Village project faces one-year delay

MAIN STREET — Amid all the buzz surrounding a series of future projects meant to reactivate the Civic Center comes news that construction for a major housing development could face delays for up to a year. The ground breaking for the Civic Center Village has been pushed back to July 2010 as the developer, Related/Santa Monica Village... Read more →



CLOVERFIELD BLVD DMV closes for renovation The Santa Monica office of the Department of Motor Vehicles is undergoing a much-needed facelift. The office, located at 2235 Cloverfield Blvd., has been closed since May 1 for a major renovation project, which includes the installation of a new floor and a number of physical upgrades to bring... Read more →


Teach a man to fish …

MID-CITY — As local residents continue to feel the crunch of the national economic recession, small community groups are making big differences in the lives of those who have fallen on hard times. One such ongoing effort, organized by Beth Shir Sholom, holds weekly meetings at its recently established career center, teaching attendees... Read more →


Big problems often come in small places

Dear EarthTalk What is “nanotechnology?” I’ve heard that nanoparticles are already in consumer products, yet we haven’t really studied their potential health impacts. Dan Zeff San Francisco, CA Nanotechnology makes use of minuscule objects — whose width can be 10,000 times narrower than a human hair —... Read more →


Teachers concerned about possible health care cap

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Upset with a proposal to cap employer contributions to their health care coverage, a contingent of teachers flooded the Board of Education meeting on Thursday to address what they believe will be a permanent pay cut. There was not an open seat in the house as a crowd of educators filled the board room, a strange... Read more →


Promenade performer noise issue resurfaces

DOWNTOWN — It’s a long-time fixture on the Third Street Promenade, a crowd-drawing line-up of diverse entertainment acts, from crooners to break-dancers to acrobats, all accessible over three blocks. But while street performers have long played a part in making the promenade a world-famous shopping destination, their presence... Read more →


Shots fired near Stewart Street Park

EASTSIDE — Several shots rang out Friday night in the neighborhood bordering Stewart Street Park in what police said may have been a targeted attack. At least two residents were shot at as they arrived at their home in the 2800 block of Delaware Avenue around 9:23 p.m. Police said two suspects approached the victims’ vehicle on... Read more →


Hearing officer sides with FAA over jet ban

LONG BEACH — Less than a week after a U.S. appellate judge upheld an injunction restricting City Hall from enforcing its ban on jets, it looks like the battle with the Federal Aviation Administration could very well end up back in federal court. That’s the likely scenario facing City Hall after the FAA’s hearing officer... Read more →


Finding a compromise on outdoor dining

DOWNTOWN — They’re considered vital to the successful operation of a restaurant with an outdoor dining section, offering patrons the luxury of an alfresco environment with protection from the elements. But depending on how retractable weather screens are used, they can be illegal. That’s what a handful of... Read more →


Calling all cars

CITYWIDE — Dialing 911 from a cell phone used to be a gamble for those trying to reach the Santa Monica Police Department. Oftentimes the call would be answered by the California Highway Patrol, which was overloaded, leaving some callers on hold for minutes at a time. Not any more. Now those who call for help within Santa... Read more →