New mall draws large crowd on opening day

DOWNTOWN — Thousands flocked to Santa Monica Place’s grand re-opening Friday to be among the first to experience the open-air, upscale shopping venue and possibly get their hands on a variety of free gift cards. The 540,000 square foot mall re-opened after two-and-a-half years and $265 million worth of renovations. The three... Read more →

City Council

Review of SMPD investigation to cost $250 per hour

CITY HALL — An independent review of a recent Santa Monica Police Department investigation into whether school board member Oscar de la Torre committed child endangerment in connection with a fist fight between two teenagers is expected to begin this week, City Manager Rod Gould said on Friday. Gould ordered the review after... Read more →


SMRR leadership backs three more of its own

DOWNTOWN — The political party Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights will back full slates of candidates for all races in November’s election, adding incumbent Councilwoman Pam O’Connor and incumbent school board members Oscar de la Torre and Ralph Mechur to the list of candidates with official SMRR support, leaders of... Read more →