Step Up goes Hollywood

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica-based homeless services provider Step Up on Second is expanding its presence outside of its home base with a plan to open a new housing facility for the chronically homeless in Hollywood. The non-profit, which operates three housing projects in Santa Monica, has acquired the former Galaxy Hotel on Vine Street... Read more →


Santa Monica’s unsung heroes

DOWNTOWN — Some heroes are closer to home than most people realize. Eight community members were recognized Thursday as this year’s recipients of Santa Monica Human Relations Council’s Community Heroes awards. These stand-out citizens represent a broad spectrum of volunteer organizations to which they have made significant... Read more →


Deli not long for promenade

BROADWAY — In a move that almost certainly spells the end of the line for the venerable Broadway Deli, the Planning Commission on Wednesday granted the restaurant’s landlord, Promenade Gateway LLP, a permit it needs to move ahead with plans to replace the deli with two new, higher paying tenants. The land owner wants to subdivide... Read more →


City Hall explores a valet program

DOWNTOWN — Aiming to cut down on the number of drivers cruising Downtown and nearby residential streets in search of parking, City Hall is considering getting into the valet business. While still in the early stages, city officials are studying whether or not a centralized valet system with multiple drop-off and pick-up points would... Read more →


Deal for SMC Malibu campus moves forward

MALIBU — A plan to bring a Santa Monica College satellite campus to Malibu moved a step closer to reality on Tuesday as the Malibu Public Facilities Authority approved the outline of a deal to build the campus on Los Angeles County-owned land in the city’s Civic Center. The vote by the four-member panel, which is composed of two... Read more →


Gardening event helps newbies

CITYWIDE — If you’ve always wanted to grow your own produce but your tomatoes just end up dead on the vine, fret no longer. The volunteers of the Westside Permaculture Group are here to show you how it’s done. Members of the club are holding their second annual “Gardens of Gratitude” event this weekend with the... Read more →


Paddling toward history

SM BAY — Restoring a decades-old tradition, the Santa Monica Pier and Honolua Surf Co. will kick off the summer of 2010 with the Santa Monica Pier Paddleboard Race, featuring up to 250 contestants, a dory competition and a paddle gear exhibition. The race will be held Saturday, June 12, organizers said. “Santa Monica and the... Read more →


Celebration of Mother Earth continues

While the past weekend was filled with events celebrating Earth Day, this week holds even more opportunities to celebrate the planet. The Center for Environmental and Urban Studies and Sustainable Works is having an open house Wednesday, April 21, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m., where anyone can come and learn about its contributions and what they can... Read more →


Cops searching for hit-and-run suspect

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Police Department needs the public’s help in locating a vehicle used in a felony hit-and-run collision that left a 53-year-old woman with significant injuries. Police said witnesses described the car as a late model Mitsubishi Eclipse, two-door sedan that is black in color. The driver was described as... Read more →


Ferris wheel goes blue

The famous solar-powered Ferris wheel at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will be lit blue this week in support of the Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Los Angeles, spcaLA. The Go Blue campaign started on Monday, April 19 and will last until Friday, April 23. The lights can be seen from sunset until 12 a.m.... Read more →


Preparing for, riding out and surviving the ‘Big One’

BROADWAY — The recent earthquakes in Mexico, Chile and Haiti have given Southern Californians a reason to consider their own level of preparedness. While government agencies as well as other response agencies like the Red Cross are updating their own plans, we know from experience that preparedness starts at home and now is the... Read more →


Samohi teens vying for biology crown

SAMOHI — The next champions of an international biology competition could be a couple of local teenagers. Zack Gold and Christina Tsai, both Santa Monica High School juniors, are among just 20 students out of some 10,000 participants to have made it through two rounds of testing to become USA Biology Olympiad finalists. The... Read more →


Beach House is golden

PACIFIC COAST HIGHWAY — Parts of the Annenberg Community Beach House date to the 1920s, but when it comes to environmental sustainability, the public club is very much of the 21st century. The beach house on Tuesday received recognition from the U.S. Green Building Council for meeting the organization’s Gold LEED standard... Read more →

City Council

BBB fare hike delayed for SMC

CITY HALL — City Hall has agreed not to charge Santa Monica College more for providing its students and staff with unlimited access to the Big Blue Bus system for at least a year, though the City Council is expected to increase fares for other riders next week. Facing an estimated $6.1 million deficit, BBB officials have recommended... Read more →


Give something back

Gov. Schwarzenegger proclaimed April 18–24 as “Volunteer Week” in California, CaliforniaVolunteers announced Monday. “From building houses to being a mentor, the variety of volunteer opportunities is immense, varied and important,” Schwarzenegger said. “Those motivated citizens who stepped up to help the... Read more →