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Council hopefuls need not apply

CITY HALL — Would-be City Council members interested in the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Ken Genser won’t have to apply for the position. Instead of filing an official application with City Hall describing their qualifications, interested parties are being asked to contact a City Council member or the City Clerk directly to... Read more →

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City Hall braces for cuts as revenue drops

CITY HALL — Painful spending cuts could be on the horizon as City Hall grapples with a bleak financial outlook, though officials said Santa Monica is in a better fiscal position than most cities. “Things are so much worse in virtually every other place,” City Councilman Richard Bloom said, wrapping up the council’s... Read more →


Honda title sponsor of L.A. Marathon

For the first time, the Los Angeles Marathon has a title sponsor in Honda. Although Honda has been a sponsor of the event since 1995, the two have set up a partnership for the next three years, during which the race will be known as the Honda Los Angeles Marathon. As in previous years, both the male and female winner of the marathon will... Read more →


Community rallies to support youth programs

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The murder of 20-year-old Richard Juarez Jr. as he left an art class at Virginia Park in November was a reminder that the threat from gangs persists in Santa Monica, despite decreasing violence in recent years. Now, as City Hall faces possible cuts because of a projected budget deficit as high as $9 million,... Read more →

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Landlords may sue City Hall over eviction notices

CITY HALL — Apartment owners are threatening to sue City Hall if the City Council adopts a proposal that would give tenants more time to fix lease violations before they could be evicted. The council last week voted to direct staff to begin drafting an ordinance that would require landlords to give tenants a seven-day warning before... Read more →


City abuzz with literary choice

Santa Monica book lovers are buzzing over this year’s selection for the citywide reading program. Santa Monica Citywide Reads, a community program sponsored by the Santa Monica Public Library that invites residents to read and discuss the same book for one month, has chosen “Little Bee” by Chris Cleave as its novel for... Read more →


Local man arrested in connection to bike thefts

LOS ANGELES — Two men — one a Santa Monica resident — were arrested for alleged involvement in a bicycle theft ring, police said Tuesday. Konstantin Rostovtsev, 51, was taken into custody Friday and Edward Arciga, 43, was taken into custody Saturday, said Los Angles Police Lt. Paul Vernon. Rostovtsev was picked up at... Read more →

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Candidates lining up for vacant council seat

CITY HALL — With a vacant seat on the City Council for the second time in a year, speculation is mounting over how the body will act to select a seventh member. The seat occupied for over 20 years by Ken Genser, whose memorial service was held on Sunday, could either be filled by appointment or through a special election. At its... Read more →


New contender emerges for Broad museum

DOWNTOWN — Philanthropist Eli Broad is thinking about moving his foundation headquarters and a new museum to the stalled downtown Los Angeles Grand Avenue Project. The Grand Avenue Authority, comprised of elected officials from the city and county of Los Angeles, on Monday authorized negotiations between the Grand Avenue Committee, the... Read more →

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Council to market beach house to Hollywood

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 →


Mayor Genser remembered as tenacious

SAMOHI — Friends and colleagues remembered Mayor Ken Genser on Sunday for his quick wit, steadfast friendship, love of a good meal and for the passion he showed serving Santa Monica as a City Councilman for the past 21 years. The memorial service honoring the late mayor, who died this month at 59, drew several hundred people to... Read more →


Picking up the pieces

Dear EarthTalk What are the primary environmental concerns in the aftermath of the big earthquake in Haiti? Frank Dover Portland, Ore. As would be the case after any natural disaster, water-borne illness could run rampant and chemicals and oil could leak out of damaged storage facilities as a result of the magnitude 7.0 earthquake that... Read more →


Founder of folk music venue McCabe’s dies at 82

PICO BLVD — Gerald “Gerry” McCabe, a furniture designer whose passion for woodworking and love of music led to the creation of the folk music institution McCabe’s Guitar Shop here, died last Sunday in Eugene, Ore., two days after suffering a heart attack, family members said. He was 82. McCabe, who was fond of the... Read more →


Bar’s pool plan goes down the drain

SANTA MONICA BLVD — A bar owner’s plan to add an outdoor lounge with a pool and spa to his business was denied by the Planning Commission this week because of noise and parking concerns. The denial has added to existing tension between City Hall and some bar owners who operate businesses next to residential neighborhoods and... Read more →


Pelicans battered by rain, runoff

SM BEACH — Wildlife officials have collected nearly 70 California brown pelicans that have been battered by rains and urban runoff and are gearing up to help dozens more. Most of the birds are suffering from hypothermia and appear disoriented. Their feathers normally form a natural barrier to the water and act as insulation from the... Read more →