News

Roadhouse still in limbo, but both sides negotiating

SM CANYON — A legal dispute between the owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse and his landlord is nearing an out-of-court settlement, but there appear to be few options left for keeping the historic restaurant in business long term. Lee and Christine Benchay, who own the property on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Santa Monica where... Read more →

City Council

Campaign has raised smoking ban awareness, at a cost

CITY HALL — A publicity campaign aimed at educating Santa Monica residents and visitors on the city’s tough no-smoking laws has raised awareness about the rules, a City Hall report released last week said. But while polling shows the $150,000 effort, which involved signs, posters and a flier blitz, was effective in educating... Read more →

Education

Hall of Fame to add another name

SMC — Legendary Santa Monica College basketball coach John McMullen — one of an elite group of coaches nationwide who tallied more than 500 wins in his career — will be inducted into the SMC Sports Hall of Fame school officials said. McMullen joins such sports luminaries as Olympic gold medalist and retired SMC professor... Read more →

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Report: Santa Monica Bay gets cleaner

SM BAY — Santa Monica Bay beaches are safer for swimming than they were five years ago, but water quality remains poor during winter months, the latest report from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission said. Problems like contaminated fish, threatened wildlife populations and trash in the ocean remain persistent concerns,... Read more →

City Council

Council postpones meeting because of mayor’s death

CITY HALL — City Council’s meeting scheduled for today has been called off because at least three council members thought it was too soon to meet following Mayor Ken Genser’s death on Saturday. Without a quorum of four members, City Hall rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday Jan. 19. City Councilwoman Gleam Davis said she... Read more →

Education

SMC students plead guilty to locker room thefts

SMC — A pair of former Santa Monica College students plead guilty to a series of locker room robberies at the main campus, making off with over 130 stolen items that included iPods, books and other valuables, authorities announced Tuesday. Juan A. Rodriguez and Gianny E. Galindo plead guilty to several counts of commercial burglary on... Read more →

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Genser memorial set

A memorial service for the late Mayor Ken Genser will be held Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus, city officials said Tuesday. The memorial is open to the public. Genser, 59, was the longest serving elected official in city history and a staunch supporter of renters’ rights. He died Saturday at... Read more →

Briefs

Counting the homeless

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and city officials are seeking volunteers to count Santa Monica’s homeless population. A statement released by City Hall states that officials are looking for 200 volunteers to take to the streets on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. The count will continue until 2 a.m. the following day.... Read more →

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Downtown parking structures show age

CITY HALL — Downtown parking structures, some built in the 1960s, helping drive the economic engine in the popular retail and business district, are beginning to show their age. A recent review of Parking Structures 1 through 10 shows there are 90 places where concrete could crumble and possibly fall on cars or pedestrians, creating... Read more →

Environment

Cleaning up their act

Dear EarthTalk I recently got my car detailed at a local place and then gasped at the chemical fumes when I got inside. Are there green detailers out there, or products that I could use myself to keep my vehicle clean and my family out of harm’s way? David Berkowitz Newton, MA Traditionally, auto detailing has employed a range of... Read more →

Briefs

Lawmakers talk pollution

A recently completed UCLA air monitoring study will be the topic today in West Los Angeles as lawmakers come together to discuss the findings. The forum, “The Science of Santa Monica Airport Air Pollution,” will be moderated by L.A. City Councilman Bill Rosendahl. California Assemblyman Ted Lieu, 53rd District, and L.A. City... Read more →

News

Mayor Genser dead at 59

DOWNTOWN — Mayor Ken Genser, a champion of renters’ rights who dedicated 30 years to serving the residents of Santa Monica, died Saturday, city officials said. Genser, 59, had been ill since October. Genser, who had served on the City Council since 1988, is regarded as one of the city by the sea’s greatest civic leaders who... Read more →

News

Mayor Genser dead at 59

DOWNTOWN — After months of battling illness, Mayor Ken Genser died on Saturday. He had been in the hospital for the past few months. Details for the memorial service have not been announced. Genser, who last attended a council meeting on Oct. 27, 2009, was brought to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center 10 weeks ago complaining of severe back... Read more →

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Mayor Genser gravely ill

DOWNTOWN — Mayor Ken Genser, the longest serving elected official in city history with more than 20 years as a member of the City Council and Planning Commission, is gravely ill and is not expected to survive, friends and family members told the Daily Press Friday. Genser, 59, who last attended a council meeting on Oct. 27, was... Read more →

City Council

A modern age for parking permits

CITY HALL — For the thousands of residents who have preferential parking restrictions in their neighborhoods, the cumbersome permit renewal process could soon become a bit easier. Instead of requiring residents to apply for renewals in person or by mail, City Hall is considering moving the process online. “I’m hoping to have... Read more →