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 →


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 →


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 →


Board approves potential teacher layoffs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education approved a resolution Wednesday giving it the ability to eliminate nearly 12 positions before the next school year. The cuts depend on the state of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s financial health, which has been threatened by lower enrollment figures, loss of state funds... Read more →


Community weighs in on massive development

BERGAMOT STATION — Planning commissioners praised the consensus and thoughtful ideas elicited from over 100 citizens eager to put in their two cents concerning the future development surrounding the light rail hub at Bergamot Station. Santa Monica residents chimed in on a variety of topics, including density levels of housing and... Read more →


Police seek passenger in deadly car wreck

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are attempting to find the passenger in the Camaro that was involved in the Feb. 12 accident that killed a 23-year-old motorist. Sgt. Jay Trisler said the driver of the Camaro told investigators that there was a male passenger in the car with him at the time of the accident. “We are... Read more →


Last chance to comment on VA master plan

WEST L.A. — Saturday is the last day for citizens to comment on the draft of a new master plan for the Veteran’s Administration campus. The draft plan is meant to guide the physical development of the campus for the next 25 to 50 years, said Erik Gutierrez, public affairs representative for the VA of Greater Los Angeles Health... Read more →


Where art meets music

BROAD STAGE — What is it about String Theory that seems to have everyone all a twitter? Is it the canopy of sound that emanates from the unusually large-scale, invented and completely original instruments? Is it the unique way in which the extended length of the strings generates a visual physicality incorporating the dance and... Read more →


Password protected

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. Sunday, Feb. 13, at 3:15 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were walking in the area of the 2900 block of Fourth Street when they saw a man looking into... Read more →


Bike activists say accidents on the rise

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica bicyclists and pedestrians reported nearly 1,000 collisions in the last five years according to data released at the Santa Monica Bike Committee meeting on Wednesday evening. According to Santa Monica Police Department records requested by Santa Monica Spoke member Mihai Peteu, bicyclists and pedestrians... Read more →


School board considers cuts to teaching staff

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Board of Education at tonight’s meeting will consider eliminating six elementary teaching positions and nearly as many nursing jobs in an effort to hedge against potential revenue reductions. Deborah Moore Washington, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District assistant superintendent of human resources,... Read more →


State fines convalescent home for death of resident

The California Department of Public Health fined a Santa Monica nursing home $100,000 after an investigation concluded that inadequate care led to the death of a patient in 2009. According to a report by the CDPH, a 60-year-old male residing at the Goldstar Rehabilitation and Nursing Center choked to death in April 2009 when an employee at... Read more →


Council axes commitment to commission meetings

MAIN LIBRARY — The Santa Monica City Council ended a long-standing practice of sending council members to board and commission meetings for fear of prompting litigation at its retreat Sunday. In a 5-2 vote, the council passed a resolution to end the current liaison system, and further directed staff to create a formal policy... Read more →


Dodgers, Heal the Bay team up to clean beach

SM BEACH — Almost 300 volunteers gathered here to pick up trash with their favorite Dodgers baseball stars Tuesday. The clean up was part of the Dodgers Community Caravan, a two-day event that connects Dodgers players and their fans in community service activities. The beach clean up, a two-hour effort coordinated with Heal the Bay,... Read more →


Santa Monica’s singles seek love on big red couch

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Over 100 hopeful singles gathered on the world’s largest red couch to participate in an unusual Valentine’s Day activity on Third Street Promenade Monday — speed dating. The evening will go down as the longest speed dating event in the world, said Curtis Micklish spokesperson for BoConcept,... Read more →