City Council

No-smoking campaign gets thumbs up

CITY HALL — The second time’s a charm for the no-smoking campaign. Less than four months after the City Council criticized a set of proposed marketing ideas around the new anti-smoking regulations as uninspiring, a revised version that aims to be more engaging received the thumbs up from officials to move forward. The most... Read more →

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City Hall, district face funding cuts

CITY HALL — As City Hall prepares to tackle an especially daunting budget cycle, parents with the local school district are hoping that officials don’t forget that there’s another organization facing its own set of challenges from the state. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is looking at a budget for fiscal... Read more →

News

Fugitive murder suspect returns

LAX — A fugitive who was recently arrested in Jamaica in connection to the murder of a German tourist in Santa Monica more than a decade ago was expected to arrive here Friday evening before being turned over to local authorities. Paul Carpenter, who is said to be in his 30s, was detained Wednesday by the Jamaican Constabulary Force in... Read more →

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Webster Elementary goes above and beyond

ANAHEIM — Webster Elementary School is putting life back into lessons, and it’s getting noticed. On Tuesday, Webster was one of 11 California schools awarded with the Service-Learning Leader Schools Award for upholding educational values that extend beyond the classroom. At an Anaheim luncheon and conference, State Superintendent... Read more →

Crime

Dancing around the law

Saturday, Feb. 7 at 1:35 a.m. Officers responded to the 2000 block of Wilshire Boulevard — The Gas Light — to a report of a fight. Upon arrival they found that a theft had occurred. An uninvolved bystander attempted to help the female victim, but he was punched in the face by one of a number of suspects. The victim told officers... Read more →

News

Colorado a popular choice for Expo Light Rail route

OLYMPIC BLVD — It happens every day before and after school, groups of young children walking up and down the busy corridor here, carrying backpacks and chatting as cars speed by. While it’s hardly the most pedestrian-oriented street, parents at Crossroads School fear that it will be even less so if Olympic Boulevard is chosen... Read more →

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Upscale food to be featured at SM Place

DOWNTOWN — The future of Santa Monica Place is starting to take shape. Standing at what will become the open-air rooftop dining deck, officials with Macerich on Thursday announced one by one the latest restaurant and retailers to sign on with the renovated shopping mall, naming the new tenants as construction work continued around... Read more →

City Council

Senior housing project survives appeal process

CITY HALL — A controversial senior group housing project in an upscale part of town cleared another hurdle on Tuesday when an appeal filed by neighbors was turned down. The City Council unanimously denied a petition filed by a group of Montana Avenue area residents who argued that the Planning Commission acted in error in determining... Read more →

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City Council divided over housing aid

CITY HALL — In light of a challenging economy and rising unemployment rates, leading to tough times for residents, city officials are looking into whether to use temporary funds to help those who are in imminent danger of losing their homes. The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to investigate what possibilities are available... Read more →

City Council

New site focuses on smoking ban

CITY HALL — With just two weeks before the latest smoking ban is set to go into effect, city officials have launched a Web site aimed at educating residents about the new law. The information about the smoking ban on common areas of all multi-unit residences is available via www.smconsumer.org where residents can read frequently asked... Read more →