City Council

Court decision could pave way for 19 evictions

CITY HALL — The owners of an apartment and hotel property in the Wilmont district could be allowed to evict 19 tenants under the Ellis Act and turn the units into hotel rooms despite having previously waived their right to do so, a state appellate court ruled this week. Issued on Monday, the decision was a loss for City Hall, which... Read more →


Free parking measure makes ballot

SM BEACH — A trip to the beach is an inexpensive way to pass a summer day, and it could become even more recession-friendly if voters this November approve a proposed ballot initiative that would do away with parking fees for in-state drivers at all California state parks — including at Santa Monica’s state-owned beaches. Of... Read more →


New veterans home dedicated in West L.A.

VA CAMPUS — Nearly 400 elderly and disabled veterans will soon have a new housing and long-term care facility to call their own, following the official opening on Monday of the West Los Angeles Veterans Home. The $253 million facility is located on 17 acres in Westwood that the U.S. Veterans Administration gave to the state of... Read more →


Creating distance

Dear EarthTalk OK, so are cell phones emitting dangerous radiation or not? If so, which phones are safer that others and what do we do to minimize exposure? Luke Alderman Santa Fe, NM The jury is still out as to whether or not the radiation emitted by cell phones can cause negative health effects for callers. Mobile phones emit signals to... Read more →


Twilight Dance Series lineup announced

Santa Monica Pier officials announced the schedule for this summer’s Twilight Dance Series on Friday, unveiling an eclectic lineup with acts that play everything from classic rock to world music to something called Congolese Trance Dance-tronica. The Twilight Dance Series is an annual set of free concerts held at the Santa Monica Pier.... Read more →

City Council

AZ boycott could disrupt $3M mobile-home deal

CITY HALL — If you thought the Santa Monica City Council’s boycott of Arizona businesses was merely ceremonial, with few real-world implications, think again. It now appears that a proposed $3 million deal to acquire 20 manufactured homes for the City Hall-owned Mountain View Mobile Home Park could be at risk because of the... Read more →


Creating a new identity for Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Jonathan Dahms stumbled into living here four months ago. He knew nothing about the area, other than it was near Venice Beach. He now knows Downtown Santa Monica, with its popular restaurants and retail and its proximity to Palisades Park and the boardwalk, is the perfect place for him to live because he enjoys “the... Read more →


Report cites progress on HIV/AIDS

A new report from the Los Angeles County Department of Public Health finds that no infants were diagnosed with HIV in 2009 for the first time since 1999, the first year the county began tracking infected mothers. “While it is heartening to see that treatment has allowed those with HIV to live longer, healthier lives, and education and... Read more →


SMPD plans DUI checkpoint

The Santa Monica Police Department is planning a sobriety checkpoint tonight, a department press release stated. Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department will set up in the 1300 block of Ocean Avenue to check for drunk drivers and drivers license violations. This is the fifth of several checkpoints to be conducted over a 12-month... Read more →


Texting leads to jealousy

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, June 6,12:37 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of 11th Street regarding a domestic violence call. Upon arrival,... Read more →


Brit ex-pats abuzz over matchup

DOWNTOWN — Looking for a place to watch Saturday’s highly anticipated World Cup match between England and the United States? If so, Santa Monica is home to a number of British-themed watering holes that are sure to be abuzz with both Brits and Americans cheering on their teams — and a little light-hearted trash talk is sure... Read more →


Leaf blower justice

NOMA — The patrol car stops at the curb and the officers approach the suspect. They’ve caught him red handed, but the man, later identified as Jesus Duarte, doesn’t seem to know it. He calmly turns off his gas-powered leaf blower, which until seconds ago he had been using to beautify a yard in this posh North of Montana... Read more →


Library books lost to feces

MAIN LIBRARY — Librarians Thursday were prepared to dispose of roughly 150 books covering topics such as Greek literature and history after a patron “maliciously” spread human feces on the editions, Santa Monica officials said. Assistant City Librarian Claudia Fishler said her staff placed the contaminated books in sealed... Read more →


FAA stops test flight path

SMO — A day after the Federal Aviation Administration ended its 180-day flight pattern test that sent some small propeller planes taking off from Santa Monica Airport over neighborhoods instead of over less-populated areas, residents said they didn’t detect an immediate drop-off in noise from flyovers. “I’m not... Read more →