City Council

Tide service on Main Street to continue on

CITY HALL — A much contested plan to reconfigure the Tide Ride and reduce coverage along Main Street was temporarily halted after officials with the Big Blue Bus decided to extend service on the line for six months. The existing route for the Tide Ride, which travels west of Lincoln Boulevard on the Mini Blue Bus, will continue as... Read more →

City Council

SMRR co-chair gets council seat

CITY HALL — It took more than a half dozen rounds of voting and a failed attempt to call a special election, but in the end a one-time candidate and political party leader was appointed to serve the next two years of late Councilmember Herb Katz’ term. Gleam Davis, a 52-year-old attorney for AT&T who finished fifth place in... Read more →

Briefs

Not in service

Those looking to contact the police department can still dial 911, but for about 30 minutes today, the non-emergency number to the SMPD’s Communications Center will be unavailable, police said. The number, (310) 458-8491, will be disconnected from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. while the telephone system undergoes maintenance. During this time,... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless population on decline

CIVIC CENTER — During a recession that has seen people losing jobs and homes comes some interesting news that the local homeless population is actually shrinking. That was the outcome of the 2009 Santa Monica Homeless Count in which more than 250 volunteers last month spent one long night physically tallying individuals living on the... Read more →

City Council

New ad hoc committee to explore airport issues

CITY HALL — After a long contentious relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration over regulations at Santa Monica Airport, local officials have formed a new committee to better position themselves when it comes to legislation. The Airport Commission on Monday formed a two-member ad hoc committee that will identify issues,... Read more →

City Council

New homeless service network close to launching

<i>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... Read more →

News

Autopsy pending on body found off Pier

LOS ANGELES — An autopsy was pending Monday on a badly decomposed body recovered from the ocean about 3 miles off the Santa Monica Pier. Lifeguards recovered the body Sunday afternoon after it was spotted by a boater who notified authorities, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Terry Hearst. Coroner's investigators will... Read more →

News

Section 8 tenants fight to buy Venice building

VENICE — Kendra Moore is quick to name the reasons which she believes make her home for the past 24 years nearly impossible to leave, speaking proudly of the area’s racial and economic diversity and smiling when reflecting on raising four children there. But there’s a sense of underlying frustration and exhaustion when... Read more →

Environment

Environmentalism rocks

Dear EarthTalk, I’m a musician and am curious about what the guitar industry is doing to ensure that the wood it uses is not destroying forests. Chris Wiedemann Ronkonkoma, NY Though it has not received a lot of press to date, the industry is on the case — in part for the sake of its own survival, and thanks to the hard work... Read more →

Education

Board postpones staff cuts for now

CITY HALL — District administrators will take another look at a controversial proposal to layoff staff in several high-demand services after the Board of Education expressed concerns with letting go of employees without further exploring alternatives. Facing steep budget reductions in the coming year, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified... Read more →