Council to examine protecting children from paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — A circus-like atmosphere began unfolding at the First Presbyterian Nursery School, the source of chaos coming not from crying children, but rather a group of two dozen photographers snapping away from behind a fence. They hooked their cameras into the fence, some even climbing up the divider erected between the playground and... Read more →

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New buses for Big Blue, sidewalks to be repaired

<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 →

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City employees vote to give up bonuses

CITY HALL — Hundreds of city employees voted in favor of forgoing performance bonuses this fiscal year, an action that is expected to save City Hall $1.3 million. City Manager Lamont Ewell approached three bargaining units earlier this year and asked them to give up $2.3 million in bonuses in an effort to prevent cuts to services and... Read more →


Something in the water

Dear EarthTalk Is there any truth to the rumor about high levels of birth control chemicals being found in some cities’ drinking water? If so can these be filtered out? Elizabeth Yerkes Via email It is true that trace amounts of birth control and other medications — as well as household and industrial chemicals of every stripe... Read more →


Conviction upheld in deadly Farmers’ Market crash

LOS ANGELES — A state appeals court panel on Thursday upheld the conviction of an elderly man whose car plowed through the Wednesday Farmers’ Market in July 2003, killing 10 people and injuring 68 others. The three-justice panel from the Second District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s claim that errors were made in... Read more →


Using art to protect Mother Earth

The spirit of Earth Day will carry on through July in Airport Park with a new temporary art exhibition, “Cool Globes: Hot Ideas for a Cooler Planet.” The collection of whimsical yet informative globes was conceived in Chicago in 1997 as a community arts project similar to the “Cows on Parade” exhibitions popular... Read more →


One house gone

The Board of Education on Thursday voted to cut one house from Santa Monica High School’s celebrated House System, effectively transferring one principal to Malibu High School and reducing several other positions. The board did elect to keep two advisers and one outreach specialist for at least another school year, a change from the... Read more →


Ambassadors come to Downtown

DOWNTOWN — Gino Marcello Adina always enjoyed playing the part of the helpful local, directing inquiring visitors to their destination and answering questions about the city. So when the Santa Monica resident and writer saw an advertisement that the Bayside District Corp. was looking for a group of friendly people to staff its new... Read more →

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Community Briefs

CITY HALL Keeping an eye on the cash City Hall has a new financial watchdog. After a nationwide search, Marty Kolkin was selected as the new internal audit manager for City Hall. He began working for the city on June 1. “I am delighted to have Marty on our team,” said Carol Swindell, director of finance for City Hall.... Read more →