News

Pugh + Scarpa announce split

BERGAMOT STATION — After a 22-year partnership, the founders of noted Santa Monica architecture firm Pugh + Scarpa, which this year won the prestigious AIA Firm Award, have decided to go their separate ways. Headed by Gwynne Pugh, who also sits on City Hall’s Planning Commission, and Lawrence Scarpa, the firm, formed in 1991, was... Read more →

Briefs

Sustainability around town

City Hall is celebrating the 16th anniversary of its Sustainability City Plan all week with a series of free events taking place in various locations. From Sept. 20-25, participating restaurants and retailers will also be offering discounts and freebies for shoppers using reusable bags or food containers. The “Buy Local. Be... Read more →

Environment

Rolling toward ‘green tires’

Dear EarthTalk What would it take to produce “green” tires? The tire industry is huge and I understand that tires contain a large amount of petroleum products. Is there an alternative? Scott Pierson Norwalk, CT Tires are indeed no friends to the environment. Most tires on the road today are constructed of roughly equal parts... Read more →

City Council

Council votes to shorten meetings

CITY HALL — The next time the City Council convenes, members will be under an extra bit of pressure to get to the point. With the goal of shortening its twice monthly sessions, the council on Tuesday approved a handful of changes to meeting procedures. Among them: the use of digital timers that will measure how long each member speaks.... Read more →

News

SM Library helps unemployed find jobs

MAIN LIBRARY — At 19, Carmen Revier is getting ready to support a baby. After graduating from Holley High School in New York, he hitchhiked across the country to pursue his dream of becoming a professional skateboarder. “I’m having a baby, so I can’t really skateboard right now,” said Revier, who arrived at the... Read more →

News

Democratic club makes endorsements

DOWNTOWN — At an endorsement meeting Wednesday night, members of the Santa Monica Democratic Club voted to endorse City Council challenger Ted Winterer, in addition to four sitting council members in November’s race. In making the endorsements, members of the club, who met Wednesday at the Santa Monica Playhouse, rejected some of... Read more →

News

Police, firefighters back council incumbents

DOWNTOWN — Following in the footsteps of Santa Monica’s non-public safety employees, associations for local cops and firefighters on Thursday endorsed all five sitting City Council members in November’s election. In the race for three four-year terms, the public safety associations backed Kevin McKeown, Bob Holbrook and Pam... Read more →

Crime

Rubbing out prostitution

Thursday, Sept. 9, at 5:55 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2800 block of Pico Boulevard (Japanese Health Therapy) regarding reports of prostitution at the business. Officers conducted an undercover operation and arrested two people. One female masseuse, Nam Quezada, 45, of Encino, Calif., was arrested for prostitution,... Read more →

News

Employee union makes school board selections

DOWNTOWN — Custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and teaching assistants working for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have endorsed two school board incumbents and two challengers for the November ballot. Members of SEIU Local 99 held a town hall meeting last week, at which time they threw their support behind... Read more →

Environment

Homeowners now targeted for leaf blower violations

CITY HALL — In a move meant to crackdown on illegal leaf blowing, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to change the way City Hall enforces its ban on the noisy machines and opted to spend $55,000 to hire a new leaf blower point person. Instead of relying on police officers to issue leaf blowing citations, City Hall’s... Read more →

News

Sperm donor loses unique paternity suit

SM COURTHOUSE — There’s a big difference between being a sperm donor and being a dad. That’s the message that came out of a paternity suit recently resolved at the Santa Monica Courthouse in which a sperm donor sought joint custody of a toddler he helped conceive. As is customary in paternity cases, the full names of the... Read more →

Briefs

Record low temp tied

It was so cold at the Santa Monica Pier Monday that the temperature tied a record low of 55 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The old record was set in 1949. Record low temperatures for the day were tied at other coastal locations in Los Angeles, Orange and San Diego counties. The temperature hit a low of 66 in Newport... Read more →

City Council

Youth violence prevention gets council’s support

CITY HALL — In a pair of moves anti-gang advocates hailed as significant steps forward, the City Council was set on Tuesday to approve an “action plan” for preventing youth violence and award a $25,000 grant to support the Youth Resource Team, an inter-agency effort aimed at helping at-risk youth. The expected actions were... Read more →