City Council

SM voters could decide smoking ban expansion

CITY HALL — Having failed, so far, to convince the City Council to enact a ban on smoking inside apartment units, Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet is planning to take his pitch for stricter smoking laws directly to the voters. Kronovet on Tuesday filed papers with the City Clerk’s Office declaring his intention to... Read more →


Schools may be on solar track

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Under a plan officials said would save the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District more than a million dollars in energy costs, nine local public schools could soon get solar panels added to their roofs. “We’re trying to leave no stone unturned looking for ways to reduce our costs and be fiscally prudent... Read more →


Council to approve traffic signal synchronization funds

CITY HALL — Traffic jams in one of the most congested sections of the city could be reduced by as much as 20 percent if the City Council tonight approves a new traffic signal timing plan for the Downtown area, according to City Hall. Though traffic signals in parts of Downtown have been analyzed for traffic efficiency, the entire area,... Read more →


New rules proposed for market vendors

MAIN STREET— If you frequent the tamale booth or the pastry table at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, you could be in for a surprise later this year when city officials unveil a new policy that’s likely to shake-up the mix of prepared food vendors allowed at that and other markets. The City Council tonight is scheduled to... Read more →


Bag bans gain momentum

Dear EarthTalk How effective have plastic bag bans and restrictions been on reducing plastic litter and other problems associated with their proliferation? And is it really better to use paper bags, which will just lead to more deforestation? Peter Lindsey New Canaan, Conn. Plastic bags, first introduced in the 1950s as a convenient way... Read more →


Celebrating Earth Month with a smile

Dr. Nushin Shir, owner of Artistic Center for Dentistry, is celebrating Earth Month by offering 120 new patients free comprehensive dental exams that will include basic teeth cleaning services and limited check up x-rays. The Artistic Center for Dentistry partnered with Heal the Bay to promote the importance of making Southern... Read more →


Ruling: Landlords don’t have to accept Section 8 tenants

DOWNTOWN — In what was hailed as a victory for landlords, a state appellate court ruled recently that property owners have the right to not accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants. The ruling stems from a case filed by an elderly Santa Monica widow who tried to use her Section 8 voucher to remain in an apartment owned by Los... Read more →


Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain

CITYWIDE — The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number of affordable units for those earning less than the median income continued to dwindle. The report detailed changes to Santa Monica’s... Read more →


Web site features deals at SM businesses

SM CHAMBER — In a first of its kind promotion that Chamber of Commerce officials hope will generate buzz for some of their members, five Santa Monica businesses this week will be featured by the Web site, which promises “one ridiculously huge coupon each day.” For each of the 47 cities the site covers, the... Read more →


Art fights AIDS in India

MAIN LIBRARY — When director Tom Keegan followed David Gere, Peter Carley and their two children to India in 2004 after Gere received a Fulbright scholarship to study the intersection of AIDS and art, he was uncertain about the direction his documentary of the trip, “Out in India” screening April 11 at the Santa Monica... Read more →

City Council

Council travel costs down

CITY HALL — In their roles representing the residents of Santa Monica, some members of the City Council occasionally find themselves far from home, conducting what’s considered “official City Hall business” in places as distant as France, Denmark, Mexico and Norway. Under the city’s charter, City Hall covers... Read more →


Cops allege bartenders, patrons sold cocaine at The Joker 

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — After two months of investigation, state and local law enforcement officers served several search warrants here Wednesday, with a focus on a dive bar where at least two employees and customers sold undercover agents cocaine on four separate occasions, authorities said. Officers with the Santa Monica Police... Read more →


Parents could be held liable for teenage drinking

MAIN LIBRARY — For many parents, stories in the newspaper about teens who have died after a night of drinking are sobering reminders of the tragic consequences underage alcohol consumption can have. While preventing deaths from teenage binge drinking is the main goal for public safety officials, pediatricians and others who regularly... Read more →


Samohi students busted with ninja knives

SAMOHI — Two students here have been arrested for allegedly bringing daggers, ninja stars and other weapons on campus, police said this week. The two male students, who were not identified because they are juveniles, were arrested after a school security officer spotted one of the boys with a suspicious metal object in his pocket.... Read more →