Education

Samohi’s Ross stays close to home

SMC — Guess Christian Ross likes Santa Monica. After starring for Santa Monica High School’s football team last season the speedy running back has decided to stay close to home and play for Santa Monica College. He is expected to split running back duties with Kendall Gordon, who played for Samohi rival Culver City last... Read more →

Education

A government of the people and by the people

SMC BROAD STAGE — What started as an opinion piece has sparked a movement to reform state government. Last August, CEO Jim Wunderman published an opinion in the San Francisco Chronicle calling for a state constitutional convention to be held in order to rectify some of California’s many economic issues he felt the government was... Read more →

Crime

Some friend

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, July 12, at 11:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the area of Fourth Street and Olympic Boulevard spotted a driver who... Read more →

News

In Santa Monica, life’s a beach

SM BEACH — It’s not that there isn’t a cloud in the sky — it’s just that no one seems to care. A steady trickle of tourists heads for the Santa Monica Pier and the beach Wednesday morning, unperturbed by a cool breeze. “She’s a little overweight,” says a man pushing his stroller down Ocean... Read more →

News

Council considers extending club’s lease agreement

PCH — While the Annenberg Community Beach House has enjoyed a busy inaugural summer of steady visitors, its much older and more established neighbor to the south is hoping to convince city officials to let it keep its sandy space. The City Council on Tuesday began the process of determining whether it should pick up a 10-year... Read more →

News

Packed concerts, increased security

SM PIER — As attendance at the Twilight Dance Series increases, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. is looking to reorganize to accommodate more concert-goers each week. Last week the Santa Monica Police Department added heightened security along the beach once the pier reached capacity and people began to overflow onto the sand.... Read more →

Environment

Civic leaders approve solar panel changes

CITY HALL — A controversial law requiring photovoltaic panels to be installed in the least visible location from the street got the greenlight from the City Council on Tuesday just weeks after solar advocates argued the rule would deter interested property owners in the future. The ordinance, meant to streamline the permit application... Read more →

Briefs

Taking sustainability to the Web

City Hall has unveiled a new Web site aimed at fostering a greater understanding of what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle. The Web site, www.sustainablesm.org, is the latest creation from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. It will provide information on important city services, programs, and resources for individuals... Read more →

City Council

Council moves maintenance yard plan forward

CITY HALL — A new proposal to move a planned rail maintenance yard further away from homes in the Pico Neighborhood will go onto the next phase of evaluation, disappointing some nearby residents who said the alternative doesn’t go far enough. The City Council on Tuesday authorized its staff to continue exploring a recently... Read more →

News

Free ‘toy-rary’ opens at Upward Bound House

WILMONT — The staff of Upward Bound House would like nothing more than to lose their jobs — because that would mean homelessness and the many problems it causes have been eliminated. As it stands, though, they have a months-long waiting list of families hoping to obtain housing, classes, and other services offered by the agency.... Read more →