Council bans smoking on pier

SM PIER — Smoking on the Santa Monica Pier, which for several years has been confined to eight designated areas, is soon to be banned outright on the 100-year-old landmark. The City Council this week unanimously agreed that discarded cigarettes pose a fire risk to the pier and voted to eliminate the smoking areas. “I think... Read more →


Roommates rumble over rent

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. Sunday, Aug. 8, at 10:37 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of 14th Street regarding an assault. When officers arrived, they... Read more →

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Food truck courts OK’d

CITY HALL — Santa Monica is about to undergo a food truck renaissance, following City Hall’s announcement this week that officials have approved a new permit that allows private property owners to turn their parking lots into “mobile food courts.” Already, the California Heritage Museum and property owner Steve Taub,... Read more →


Grant to help 40 homeless

Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) has been awarded a grant of nearly $1.7 million from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its work in providing housing subsidies for the chronically homeless population in Santa Monica and the Westside of Los Angeles, officials with the group said. The competitive grant is part of... Read more →


Catching drunk drivers

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard, police said. Officers will be contacting drivers in Santa Monica to see if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to see if they have a valid driver’s license and car... Read more →

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Council rejects $3M Arizona deal

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Council stuck to its guns on Tuesday and upheld its boycott of Arizona companies, unanimously rejecting a recommendation by staff to purchase $3 million worth of “manufactured homes” from a company located in that state. Before the vote, Housing & Economic Development Director Andy... Read more →


Airport activists to meet with Waxman

WEST L.A. — City Hall officials and a group of residents concerned about noise and safety impacts at Santa Monica Airport are set to meet with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30th District) today to lobby for a full environmental review of any potential flight path changes the FAA may propose at SMO. The FAA in July completed a six-month test of a... Read more →


Gang graffiti spotted near park

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — A disturbing reminder that tension still exists between local gangs surfaced Sunday morning when residents living near Virginia Avenue Park awoke to find threatening gang graffiti scrawled on a wall between 20th Street and Cloverfield Boulevard. Police said the graffiti specifically called out a Santa Monica gang... Read more →

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Planning Commission urges new fines for rogue owners

CITY HALL — The Planning Commission has recommended creating new penalties for developers who fail to abide by affordable housing rules, an action sparked by recent revelations some local landlords did not verify income eligibility before leasing low-income units while others failed to provide promised units altogether. The commission... Read more →


Save Our Schools tops $1M, plans celebration

Supporters of local public schools have raised more than $1 million to help save teachers’ jobs and close the funding gap for the upcoming school year, organizers with the Save Our Schools campaign said this week. A celebration marking the end of the campaign is scheduled for Sunday, Aug. 15 from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Santa Monica... Read more →


School district seeking new personnel commissioner

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking applications for appointment to the Personnel Commission.  Applications are now being accepted for the Personnel Commission vacancy, which becomes available on Dec. 1, 2010. The appointment will be for a three-year term.  The Personnel Commission is the public body... Read more →

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City Council to approve beach restroom upgrade

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 →


LaVette replaces Taylor as TDS act

SM PIER — Despite the cancellation of former Rolling Stone Mick Taylor for next week’s Twilight Dance Series, concert organizers have secured soul singer Bettye LaVette to take his place during the free show. Taylor, who cited management and health issues for his cancellation, informed Santa Monica Pier officials last week that... Read more →


School lunch rules released

The SMMUSD on Monday released income eligibility guidelines for free and reduced-price meals for students. Parents can now apply for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Program. Children who receive Food Stamp (FS), California Work Opportunity and Responsibility to Kids (CalWORKs), Kinship Guardianship Assistance Payments (Kin-GAP), or... Read more →