Day of bicycles could be in works

CITYWIDE — Richard McKinnon often rides his bicycle across Santa Monica during holidays. He said it allows him to experience the city in a different way than usual — much more serenely. “It’s quite a unique experience,” he said. Now he’s trying to give more people the opportunity to ride their bikes through... Read more →


Early bloomers

Dear EarthTalk: I’ve noticed that wildflower blooms in the mountains have been coming earlier and earlier in recent years. Is this a sign of global warming? And what does this mean for the long term survival of these hardy yet rare plants? Ashley J. Via e-mail As always, it’s hard to pin specific year-to-year weather-variations... Read more →


What lies beneath

DOWNTOWN — Something runs underneath Santa Monica. Something dark. Something that reaches into City Hall, into schools, into hospitals, into office buildings. But this dark something isn’t exactly menacing. In fact, it’s meant to help the city be technologically advanced and attract businesses to locate here. City Hall has... Read more →


No charges filed against de la Torre

DOWNTOWN — Prosecutors have declined to charge school board member Oscar de la Torre with a crime after reviewing evidence that the Santa Monica Police Department said proved he committed felony child endangerment in connection with a fist fight between two high school students. At a press conference Friday afternoon, de la Torre said... Read more →

City Council

Voters to decide expanded tenant protections

CITY HALL — Santa Monica voters will have the chance this November to substantially bolster protections for renters, following a series of unanimous votes by the City Council on Thursday that authorized a ballot measure for this fall’s election. If approved by a majority of Santa Monica voters, the measure would extend eviction... Read more →


Commissioners pushing for bike improvements

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — Recreation and Parks Commissioner Phil Brock would like his 82-year-old mother to feel safe riding her bike down Arizona Avenue to reach Santa Monica’s Downtown Farmers’ Market. But with a dedicated bike lane that ends before reaching the market — not to mention inadequate signs letting motorists... Read more →


A case of jealousy?

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. Thursday, July 15, at 3 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1800 block of Oak Street regarding a suspicious circumstance. Upon arrival,... Read more →


Other ways to save schools

CITYWIDE — Residents are constantly encouraged to donate to public schools, however it can be hard to write a check in the current economic climate. To account for this, the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation is giving people the chance to donate in another way — by having fun. The foundation has planned multiple... Read more →


CityTV receives four Emmy nods

The 62nd Annual Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards nominations were announced recently, and once again CityTV graces the nominee list. CityTV Santa Monica has received four award nominations, including nods for excellence in the categories of Public Service Announcements (PSAs) and Public, Municipal and Operator Produced Cable. CityTV’s... Read more →


School board member under investigation

PICO BLVD — Following a four-month investigation, Santa Monica police believe they have enough evidence to charge school board member Oscar de la Torre with felony child endangerment in connection with a fist fight between two high school students. Police believe de la Torre, who runs a nonprofit organization that aims to reduce youth... Read more →


City Hall seeks public input on new parks

CIVIC CENTER — Billed as possibly the last opportunity to create new open space for the public, City Hall is asking residents this Saturday to weigh in on two new parks planned for the Civic Center. From 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., residents will get a chance to take a tour of the project sites, which encompass roughly 7 acres in the heart of... Read more →