News

West L.A. project sparks protest

OLYMPIC BLVD — Centinela Avenue may be where Santa Monica ends, but local residents are afraid a massive development proposed for just beyond that boundary could come to mark the beginning of a new era of nightmarish traffic in the city brought on by over-development. Called the Bundy Village Medical Park, the controversial project... Read more →

Education

School year to be cut by 5 days

SMMUSD HDQTRS — California’s budget crisis means summer break will likely be coming early for students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The school district has reached tentative labor agreements with its teachers and other employees that include five furlough days this year and next year. If given final... Read more →

News

Dozens pray for Bahai leaders jailed in Iran

COLORADO AVE — Although football is the focus for many people on Superbowl Sunday, Santa Monica Bahais had something else on their minds. On the same day that seven Bahai leaders in Iran underwent a second court appearance on security threat charges, members of the Santa Monica Bahai Center gathered to pray for these troubled... Read more →

City Council

City Hall to pay for integrating Expo

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 →

Environment

Clearing the roads

Dear EarthTalk Short of massive efforts to build a public transportation infrastructure, which doesn’t appear likely anytime soon, what is being done to address traffic congestion, which is reaching absurd levels almost everywhere? John Daniels Baltimore, MD Traffic congestion has gotten way out of hand — and not just in... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider funds for pier museum

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are in the midst of a high stakes negotiation with billionaire Eli Broad to bring a multi-million dollar art museum to Santa Monica. But the battle for the Broad isn’t the only museum-related discussion that’s ongoing at City Hall. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. will be... Read more →

News

Light rail a step closer to reality

DOWNTOWN — Transportation officials this week signed off on a plan to extend the Expo light rail line to Downtown Santa Monica, approving the project’s environmental review and selecting a route for the line’s Westside component. The decision by the Expo Authority’s board on Thursday paves the way for construction to... Read more →

News

UCLA opens family wellness center

DOWNTOWN — New scientific studies routinely come out suggesting new ways for healthier living, but the gap between what researchers know and how most people live can be a wide one. Now, a new center started by UCLA in Santa Monica is aiming to bridge the divide by bringing classes and programs based on researchers’ work directly... Read more →

Crime

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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. Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7: 20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →

Crime

Victim in hit-and-run recovering

DOWNTOWN — Family members of the 28-year-old Santa Monica woman who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street Monday said she is recovering, but doctors are still trying to determine the extent of her brain injury. Brittany Norton is currently in the Nuerointensive Care Unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center... Read more →

City Council

City Hall again delays museum vote

CITY HALL — After announcing a tentative deal in January to bring philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Hall has delayed a required City Council vote on the agreement for the second time, several council members said this week. In an e-mail to the council obtained by the... Read more →

News

Thieves make off with $300K in jewelry

WILSHIRE BLVD — Police are searching for three men wanted in connection with a robbery in which $300,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, authorities said. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 3 around 5 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2500 block of Wilshire Boulevard, said Sgt. Dave Hunscke with the Santa Monica Police Department. Two... Read more →

News

Food bank serves record number of Westsiders

22nd STREET — Roughly 90,000 people received some form of food assistance last year from the 65 pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters supplied by Santa Monica-based Westside Food Bank, officials with the nonprofit announced Wednesday. That is a 50 percent increase from 2005, said Bruce Rankin, executive director of the food... Read more →

Briefs

Illustrating Earth Day

Students in grades K-12 are being asked to express what sustainable transit means to them in the form of a poster contest for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day sponsored by City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. This is the second year that City Hall has held the student poster contest. The intent is to raise... Read more →

Homelessness

U.S. Census prepping for homeless count

CITY WIDE — U.S. Census Bureau workers are gearing up to count the nation’s homeless as part of the 2010 Census at the end of March, a once-per-decade effort that this year will rely heavily on the expertise of local homeless service providers. In Santa Monica, which conducts an annual count of its homeless population and... Read more →