St. Monica students jam for Japan

ST. MONICA — Students and outside performers jammed during the lunch period at St. Monica’s Catholic High School in an effort to raise money for relief efforts in Japan as three Japanese students who were present for the earthquake and tsunami looked on in appreciation. The concert featured four very different acts, including a... Read more →


Community Corp. selects new director

DOWNTOWN — The Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city’s largest affordable housing developer, will welcome its new executive director next Friday. CCSM executive committee chose Sarah Letts from a pool of six candidates interviewed in recent months for her expertise in property development, finance and extensive... Read more →


Newest Market tenant announced

An Italian trattoria and pasta shop will be the newest addition to The Market, a collection of independently-owned shops specializing in artisanal goods which opens in Santa Monica Place on May 20. Primi Al Mercato is a new concept by Piero Selvaggio, the restaurateur behind the Valentino Restaurant Group, which has locations in Santa Monica,... Read more →


Results posted for L.A. Marathon

DOWNTOWN Nearly 600 Santa Monicans registered for the Los Angeles Marathon, but not everyone finished, according to figures released by the race’s organizers. To check out who finished and by what time, the marathon has created a web page with names, ages, and other information on all the participants. Just enter a name or city and... Read more →


Teachers speak out about class sizes, pay

DOWNTOWN — Members of the Santa Monica Malibu Classroom Teachers Association weighed in on a number of hot button topics in a partial set of survey results released by the union last week. Over 400 teachers participated in the 30-question, unscientific survey, one-third of which was given to the Daily Press Friday. The straight results... Read more →

City Council

City Hall saves money on buses, real estate

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 →


World Bank projects draw criticism

Dear EarthTalk The World Bank is often cast in a bad light by green groups and in the press. What are their eco-crimes, and are there any reforms in the making? J. Bloch Newark, NJ Originally created to finance the rebuilding of Europe after World War II, the World Bank later took on a larger mandate to try to alleviate poverty around the... Read more →


Gardena man sentenced to 19 years for SM robbery

A Gardena man who was found guilty of pistol whipping and robbing a gas station attendant in Santa Monica has been sentenced to 19 years in state prison, Santa Monica police said Sunday. Karl Lamonte Wesley, 31, was sentenced on Feb. 3. SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler said forensics lifted fingerprints from the ARCO gas station located in the 2000... Read more →


Geneti sets L.A. Marathon record in pouring rain

OCEAN AVE — The only time Markos Geneti doubted himself was just before the start of the Los Angeles Marathon. The Ethiopian had never competed over the 26.2-mile distance and was up against a field of experienced Kenyans, including two-time defending champion Wesley Korir. But Geneti quickly left those doubts behind Sunday, setting a... Read more →


Mental health costs to hit district hard

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Health care and its budgetary impacts dominated discussion at the Board of Education meeting Thursday night, with board members grappling with the cost of providing both mental health services and keeping a highly qualified, but expensive, nursing staff. The board approved a draft memorandum of understanding between the... Read more →


Navigating the L.A. Marathon: Getting around on race day

CITYWIDE — On Sunday, March 20, 25,000 people will take to the streets of Los Angeles to put themselves through the grueling 26.2-mile L.A. Marathon. Many more will be on the sidelines, cheering on the runners to the end. Here in Santa Monica, over 50,000 people are expected to celebrate the big day, and while that translates to... Read more →


LaSalle buys Viceroy for $80.1 million

BETHESDA, Md. — LaSalle Hotel Properties is buying the Viceroy Santa Monica hotel for $80.1 million. The real estate investment trust said Thursday that the 162-room hotel is subject to a ground lease with the City of Santa Monica, which expires on Sept. 25, 2065. The property, which is one block from Santa Monica Beach, will continue... Read more →


An inside job

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. Thursday, March 10, at 8:40 a.m. Officers responded to 2401 Lincoln Blvd. — Livity — regarding a burglary report. Upon arrival, the manager... Read more →


Ed board members reach out to Malibu

MALIBU — Members of the Malibu Parent Teacher Student Association packed the Malibu High School library Thursday morning to question two members of the school board about issues facing the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Vice President Ben Allen and newly-elected member Nimish Patel attended the meeting as part of an... Read more →


L.A. Marathon equals big money for city, region

CITYWIDE — Over 50,000 runners and observers will descend upon Santa Monica Sunday as part of the L.A. Marathon, filling hotel rooms, restaurants and, hopefully, the pockets of local business owners. Organizers expect the race to top the $5 million in economic benefits reported by L.A. County businesses from the 2010 event, said Dave... Read more →