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Parking Structures 1-6 Façade Improvement Project Artwork installation work is ongoing in parking structure no. 5. Expect delays upon exit. Annual Street Improvement Project Sidewalk replacement is taking place at the following locations: on Montana Avenue, between Ninth and 12th streets; on Euclid Street, between 1tth and 12th... Read more →


Festival features films by locals, for local patrons

DOWNTOWN — Filmmakers, locals, and the international community will be coming together to showcase and celebrate the power of film during the Santa Monica International Film Festival taking place Saturday. The festival is a competition that screens features, documentary, and short films from all over the United States and around the... Read more →


Baby delivered in laundromat bathroom

PICO BLVD — Amid the tumbling of the dryers and the water spraying from the washers were the screams of a woman in labor, the cry of a newborn baby and then the sigh of relief from the Laundromat employee who was there for the delivery. It was all over before the spin cycle even began. The bathroom at Clean People Coinless Laundry... Read more →


More homeless housed; work still not done

CITY HALL — There were more than 400 homeless people who found permanent supportive housing and nearly 500 who landed and maintained stable jobs last year, getting off the streets of Santa Monica and taking the first steps toward achieving self sufficiency. Those were just a couple of figures presented at the City Council meeting on... Read more →


Reliving the good times

MAIN STREET — The music was loud, the drinks were cheap, and there was never a cover. From the 1960s through the early ‘90s, the Oar House Bar & Buffalo Chips Restaurant was the place to go on Main Street for a night of debauchery and all around good times. While the old haunt has long since gone and been replaced by... Read more →


P&G to pay City Hall $68 million

26TH STREET — Water contamination caused by a former pen-making facility will cost Proctor & Gamble a hefty sum after the company agreed to a $68 million settlement with City Hall. The City Council on Tuesday approved the settlement in which the Gillette Co., which was purchased by Proctor & Gamble in 2005, also promised to... Read more →


City Hall earns top digital honors

The Center for Digital Government has awarded City Hall top honors in the 2009 Digital Cities Survey. City Hall placed first in 2007 and third in 2004 and 2008. The award is based on a comprehensive analysis of how cities are using technology to create a seamless environment between local government and constituents. Santa Monica has been... Read more →


City staff identifies measures to curtail paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — Paparazzi who swarm a local preschool — a favorite among celebrities — can expect to see more police officers and security guards as they snap away shots of children and their famous parents. Those are just a couple of measures suggested by city staff in a recent report to the City Council about the steps that... Read more →


Tenants demand tougher anti-smoking laws

DOWNTOWN — There are many days warm or cool when the windows to Mike Horelick’s Santa Monica apartment remain shut, keeping out ocean breezes, the fragrance of a neighbor’s dinner and cigarette smoke. It’s the latter that forces the local screenwriter to often seal his home, protecting his asthmatic 3-year-old... Read more →


Community Briefs

COUNTYWIDE IRS wants to give you money   The Internal Revenue Service is looking for 4,606 Los Angeles County taxpayers who are due to receive a combined $5.2 million in undeliverable tax refunds. These are refund checks that were returned to the IRS by the U.S. Postal Service due to mailing address errors. Nationally, IRS is looking... Read more →

City Council

Spending eternity in Santa Monica isn’t cheap

CITY HALL — Not only is the cost of living considered high in Santa Monica, but so will the afterlife. A new rate schedule for interment at Woodlawn Cemetery will go before the City Council tonight for approval, raising fees in some cases to nearly six times that of current prices. The matter will be presented as part of the... Read more →


Pier to be named official end of Route 66

DOWNTOWN — It seems locals and tourists alike will now be officially “getting their kicks” all the way down to the Santa Monica Pier. After years of being dubbed the unofficial end of the famous Route 66, the pier will be officially named the western end of the historic route by the Route 66 Alliance on Wednesday, the 83rd... Read more →


SMC no. 1 in transfers again

For the 19th consecutive year, Santa Monica College sent more students to the University of California system than any other transfer institution, college officials said Monday. The community college was also the leader in transfers to the UC-Cal State systems combined, as well as the number one transfer school for African Americans to the... Read more →


City Hall moves forward with AMC talks

DOWNTOWN — An exclusive contract negotiation between City Hall and AMC over the development of a new cinema is expected to commence soon after the movie house giant confirmed its ability to shut down one of its existing theaters on the Third Street Promenade. The question of whether the Kansas City-based company could shut down... Read more →


Easy on the eyes?

Dear EarthTalk I don’t understand why many people oppose wind power just because they have to look at the turbines. If you ask me, wind turbines are much nicer-looking than coal-fired, waste-to-energy or nuclear power plants. Michael Hart via e-mail Whether it’s a wind farm, a coal-fired power plant, a nuclear reactor or even... Read more →