District students boost statewide test results

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica and Malibu students showed gains in both language arts and mathematics in the most recent statewide standardized test, the California Department of Education reported this week. The results of the 2009-2010 State Proficiency and California Standards Tests (CST) showed 70 percent of Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →

City Council

Plans afoot for new pier bridge

CITY HALL — Calling the existing bridge that connects Ocean Avenue to the Santa Monica Pier “structurally deficient and functionally obsolete,” officials are making plans to replace the 61-year-old structure, a project they hope will be almost entirely funded with federal transportation grants. Built in 1939, recent... Read more →


Shark sighting

SM PIER — Yes, it’s a shark. Just don’t expect it to strike fear in the hearts of tourists who line Santa Monica’s coast. At 2-feet long and with a habit of burying itself under the sand on the ocean floor, the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium’s latest addition — a Pacific angel shark — isn’t... Read more →


Warning: Eggs and frozen fruit pulp tainted

Dozens of people in Los Angeles County have gotten sick after eating tainted eggs and fruit pulp subject to a national recall, the county Department of Public Health warned Tuesday. Certain eggs from Wright County Egg of Galt, Iowa, marketed under a number of brand names, and frozen tropical fruit pulp from COCO S.A. of Guatemala, distributed... Read more →


Broad Museum deal moves one step closer to L.A.

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Santa Monica’s chances of landing billionaire philanthropist Eli Broad’s museum took another hit Tuesday after the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors gave unanimous support to a plan to build the museum as part of the Grand Avenue Project in Downtown Los Angeles. The Board of Supervisors is the third of... Read more →


Feds say homeless vets to be housed by 2012

CITY HALL — The Veterans Administration plans to complete renovation of a facility to house homeless combat veterans on the agency’s West Los Angeles campus by 2012 — faster than local officials previously thought — a VA spokesman said on Monday. In an update on Santa Monica City Hall’s homelessness programs last... Read more →


Satirical film draws attention to plastic pollution

SM BAY — Environmental watchdog Heal the Bay is using some humor and an Academy-Award winner to put pressure on the state Senate to pass AB 1998, a Santa Monica lawmaker’s ban on single-use plastic bags. The local organization that promotes safe, clean and healthy coastal waters recently released a satirical mockumentary narrated... Read more →

City Council

School donations top $1.5M

CITY HALL — Donors to the two-month long “Save Our Schools” fundraising drive contributed more than $1.5 million to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation — an amount leaders of the effort said could save 18 teaching positions this school year. After laying off 58 teachers this spring as part of $7.1 million... Read more →


Parlor closed for now, plans to re-open

WILSHIRE BLVD — The Parlor restaurant and sports bar, which earlier this year was forced to reduce its operating hours after residents complained to the Santa Monica City Council the establishment was a nuisance — has closed for renovations but plans to re-open. Residents who criticized The Parlor for attracting an unruly late... Read more →


What’s in a name?

Dear EarthTalk Is the dairy industry really trying to stop soy milk makers from calling their products “milk?” They must feel very threatened by the preponderance of soy milks now available in supermarkets. Gina Storzen Weymouth, Mass. Indeed, just this past April the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), a trade group... Read more →


Residents pleased with Waxman’s SMO pledge

WEST L.A. — U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30th District) told local officials and neighborhood activists at a meeting this week he will insist that the FAA conduct an environmental impact study if it plans to make changes to flight rules at Santa Monica Airport, calling it “the right thing to do.” Waxman on Wednesday met with... Read more →

City Council


City Hall releases candidate list

CITY HALL — The City Clerk’s Office released the official list of candidates who have qualified for this November’s ballot on Thursday, setting the final lineups for contests to decide the makeup of the Santa Monica City Council and school board. All five sitting council members are defending their seats in November, as are... Read more →


Council bans smoking on pier

SM PIER — Smoking on the Santa Monica Pier, which for several years has been confined to eight designated areas, is soon to be banned outright on the 100-year-old landmark. The City Council this week unanimously agreed that discarded cigarettes pose a fire risk to the pier and voted to eliminate the smoking areas. “I think... Read more →


Roommates rumble over rent

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. Sunday, Aug. 8, at 10:37 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of 14th Street regarding an assault. When officers arrived, they... Read more →

City Council

Food truck courts OK’d

CITY HALL — Santa Monica is about to undergo a food truck renaissance, following City Hall’s announcement this week that officials have approved a new permit that allows private property owners to turn their parking lots into “mobile food courts.” Already, the California Heritage Museum and property owner Steve Taub,... Read more →