Auto burglaries on the rise

CITYWIDE — Lulled into a false sense of security, some locals are leaving cars unlocked, and in some extreme cases leaving keys in the ignition, leading to an increase in auto burglaries and thefts, Santa Monica police stated in a bulletin released this week. Officers said criminals are specifically targeting subterranean parking... Read more →


Chamber endorses school parcel tax

DOWNTOWN — With a long history of supporting local schools, the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce on Thursday endorsed Measure A, an “emergency” parcel tax proposed by the school district to help close a projected $14 million budget deficit. Measure A, which would levy a $198 tax per parcel throughout the city, will appear... Read more →


L.A. Planning Commission greenlights Bundy Village

LOS ANGELES — Despite concerns from residents about increased traffic congestion, the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday unanimously approved the development of Bundy Village and Medical Park, which will run along Santa Monica’s eastern border. More than 150 people crowded the Los Angeles City Hall hearing to argue their... Read more →


New LAUSD permit policy could hurt local schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Already dealing with state cuts to education and facing a $14 million budget gap, local public school officials learned this week they will have to grapple with the effect of a revenue grab by a neighboring school district. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines last month directed his staff to... Read more →


Council pays up to help save pier concerts

SM PIER — Hoping to salvage the popular free summer concert series held annually at the Santa Monica Pier, the City Council Tuesday night unanimously agreed to give $35,000 to the series organizers. The gift leaves the Pier Restoration Corp. with a $57,000 shortfall it hopes to bridge with private donations. After most sponsors of the... Read more →


Do your part to recycle

Not sure what to do with that old computer monitor taking up space in your closet? City Hall has the perfect solution. For one day only, City Hall’s Solid Waste Management Division will conduct a free — that’s right, free — electronic recycle event this Saturday, March 13. This event is a yearly round-up of electronic... Read more →


Finalists named for Sustainable Quality Awards

A dry cleaner, house of worship, grocery store and a coffee house are among the finalists for City Hall’s Sustainable Quality Awards. For 15 years, the Sustainable Quality Awards have honored local organizations and businesses that make extraordinary contributions to the community. The SQAs celebrate business achievement in economic... Read more →

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Restaurant charged with selling whale

CITY HALL — Federal prosecutors Wednesday filed criminal charges against a chef and the owners of The Hump, a highly-regarded sushi restaurant at the Santa Monica Airport, for allegedly selling banned whale meat. Prosecutors claim The Hump sold undercover operatives sei whale meat, some of which was obtained from the back of a... Read more →

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City Council forces bar to close early

CITY HALL — The Parlor restaurant and bar on Wilshire Boulevard will have to close at midnight on weekends and is barred from allowing drinking games under a set of restrictions approved by the City Council Tuesday night. In a unanimous decision, the five council members who attended the meeting voted to reject The Parlor’s appeal... Read more →


Feds: The Hump sells banned whale sushi

SM AIRPORT — The Hump, one of the most highly-regarded sushi restaurants in the region, is the subject of a federal investigation, with investigators claiming chefs there sell banned whale meat to adventurous diners looking for something a little more exotic than yellowtail. Armed with a search warrant, federal officials on Friday... Read more →

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‘Mixed reviews’ for common area smoking ban

CITY HALL — A year after a law banning smoking in common areas of apartments and condos took effect, a City Hall report says the ban has been well received by tenants and landlords. The report from the City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Unit released last week said City Hall has received relatively few complaints about the ban... Read more →

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More Big Blue Buses on the way

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 →


Eating right for life

Dear EarthTalk: I see a lot of “healthy snacks” being marketed for kids that list “natural flavors” but don’t identify them. Should I use these products? John Stein, Methuen, MA Beloved food writer Michael Pollan recommends steering clear of foods that advertise their green attributes on their label. According... Read more →