SM resident arrested for supergraphics

LOS ANGELES — A Santa Monica man was arrested for installing illegal supergraphics above his empty office building across the street from the entrance of LAX, officials with the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office said Monday. Siamak Michael Rahimi, 55, was arrested Friday and released that day on $75,000 bail. The City... Read more →


The haunts of Route 66

ROUTE 66 — Few travelers know the other side of Route 66, the Mother Road of America. The haunted side of Route 66. Eight states, all with their own colorful tales of love, murder and mayhem, have ghosts who, for whatever reason, have chosen to stay behind. Santa Monica, the last city on Route 66, is home to the Georgian Hotel.... Read more →


Road advisories

Parking Structure No. 2 Seismic Retrofit <p> Starting on Thursday, Aug. 5, the sidewalk in front of Parking Structure No. 2 will be closed to pedestrian traffic. There will still be access to businesses located to the north and south of the parking structure, but pedestrians will be directed to use the sidewalk on the west side of the... Read more →


Cat show touts all things feline

CIVIC CENTER — From the time she was a little girl, Karen Williams has wanted a fluffy, white cat. Like any hobbyist, Karen started small. She bought her first kitten, a white Persian, while living in Wisconsin. Three moves and thirty years later, she’s traveled to countless cat shows, become an established breeder and has... Read more →


Diesel cleans up

Dear EarthTalk I’ve been hearing about the great gas mileage for Volkswagens that use diesel fuel. But is it better for the environment to use diesel or unleaded gasoline? K. Cronk, Bay City, MI In the past, diesel fuel was always considered dirtier than gasoline. But newer standards regulating sulfur content and improved technology... Read more →


Voters could decide new fees for clean water projects

SACRAMENTO — Los Angeles County residents may be asked whether to approve new fees that would support clean-water projects under a bill authored by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) that passed the state Legislature on Friday. If signed into law by Gov. Schwarzenegger, the bill, AB 2554, would authorize the Los Angeles... Read more →


Measure Y divides business community

DOWNTOWN — With a school district activist and a Chamber of Commerce leader heading the effort to pass Measure Y, the ballot initiative that would increase the local sales tax by a half percent, backers are portraying the tax hike as a needed revenue booster that has broad based appeal. For school supporters and those concerned about... Read more →


SM Place welcomes Nordstrom

SANTA MONICA PLACE — With the Third Street Promenade and the newly opened outdoor mall, Santa Monica is no stranger to high-end shopping. However, with the grand opening of Nordstrom at Santa Monica Place on Friday, locals can now enjoy having the comforts of the fashion retailer chain in their very own neighborhood. “The quality... Read more →


Motorcycle sting set

If you plan on taking your hog out for a ride up the coast this Sunday, you better make sure you know all the rules of the road. That’s because Santa Monica police will conduct a “Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation” this weekend in areas that are either regularly used by motorcyclists or where there have been previous... Read more →


Tune in and learn from the tube

Whoever said television rots your brain definitely isn’t familiar with CityTV, Santa Monica’s public cable television station. Thanks to a partnership between CityTV and the California State University at Dominguez Hills viewers can take a break from watching mind-numbing reality television and enroll in college classes simply by... Read more →


Former BBB employee sentenced in EZ pass fraud case

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A former Big Blue Bus supervisor found guilty of abusing City Hall’s rideshare program that provides employees with free bus passes if they take public transit to work has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and ordered to pay restitution and spend 45 days on a beach cleanup crew. Chief Deputy City Attorney... Read more →


Feds announce local grants to curb smoking, reduce obesity

PALISADES PARK — Residents of Santa Monica and cities across Los Angeles County will soon be able to take advantage of $32.1 million worth of programs aimed at reducing smoking and preventing obesity, thanks to a federal grant announced Wednesday. L.A. County will receive $16.2 million for tobacco prevention and $15.9 million for... Read more →

City Council

Top 20 salaries in City Hall all over $200K

CITY HALL — The 20 highest paid employees at City Hall each earned more than $200,000 last year, including a sergeant in the Santa Monica Police Department who took home roughly $8,000 more than his boss, the chief of police, a review by the Daily Press of 2009 wage and tax statements revealed. The majority of those on the top 20... Read more →


Brownley bill holds charter schools to open standards

SACRAMENTO — Charter schools would be held to the same standards for public meetings and open records as traditional public schools under a bill sent to Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger. The bill by Assemblywoman Julia Brownley won final approval in the state Senate Tuesday. In addition to public records and meetings requirements, the Santa... Read more →