PRC, City Hall looking to streamline pier management

SM PIER — The Pier Restoration Corp. may be in for a makeover pending the results of a study it commissioned last week that will examine the current model used to manage the historic Santa Monica Pier and its finances. Before the study moves forward, the matter will be taken to the City Council on Tuesday, May 3. At present, the PRC,... Read more →


Door-to-door warning

Santa Monica police are reminding residents to be leery of solicitors after a man pretending to be with the health department was seen Monday night in an apartment complex knocking on doors. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said a resident living on the 800 block of Pacific Street became suspicious when a man who said he was a government employee... Read more →


Tree people praise City Hall

For the 30th consecutive year, City Hall has been recognized as a tree-friendly city by the Arbor Day Foundation, which bestowed upon Santa Monica the “Tree City USA Growth Award” for its tree care and preservation policies. City Hall is currently developing an Urban Forest Master Plan to ensure that Santa Monica’s urban... Read more →

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Airport noise complaints get a boost

CITY HALL — Overall traffic at Santa Monica Airport may be down, but neighbors are still riled about noise and they may have a point, according to a consultant who spoke at Monday night’s Airport Commission meeting. The meeting was a special workshop to present data reflecting on a year of noise monitoring at the airport,... Read more →

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City Hall close to bringing back Cirque du Soleil

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 →


Santa Monica gets passing grade with a few exceptions

CITYWIDE — Santa Monicans gave an overwhelming thumbs up to the city by the sea, awarding it an A-grade as a good place to live as well as high marks on providing critical city services including emergency response, public safety and environmental responsibility. The most prevalent concerns held by residents focused on the state... Read more →


Saint John’s known for its Angels

  MID-CITY — Whatever your beliefs, everyone can agree that Saint John’s has Angels in the emergency room. That fact was nationally recognized April 11 when the American Hospital Association awarded the Angels of the ER volunteer program the 2011 award for Volunteer Excellence at an awards breakfast in Washington, D.C. Ann... Read more →


Veggies aren’t what they used to be

Dear EarthTalk: What’s the nutritional difference between the carrot I ate in 1970 and one I eat today? I’ve heard that that there’s very little nutrition left. Is that true? — Esther G., Newark, NJ It would be overkill to say that the carrot you eat today has very little nutrition in it — especially compared... Read more →


Residents rally against use of leaded fuel at SMO

SMO — Residents living in Venice and Mar Vista gathered at the eastern edge of the Santa Monica Airport on Friday to stage an Earth Day rally against the use of leaded fuel by owners of propeller planes that fly over homes nearby. Lead, long banned from normal car fuels and many household products, presents a recognized danger to... Read more →


St. John’s nurses will decide in May whether to unionize

MIDTOWN — Nurses working at Saint John’s Health Center will have the opportunity to vote next month on whether or not they want to unionize, the National Labor Relations Board reported Friday. Representatives of Saint John’s and the California Nurses Association (CNA) signed a stipulated election agreement, approved by the... Read more →


Sea lions rescued near Santa Monica Pier

SM PIER — Two sea lions washed onto the beach near the Santa Monica Pier Wednesday, victims of a deadly neurotoxin that has been wreaking havoc amongst the sea mammal population in Southern California. The poison, called domoic acid, causes grand mal seizures, which lead to lesions in the victims’ brains. It’s produced by... Read more →


Senior arrested for allegedly possessing child porn

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. Friday, April 15, at 7:20 a.m., Officers went to a home on the 3000 block of Main Street to check in on a registered sex offender. When officers arrived,... Read more →


High gas prices rattle local businesses

CITYWIDE — As the price of gas nears $5 a gallon, the pump has the same connotation as dentists’ offices — you know you have to go, and you know it’s going to hurt. Nationwide, prices have begun to creep up in response to increased demand for petroleum from developing countries and unrest in the Middle East. The West... Read more →


L.A. officials vote in favor of closing SMO flight schools

SMO — The Los Angeles City Council passed a resolution Wednesday declaring its intention to support legislation to close the six flight schools operating at the Santa Monica Airport, as well as make permanent a flight path that would send airplanes over Santa Monica homes. The vote was unanimous. Councilmembers Janice Hahn, Bill... Read more →