Education

Budget planning starts earlier than usual for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — While classes begin today for the new school year, district officials already have their minds on next year. Facing an $8 to $12 million funding shortfall over the next three years, officials with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) have began focusing on the budget for the 2010-11 fiscal year,... Read more →

News

City Hall gets new parking manager

DOWNTOWN — The cars are still going in and out, the attendants are collecting fares from drivers as usual, but there’s something different about the 29 public parking facilities in Santa Monica. That’s because of a recent change in the management of all the city-owned garages, which are now run by Nashville-based Central... Read more →

City Council

Bluffs project to finally begin

CITY HALL — The long-awaited reinforcement of the Palisades Bluff could soon begin. The City Council tonight is expected to approve two construction services contracts for the Palisades Bluffs Stabilization Project, which will involve installing a series of horizontal drains to remove groundwater that accumulates behind the bluffs,... Read more →

Environment

Green floats

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve heard that hybrid engine technology is now being used to power boats. What’s happening with that? — D. Smith, Portland, ME With concerns about climate change and the fate of the world’s imperiled oceans and waterways at an all time high, it makes sense that the boating industry would be... Read more →

News

New ending proposed for upcoming Los Angeles Marathon

OCEAN AVENUE — A new finish line has emerged for the L.A. Marathon in 2010. Responding to the request of the City Council that an ending point in Santa Monica be considered for the 26.2 mile race, marathon officials have reportedly began exploring the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard as a possible candidate after... Read more →

News

Safety agencies prepare for pier’s 100th

SM PIER — If it’s one thing that local officials are certain when it concerns the pier’s century mark on Wednesday, it’s that a large turnout can be expected to ring in the next 100 years. Just how big that crowd will be remains to be seen. Regardless of the size, public safety agencies say they’re prepared.... Read more →

News

The long dry run

 ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST — As firefighters battle to bring the gigantic Station fire and others under control, Los Angelenos are left to wonder what the state can do to protect homeowners from the next hellacious conflagration. Our ancient forests in California are living museums, rich with detailed records from the past. All the... Read more →

Education

Neighbors complain of traffic near SMC

SMC — An unusual surge in enrollment at the local community college because of the economic downturn might be evident in not just the crowds on campus but the traffic off of it. That’s what neighbors near Santa Monica College have seen in the first few weeks of classes, reportedly observing a higher volume of buses and cars... Read more →

Crime

Cops nab suspected bike thieves

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. 30, at 8:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of 17th Street regarding a suspicious person in a subterranean... Read more →

Education

SMC forced to do more with less

SMC — As students return to campus for the first week of school, they might notice their classes are in what feels like tighter quarters. That’s because enrollment has risen at Santa Monica College this semester by 8 percent, drawing in students turned away from the tapped out University of California and California State... Read more →