Disney turns retail into a theme park

SM PLACE — When the newly-renovated Santa Monica Place opens this summer, loyal followers of the Walt Disney Company will be treated to a trip to the amusement park in the form of an ambitious retail concept that uses the latest technology to entertain shoppers, encouraging them to stay longer and possibly spend more money. Disney,... Read more →

City Council

Lawsuits focus on affordable housing issues

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office on Wednesday announced developments in two cases officials hope will serve as warnings to Santa Monica property owners who fail to honor affordable housing requirements. In one case, City Hall lawyers said they had reached a deal to settle a lawsuit that centered on The Plaza at the... Read more →


Malibu teen busted for street surfing

MALIBU — An 18-year-old Malibu man who made headlines for being the youngest person to climb the highest peak on all seven continents will be charged with an infraction for surfing up Pacific Coast Highway on top of a BMW sedan on the way to school Wednesday. “I guess I was being stupid,” Johnny Strange said as he was... Read more →

City Council

No decision on mayor

CITY HALL — Having gone mayor-less since the death of Ken Genser in January, Santa Monica will remain that way for at least two more weeks. The City Council on Tuesday failed to select a replacement mayor after neither nominee for the post — Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor nor Bobby Shriver — received a majority vote from... Read more →



Over 130 entries were received, more than 3,000 people voted, and now Peter C. Menotti has been declared the winner of the 2010 Twilight Dance Series poster contest. His winning poster design entitled “Summer Skies” features a vibrant and whimsical design depicting a young couple dancing on the iconic Santa Monica Pier under the... Read more →


SMC fees may increase for nonresidents

SMC — Students who are not from California but plan to attend Santa Monica College in the fall of 2011 will have to pay more for their classes if a bill sponsored by a local state legislator is approved in the coming weeks. Assembly Bill 2297, introduced by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica), is intended to correct... Read more →


Waxman gets in on FAA bashing

SMO — Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30th District) has joined Santa Monica neighborhood activists and City Hall officials in criticizing the Federal Aviation Administration over an experimental flight path for small propeller-powered planes taking off from Santa Monica Airport. Residents in Sunset Park and Ocean Park have complained the new... Read more →


A room with a gym and a view

PCH — If you’d rather gaze at the Pacific Ocean than stare at a television screen as you plod away on a treadmill, the Annenberg Community Beach House may soon have what you’re looking for. The space with the best view at the facility — the second-story Sand & Sea Room — is slated to become a makeshift gym... Read more →


Big Blue a canvass for local students

Four Big Blue Buses have become rolling showcases for local students who designed posters that best demonstrated what sustainable transportation means to them. The students will be awarded grand prizes at a special event on Thursday, May 13 as part of the city-sponsored sustainability poster contest. The competition is held each year to... Read more →


Hefty RDA payment weakens SM projects

CITYWIDE — City Hall on Monday had to cut a check for nearly $21 million to the state as part of a legal ruling allowing Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to raid local redevelopment agencies to fund local schools. According to Gov. Schwarzenegger’s spokesman Aaron McLear, California’s economy “dodged a bullet” with... Read more →

City Council

Parking enforcement to get an update

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 →


SMC bond oversight needed

Santa Monica College is seeking applications for the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the use of funds generated by measures U, S and AA, which are funding capital improvement projects at the college. The application deadline is Monday, June 7. The vacancies are specifically for representatives of a college support... Read more →


Rescuing pets from toxic collars

Dear EarthTalk: I’m told that, despite improvements in recent years, pesticides in flea collars are still harmful to pets and humans. Are there ways to minimize fleas without resorting to chemical concoctions? And is anything being done to ban these dangerous products from store shelves? — Nancy Trouffant, Lancaster,... Read more →


SM squirrels become an Internet hit

CITYWIDE — With the advent of free video hosting websites, a new market has opened up for a very particular kind of entertainment — cute animal videos. An offshoot of this phenomenon came to Santa Monica in the fall of 2008 when a local resident left a few nuts on her porch for neighboring squirrels and, after the squirrels... Read more →


Chamber seeks more leeway in LUCE for developers

SM CHAMBER — Despite seven years of work on City Hall’s general plan update and a summertime deadline to approve a final version of the document, some of the toughest decisions remain to be made. As the Chamber of Commerce’s latest comments on the Land Use and Circulation Element make clear, despite many compromises,... Read more →