Heartfelt words on display

DOWNTOWN — With Valentine’s Day around the corner, Petra Eiko and Darrylynn Kaun are asking people to answer the question, “What is in Your Heart?” Through an interactive art project created by Eiko and showcased at Kaun’s Zero Minus Plus gift boutique in Fred Segal, the women focus on issues they hold dear to... Read more →

City Council

Candidates stump for council seat

CITY HALL — With the City Council scheduled to select a new member on Feb. 23, potential appointees are taking different approaches in their behind-the-scenes campaigns to fill the vacancy. Terry O’Day, a former Planning Commission chair, has been asking supporters to e-mail council members urging them to back his bid for the... Read more →


Hoffman ‘not that interested’ in council

CITY HALL — Ever since Mayor Ken Genser’s memorial service last month, Patricia Hoffman, a longtime political ally and friend of his, has been viewed by many City Hall insiders as the front-runner to replace him on the council. As the chairperson of the political party Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, which holds a... Read more →


Massive West L.A. project delayed

OLYMPIC BLVD — In a move applauded by Santa Monica residents concerned about traffic on the east side of town, the Los Angeles Planning Commission on Thursday delayed approving a large mixed-use project proposed for the corner of Olympic Boulevard and Bundy Drive. City Hall and the Friends of Sunset Park, in addition to a coalition of... Read more →

City Council

Pier museum hearing delayed

CITY HALL — At least for now, plans for a museum at the end of the Santa Monica pier have been placed on hold. The Pier Restoration Corp. had planned to ask the City Council for $5,000 at its Tuesday meeting to begin planning the museum but decided at the last minute to pull its proposal from the agenda. Ben Franz-Knight, the... Read more →

City Council

City manager settling into ‘dream job’

CITY HALL — Less than three weeks into the top job at City Hall, Rod Gould says he’s already learned at least one valuable lesson about Santa Monica — “a small city that acts like a big city in many ways,” as he put it. With a large city staff to lead, a host of community leaders to get to know and some... Read more →


West L.A. project sparks protest

OLYMPIC BLVD — Centinela Avenue may be where Santa Monica ends, but local residents are afraid a massive development proposed for just beyond that boundary could come to mark the beginning of a new era of nightmarish traffic in the city brought on by over-development. Called the Bundy Village Medical Park, the controversial project... Read more →

City Council

City Hall to pay for integrating Expo

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 part of... Read more →


Dozens pray for Bahai leaders jailed in Iran

COLORADO AVE — Although football is the focus for many people on Superbowl Sunday, Santa Monica Bahais had something else on their minds. On the same day that seven Bahai leaders in Iran underwent a second court appearance on security threat charges, members of the Santa Monica Bahai Center gathered to pray for these troubled... Read more →


School year to be cut by 5 days

SMMUSD HDQTRS — California’s budget crisis means summer break will likely be coming early for students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. The school district has reached tentative labor agreements with its teachers and other employees that include five furlough days this year and next year. If given final... Read more →


Clearing the roads

Dear EarthTalk Short of massive efforts to build a public transportation infrastructure, which doesn’t appear likely anytime soon, what is being done to address traffic congestion, which is reaching absurd levels almost everywhere? John Daniels Baltimore, MD Traffic congestion has gotten way out of hand — and not just in... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider funds for pier museum

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials are in the midst of a high stakes negotiation with billionaire Eli Broad to bring a multi-million dollar art museum to Santa Monica. But the battle for the Broad isn’t the only museum-related discussion that’s ongoing at City Hall. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corp. will be... Read more →


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 →