City Council

City Hall takes FAA dispute to DC court

CITY HALL — The City Attorney’s Office on Monday filed papers in a Washington, D.C. federal appellate court arguing City Hall has the right to ban certain high-speed jets from landing at Santa Monica Airport. The filing is the latest chapter in a decade-old dispute that pits SMO officials and the City Council against the Federal... Read more →


Investigators: Fires appear to be linked

EASTSIDE — Investigators believe three fires set early Monday morning on Santa Monica’s eastside could have been the work of a single arsonist. Santa Monica and Los Angeles firefighters responded to the series of blazes at 4:26 a.m. Monday, the Santa Monica Fire Department said in a press release. The fires appeared to be related... Read more →


Looking for a few good artists

The Cultural Affairs Division is seeking proposals for an art exhibit to be displayed in the Event House at the Annenberg Community Beach House for a period of four months. Curators, artists (both emerging and established) and groups based in Los Angeles County are being encouraged to apply. “Exhibitions should be conceived around a... Read more →


BBB donates ad space to Ed Foundation

BBB HDQTRS — The Big Blue Bus is helping out in an effort to raise money for arts programs at local public schools. In a new campaign to boost donations to the Santa Monica Malibu Education Foundation, City Hall’s bus system is donating valuable advertising space on the sides of 25 buses that the foundation is selling off for... Read more →


Saving the seas

Dear EarthTalk: Oceans are in big trouble and I understand President Obama is creating a high-level ocean council to address them. What are the major issues? — Steve Sullivan, Bothell, Wash. Our oceans are indeed in a terrible state, thanks primarily to unrestrained commercial and industrial activity. Overfishing and pollution have... Read more →


Proposal would let more permit students stay

SMMUSD HDQTRS — More kids who attend local public schools on inter-district permits could be allowed to stay put if the Los Angeles Unified School District board approves a proposal next week to modify the district’s strict new permit policy. In an attempt to net $51 million in extra state education funding, LAUSD Superintendent... Read more →


Salon brings beauty to homeless women

CLOVERFIELD BLVD — When a salon is mobile, its stylists can go anywhere they need: weddings, anniversaries or parties. While on wheels, Phayvanh Phongsa, owner of the mobile Special Occasion Salon (SOS), also found she can spread her goal of helping woman gain confidence more easily, as she did when she visited Daybreak facility for... Read more →


First person: Trip to Haiti provides harsh reality

HAITI — From the moment I saw news footage of the earthquake in Haiti, with those heart-wrenching images of death and devastation, I wanted to help in some way. When my employer sent an e-mail seeking volunteers to go on a relief mission with the U.S. Navy, I responded immediately. Ever since medical school, I’ve wanted to go on... Read more →


Keys to a not-so-healthy relationship

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, March 25, at 8:10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Lexus of Santa Monica —... Read more →

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Pranks abound in SM on April Fools’ Day

CITY HALL — As it has for each of the past nine years come April 1, the Santa Monica Daily Press took a break from covering the news and published a full edition of fake stories on Thursday, many of them filled with thinly veiled digs at local public figures and absurd takes on local issues. This year’s April Fools’ edition... Read more →


Expo station site begins transformation

COLORADO AVE — Construction of the future site of an Expo Light Rail stop at Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street is still years away, but in recent days bulldozers have been rolling at the train stop’s planned home, as workers continue to demolish the structure that once housed a Sears Auto Center. The location is the planned... Read more →


Garner stalker found not guilty by reason of insanity

LOS ANGELES — A man arrested last year on suspicion of stalking actress Jennifer Garner and her husband, actor Ben Affleck, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, and ordered to stay away from the couple and their two children for 10 years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader made her ruling based on reports... Read more →

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Harsh words, but no fine for illegal signs

CITY HALL — Pacific Park is getting a “notice of violation” for flaunting City Hall’s sign ordinance, but won’t have to pay up for its offense. The Santa Monica Code Compliance department was planning to issue the notice, which serves as a written warning, to the amusement park operator on Tuesday for displaying... Read more →