Boys & Girls Club closes popular skate park

LINCOLN BLVD — A skate park at the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica that was especially popular among in-line skaters was abruptly shut down on Tuesday, setting off complaints from the park’s devotees and their parents. By Thursday, the park’s wooden ramps were being demolished — part of a plan to convert the... Read more →


Busted on his birthday

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. Tuesday, Aug. 31, at 12:02 a.m., Santa Monica officers were on routine patrol in the 1400 block of Ninth Street when they observed two people riding bikes... Read more →


Free outdoor movies return

Grab your blankets and lawn chairs and head down to the beach to catch Brand X Movies at the Pier. The four-part series begins Sept. 10 at 7 p.m. with a presentaiton of “Iron Man.” Subsequent movies will be: “The Spongebob Squarpants Movie” on Sept. 17; “Dirt!” on Sept. 24; and the original “Karate... Read more →


Help plan Pico Library

When it comes to building a new library for the Pico Neighborhood, City Hall wants to hear from you. City staff will host a community workshop this Saturday, Sept. 11, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Thelma Terry Community Meeting Room at Virginia Avenue Park, 2200 Virginia Ave. Pico Neighborhood residents have for decades requested a library... Read more →


Honoring victims of 9/11

CITYWIDE Those who want to honor the memory of victims of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks are encouraged to join Santa Monica fire fighters Saturday morning at one of four stations. A remembrance ceremony will begin promptly at 6:45 a.m. and should last no longer than 20 minutes, fire officials said. The attacks on the World Trade Center,... Read more →


Rabbi urges support for NYC Islamic center

SAMOHI — The Jewish high holiday Rosh Hashanah is traditionally a day for believers to reflect and repent as they head into the Jewish new year. But at a ceremony held Thursday for the holiday at Santa Monica High School’s Barnum Hall, the day’s message was also overtly political. Speaking to a capacity crowd, Rabbi Neil... Read more →


Plans brewing to save Emeritus exercise classes

SMC — Senior citizens enrolled in yoga, tai chi and other exercise classes at the Emeritus College will still have the chance to sign up for their favorite courses come spring semester, Santa Monica College officials said this week, but the days of free enrollment may be coming to an end. SMC’s ability to continue offering... Read more →

City Council

Latest smoking ban takes effect

CITY HALL — You no longer have to leave the safety of your own home to violate a Santa Monica anti-smoking law. As of today, it’s illegal to smoke outdoors within 25-feet of any apartment building door, window or vent — a rule aimed at preventing smokers from lighting up on patios and balconies of multi-unit residential... Read more →


Measure BB projects underway

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Nearly four years after voters overwhelmingly approved Measure BB, a $268 million bond issue to repair and renovate public school facilities, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District students saw some of the first visible evidence of their parents’ dollars at work as they returned to school on Tuesday. Several... Read more →


Tips for heading back to school

COUNTYWIDE — As parents send their kids back to school, the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has tips on how to keep children safe and healthy. “If you teach children healthy habits now, they will stick with those habits long-term,” said Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for the county.... Read more →


Volunteers needed for county-wide beach cleanup

SM BAY — Santa Monica-based environmental watchdog Heal the Bay is calling on those concerned about the region’s waterways to volunteer for the 21st annual Coastal Cleanup Day. The effort will take place Saturday, Sept. 25, organizers with Heal the Bay said Tuesday. Tens of thousands of Southland residents are expected to... Read more →


BBB riders mixed on fare hike

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Patiently waiting for the Line 10 Freeway Express bus, Emilee Kerns quietly counts her cash. A manager at Pacific Sunwear and a host at Monsoon Cafe, Kerns works in Santa Monica six days a week. Like many Third Street employees, Kerns rides the bus to avoid having to deal with the hassles of finding parking.... Read more →


City prepping for a quieter Glow event

SM PIER — Get ready for a quieter, tamer Glow. Instead of the all night music at the Santa Monica Pier that turned the inaugural event in 2008 into a dance party, this year’s Glow will take place without DJs and will shut down earlier, at 3 a.m. instead of 7 a.m. “It’s not a party, it’s not a rave, it’s... Read more →


Remedies on the brink

Dear EarthTalk When we talk about “endangered species” we usually think of animal species, but someone recently told me that there was a worldwide crisis pertaining to the extinction of plants. Can you enlighten? Max Blanchard East Islip, NY We may not realize it, but the health of the plant kingdom is crucial to the health of... Read more →


Toward kinder, gentler streets

CITYWIDE — It just may be the holy grail for the eco-friendly, active transportation-minded Santa Monica commuter. And yes, it’s European. In Dutch it’s called a “woonerf” — a city street where children are encouraged to play freely, bicyclists and pedestrians get priority over cars and vehicle traffic is... Read more →