Praise for phasing out Polystyrene

City Hall was awarded the 2010 Outstanding Waste Prevention Award from the California Resource Recovery Association (CRRA) for its “ground breaking” take-out food container program, city officials announced this week. Santa Monica’s ban on Polystyrene, in place since Feb. 9, 2007, protects the beaches and bay by prohibiting... Read more →

City Council

Holbrook pondering two-year council bid

CITY HALL — In a move that could have big implications for November’s City Council election, five-term incumbent Bob Holbrook has announced he may run for a two-year seat on the council instead of a full four-year term as previously expected. Holbrook said he pulled papers to run for one of two available two-year seats on Monday... Read more →

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Independent review of de la Torre probe set

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials have agreed to conduct an independent review of police actions during a four-month investigation into whether school board member Oscar de la Torre committed child endangerment in connection with an after school fist fight between two teenagers. Prosecutors last week declined to file charges in the... Read more →


Robbery suspect held

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have arrested a suspect in an alleged strong-arm robbery that took place July 24 in the 200 block of Georgina Avenue. The suspect, Gregory Lamont Archie, 28, allegedly approached a female victim as she was preparing to go jogging and asked for directions. During the conversation, the suspect allegedly... Read more →


Day of bicycles could be in works

CITYWIDE — Richard McKinnon often rides his bicycle across Santa Monica during holidays. He said it allows him to experience the city in a different way than usual — much more serenely. “It’s quite a unique experience,” he said. Now he’s trying to give more people the opportunity to ride their bikes through... Read more →


Early bloomers

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve noticed that wildflower blooms in the mountains have been coming earlier and earlier in recent years. Is this a sign of global warming? And what does this mean for the long term survival of these hardy yet rare plants? Ashley J. Via e-mail As always, it’s hard to pin specific year-to-year weather-variations... Read more →


What lies beneath

DOWNTOWN — Something runs underneath Santa Monica. Something dark. Something that reaches into City Hall, into schools, into hospitals, into office buildings. But this dark something isn’t exactly menacing. In fact, it’s meant to help the city be technologically advanced and attract businesses to locate here. City Hall has... Read more →


No charges filed against de la Torre

DOWNTOWN — Prosecutors have declined to charge school board member Oscar de la Torre with a crime after reviewing evidence that the Santa Monica Police Department said proved he committed felony child endangerment in connection with a fist fight between two high school students. At a press conference Friday afternoon, de la Torre said... Read more →

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Voters to decide expanded tenant protections

CITY HALL — Santa Monica voters will have the chance this November to substantially bolster protections for renters, following a series of unanimous votes by the City Council on Thursday that authorized a ballot measure for this fall’s election. If approved by a majority of Santa Monica voters, the measure would extend eviction... Read more →


A case of jealousy?

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, July 15, at 3 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1800 block of Oak Street regarding a suspicious circumstance. Upon arrival,... Read more →


Commissioners pushing for bike improvements

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — Recreation and Parks Commissioner Phil Brock would like his 82-year-old mother to feel safe riding her bike down Arizona Avenue to reach Santa Monica’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. But with a dedicated bike lane that ends before reaching the market — not to mention inadequate signs letting motorists... Read more →