Light rail a step closer to reality

DOWNTOWN — Transportation officials this week signed off on a plan to extend the Expo light rail line to Downtown Santa Monica, approving the project’s environmental review and selecting a route for the line’s Westside component. The decision by the Expo Authority’s board on Thursday paves the way for construction to... Read more →

City Council

City Hall again delays museum vote

CITY HALL — After announcing a tentative deal in January to bring philanthropist Eli Broad’s proposed art museum to Santa Monica’s Civic Center, City Hall has delayed a required City Council vote on the agreement for the second time, several council members said this week. In an e-mail to the council obtained by the... Read more →


Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned

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. Thursday, Jan. 28, at 7: 20 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard regarding a report of domestic violence.... Read more →


Thieves make off with $300K in jewelry

WILSHIRE BLVD — Police are searching for three men wanted in connection with a robbery in which $300,000 worth of jewelry was stolen, authorities said. The robbery occurred on Wednesday, Feb. 3 around 5 p.m. in a parking lot in the 2500 block of Wilshire Boulevard, said Sgt. Dave Hunscke with the Santa Monica Police Department. Two... Read more →


UCLA opens family wellness center

DOWNTOWN — New scientific studies routinely come out suggesting new ways for healthier living, but the gap between what researchers know and how most people live can be a wide one. Now, a new center started by UCLA in Santa Monica is aiming to bridge the divide by bringing classes and programs based on researchers’ work directly... Read more →


Victim in hit-and-run recovering

DOWNTOWN — Family members of the 28-year-old Santa Monica woman who was critically injured in a hit-and-run accident on Main Street Monday said she is recovering, but doctors are still trying to determine the extent of her brain injury. Brittany Norton is currently in the Nuerointensive Care Unit at the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center... Read more →


Illustrating Earth Day

Students in grades K-12 are being asked to express what sustainable transit means to them in the form of a poster contest for the 40th anniversary of Earth Day sponsored by City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment. This is the second year that City Hall has held the student poster contest. The intent is to raise... Read more →


Food bank serves record number of Westsiders

22nd STREET — Roughly 90,000 people received some form of food assistance last year from the 65 pantries, soup kitchens and homeless shelters supplied by Santa Monica-based Westside Food Bank, officials with the nonprofit announced Wednesday. That is a 50 percent increase from 2005, said Bruce Rankin, executive director of the food... Read more →


Calling all writers

The Santa Monica Public Library, in conjunction with City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, are looking for entries for the fourth annual Green Prize for Sustainable Literature Awards. The Green Price was created to encourage and commend authors, illustrators and publishers who produce quality books that make... Read more →


Resident critically injured in hit-and-run

MAIN STREET — A 28-year-old Santa Monica woman was in critical condition with severe head trauma Tuesday after being struck by a car while in a crosswalk on Main Street, police said. The woman, who was hit Monday night by a driver going at least 40 mph, may not recover from her injuries, leaving open the possibility that more serious... Read more →


School board asks voters for $5.7M

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters will be asked in a special election in May to support an “emergency” $198 per parcel property tax to prop up the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, which is facing a projected $14.5 million deficit. In a nod to the recession, the board decided not to ask for $225 per parcel, which a district... Read more →


Senator seeks cadmium ban

State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) has introduced a bill that would ban cadmium use in children’s jewelry in California. Pavley previously authored the nation’s first ban on using lead in children’s jewelry. She created the new bill after learning manufacturers are using cadmium in place of lead. The U.S. Centers for... Read more →


Spreading sustainability across globe

CITY HALL — Delegates from Gumi, South Korea visited Santa Monica Tuesday as part of a seven-day sustainability tour of some of California’s greenest cities. The delegates hoped to observe and learn green policies and programs while sharing some environmental ideas of their own. The industrial city of Gumi — 95 percent of... Read more →


U.S. Census prepping for homeless count

CITY WIDE — U.S. Census Bureau workers are gearing up to count the nation’s homeless as part of the 2010 Census at the end of March, a once-per-decade effort that this year will rely heavily on the expertise of local homeless service providers. In Santa Monica, which conducts an annual count of its homeless population and... Read more →


Bank failure means new name for local branch

DOWNTOWN — On Monday morning Santa Monicans who deposit their checks at First Regional Bank were in for a surprise. The bank, which had a branch at 501 Santa Monica Blvd., was seized by federal regulators over the weekend and quickly sold off to Raleigh, N.C.-based First-Citizens Bank & Trust Co. Its failure was blamed on... Read more →