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Council awards contract for Garden Walk

CITY HALL — The City Council on Tuesday voted to accept the recommendation made by a panel of design experts to hire landscape architecture firm James Corner Field Operations to design the Palisades Garden Walk & Town Square — a planned park City Hall officials say will be the centerpiece of a revitalized Civic Center. By a... Read more →


Gumming up the works

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. Monday, April 5, at 2:05 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 900 block of Wilshire Boulevard regarding a report of an assault that just... Read more →


Analysis: Whale meat came from Japan

DOWNTOWN — Banned meat from whales killed as part of Japan’s controversial “scientific” hunt was served at The Hump and an upscale sushi restaurant in Seoul, South Korean, according to a DNA analysis published Wednesday. Scientists say they have found clear evidence that whale meat is illegally sold in restaurants in... Read more →

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Council says ‘not so fast’ to B and B owners

CITY HALL — The saga of Santa Monica’s lone, would-be bed and breakfast continues. The City Council on Tuesday night declined to give the owner of a seaside cottage the right to rent the property out to vacationers during half of the year, sending the proposal back to the Planning Commission for further review. At issue is whether... Read more →


Public gets first look at AMC theater

DOWNTOWN — If all goes according to plan, in roughly three years Oscar winners will be lined up along a red carpet on Fourth Street for a premiere of the next box office blockbuster. That’s what the developers of a proposed AMC multi-plex in Downtown believe will happen when they demolish a city-owned parking structure and... Read more →

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SM voters could decide smoking ban expansion

CITY HALL — Having failed, so far, to convince the City Council to enact a ban on smoking inside apartment units, Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet is planning to take his pitch for stricter smoking laws directly to the voters. Kronovet on Tuesday filed papers with the City Clerk’s Office declaring his intention to... Read more →


Schools may be on solar track

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Under a plan officials said would save the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District more than a million dollars in energy costs, nine local public schools could soon get solar panels added to their roofs. “We’re trying to leave no stone unturned looking for ways to reduce our costs and be fiscally prudent... Read more →


Council to approve traffic signal synchronization funds

CITY HALL — Traffic jams in one of the most congested sections of the city could be reduced by as much as 20 percent if the City Council tonight approves a new traffic signal timing plan for the Downtown area, according to City Hall. Though traffic signals in parts of Downtown have been analyzed for traffic efficiency, the entire area,... Read more →


New rules proposed for market vendors

MAIN STREET— If you frequent the tamale booth or the pastry table at the Main Street Farmers’ Market, you could be in for a surprise later this year when city officials unveil a new policy that’s likely to shake-up the mix of prepared food vendors allowed at that and other markets. The City Council tonight is scheduled to... Read more →


Bag bans gain momentum

Dear EarthTalk How effective have plastic bag bans and restrictions been on reducing plastic litter and other problems associated with their proliferation? And is it really better to use paper bags, which will just lead to more deforestation? Peter Lindsey New Canaan, Conn. Plastic bags, first introduced in the 1950s as a convenient way... Read more →


Celebrating Earth Month with a smile

Dr. Nushin Shir, owner of Artistic Center for Dentistry, is celebrating Earth Month by offering 120 new patients free comprehensive dental exams that will include basic teeth cleaning services and limited check up x-rays. The Artistic Center for Dentistry partnered with Heal the Bay to promote the importance of making Southern... Read more →


Ruling: Landlords don’t have to accept Section 8 tenants

DOWNTOWN — In what was hailed as a victory for landlords, a state appellate court ruled recently that property owners have the right to not accept Section 8 vouchers from low-income tenants. The ruling stems from a case filed by an elderly Santa Monica widow who tried to use her Section 8 voucher to remain in an apartment owned by Los... Read more →


Art fights AIDS in India

MAIN LIBRARY — When director Tom Keegan followed David Gere, Peter Carley and their two children to India in 2004 after Gere received a Fulbright scholarship to study the intersection of AIDS and art, he was uncertain about the direction his documentary of the trip, “Out in India” screening April 11 at the Santa Monica... Read more →


Rents decreased, but affordability concerns remain

CITYWIDE — The cost for a new tenant to lease a rent-controlled apartment decreased last year for the first time in 11 years, City Hall said in a report released this week, but the number of affordable units for those earning less than the median income continued to dwindle. The report detailed changes to Santa Monica’s... Read more →