Get your electric car charged on Route 66

DOWNTOWN — The Green Roadway Project takes an iconic American image — a car driving along winding roads, covering territory ranging from snowy mountains to crashing ocean waves — and adds more to the picture. A demonstration Wednesday at the Mobile station at Lincoln and Santa Monica boulevards evoked a vision of a world... Read more →

City Council

Massage parlors to offer easy access

CITY HALL — Massage businesses in Santa Monica will now be required to keep their doors unlocked during operating hours after the City Council on Tuesday voted to impose more stringent regulations on the parlors. The new policy, which is meant to better ensure safety in the event of a fire, was one of a handful of changes authorized to... Read more →


Annenberg Community Beach House swings into summer

The Annenberg Community Beach House is celebrating summer with a full schedule of activities and events. Located just north of the Santa Monica Pier, the beach house boasts a swimming pool, play area and gardens. This summer pool passes on Monday are reduced to $1 from 10 a.m. until noon. Fitness classes such as yoga, beach tennis and beach... Read more →


Brokers address multiple vacancies

DOWNTOWN — As vacancies continue popping up along commercial districts in Santa Monica, city officials are looking for ways to help landlords and tenants weather the financial storm. City Hall on Tuesday gathered a crowd of commercial brokers, landlords and representatives of various Business Improvement Districts for a roundtable... Read more →


Pier concert series returns for 25th year

SM PIER — Get your dancing shoes on because the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Dance Series is back for its 25th year. A summer tradition, concerts begin July 2 and run every Thursday night from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. through September. This summer’s series presents a variety of eclectic sounds from around the world, including... Read more →


Local newspaper hit with false advertising claims

CITY HALL — Newspapers might hold themselves out as disseminators of the truth but one local publication is in hot water for allegedly engaging in false advertising. The City Attorney’s Office on Tuesday announced it filed an unlawful business practices lawsuit against David Ganezer, the publisher of the Santa Monica Observer,... Read more →


Summer SOULstice back for ninth year

The ninth annual Main Street Summer SOULstice returns to Santa Monica Sunday with 20 bands and a new circus show. Concerts will run all day on seven different stages. Performers include several tribute bands such as The Neil Deal, Petty Theft and Heartless and Coachella 2009 performers Helios Jive and BLVD. DJ Steven Prior will provide... Read more →


Two quakes shake SM Mountains

SM MOUNTAINS — Two small earthquakes shook the Santa Monica Mountains near Malibu Saturday night, according to the Caltech Seismological Laboratory. The first, a magnitude 2.8, hit about six miles northwest of Malibu at 8:39 p.m. Just 45 seconds later, a second quake of magnitude 2.6 hit about one mile west of the first. The quakes... Read more →


Whale heads north after lingering off Los Angeles

MARINA DEL REY — A stray gray whale has headed north after spending weeks lingering in the waters here. Marine biologist Peter Wallerstein said Sunday that he and a county Baywatch crew watched the young California gray accompanied by about 50 bottlenose dolphins head northwest past Venice and Santa Monica. Wallerstein says the group... Read more →

City Council

In case of an emergency

<i>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... Read more →


Another one bites the dust

SUNSET PARK — Husband-and-wife team Andrew MacDonald and Irene Coray decided to take a risk — pack up their highly successful 17-year-old bookstore in the middle of bustling Dupont Circle and take their chances in Santa Monica where the people are well-read but the weather is more inviting. They figured that even at a 50... Read more →


Heated debate

Dear EarthTalk: Don’t some scientists point to sunspots and solar wind as having more impact on climate change than human industrial activity? — David Noss, California, MD Sunspots are storms on the sun’s surface that are marked by intense magnetic activity and play host to solar flares and hot gassy ejections from the... Read more →


Here comes the rush

SMC — Teachers on the first day of summer school classes today may find far more students in their rooms than they bargained for, and more that never signed up. Many high school students enrolled at SMC to take classes over the summer to get credits out of the way, fulfill graduation requirements or simply to boost grade point... Read more →


Swimming, sunbathing and smog-catching

CITYWIDE — Starting today, Santa Monica kids can trash can relay, putt for points and bottle bowl their way to saving the environment. The Clean Air Olympics — which includes these tasks and many more — is just one activity available to kids at Camp Santa Monica through the O24U curriculum. O24U activities like making smog... Read more →