Story time with a fifth grade twist

DOWNTOWN — Everyone has a story to tell. And this Sunday, fifth graders from Will Rogers Elementary School will attempt to tell the stories of several Santa Monicans through their third annual Story Detectives show. The performance, to be held at Magicopolis Theater on Fourth Street at 5 p.m., showcases monologues written by the fifth... Read more →


Two percent rent hike OK’d

The Rent Control Board on Tuesday approved a 2 percent rent increase for apartment units that fall under its jurisdiction. The decision means owners of most of Santa Monica’s 28,000 rent-controlled units will be allowed to boost rents by as much as 2 percent in the next 12 months. Last year, the board approved a 1 percent maximum... Read more →


BBB contract safe from AZ boycott

Big Blue Bus officials are urging the City Council to go ahead with a proposed contract with Trapeze Group, a software company whose future business with Santa Monica fell into doubt last month when the City Council voted to boycott Arizona over its controversial new immigration law. Though the company is headquartered near Toronto, Canada,... Read more →


College latest to boycott Arizona

SMC — The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday to economically boycott Arizona until it repeals its controversial new immigration law, the college announced Thursday, following similar moves by the City Council. The boycott will mainly focus on refraining from attending meetings and conferences in... Read more →


Airport mishap

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. Saturday, May 29, at 4:55 p.m. Officers responded to the 1500 block of Berkeley Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arrival, officers... Read more →


Cracking jokes for a good cause

DOWNTOWN — Domestic violence may not be a laughing matter, but Sarah Silverman and five of her comedian friends will perform stand-up to benefit Ocean Park Community Center’s Sojourn Services For Battered Women and their Children during its fourth annual comedy night fundraiser on Saturday. The event, held for the first time at... Read more →


SMC students cut hair for oil spill

SMC — These days, when you get your hair cut at Santa Monica College’s student-staffed salon you’re not just saving money and helping stylists-in-training hone their skills. You’re also donating to the effort to cleanup the massive BP oil spill underway in the Gulf of Mexico. Under the direction of Cosmetology... Read more →

City Council

Rent Control Board wants powers expanded

CITY HALL — In a bid to significantly broaden the scope of tenant protections in Santa Monica, the Rent Control Board wants to bolster rules that protect against evictions and extend those protections to cover all tenants in the city, rather than just those who live in rent-controlled apartments. To take effect, the proposed changes... Read more →


Brownley pushes for statewide plastic bag ban

SM PIER — Free plastic bags could soon vanish from checkout stands across California under a bill proposed by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) that is set for a crucial vote in Sacramento this week. Brownley’s proposal would bar grocery stores, convenience stores and pharmacies in California from giving... Read more →

City Council

Council votes for Arizona boycott, with wiggle room

CITY HALL — The City Council last week unanimously voted to boycott Arizona businesses to protest that state’s tough new immigration law, but stopped short of pulling the plug on a possible $2 million contract with a company that has a facility near Phoenix. The seven-member council was united last Tuesday in passing a... Read more →


Bus fare hike OK’d; parking could be next

CITY HALL — Bus fares are going up, and the cost of a parking violation could be next. Faced with a $6.4 million Big Blue Bus operating deficit, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved increasing cash fares from 75 cent to $1 for standard passengers, from 50 cents to $1 for students and from 25 cents to 50 cents for seniors,... Read more →


In search of families

DOWNTOWN — Linda Brenden knows she’s changed at least one life from opening up her home to foreign exchange students. During one of the 21 years she has hosted international high school students as part of Education First’s Foundation for Foreign Study, a boy from Scandinavia did not interact much with the other students and... Read more →


Samohi’s Lacy passes away

SAMOHI — Norm Lacy, Santa Monica High School’s athletic director, passed away on Saturday, school officials and friends said. The cause of death was due to a heart attack, according to a number of sources associated with the school. “Just terrible,” Samohi softball Head Coach Debbie Skaggs said. “This is very... Read more →


Are storms a sign of what’s to come?

Dear EarthTalk The U.S. got socked with several major storms this past winter. Local weather reports never mentioned this as odd. But is it a sign of global warming? R.A. Forbes via e-mail Weather patterns and trends are notoriously unpredictable, varying due to a great many different inputs. While it’s true that snowier, stormier... Read more →


Legendary prop house begins sale of collection

MAIN STREET — It was 1976, and Jadis had just opened. A woman came and knocked on the door, a smile wide across her face. The collection of technological oddities and anachronistic models reminded her of her grandfather’s basement. But her boyfriend, standing next to her with a latte, did not want to pay the $1 entrance... Read more →