Environment

Poor water quality may have better days ahead

DOWNTOWN — There is finally some good news to come out of Heal the Bay’s 19th Annual Beach Report Card for the Santa Monica Pier. While the beach is still among the dirtiest in the state, making the top 10 “Beach Bummers” list and earning an F for water quality once again, the outlook is positive for a better grade... Read more →

News

Saint John’s nurses claim intimidation

MID-CITY — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center who want to unionize have filed a third complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming hospital managers threatened to arrest nurses who spoke about patient care at a recent City Council meeting. Registered nurses held a news conference near Saint John’s on... Read more →

Crime

Crime stats at the click of a mouse

CYBER SPACE — Residents and business owners can now use their computers to find out when and where crimes are occurring throughout Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Police Department, in conjunction with the Information Systems Department, unveiled a new crime mapping system Monday that allows the public direct access to crime data, which... Read more →

City Council

City officials mull modest rent increase

CITY HALL — This fall, Santa Monica tenants could see one of the smallest rent increases in recent history. The Rent Control Board is currently considering a staff recommendation to allow landlords to raise rents by no more than 1 percent effective Sept. 1, setting a floor of $8 and a ceiling of $16. A public hearing is scheduled for... Read more →

Education

District crossing fingers for ballot measures to pass

SMMUSD HDQTRS — If the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is to avoid an extra $6.8 million revenue shortfall on top of the money it’s already expected to lose, it will need a lot of help at the polls today. That’s the harsh reality facing the school district which is already preparing to say goodbye to more than... Read more →

News

Village project faces one-year delay

MAIN STREET — Amid all the buzz surrounding a series of future projects meant to reactivate the Civic Center comes news that construction for a major housing development could face delays for up to a year. The ground breaking for the Civic Center Village has been pushed back to July 2010 as the developer, Related/Santa Monica Village... Read more →

Briefs

COMMUNITY BRIEFS

CLOVERFIELD BLVD DMV closes for renovation The Santa Monica office of the Department of Motor Vehicles is undergoing a much-needed facelift. The office, located at 2235 Cloverfield Blvd., has been closed since May 1 for a major renovation project, which includes the installation of a new floor and a number of physical upgrades to bring... Read more →

Homelessness

Teach a man to fish …

MID-CITY — As local residents continue to feel the crunch of the national economic recession, small community groups are making big differences in the lives of those who have fallen on hard times. One such ongoing effort, organized by Beth Shir Sholom, holds weekly meetings at its recently established career center, teaching attendees... Read more →

Environment

Big problems often come in small places

Dear EarthTalk What is “nanotechnology?” I’ve heard that nanoparticles are already in consumer products, yet we haven’t really studied their potential health impacts. Dan Zeff San Francisco, CA Nanotechnology makes use of minuscule objects — whose width can be 10,000 times narrower than a human hair —... Read more →

Education

Teachers concerned about possible health care cap

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Upset with a proposal to cap employer contributions to their health care coverage, a contingent of teachers flooded the Board of Education meeting on Thursday to address what they believe will be a permanent pay cut. There was not an open seat in the house as a crowd of educators filled the board room, a strange... Read more →