City Council

City Council endorses school parcel tax

CITY HALL — Supporters of the “emergency” parcel tax to help fund local public schools received a boost Tuesday night when the City Council unanimously endorsed the measure. Measure A, which would generate roughly $5.7 million annually, will appear on a May 25 special mail-in ballot election. The measure is intended to help... Read more →

Briefs

Restaurants raise water awareness

A total of five Santa Monica restaurants are participating in UNICEF’s Tap Project in honor of World Water Week. During the week of March 21 through March 27, Ye Olde King’s Head, Ocean & Vine, Real Food Daily, South and Swingers will encourage diners to donate $1 or more for the tap water they normally receive for... Read more →

News

Broadway Deli could be headed for closure

DOWNTOWN — The Broadway Deli, a fixture on the Third Street Promenade for 20 years, has been unable to negotiate a new lease agreement with its landlord, Promenade Gateway LLP, and could be headed for closure. Marc Zeidler, the restaurant’s general manager, said in talks late last year Gateway insisted on a drastic rent increase... Read more →

Education

SMC considers creating student housing

SMC — Student housing may eventually be available at Santa Monica College. Last month, school officials circulated a survey trying to gauge interest in student housing, targeting those currently enrolled. Although the final report is not available yet, Vice President of Enrollment Development Teresita Rodriguez said that the school... Read more →

Education

Emeritus receives unprecedented gift

SMC — Santa Monica College’s Emeritus College received a $1.038 million gift from the estate of the late Zelda Herman, officials with the school announced Monday. The gift is the largest the Emeritus College has ever received and the fourth largest in the history of SMC. “We are so grateful to receive this incredible gift... Read more →

City Council

Councilman wants anti-paparazzi law at pre-schools

CITY HALL — Arguing that existing laws aren’t enough to protect parents and their children from being swarmed by the paparazzi at one local nursery school where some celebrities take their kids, Councilman Richard Bloom is again pushing his colleagues to accept an ordinance aimed at curbing photographers’ access to their... Read more →

News

Carousel price hike to pay for pier concerts

SM PIER — The fundraising drive to save the summer concert series at the Santa Monica Pier is now focusing on a new demographic — the youngsters who drag their parents to the pier to ride the popular carousel. The Pier Restoration Corp. wants to double the cost of a ride for those 15 years old and up — from $1 to $2 —... Read more →

Briefs

AMC celebrates two decades in SM

To commemorate 20 years of movie magic, AMC Theatres this week is hosting charity screenings of hit movies from 1990, with all proceeds benefiting Variety — The Children’s Charity of Southern California and the Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL). The movie theater giant celebrated last week 20 years on the Third Street... Read more →

City Council

Council to approve funds for recreational programs

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

Critter-proof composting

Dear EarthTalk My husband and I want to start a garden this year. I really want to make compost from leftover food scraps and yard materials. He says it will attract unwanted animals, and refuses to agree to it. Is he right? If so, how do we deal with that issue in a green-friendly, non-lethal way? Carmen Veurink Grand Rapids,... Read more →

News

The Hump closes its doors

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, the high-end sushi restaurant facing federal charges for allegedly selling endangered whale meat, closed its doors Friday and does not plan to reopen, according to a statement on its Web site. The phone number to the restaurant was no longer active as of Saturday evening and an employee at The Hump's sister... Read more →

News

Massive race takes all kinds

DOWNTOWN — In a field of 25,000, there were bound to be some characters. Among them were Patrick McDonagh and five friends who ran the race dressed up in full Elvis Presley regalia, complete with wigs and white spandex jumpsuits, blaring rock ‘n’ roll from a stereo on a pushcart and drinking beer instead of... Read more →

City Council

Broad deal could receive council’s OK

CITY HALL — Following a two-month delay, the City Council is again set to approve a “deal in principle” to bring billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center. The council had been scheduled to vote on the outline of a deal with the Broad Foundations in January before... Read more →

News

False alarm: no bomb under pier

SM PIER — Police reopened the Santa Monica Pier around 7:30 p.m. Saturday after determining that two suspicious packages found near the finish line of Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon did not contain explosives. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler said police officers found a duffel bag and a cooler underneath the pier during a... Read more →

News

The Hump closes its doors

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, the high-end sushi restaurant facing federal charges for allegedly selling endangered whale meat, closed its doors Friday and does not plan to reopen, according to a statement on its Web site. The phone number to the restaurant was no longer active as of Saturday evening and an employee at The Hump’s sister... Read more →