City Council

A crowded field for council seat

CITY HALL — There should be no shortage of candidates for the City Council to consider next week as it looks to replace its late colleague Herb Katz, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. That’s because a crowded field of 25 residents submitted applications for the council seat as of Tuesday’s deadline,... Read more →

Education

Recession driving enrollment at SMC

SMC — When Alexandria Easter was laid off from her position as a retail graphic designer, she decided to forgo the job hunt to fulfill a long-time dream. The Santa Monica College student is part of a growing population of adults who in the current economic climate were let go of their jobs and have returned to school to advance their... Read more →

Crime

New details in hit-and-run released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — After further interviews with witnesses regarding a hit-and-run accident that left a Santa Monica man in critical condition, investigators on Tuesday released a new description of the possible vehicle involved. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the car, which was identified by... Read more →

News

And you can take that to the bank

DOWNTOWN — When Jeremiah Higgins contemplated moving the Santa Monica Seafood Co.’s storefront from its Colorado Avenue address to the new Wilshire Boulevard location, there were a few kinks inherent in the transition. A big question was what he would do with almost $10,000 worth of product sitting in large panels in his... Read more →

News

Lights out

MALIBU — On a clear night, the scenery can’t be beat. Far from the light pollution of Los Angeles is a pure sight of the night sky that is hard to come by on the Westside — a vision of what seems like an infinite number of stars, sparkling like brilliant-cut diamonds. But there’s a group of residents in the Malibu... Read more →

News

New massage law makes City Hall tense

CITYWIDE — There might be a few kinks in City Hall’s plans to regulate massage parlors. The new state law, created by State Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), regulating massage therapy in California is creating questions and confusion as to how it will affect City Hall’s strict laws that were imposed last... Read more →

Environment

Not so fast on warming

Dear EarthTalk: Don’t all these huge snow and ice storms across the country mean that the globe isn’t really warming? I’ve never seen such a winter! — Mark Franklin, Helena, MT On the surface it certainly can appear that way. But just because some of us are suffering through a particularly cold and snowy... Read more →

News

Retailers woo shoppers with deals

CITYWIDE — It’s a good time to shop if you have money. Kurt Peterson, a shopper from Washington D.C half-jokingly asked, “We’re in a recession?” “My habits have been the same, which is sad,” Peterson said. “I know CNN two weeks ago said you have to play depression, but I’m hitting... Read more →

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 →

City Council

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 →