Massive West L.A. project delayed

OLYMPIC BLVD — In a move applauded by Santa Monica residents concerned about traffic on the east side of town, the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday delayed approving a large mixed-use project proposed for the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive. City Hall and the Friends of Sunset Park, in addition to a coalition of... Read more →

City Council

Pier museum hearing delayed

CITY HALL — At least for now, plans for a museum at the end of the Santa Monica pier have been placed on hold. The Pier Restoration Corp. had planned to ask the City Council for $5,000 at its Tuesday meeting to begin planning the museum but decided at the last minute to pull its proposal from the agenda. Ben Franz-Knight, the... Read more →

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City manager settling into ‘dream job’

CITY HALL — Less than three weeks into the top job at City Hall, Rod Gould says he’s already learned at least one valuable lesson about Santa Monica — “a small city that acts like a big city in many ways,” as he put it. With a large city staff to lead, a host of community leaders to get to know and some... Read more →


West L.A. project sparks protest

OLYMPIC BLVD — Centinela Avenue may be where Santa Monica ends, but local residents are afraid a massive development proposed for just beyond that boundary could come to mark the beginning of a new era of nightmarish traffic in the city brought on by over-development. Called the Bundy Village Medical Park, the controversial project... Read more →

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City Hall to pay for integrating Expo

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 →


Dozens pray for Bahai leaders jailed in Iran

COLORADO AVE — Although football is the focus for many people on Superbowl Sunday, Santa Monica Bahais had something else on their minds. On the same day that seven Bahai leaders in Iran underwent a second court appearance on security threat charges, members of the Santa Monica Bahai Center gathered to pray for these troubled... Read more →


School year to be cut by 5 days

SMMUSD HDQTRS — California’s budget crisis means summer break will likely be coming early for students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The school district has reached tentative labor agreements with its teachers and other employees that include five furlough days this year and next year. If given final... Read more →


Clearing the roads

Dear EarthTalk Short of massive efforts to build a public transportation infrastructure, which doesn’t appear likely anytime soon, what is being done to address traffic congestion, which is reaching absurd levels almost everywhere? John Daniels Baltimore, MD Traffic congestion has gotten way out of hand — and not just in... Read more →

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Council to consider funds for pier museum

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are in the midst of a high stakes negotiation with billionaire Eli Broad to bring a multi-million dollar art museum to Santa Monica. But the battle for the Broad isn’t the only museum-related discussion that’s ongoing at City Hall. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. will be... Read more →


Light rail a step closer to reality

DOWNTOWN — Transportation officials this week signed off on a plan to extend the Expo light rail line to Downtown Santa Monica, approving the project’s environmental review and selecting a route for the line’s Westside component. The decision by the Expo Authority’s board on Thursday paves the way for construction to... Read more →


Victim in hit-and-run recovering

DOWNTOWN — Family members of the 28-year-old Santa Monica woman who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street Monday said she is recovering, but doctors are still trying to determine the extent of her brain injury. Brittany Norton is currently in the Nuerointensive Care Unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center... Read more →

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City Hall again delays museum vote

CITY HALL — After announcing a tentative deal in January to bring philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Hall has delayed a required City Council vote on the agreement for the second time, several council members said this week. In an e-mail to the council obtained by the... Read more →


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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, Jan. 28, at 7: 20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →


Thieves make off with $300K in jewelry

WILSHIRE BLVD — Police are searching for three men wanted in connection with a robbery in which $300,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, authorities said. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 3 around 5 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2500 block of Wilshire Boulevard, said Sgt. Dave Hunscke with the Santa Monica Police Department. Two... Read more →


UCLA opens family wellness center

DOWNTOWN — New scientific studies routinely come out suggesting new ways for healthier living, but the gap between what researchers know and how most people live can be a wide one. Now, a new center started by UCLA in Santa Monica is aiming to bridge the divide by bringing classes and programs based on researchers’ work directly... Read more →