Environment

Council members approve water sustainability plan

CITY HALL — Santa Monica seems to have a plan for everything, from bike paths to land use, and at its meeting Tuesday, the City Council approved the process for one more — a plan to make Santa Monica completely self-sufficient in water supply by 2020. “I have to present a plan to make a plan,” joked Gil Borboa,... Read more →

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Rocker Axl Rose sues Activision over ‘Guitar Hero’

DOWNTOWN — Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will get his day in court, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday. Rose is suing Santa Monica-based video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc. for $20 million for using a Guns N’ Roses song in its hit franchise “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” video game.... Read more →

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Plane out of SMO goes down in Thousand Oaks

THOUSAND OAKS — Authorities say a small plane that departed from Santa Monica Airport has gone down in a Thousand Oaks landfill injuring two people on board. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Piper Arrow reportedly had a loss of engine power and crashed into the landfill at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Gregor... Read more →

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Diving into Santa Monica’s history

There are not many places like Santa Monica. It’s both an international destination and a sleepy beach town. It’s a haven for innovation and invention while also proudly keeping true to its small-town roots. I have been involved in this community since I arrived in 1990 and have become fascinated by this city and its rich,... Read more →

Education

School district, Malibu parents working toward peace

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials and Malibu-area parents are working together to strengthen bonds of communication between the two groups, which have found themselves at odds in recent years. Superintendent Tim Cuneo and three school board members met with Malibu parents last Wednesday to talk about... Read more →

Briefs

Cleaning up the fish kill

SM BAY — Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay is looking for volunteers who don’t mind the smell of a few million dead sardines. With the massive fish kill in Redondo’s King Harbor earlier this week, the most pressing issue now is the clean-up, officials with the environmental watchdog said Wednesday. It’s critical that... Read more →

Briefs

Dig in to a winning partnership

It’s no secret that the benefits of gardening are many, from mental to physical to environmental. But in a city of 94,000 people in just 5 square miles, not everyone has room to grow. Santa Monica property owners in need of help with their garden, can list their space with the city’s Garden Sharing Registry. Once listed, they will... Read more →

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Heal the Bay wants help to clean dead fish

Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay is looking for volunteers who don’t mind the smell of a few million dead sardines. With the massive fish kill in Redondo’s King Harbor earlier this week, the most pressing issue now is the clean-up, officials with the environmental watchdog said Wednesday. It’s critical that all the dead... Read more →

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Major changes ahead for Downtown parking

CITY HALL — Parking in Santa Monica will get a facelift between now and 2014 with several major structures going off-line, the creation of temporary parking facilities throughout town and a slew of incentives to encourage locals to park further from Downtown. The City Council approved measures that allow staff to study and adapt to... Read more →

Government

Plastic bag ban takes effect

CITYWIDE — Today marks the official start-date of Santa Monica’s one-use bag ban, although enforcement will not begin until Sept. 1. After that date, a 10-cent fee will be placed on each bag used. The six-month grace period will allow retailers to use up the plastic and paper bags they already have in stock, and do research on... Read more →

Education

Union rep raises yellow flag on layoffs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District may run into legal problems if it tries to lay off six nurses the Board of Education approved for pink slips in February, a labor union representative said. The cuts would reduce the nursing staff to four. If the nurses are let go, the district has considered hiring... Read more →

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Santa Monica’s population grows slightly since 2000

DOWNTOWN — The number of people who can call Santa Monica home grew slightly over the last 10 years, from 84,084 to 89,735, representing a 6.7 percent increase, according to figures released Tuesday by the U.S. Census Bureau. Of those residents, 77,156 are over the age of 18, according to the 2010 Census. There are 11,716 Hispanic or... Read more →

City Council

Fogarty steps down as planning director

CITY HALL — Santa Monica’s planning director is resigning, even as City Hall faces major challenges in applying the land use plan that she most notably shepherded into existence. Eileen Fogarty, who has led the Department of Planning and Community Development for the last four and a half years, will make her exit in May, according... Read more →

City Council

Labor agreement holds up beach hotel’s sale

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 →