New signs let riders know when buses arrive

DOWNTOWN — Planning a trip around town just got easier. The Big Blue Bus recently installed a series of new signs that notify awaiting passengers when their ride is scheduled to arrive, part of an effort aimed at improving technology and communication between the public transportation agency and its growing customer base. Displayed... Read more →


Protesters act out against state budget cuts

SM AIRPORT — On the day that Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger was expected to reach an agreement with legislators on how to solve California’s $26.3-billion budget deficit, members of the community took to the streets to protest potential cuts. The rally was held on Monday on the corner of Bundy Drive and Airport Avenue just outside... Read more →


Program places foster kids in private schools

DOWNTOWN — The beginning of senior year might still be more than a month away but Tyree Johnson already has big plans laid out for college. Following dreams of becoming a fashion designer, the student from New Roads has compiled a long list of East Coast schools that can expect to receive an application in the next five months, names... Read more →


City Hall to consider removing crosswalks

FIFTH STREET — Two mid-street crosswalks in Downtown may be removed by City Hall because of a decrease in pedestrian traffic and concern for the lack of flashing warning lights. However, some say the street will be more dangerous without them. “First, to be really clear, we’re not removing any crosswalks without community... Read more →


Borax makes comeback

bDear EarthTalk I’ve heard so much about using Borax for green housecleaning. But if this mineral has to be mined, doesn’t that negate some of its “green-ness?” Elsa Lincoln, Neb. Mining for minerals such as boron (the key ingredient in the “Borax” we use for cleaning, pest control and other household... Read more →


Samohi’s Ross stays close to home

SMC — Guess Christian Ross likes Santa Monica. After starring for Santa Monica High School’s football team last season the speedy running back has decided to stay close to home and play for Santa Monica College. He is expected to split running back duties with Kendall Gordon, who played for Samohi rival Culver City last... Read more →


School board taps new special ed head

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A Seattle native with 25 years experience working in special education has been tapped to lead the same program in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District where officials are still repairing a department whose relationships with parents have suffered over the past several years. The Board of Education on... Read more →


Smoking ban still a burning issue

CITYWIDE — In the Santa Monica Pier parking lot, cigarette butts littered the ground around the feet of Bubba Gump employee Julie Tabb as she smoked Wednesday. “There should be more places to throw these away,” she said, admitting that she will occasionally flick away a butt if she carries it too far without seeing a... Read more →


Council considers extending club’s lease agreement

PCH — While the Annenberg Community Beach House has enjoyed a busy inaugural summer of steady visitors, its much older and more established neighbor to the south is hoping to convince city officials to let it keep its sandy space. The City Council on Tuesday began the process of determining whether it should pick up a 10-year... Read more →


In Santa Monica, life’s a beach

SM BEACH — It’s not that there isn’t a cloud in the sky — it’s just that no one seems to care. A steady trickle of tourists heads for the Santa Monica Pier and the beach Wednesday morning, unperturbed by a cool breeze. “She’s a little overweight,” says a man pushing his stroller down Ocean... Read more →


A government of the people and by the people

SMC BROAD STAGE — What started as an opinion piece has sparked a movement to reform state government. Last August, CEO Jim Wunderman published an opinion in the San Francisco Chronicle calling for a state constitutional convention to be held in order to rectify some of California’s many economic issues he felt the government was... Read more →


Some friend

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. Sunday, July 12, at 11:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the area of Fourth Street and Olympic Boulevard spotted a driver who... Read more →

City Council

Council moves maintenance yard plan forward

CITY HALL — A new proposal to move a planned rail maintenance yard further away from homes in the Pico Neighborhood will go onto the next phase of evaluation, disappointing some nearby residents who said the alternative doesn’t go far enough. The City Council on Tuesday authorized its staff to continue exploring a recently... Read more →


Taking sustainability to the Web

City Hall has unveiled a new Web site aimed at fostering a greater understanding of what it means to live a sustainable lifestyle. The Web site,, is the latest creation from the Office of Sustainability and the Environment. It will provide information on important city services, programs, and resources for individuals... Read more →


Packed concerts, increased security

SM PIER — As attendance at the Twilight Dance Series increases, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. is looking to reorganize to accommodate more concert-goers each week. Last week the Santa Monica Police Department added heightened security along the beach once the pier reached capacity and people began to overflow onto the sand.... Read more →