News

Country meets classic in summer concert series

SM PIER — Opening for a folk singing icon such as Joan Baez may seem like a daunting task, but the soulful melodies of country singer Tift Merritt should have no problem soaring on their own. Both songstresses will take the stage at 7 p.m. tonight for the Santa Monica Pier’s Twilight Dance Series. A North Carolina native,... Read more →

News

Creating developments that benefit residents

CIVIC CENTER — It’s a phrase that’s frequently been brought up during previous workshops for the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE), one presented in concept yet undefined. On Tuesday, residents got their chance to voice what they believe should be community benefits to result from future developments in the city,... Read more →

Education

Cutting out the fat in school lunches

SMMUSD — Where kids once hid from boogie monsters in their closets or ghosts under their beds, today they’re being protected from a real threat — trans fat. July 1 marked the beginning of a state-wide ban on trans fat in all food served in public school lunches via vending machines or outside contractors. The bill was... Read more →

Crime

More cars set on fire

DOWNTOWN — It looks like there’s an arsonist on the loose. The Santa Monica Arson Task Force is asking for the public’s help with the investigation of a series of car fires believed to have been intentionally set by a vandal, the latest two fires occurring Monday in the 1700 block of Franklin Street.  All five fires... Read more →

City Council

Redevelopment agency enjoys better bond rating

CITY HALL — While the recession has led to the downgrading of bond ratings for agencies across the state, two local redevelopment project zones in Santa Monica are enjoying a rare pat on the back. Fitch Ratings recently upgraded the bond status for the Ocean Park Redevelopment Agency, which in the past was involved in the Sea Colony and... Read more →

News

Hotel project likely to face uphill battle

DOWNTOWN — While still in the infancy stages, a hotel project in development-weary Santa Monica could face an uphill battle of opposition from residents. Maxser and Co., which owns a seven-story historically landmarked commercial tower at 710 Wilshire Blvd., just last month got a glimpse of what resistance may come when Santa Monica... Read more →

News

Continuing a tradition of art and culture

CITYWIDE — Arts and culture are about to receive a welcomed boost in funding following City Hall’s announcement Monday that it has approved grants for 19 local organizations in the amount of $90,000 and change through the Community Access and Participation Grants Program. To receive funding, each applicant had to demonstrate a... Read more →

City Council

The greening continues

CITY HALL — It’s seen in the low-emission parking enforcement vehicles, the water conservation initiatives and solid waste diversion targets, the products of an aggressive plan aimed at making sustainability a regular component of city life. Half a dozen years after the creation of the Santa Monica Sustainable City Plan (SCP),... Read more →

Environment

Green Revolution’s legacy quite costly

Dear EarthTalk: What effects do fertilizers, pesticides and herbicides used on residential lawns or on farms have on nearby water bodies like rivers, streams — or even the ocean for those of us who live near the shore? — Linda Reddington, Manahawkin, NJ With the advent of the so-called Green Revolution in the second half of... Read more →