City Council

Funding for schools includes special ed focus

CITY HALL — Following the conclusion of an 18-month standoff in which the City Council withheld more than $800,000 in financial assistance to the schools because of concerns about special education, district officials are anticipating an increase in funding. A contingent of representatives from City Hall and the Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →


Where did they go?

Dear EarthTalk Are elephant populations stable these days? Reuben Perrin Hartford, CT Far from it. The double whammy of poaching (illegal hunting) and habitat loss has led to a dramatic decline in populations of both African and Asian elephants in recent decades. In 1930, there were between five and 10 million wild African elephants,... Read more →


Edison project could involve home acquisitions

VIRGINIA AVENUE — For more than half a century, an old single-family house has remained in the possession of the Maruyama family, a home that for the past five decades has seen many changes in the neighborhood, including perhaps the most dramatic of them all, the construction of the I-10 Freeway right at its doorstep. Another big change... Read more →


Surfers save the ocean

OCEAN PARK BEACH — Actress Tanna Frederick remembers the first time she got up on a wave. She was learning to sail and decided on a whim to try surfing as well — one less thing between her and the “amazing playground” the native Iowan had found in the ocean. “It’s weird because it’s... Read more →


District focuses on communication

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District might be one of the best organizations of its kind in the state but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use some help in communicating that assessment. That’s according to a recent audit of the district’s communication practices, techniques and... Read more →


Businesses brave financial storm

OCEAN PARK BLVD — The skyrocketing unemployment rate and the increasingly growing presence of going-out-of-business signs and bankruptcy filings all crossed Ingrid Morgan’s mind when she decided to start a restaurant. But for the British native, who opened the Sunset Cafe in February, starting a business was a life-long dream.... Read more →


Expo board in favor of Colorado alignment

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Officials with the Exposition Construction Authority on Thursday got the green light from its board of directors to continue pursuing Colorado Avenue as the route the light rail will take through Santa Monica. The authority will now spend the next several months responding to the roughly 3,000 pieces of communications... Read more →


Yelp sales tactics cause for concern among businesses

FOURTH STREET — An intriguing phone call came one day to Roll House Sushi last spring, sparking some interest in its owner about advertising opportunities on a business review Web site that was quickly growing in popularity. “You have a lot of hits on your page and the reviews are great,” restaurant owner Charlie Paratunya... Read more →

City Council

SMPD recognizes exemplary work

CITY HALL — Tales of outstanding service and uncommon valor were hardly uncommon at the Santa Monica Police Department award ceremony Thursday morning, and there was no shortage of stand outs. “It wasn’t my first time in a dangerous situation, but we have a job to do and sometimes things get messy,” said Officer Cain... Read more →

City Council

City Hall looks for different rail yard locations

CITY HALL — After hearing a flood of concerns from residents in the Pico Neighborhood over the proposed placement of a light rail maintenance yard near homes, Santa Monica city officials will begin exploring alternative locations. City Hall said on Thursday that it plans to hire a real estate consultant who will be tasked with... Read more →