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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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

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 →

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Concert series will rock to the end

Tonight, a repeat performance won’t fail to impress as Patti Smith, progenitor-empress of punk rock, Rimbauld and Verlaine’s spiritual poet child and 2007 Rock Hall of Fame inductee returns to the Santa Monica Pier for the Twilight Dance Series’ last concert of the summer. The 62-year-old rocker, sometimes hailed as the... Read more →

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Historical museum gets big gift from ‘The Baron’

DOWNTOWN — The widow of professional wrestling pioneer Baron Michele Leone, an ardent fan of the city and one of its most popular residents and flamboyant personalities, donated $100,000 to the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum, it was announced this week. Billie Leone presented the check to the museum in her husband’s... Read more →