Airport

FAA, City Hall square off over jet ban

LONG BEACH — A local ordinance banning the fastest and largest jets from Santa Monica Airport — a law that is being challenged by the Federal Aviation Administration — is reasonable in its intent to protect residents who live just a short distance from the runway, according to a former federal official. “What the... Read more →

Environment

Growing a solution

Dear EarthTalk There’s a lot of talk today about solar and wind power, but what about biomass? How big a role might this renewable energy source play in our future? Couldn’t everyday people burn their own lawn and leaf clippings to generate power? Deborah Welch Niagara Falls, NY The oldest and most prevalent source of renewable... Read more →

News

More police out on St. Patty’s Day

DOWNTOWN — Even the luck of the Irish won’t save drunk drivers on March 17. The Santa Monica Police Department will deploy eight additional officers to patrol major streets and around bars on St. Patrick’s Day to discourage the impulse to grab the keys after one too many. “It’s just going to be extra eyes and... Read more →

News

Provider named for homeless services building at VA

WILSHIRE BLVD. — More than a year-and-a-half after a trio of dormant buildings on the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus were designated to house homeless services, a nonprofit provider has been selected to operate one of the facilities. New York-based nonprofit Common Ground and McCormack Baron Salazar, a national developer of... Read more →

News

Shriver mulling run for attorney general

DOWNTOWN — City Councilman Bobby Shriver, who was recently re-elected to another four-year term, is considering a run for state attorney general next year. In an interview with the Daily Press, Shriver, who is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the brother of California First Lady Maria Shriver, said he has had informal... Read more →

City Council

Forced to leave after a long fight

CITY HALL — It was the scene of great triumph for a group of long-time renters fighting to save their apartment from demolition, a celebration over a decision by the Landmarks Commission to historically preserve the building. More than two months after the hearing in which the 57-year-old complex was deemed a landmark because of its... Read more →

High School

New shelter for families breaks ground

CULVER CITY — The ongoing efforts by Santa Monica city officials to take a regional approach in addressing homelessness took a giant step forward on Thursday when a locally-based nonprofit broke ground on a new family shelter in a neighboring community. A large crowd of homeless service advocates and officials from Los Angeles County... Read more →

Crime

Taking a bite out of crime

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Violent crimes in Santa Monica continued to hit historic lows in 2008, a trend which SMPD Chief Tim Jackman credited to increased community involvement and an intense focus on connecting the homeless population with social service agencies. Part 1 crimes, which include rapes, murders and assaults, were down 7... Read more →

Education

SMC a natural fit for new VP

SMC — Acclimating to a new job nearly 350 miles south from the old is proving to be a less trying task than the trip itself for Jeanine Hawk. There’s a lot of parallels that Santa Monica College’s new vice president of business and administration can draw between her current and former workplace at De Anza College in... Read more →

News

Rental vacancies on the rise in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — In the short time that Emily Peterson has been looking for a new place to live, there’s an undeniable difference she can’t help but notice from the search more than a year ago. “There are a lot of good deals out there,” she said. In a historically competitive rental market where units typically are... Read more →