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‘Mixed reviews’ for common area smoking ban

CITY HALL — A year after a law banning smoking in common areas of apartments and condos took effect, a City Hall report says the ban has been well received by tenants and landlords. The report from the City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit released last week said City Hall has received relatively few complaints about the ban... Read more →

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More Big Blue Buses on the way

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 →


Eating right for life

Dear EarthTalk: I see a lot of “healthy snacks” being marketed for kids that list “natural flavors” but don’t identify them. Should I use these products? John Stein, Methuen, MA Beloved food writer Michael Pollan recommends steering clear of foods that advertise their green attributes on their label. According... Read more →


61 school employees to get pink slips

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Sixty-one local public school employees, most of them classroom teachers, will be getting pink slips by March 15, part of a plan approved by the school board to eliminate a total of 92 positions to help cut into a projected $14 million budget deficit. The damage could have been greater, but some teachers who would have... Read more →


Brownley walks a mile in guard’s shoes

JAMS — Having sent both her children here, state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is well acquainted with John Adams Middle School. But on Friday the former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education member got to see the campus from a whole new perspective. Donning a florescent yellow work vest and... Read more →


Pier concert series in jeopardy

SM PIER — Facing two years of severe sponsorship shortfalls, Santa Monica Pier leadership is considering a reduced Twilight Dance Series or replacing the popular event with a less expensive run of free concerts. Officials with the pier said sponsorship revenue has dropped by 80 percent from 2008, and have announced a fundraising effort... Read more →

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Fundraising starts early for some SM pols

CITY HALL — The November election is still eight months away, but some Santa Monica politicians and residents are already gearing up for a fight. Ted Winterer, who in February was nominated to fill a vacancy on the City Council for the second straight year but failed to win the appointment, is starting to raise money for his council... Read more →


Thief snatches senior’s soup

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, Feb. 26, at 12:15 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue — Santa Monica Senior Center —... Read more →


Poor seniors have a new home

BROADWAY — City Hall dedicated a new affordable housing complex here last week, adding 20 units for low income senior citizens to Santa Monica’s housing stock. The project, located at 1458 14th St. and completed in December, is the first affordable housing complex to open in the city in about a year, said Jim Kemper, City... Read more →


City Hall wants drivers to share

CITY HALL — Embracing public transit doesn’t necessarily mean renouncing driving — it may just mean learning how to share. Such is the hope at City Hall, where officials are aiming to reduce traffic congestion in Santa Monica by striking a deal with a so-called “carsharing” company that rents out vehicles by the... Read more →


Family tree is ripe with history

HOUSTON — The history of one Santa Monica family spans both time and space. Albert Louis Bresnik served as the personal photographer for Amelia Earhart from 1932 to 1937, the year she disappeared. His grandson, Marine Corps Lt. Col. Randy Bresnik (“Komrade”), flew aboard space shuttle Atlantis during STS-129 last November. As the... Read more →


City Hall settles on firm for garden walk

CIVIC CENTER — It’s expected to become the cornerstone of City Hall’s ambitious plan to remake Santa Monica’s Civic Center. The seven-acre site that today is a makeshift parking lot will one day become a pedestrian friendly juncture between the city’s two main business districts, the future Expo Light Rail stop... Read more →


New dining options at SM Place

SM PLACE — Macerich Co. this week announced it has leased space at Santa Monica Place to three new shops that will help round out a diverse mix of restaurants and food purveyors the company hopes will make its top-story “dining deck” a major attraction at the new mall. With a view of the ocean and the Third Street Promenade,... Read more →


Consumer group sues Anthem over policy changes

SUNSET PARK — Santa Monica consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, in conjunction with Blue Cross policyholders, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Anthem Blue Cross, the California branch of WellPoint Inc. The class action lawsuit accuses the health insurer of forcing customers into coverage offering less benefits and higher... Read more →