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Council backs change of campaign disclosure laws

CITY HALL — The City Council earlier this week backed plans to tighten local campaign finance disclosure laws, a step prompted by the election season activities of the group Santa Monicans for Quality Government (SMQG), which used money from developers to create mailers some called “deceptive” and failed to file financial... Read more →

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City Council approves taxi franchises

CITY HALL — In a move that will dramatically reduce the number of cabs on Santa Monica streets, the City Council Tuesday awarded five taxi franchises and put a cap on the total number of cabs operating within the city at 250. The council also unanimously approved a fare structure with maximums set for trips to regional airports. Cab... Read more →

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Council to approve employee insurance deal

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Old dog, new tricks

November is nationally known as “adopt-a–senior-pet month” and the Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) encourages the public to consider adopting a senior pet this month.  Senior animals make great companions, county officials said. They have lots of love to give and have already acquired... Read more →


iPhone ap monitors water quality

Environmentalists have a new tool to help monitor water quality throughout California. The California Water Resources Control Board has teamed up with IBM to create a new iPhone app that allows the everyday citizen to snap a picture of a body of water and report how much water and trash they see. The information is sent to the control... Read more →


Malibu students picked for national choirs

MALIBU — Five talented singers from the Malibu Middle/High School’s Choral Department earned spots on two prestigious national honor choirs, school district officials announced Monday. Isobel Anthony, Katie Reinhold, Caitlin Shoemaker, and Nancy Walecki were accepted into the 2011 National Children’s Honor Choir. All are in... Read more →


New Broadway shops aim to attract pedestrians

BROADWAY — Extending the pedestrian friendly feel of the Third Street Promenade into surrounding parts of Downtown Santa Monica has been a longtime goal for planners and retailers alike. Now, with a couple of new sidewalk shops expected to open this month and next on Broadway between Fourth Street and Santa Monica Place, the vision is... Read more →


Global dimming’s dark days

Dear EarthTalk I’ve heard of global warming, of course, but what on Earth is “global dimming?” Max S. Seattle, Wash. Global dimming is a less well-known but real phenomenon resulting from atmospheric pollution. The burning of fossil fuels by industry and internal combustion engines, in addition to releasing the carbon... Read more →


Former SM police chief Butts in runoff for Inglewood mayor

INGLEWOOD — Former Santa Monica Police chief James Butts is headed for a runoff election in the Inglewood mayoral race after finishing in second-place with 31 percent of the vote last Tuesday. The top finisher, incumbent Mayor Danny Tabor, received 43.5 percent of the vote, short of the majority required for a victory. The runoff... Read more →


New iPhone app aims to revolutionize film industry

LOEWS HOTEL — With more than 250,000 iPhone Apps available, it seems like these days, there’s an app for just about everything. Jim Robertson and Richard Kwiat, creators of the app Doddle, hope to do more than just contribute to that statistic. “We like to say is by the industry for the industry,” said Harvey Osborn,... Read more →


Record-breaking heat at SM Pier

SM PIER — Thursday proved to be another hot one. Records were shattered in communities across Los Angeles County, including Santa Monica, where the temperature at the world-famous pier reached 96 degrees, according to the National Weather Service. The old record, set in 1976, was 88 degrees. Don’t worry though. A cooling trend is... Read more →


Four new dining options announced for SM Place

DOWNTOWN Four new dining options announced for SM Place If the food court at Santa Monica Place wasn’t enough, the outdoor mall has slated an additional four gourmet alternatives for the third floor dining deck, officials announced this week. The Market, which has been compared to, although on a much smaller scale, San... Read more →


Holbrook still leads Winterer, but gap narrows

DOWNTOWN — Just 121 votes — fewer than .2 percent of those cast in the contest — separated City Council challenger Ted Winterer from five-term incumbent Bob Holbrook by Friday afternoon, after thousands more ballots from Tuesday’s election were tallied. According to election results posted online by the Los Angeles... Read more →


Grant to fund traffic enforcement

In an effort to save lives and prevent injuries on Santa Monica streets, the police department will conduct several special traffic enforcement operations over the next 12 months, with funding coming from a $159,403 grant awarded by the California Office of Traffic Safety. Special operations include driver’s license/sobriety... Read more →