Briefs

Healthcare for the less fortunate

Venice Family Clinic has received a $10,000 grant from L.A. Care to provide comprehensive primary health care services to low-income, uninsured and homeless men, women and children with disabilities on the Westside of Los Angeles. L.A. Care Health Plan is a public entity and community-accountable health plan serving Los Angeles County... Read more →

Crime

SM officers honored for busting drunks

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The thought of his 1-year-old son being harmed in a drunk driving accident pushes Santa Monica Police Officer Hector Tavera to work harder at his job. That motivation is paying off. Last year, Tavera brought in a total of 51 impaired drivers, the second highest tally in the department. The highest count belonged... Read more →

News

Celebrating the globe locally

CITYWIDE — This weekend, celebrate the whole wide world without leaving the city. Festivals for Earth weekend are being held from the Santa Monica Pier to the Santa Monica Mountains. The weekend kicks-off with the monthly “Nothin’ But Sand” beach cleanup hosted by Heal the Bay from 10 a.m. to noon on the beach just... Read more →

News

Shriver will not run for state office

DOWNTOWN — While the challenge of being the state’s top cop was intriguing, Councilman Bobby Shriver said Thursday that he will not run for attorney general in 2010, citing concerns about being away from his newborn baby girl during the campaign. The brother of California first lady Maria Shriver and nephew of President John F.... Read more →

News

Big Blue busted

CITY HALL — Three employees with Big Blue Bus face criminal charges for allegedly abusing a rideshare program that provides free public transit passes to city employees who pledge to leave their cars at home. Following a random internal audit of the program, City Hall’s Finance Department discovered irregularities in... Read more →

News

Pawn shop gets assistance from City Hall

DOWNTOWN — The last pawn shop in Santa Monica got a big boost from the City Council on Tuesday when officials approved an interim ordinance that expands the geographical area where such brokers are permitted. The new law allows Angelo’s Pawn Shop, which is located in the Mayfair Theater complex at 206 Santa Monica Blvd., to... Read more →

City Council

Council extends ordinance on large projects

CITY HALL — A proposal to extend an existing ordinance that permits certain large projects if developers promise public benefits is receiving resistance from neighborhood groups. Several organizations, including the Ocean Park Association, Friends of Sunset Park, and the Pico Neighborhood Association, sent letters to the City Council... Read more →

News

Open mic for entrepreneurs

DOWNTOWN — In a dimly-lit room off an alley behind the Third Street Promenade, Temitope Sonuyi jumped on stage and prepared to address the audience. All was relatively quiet inside The Westside Eclectic, filled with just a few whispers and some giggles as eyes turned to Sonuyi. What came out of his mouth was in stark contrast to the... Read more →

News

Hotels to offer third night free

DOWNTOWN — With tourism — one of the largest economic engines in the city — taking a hit in the recession, hotels are getting creative when it comes to attracting guests. The Convention and Visitors Bureau on Tuesday announced a new promotion in which 25 participating hotels will offer guests a free room for the third... Read more →

City Council

Downtown streets to be repaved

<i>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... Read more →