News

Bar’s pool plan goes down the drain

SANTA MONICA BLVD — A bar owner’s plan to add an outdoor lounge with a pool and spa to his business was denied by the Planning Commission this week because of noise and parking concerns. The denial has added to existing tension between City Hall and some bar owners who operate businesses next to residential neighborhoods and... Read more →

Environment

Pelicans battered by rain, runoff

SM BEACH — Wildlife officials have collected nearly 70 California brown pelicans that have been battered by rains and urban runoff and are gearing up to help dozens more. Most of the birds are suffering from hypothermia and appear disoriented. Their feathers normally form a natural barrier to the water and act as insulation from the... Read more →

News

Storm sparks blaze at business

PICO BLVD — An electrical fire broke out at Triathlon Lab Thursday afternoon — the result, the store’s owner said, of the major downpour Southern California has faced this week. Lloyd Taylor, the owner of the store located at 3328 Pico Blvd., said water leaked through the seal protecting the building’s meter... Read more →

News

A humble man with hundreds of well wishers

WILSHIRE BLVD — Glenn Wong built his career around being consistent. One nylon string at a time, during the past 25 years he’s earned a reputation in the Southern California tennis community as a premier racket stringer — an artist at adjusting tension to make a player’s forehand feel just right. As other tennis shops... Read more →

News

‘State of the City’ focuses on long-term economic fix

BROAD STAGE — With the recession cutting into tax revenue, City Hall is projecting a deficit of as much as $9 million during the next fiscal year, and outgoing City Manager Lamont Ewell has said that amount could grow to $47 million by 2014 without “corrective action.” “Expenditure growth is projected to far outpace... Read more →

Crime

Not the way to feed a family

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. Saturday, Jan. 16, at 3:29 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2600 block of Lincoln Boulevard — Albertsons — regarding a... Read more →

Briefs

Free adult seminars kick off Saturday

Residents over the age of 50 will soon have more resources made available to them, thanks to a joint effort by the Life Long Learning Older Adult Task Force and City Hall. The two have teamed up to provide a four-part series of free seminars designed to address key issues facing those over the age of 50. Local and national experts will be... Read more →

Briefs

Price hike for getting hitched

Those looking to tie the knot will have to pay a little more for a marriage license come February. Dean Logan, the Los Angeles County clerk/registrar-recorder, announced this week that effective Feb. 1 the public marriage license fee will be $90, while the confidential license will cost $85. The price hike was authorized on Dec. 22, 2009... Read more →

High School

Time to apply to college

High school seniors or recent graduates who meet eligibility and financial requirements were reminded this week they have until March 2 to apply for up to $9,700 per year in Cal Grants to attend a California public college or university. Cal Grants also cover tuition and fees at some private and independent colleges or career schools, and can... Read more →

City Council

Council tackles leaf blowers, food trucks

CITY HALL — City Council on Tuesday decided it will consider changing its stance on leaf blowers and gourmet food trucks, but gave few details about potential new ordinances on either topic. All types of mechanical leaf blowers, whether gas-powered or electric, will remain illegal in Santa Monica, but the council will look at the... Read more →

News

Running for Haiti

SM BEACH — Actor Josh Duhamel, who has a long history of supporting the Santa Monica chapter of the American Red Cross, is hosting a short run for youth this Saturday to raise funds for those affected by the magnitude 7.0 earthquake the devastated Haiti. Duhamel, who starred in “Transformers” and the television show... Read more →

Briefs

Sand bags available to residents

With a series of winter storms currently pounding the area, the Public Works Department has made sand bags available to residents to help divert storm water. To request bags, call (310) 458-4991. The Public Works Street Maintenance Division is located at 2500 Michigan Ave. in Santa... Read more →

News

Lease signed for historic shotgun house

DOWNTOWN — The house finally has a home. City Hall and the Santa Monica Conservancy on Tuesday agreed to a 20-year, renewable lease for the historic, turn-of-the-century “shotgun” house that was saved from demolition. The shotgun house — so named because a blast fired through the front door would travel through each... Read more →