City Council

Council overturns landmark designation

CITY HALL — A 58-year-old industrial building that was once home to the unconventional and progressive Southern California Institute of Architecture will no longer have protections against demolition after the City Council voted to repeal a landmark designation granted last year. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by NMS... Read more →

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Obstacles stand in way of new movie house

DOWNTOWN — In a local market filled with outdated theaters that have long fallen behind the trends of stadium seating and state-of-the-art technology, cinema giant AMC is hoping to enliven the movie-going experience. The only thing standing in the way is whether the company can guarantee city officials that its current movie house on... Read more →

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Parking to increase Downtown

CITY HALL — Visitors to Downtown can expect to pay more for parking after the City Council on Tuesday gave a preliminary nod to a series of rate increases that will bring the area’s garages closer to competitors like The Grove and Westfield Century City. The changes, which will be instituted after city staff returns to council... Read more →

Education

A teacher’s first day of class

SAMOHI — It moved clockwise, then counterclockwise and then back right again, a blur of neon 1980s-era oversized shirts, leggings, baggy jeans and tank tops swirling around in circles, laughter and stomping feet filling the muggy room. At the center of it all is Darryl Hovis, running after students who screech and laugh as they try to... Read more →

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City Hall defends pigeon net

CITY HALL — A recent controversial move to install a bird-deterring net underneath the Santa Monica Pier came after a series of studies blamed pigeons for fouling the bay. In a report to the City Council last week, Public Works Director Lee Swain explains how the department reached the decision to net the area beneath the pier,... Read more →

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Pier celebrating 100th anniversary

SM PIER Happy Birthday The Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. will join today with community members, tourists and city officials to celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Santa Monica Pier. The festivities will begin at 7 a.m. when a multi-denominational group of religious leaders will gather at the pier’s west end for a blessing... Read more →

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Short circuit

BROADWAY The American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be collecting old electronics — stereos, television sets, telephones, computers and more — at their headquarters located at 1450 11th St. (at Broadway) from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday through the end of November. The consumer electronic recyclables will be... Read more →

Education

Budget planning starts earlier than usual for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — While classes begin today for the new school year, district officials already have their minds on next year. Facing an $8 to $12 million funding shortfall over the next three years, officials with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) have began focusing on the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year,... Read more →

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City Hall gets new parking manager

DOWNTOWN — The cars are still going in and out, the attendants are collecting fares from drivers as usual, but there’s something different about the 29 public parking facilities in Santa Monica. That’s because of a recent change in the management of all the city-owned garages, which are now run by Nashville-based Central... Read more →

City Council

Bluffs project to finally begin

CITY HALL — The long-awaited reinforcement of the Palisades Bluff could soon begin. The City Council tonight is expected to approve two construction services contracts for the Palisades Bluffs Stabilization Project, which will involve installing a series of horizontal drains to remove groundwater that accumulates behind the bluffs,... Read more →