News

Genser memorial set

A memorial service for the late Mayor Ken Genser will be held Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus, city officials said Tuesday. The memorial is open to the public. Genser, 59, was the longest serving elected official in city history and a staunch supporter of renters’ rights. He died Saturday at... Read more →

Education

Hall of Fame to add another name

SMC — Legendary Santa Monica College basketball coach John McMullen — one of an elite group of coaches nationwide who tallied more than 500 wins in his career — will be inducted into the SMC Sports Hall of Fame school officials said. McMullen joins such sports luminaries as Olympic gold medalist and retired SMC professor... Read more →

Briefs

Counting the homeless

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and city officials are seeking volunteers to count Santa Monica’s homeless population. A statement released by City Hall states that officials are looking for 200 volunteers to take to the streets on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. The count will continue until 2 a.m. the following day.... Read more →

News

Downtown parking structures show age

CITY HALL — Downtown parking structures, some built in the 1960s, helping drive the economic engine in the popular retail and business district, are beginning to show their age. A recent review of Parking Structures 1 through 10 shows there are 90 places where concrete could crumble and possibly fall on cars or pedestrians, creating... Read more →

Environment

Cleaning up their act

Dear EarthTalk I recently got my car detailed at a local place and then gasped at the chemical fumes when I got inside. Are there green detailers out there, or products that I could use myself to keep my vehicle clean and my family out of harm’s way? David Berkowitz Newton, MA Traditionally, auto detailing has employed a range of... Read more →

Briefs

Lawmakers talk pollution

A recently completed UCLA air monitoring study will be the topic today in West Los Angeles as lawmakers come together to discuss the findings. The forum, “The Science of Santa Monica Airport Air Pollution,” will be moderated by L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. California Assemblyman Ted Lieu, 53rd District, and L.A. City... Read more →

News

Mayor Genser dead at 59

DOWNTOWN — Mayor Ken Genser, a champion of renters’ rights who dedicated 30 years to serving the residents of Santa Monica, died Saturday, city officials said. Genser, 59, had been ill since October. Genser, who had served on the City Council since 1988, is regarded as one of the city by the sea’s greatest civic leaders who... Read more →

News

Mayor Genser dead at 59

DOWNTOWN — After months of battling illness, Mayor Ken Genser died on Saturday. He had been in the hospital for the past few months. Details for the memorial service have not been announced. Genser, who last attended a council meeting on Oct. 27, 2009, was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 10 weeks ago complaining of severe back... Read more →

City Council

A modern age for parking permits

CITY HALL — For the thousands of residents who have preferential parking restrictions in their neighborhoods, the cumbersome permit renewal process could soon become a bit easier. Instead of requiring residents to apply for renewals in person or by mail, City Hall is considering moving the process online. “I’m hoping to have... Read more →

City Council

Ordinance change sought to allow food truck court

CITY HALL — Though gourmet food trucks have drawn criticism from some quarters for doing business on public streets, it turns out parking on private property is what’s illegal. Santa Monica code enforcement officers shut down a group of food vendors who had set up for business on a privately owned lot this week, and on Thursday... Read more →

News

Mayor Genser gravely ill

DOWNTOWN — Mayor Ken Genser, the longest serving elected official in city history with more than 20 years as a member of the City Council and Planning Commission, is gravely ill and is not expected to survive, friends and family members told the Daily Press Friday. Genser, 59, who last attended a council meeting on Oct. 27, was... Read more →

Crime

Suspect a pain in neck

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, Dec. 27, at 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding a report of a fight in progress... Read more →

Education

Committee recommends school tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters could be asked in May to approve an additional $225 tax per parcel that would raise about $6 million each year for public schools. A district committee voted Wednesday to recommend that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board place the tax on a special ballot. For the tax to take effect, the school... Read more →

City Council

Council to vote on Broad museum agreement

CITY HALL — In what could be a significant step toward bringing a world class art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Council on Tuesday will vote on the outline of a development agreement for the project with the Broad Foundations. Philanthropists Eli and Edythe Broad are looking for a site to construct a museum to... Read more →

City Council

New Web site tracks leaf blower violations

CITY HALL — Call it an act of vigilantism for the 21st century. If you’re fed up with hearing gardeners use noisy, illegal leaf blowers in your neighborhood you can now take matters into your own hands, via e-mail. Not by writing to the cops, but by e-mailing the Web site stopleafblowers.com, the brainchild of an anonymous Santa... Read more →