Win $500 by helping a tourist

CITYWIDE — A British socialite is visiting Santa Monica, and she’s offering $500 to help her plan a trip around the city. The only thing is, she’s a mannequin. To celebrate the impending re-opening of the Santa Monica Place mall on Aug. 6, the Santa Monica Convention and Visitor’s Bureau has created an online contest... Read more →


Stop that car!

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, July 5, at 12:13 a.m. Santa Monica officers were at the corner of Ocean and Bicknell avenues talking to a resident when they heard a vehicle... Read more →

City Council

Renter protections may reach ballot

CITY HALL — In addition to a proposed sales tax measure, Santa Monica voters may also be asked to amend the City Charter and grant more protections to renters. The City Council, with a 6-1 vote, ordered city staff to draft a proposed ballot initiative that would give tenants more time to respond to minor violations before they are... Read more →


Beach gets splash of color

Neon-colored fish, flowers and other shaped panels will now don 38 lifeguard towers along Will Rogers State Beach and Santa Monica as part of Portraits of Hope’s latest public art project, “Summer of Color.” Installation on the 1,216 panels was completed Monday with the help of locally headquartered construction company... Read more →


eHarmony finds partner in SM

DOWNTOWN — It could be a match made in heaven. eHarmony, one of the world’s leaders in online dating, is moving its corporate headquarters from Pasadena to Santa Monica, officials with the company confirmed Tuesday. The company, which was launched in 2000 and now claims over 20 million registered users, plans to occupy a... Read more →


Sales tax increase goes to voters

DOWNTOWN — If you have plans to purchase an expensive 3-D television or a new hybrid vehicle, you might want to do it now or risk paying more next year. That’s because the City Council on Tuesday voted unanimously to place on the November ballot a half-cent sales tax increase, with half of the proceeds most likely headed to the... Read more →


Wells Fargo gives $264K to local nonprofits

In 2009, Wells Fargo & Company awarded 43 grants totaling $264,250 to nonprofit organizations and schools in Santa Monica. The company, combined with Wachovia Corporation, and its team members gave $20 million to Los Angeles-area nonprofit organizations and schools. Nationwide, Wells Fargo gave $202 million in grants in 2009. Wells Fargo... Read more →

City Council

Election season begins

CITY HALL — Campaign season officially kicked off this week in Santa Monica as those interested in running for public office are now allowed to start asking registered voters for the 100 signatures needed to qualify for November’s ballot. The fall election is expected to draw considerable interest given that five of the seven... Read more →


St. Joseph Center receives grant

St. Joseph Center recieved a $25,000 renewal grant from the William H. Hannon Foundation in support of its Family Center and Food Pantry Program. “My late uncle, our foundation’s founder, was a strong supporter of St. Joseph Center. Today, given the continued difficult economic climate, our support is even more critical,”... Read more →

City Council

CVB experiences funding cut

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Fundraising campaign saves school positions

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Using lemonade stands and Hollywood stars, “Save Our Schools,” the grassroots fundraising effort to help offset budget cuts to public education, has secured enough cash to pay for three elementary school teachers, a counselor, a librarian and one music instructor, according to the Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →


Finding summer work tough on teens

CITYWIDE — If it’s hard for an adult to find a job in this economy, imagine how hard it is for a teenager. With the teen employment rate steadily declining, summer jobs, which were once dominated by 16- to18-year-olds, are becoming increasingly more difficult to find. According to the United States Department of Labor, only... Read more →


Crews test soil for light rail

CITYWIDE — As part of Phase 2 of constructing the Exposition Light Rail Transit Line, workers will be conducting field investigations of the soil along the line’s route through July 20. The route, called the Exposition Right-of-Way, constitutes the following locations: 50 feet west of Cloverfield Boulevard, 50 feet west of... Read more →


Problem plastics

Dear EarthTalk Where do you recycle plastic stuff like sandwich bags, Saran wrap and plastic grocery store wrappers? Can they just go in with other plastics in the recycling bin? There never seems to be any information available about this. Renee La-Fountaine Lake Hughes, Calif. The reason you don’t hear much about recycling these... Read more →


Vidiots launches film study program

DOWNTOWN — Tom Kemper has been a card-carrying member of the independent video store Vidiots since shortly after it opened in 1985, while he was an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. “It felt like a good bookstore, or a used bookstore, in its depth of collection compared to a chain store,” he said.... Read more →