School board votes to cut 92 jobs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — As many as 92 employees could be laid off from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District this year under a plan approved Thursday by the Board of Education. The layoffs would include classroom teachers, nurses and counselors and would save the district about $7.3 million. It’s possible, though, fewer... Read more →


Police make progress on rape evidence

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — After facing considerable criticism for failing to process over 450 rape kits that may contain critical DNA evidence, the Santa Monica Police Department has dramatically changed its policy regarding the kits and has processed nearly 75 percent of those in storage, police said. Under the new policy, all rape... Read more →


Will Rogers wins achievement award

WILL ROGERS — After years of working by late principal Irma Lyons’ motto of “blood, sweat and tears,” Will Rogers Learning Community has received a 2010 Title 1 Academic Achievement Award. Will Rogers, a kindergarten through fifth grade elementary school, received the award after meeting and surpassing 2008 and 2009... Read more →


Samohi boys cruise into second round

SAMOHI — So far, so good for Santa Monica’s boys basketball team. The Vikings cruised to an easy 64-39 home win over Quartz Hill in the first round of the California Interschoalstic Federation Southern Section Divison 1A playoffs on Wednesday setting up a rare second home playoff game against Dana Hills tonight at 7... Read more →


Smoking for the holidays

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. 12, at 8:10 p.m. Officers were patrolling the 600 block of Ocean Park Boulevard when they observed a bicyclist riding without a headlamp, a... Read more →


Eatery owners grill City Hall on market plans

MAIN STREET — Restaurant owners here want preferential treatment at their home-turf Farmers’ Market and say City Hall is dragging its feet on giving them the competitive edge they deserve. At issue is how City Hall selects vendors to sell prepared food at 13 booths available at the market each Sunday. With its mix of produce... Read more →

City Council

Knocking on history’s door

CITY HALL — They’re not exactly priceless artifacts, but two doorknobs once used in Santa Monica’s historic City Jail are causing a stir among collectors who want to own a piece of City Hall’s rich history. In a so-called “adaptive reuse” project funded by the federal government, the old jail building is... Read more →


City Hall sues to enforce affordable housing agreement

SM COURTHOUSE — City Hall has filed a lawsuit against the owners of Santa Monica’s largest, single source of affordable housing, claiming the landlords failed to properly verify the financial status and eligibility of dozens of tenants, which resulted in some controlled units being rented to those who make too much money. The... Read more →


Chamber event to promote buying local

SM CHAMBER — With tourism lagging and the economy still struggling, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce is hoping its latest business expo, which takes place today, will provide local businesses with a needed boost. Beginning at 5 p.m., about 70 exhibitors including merchants, non-profit organizations and City Hall departments will... Read more →


App connects community

Santa Monica residents can now use their iPhones to report problems in the community — without ever making a phone call. With the new GORequest app, citizens can alert officials of an issue they encounter simply by taking a picture. iPhone-toting residents who see things like graffiti or trees that need trimming can open the app,... Read more →


Bayside ambassadors get positive reviews

DOWNTOWN — Walking down the Third Street Promenade in a dark blue jacket emblazoned with the words “Santa Monica Downtown Ambassadors,” Shana Gadlin approached a group of tourists huddled around a map. After a minute of talking and pointing, the group thanked Gadlin for her directions and moved along. Being a de-facto... Read more →


Kid busted by the food cops

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Next time you’re about to sneak a snack while riding on a Big Blue Bus, you may want to think twice. Eating on the bus system isn’t just bad manners, it’s also against state law, as one 14-year-old boy found out first hand this month when two undercover officers escorted him off a No. 4 bus and... Read more →


Beach House a drain on city coffers

SM BEACH HOUSE — Since opening in April, the Annenberg Community Beach House has been a hit with visitors and an in-demand venue for private parties. But even so, the public beach club has fallen short of revenue projections and is expected to earn $800,000 less this fiscal year from private events than originally estimated, raising... Read more →


Blog aims to boost tourism, love of SM

CITYWIDE — The official I Love Santa Monica blog, launched, appropriately, on Valentine’s Day, is everything you’d expect from the folks at the Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau: shiny, upbeat and, of course, all about Santa Monica. Promising to be an online forum for sharing “fun, historic, memorable and... Read more →


Fresh water overload

Dear EarthTalk If the ice caps are melting, what is happening to the salt content of the oceans? And might this contribute to weather patterns or cause other environmental problems? George Boyer via e-mail It’s true that the melting of the polar ice caps as a result of global warming is sending large amounts of freshwater into the... Read more →