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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 →


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 →


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 →


Brownley walks a mile in guard’s shoes

JAMS — Having sent both her children here, state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) is well acquainted with John Adams Middle School. But on Friday the former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board of education member got to see the campus from a whole new perspective. Donning a florescent yellow work vest and... Read more →


Pier concert series in jeopardy

SM PIER — Facing two years of severe sponsorship shortfalls, Santa Monica Pier leadership is considering a reduced Twilight Dance Series or replacing the popular event with a less expensive run of free concerts. Officials with the pier said sponsorship revenue has dropped by 80 percent from 2008, and have announced a fundraising effort... Read more →


61 school employees to get pink slips

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Sixty-one local public school employees, most of them classroom teachers, will be getting pink slips by March 15, part of a plan approved by the school board to eliminate a total of 92 positions to help cut into a projected $14 million budget deficit. The damage could have been greater, but some teachers who would have... Read more →

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Fundraising starts early for some SM pols

CITY HALL — The November election is still eight months away, but some Santa Monica politicians and residents are already gearing up for a fight. Ted Winterer, who in February was nominated to fill a vacancy on the City Council for the second straight year but failed to win the appointment, is starting to raise money for his council... Read more →


Poor seniors have a new home

BROADWAY — City Hall dedicated a new affordable housing complex here last week, adding 20 units for low income senior citizens to Santa Monica’s housing stock. The project, located at 1458 14th St. and completed in December, is the first affordable housing complex to open in the city in about a year, said Jim Kemper, City... Read more →


Thief snatches senior’s soup

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. Friday, Feb. 26, at 12:15 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue — Santa Monica Senior Center —... Read more →


City Hall settles on firm for garden walk

CIVIC CENTER — It’s expected to become the cornerstone of City Hall’s ambitious plan to remake Santa Monica’s Civic Center. The seven-acre site that today is a makeshift parking lot will one day become a pedestrian friendly juncture between the city’s two main business districts, the future Expo Light Rail stop... Read more →