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 →

News

Promenade performer noise issue resurfaces

DOWNTOWN — It’s a long-time fixture on the Third Street Promenade, a crowd-drawing line-up of diverse entertainment acts, from crooners to break-dancers to acrobats, all accessible over three blocks. But while street performers have long played a part in making the promenade a world-famous shopping destination, their presence... Read more →

Airport

Hearing officer sides with FAA over jet ban

LONG BEACH — Less than a week after a U.S. appellate judge upheld an injunction restricting City Hall from enforcing its ban on jets, it looks like the battle with the Federal Aviation Administration could very well end up back in federal court. That’s the likely scenario facing City Hall after the FAA’s hearing officer... Read more →

News

Finding a compromise on outdoor dining

DOWNTOWN — They’re considered vital to the successful operation of a restaurant with an outdoor dining section, offering patrons the luxury of an alfresco environment with protection from the elements. But depending on how retractable weather screens are used, they can be illegal. That’s what a handful of... Read more →

News

Calling all cars

CITYWIDE — Dialing 911 from a cell phone used to be a gamble for those trying to reach the Santa Monica Police Department. Oftentimes the call would be answered by the California Highway Patrol, which was overloaded, leaving some callers on hold for minutes at a time. Not any more. Now those who call for help within Santa... Read more →

Crime

Get your own room

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. Friday, May 8, at 2:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2000 block of 14th Street regarding a report of a male bleeding from his neck.... Read more →

News

New clinic for kids opens

MID-CITY — Children in Santa Monica and the Westside who suffer from cerebral palsy, scoliosis, spina bifida and other muscoskeletal disorders have a new facility to turn to. The Los Angeles Orthopaedic Hospital, a leader in orthopaedic patient care, research and education for nearly a century, held the grand opening Wednesday of the... Read more →

City Council

City Hall wants to give cash to families losing homes

CITY HALL — Santa Monica families who are about to lose their homes should think twice before returning their keys. City officials are preparing to launch a new program that will give financial assistance to struggling local families on the brink of homelessness, using anticipated incoming funds from the federal stimulus package. The... Read more →

Crime

Elderly woman run over in hit-and-run

MID-CITY — A 79-year-old woman was run over and dragged while visiting a medical plaza on Santa Monica Boulevard Monday afternoon, the driver fleeing the scene, failing to render aid, police said. Santa Monica investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the driver, who was described as a white male in his 60s... Read more →

Airport

Court upholds jet ban injunction

CITY HALL — Jets are allowed to continue using Santa Monica Airport while federal aviation and city officials battle over the legality of a locally-imposed ban on the largest and fastest aircraft. That’s according to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals which recently denied a request by City Hall to lift an injunction against the... Read more →