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Santa Monica residents who are eligible to vote have until Monday, May 10 to register for the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s special parcel tax election. This election is being conducted as a Vote-by-Mail election. Mail-in ballots must be received by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder/County Clerk by May... Read more →


Low-priced parking relief for Downtown SM employees

DOWNTOWN — Those who work for bosses too cheap to pay for parking Downtown will have some more affordable options come May 1. Instead of doing the parking shuffle — moving cars every two or three hours to avoid paying parking structure fees or getting a $62 ticket for staying too long — employees can now purchase a monthly... Read more →


Anti-smoking ideas debated

CITYWIDE — There’s a stark choice facing proponents of tougher anti-smoking laws in Santa Monica. Should they urge the City Council to expand its existing bans on smoking in many public places to include private balconies and patios in apartment buildings? Or should they back the campaign of Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert... Read more →


12-year-old dies from self strangulation

LINCOLN MIDDLE SCHOOL — The death of a 12-year-old student here last week is being blamed on the “choking game,” which authorities said has become popular mainly among young boys and involves manual strangulation in order to get high without using drugs or alcohol. Erik Robinson, a sixth grader at Lincoln Middle School, was... Read more →


Big bucks from local ladies

The Santa Monica College Foundation has received a $100,000 donation from the Santa Monica Bay Chapter of the American Association of University Women for a new scholarship to be earmarked primarily for women students pursuing careers in nursing and education. The gift has a two-fold significance. It is the largest one-time contribution from... Read more →


Parking initiative could cost City Hall millions

PCH — For those who love the surf and sand, an initiative expected to be on the statewide ballot this November that would make parking free at Santa Monica State Beach may seem like a gift from the gods. But it’s causing concern at City Hall, where officials say it could cut into Downtown parking revenues and complicate... Read more →


Appropriate app

The Los Angeles Regional Foodbank has launched a free app for the iPhone. The new Pantry Locator provides a portal for users to make cash donations using software via their iPhone or iPod and searches for local food pantries using online GPS technology. SPINX, Inc., a leading Los Angeles-based Web design and development services provider,... Read more →

City Council

Council to replace garbage truck fleet

CITY HALL — Santa Monica makes up just a tiny portion of the Ballona Creek Watershed — .32 percent of its overall land area — but City Hall still has to pay its fair share to help limit urban runoff from flowing into the Santa Monica Bay. Accordingly, the City Council on Tuesday is being asked to approve $3,511 to cover... Read more →


New retailers come to Santa Monica Place

DOWNTOWN — As summer nears, Santa Monica Place emerged from its two-year renovation to announce the addition of 14 new retailers to its already robust line-up of shopping and dining attractions. In addition to brands like Burberry, Hugo Boss, and Swarovski, the property revealed on Thursday that Betsey Johnson, Barneys Co-Op,... Read more →


Being wood wise

Dear EarthTalk: Which woods are OK to purchase, and which are not, in the interest of preserving forests and not harming those who depend upon them? Jon Steiner, Boise, ID Deforestation continues to be one of the world’s biggest environmental problems, especially in fast developing regions like South America, Southeast Asia and Africa.... Read more →

City Council

Council ponders lifting beekeeping ban

CITY HALL — Santa Monica could take a step toward repealing its beekeeping ban on Tuesday, as the City Council is set to discuss a proposal that also calls for setting up a bee sanctuary on City Hall-owned land. The plan has the ardent support of the Los Angeles-area beekeeping community, members of which have criticized Santa Monica... Read more →


Another shade of green

ALTA AVE — Although Santa Monica is generally an environmentally friendly town, one couple and contractor are taking green living to a new level with what they say is the city’s first carbon-neutral, 100-percent waste diversion house. As contractor Sean King, president of SMK Construction, transforms an old Alta Avenue bungalow... Read more →


Malibu parents pushing for charter school

MALIBU — Concerned that the state budget crisis and declining enrollment at Point Dume Marine Science Elementary School could prompt the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to close the award-winning campus, a coalition of parents and teachers at the campus want permission to operate it under an independent charter. Leaders of... Read more →


Step Up goes Hollywood

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica-based homeless services provider Step Up on Second is expanding its presence outside of its home base with a plan to open a new housing facility for the chronically homeless in Hollywood. The non-profit, which operates three housing projects in Santa Monica, has acquired the former Galaxy Hotel on Vine Street... Read more →


Deli not long for promenade

BROADWAY — In a move that almost certainly spells the end of the line for the venerable Broadway Deli, the Planning Commission on Wednesday granted the restaurant’s landlord, Promenade Gateway LLP, a permit it needs to move ahead with plans to replace the deli with two new, higher paying tenants. The land owner wants to subdivide... Read more →