News

City leaders celebrate opening of water treatment facility

WEST L.A. — City staff and notables celebrated the opening of the Santa Monica Water Treatment plant Thursday with an ambitious new goal — to make Santa Monica self-sufficient for water by 2020. The event marked the end of a 15-year saga that began when methyl tert-butyl ether, or MTBE, was found in the water supply, the... Read more →

Briefs

Help wanted at the beach

The Santa Monica Conservancy is looking for a few volunteers to serve as docents for the Annenberg Community Beach House off Pacific Coast Highway. Volunteers will be asked to attend three lectures and on-site training and dedicate at least six hours per month to giving free public tours of the former estate of silent film actress Marion... Read more →

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Clearer skies ahead for Santa Monica’s tourism industry

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica’s hotels are nearly 85 percent full and the price per room is rising to levels not seen since before the great recession of 2008, good news for City Hall, retailers and restaurants, many of whom rely heavily on the estimated $1 billion spent by visitors annually. The city by the sea is fairing far better... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD supe warns against ‘sabotage’

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Superintendent Tim Cuneo warned school board members in a confidential memo of possible trouble from three former Special Education Program Task Force members he predicted would “sabotage” district negotiations with City Hall concerning funding from Measures Y and YY, a half cent sales tax increase approved... Read more →

Crime

Cops searching for suspected rapists

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Cops are on the hunt for two men who allegedly approached a woman with a gun, jumped in her car and sexually assaulted her. Santa Monica police said the victim was stopped at a red light at the corner of 26th Street and Colorado Avenue around 4 a.m. on Feb. 19 when two Latino men approached. One pulled a gun... Read more →

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Judge dismisses challenge to Expo Light Rail

DOWNTOWN — A coalition of Westside homeowners were disappointed Tuesday when a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissed all challenges to an environmental study for the Santa Monica portion of the Expo Light Rail line project. In the decision, Judge Thomas McKnew countered each of the objections raised by the Neighbors for Smart Rail... Read more →

Government

Renters to receive $20K from U.S. Bank

10TH STREET — The City Attorney’s Office reached a $20,000 settlement last week with U.S. Bank after tenants of a Santa Monica rental property accused the corporation of harassment. Tenants from a property on the 1400 block of 10th Street first filed a complaint against the bank in April 2010, claiming that bank representatives... Read more →

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Santa Monica Place goes artisan with The Market

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monicans who frequent Farmers’ Markets looking for the freshest ingredients will soon have another spot to indulge in creative culinary pursuits. Gourmet cheeses, artisan breads and hand-painted chocolates are just some of the treats that will be available beginning May 20 when The Market at Santa Monica Place... Read more →

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Bayside District gets a makeover

DOWNTOWN — After nearly two years of study, the Bayside District Corporation will take its final steps this month to embrace its new identity — Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. The new name better represents the goals and mission of the corporation, said Kathleen Rawson, chief executive officer of the district. Few visitors... Read more →

City Council

Buses to receive engine work

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 →

Environment

High speed gains momentum

Dear EarthTalk: Vice-President Joe Biden just announced a commitment by the Obama administration of $53 billion to high speed rail. Isn’t it about time? Why is the U.S. so far behind other nations in developing environmentally friendly public transportation? Diane A., Boston, Mass. There are many reasons why public transit... Read more →

Crime

Homeless man dies following crash

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A 64-year-old homeless man who was hit by a car last week while walking across Ocean Avenue has died as a result of his injuries, Santa Monica police said Monday. The man, who is yet to be identified, was transported to a local hospital in critical condition on Feb. 15 around 3:20 a.m., said SMPD Sgt. Jay... Read more →

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Friends mourn local yachters killed by pirates

ST. MONICA — Four American yachters killed by Somali pirates early Tuesday were longtime sailors whose passion for the high seas outweighed any fear of the risks, friends said. The yacht’s owners, Jean and Scott Adam of Marina del Rey near Los Angeles, along with Bob Riggle and Phyllis Macay of Seattle, were shot to death after... Read more →