News

In Santa Monica, life’s a beach

SM BEACH — It’s not that there isn’t a cloud in the sky — it’s just that no one seems to care. A steady trickle of tourists heads for the Santa Monica Pier and the beach Wednesday morning, unperturbed by a cool breeze. “She’s a little overweight,” says a man pushing his stroller down Ocean... Read more →

News

Council considers extending club’s lease agreement

PCH — While the Annenberg Community Beach House has enjoyed a busy inaugural summer of steady visitors, its much older and more established neighbor to the south is hoping to convince city officials to let it keep its sandy space. The City Council on Tuesday began the process of determining whether it should pick up a 10-year... Read more →

Education

A government of the people and by the people

SMC BROAD STAGE — What started as an opinion piece has sparked a movement to reform state government. Last August, CEO Jim Wunderman published an opinion in the San Francisco Chronicle calling for a state constitutional convention to be held in order to rectify some of California’s many economic issues he felt the government was... Read more →

Crime

Some friend

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, July 12, at 11:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the area of Fourth Street and Olympic Boulevard spotted a driver who... Read more →

Environment

Civic leaders approve solar panel changes

CITY HALL — A controversial law requiring photovoltaic panels to be installed in the least visible location from the street got the greenlight from the City Council on Tuesday just weeks after solar advocates argued the rule would deter interested property owners in the future. The ordinance, meant to streamline the permit application... Read more →

News

Packed concerts, increased security

SM PIER — As attendance at the Twilight Dance Series increases, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. is looking to reorganize to accommodate more concert-goers each week. Last week the Santa Monica Police Department added heightened security along the beach once the pier reached capacity and people began to overflow onto the sand.... Read more →

Briefs

Taking sustainability to the Web

City Hall has unveiled a new Web site aimed at fostering a greater understanding of what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle. The Web site, www.sustainablesm.org, is the latest creation from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. It will provide information on important city services, programs, and resources for individuals... Read more →

City Council

Council moves maintenance yard plan forward

CITY HALL — A new proposal to move a planned rail maintenance yard further away from homes in the Pico Neighborhood will go onto the next phase of evaluation, disappointing some nearby residents who said the alternative doesn’t go far enough. The City Council on Tuesday authorized its staff to continue exploring a recently... Read more →

News

Dine out to fight breast cancer

OCEAN AVENUE — Eating at some of Santa Monica’s best restaurants can now also help in the fight against breast cancer. The Los Angeles County affiliate of Susan G. Komen for the Cure is hosting the first annual Dine Out for the Cure today, with restaurants donating 10 percent of their proceeds toward the cause. “This event... Read more →

Homelessness

ACLU files suit against City Hall for homeless

CITY HALL — There was a 56-year-old woman who once lived on the streets of Santa Monica, suffering from paranoid schizophrenia and claiming she sees spaceships coming for her nightly, the same ones that murdered her parents and sister. Homeless and surviving on Social Security checks, the woman relocated to Venice after she was... Read more →