District’s art programs remain strong

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Through the years of budget headaches and funding cuts from the state to public education, threatening the continuation of certain services, at least one district program has continued to shine in the face of it all — the arts. That success by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was recognized in a... Read more →


Trial strains family ties

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The blood spilled at the Moose Lodge left a stain on the lives of the families of both the victims and the alleged murderers, and it is now seeping out to affect another family, that of material witness Cristian Solares. Solares was called to testify to the events of Mar. 5, 2005 when three documented gang members... Read more →


Anti-panhandling campaign changes focus

CITYWIDE — Responding to concerns that a proposed anti-panhandling campaign could reinforce stereotypes about a city once known as the “home for the homeless,” officials are looking to take a different approach. More than a year after a consultant was hired to craft a marketing initiative that would advise visitors to donate... Read more →

City Council

Council considers beachside apartments for homeless

<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 →


Construction prices get competitive

CITYWIDE — There have been many victims of the ongoing economic crises, however, City Hall and Santa Monica College have recently been able to capitalize on a falling demand in private and commercial construction as well as a drop in labor and materials costs. “We had a problem in the last five or six years, until just recently,... Read more →


Getting smart

Dear EarthTalk What is the so-called “smart grid” I’ve been hearing about, and how can it save energy and money? Larry Burger Litchfield, CT America’s electricity grid is built upon what many consider to be an antiquated principle: Make large amounts of electricity and have it always available to end users whether... Read more →

City Council

Familiar faces to contend for City Council seat

CITY HALL — The field of candidates vying for an open seat on the City Council could be packed with the ghosts of elections past. While the City Clerk’s Office has not received any applications to date from residents interested in serving late Councilmember Herb Katz’ term through 2010, a number of people active in the... Read more →

City Council

Global warming lawsuit settled

CITY HALL — The federal government on Friday settled a lawsuit in which City Hall and environmental watchdog groups accused two U.S. agencies of financing energy projects overseas without considering impacts on global warming. The Export-Import Bank of the United States (Ex-Im) and the Overseas Private Investment Corp. (OPIC)... Read more →


Baykeeper moves Gala to the Internet

DOWNTOWN — A fundraiser has never been cheaper or longer. Facing a tough economy in which donors might be less willing to fork over thousands of dollars for a ticket to a benefit, one local nonprofit organization is utilizing the Internet to raise money, all while keeping the fun of a real event. Santa Monica Baykeeper launched its... Read more →


Housing price slide comes to town

CITYWIDE — It was a long time coming but one of the most desirable places to live in Southern California is finally seeing home prices drop. In a city that was once considered insulated from the effects of the recession due to the affluence of the general population, single-family homes and condominiums are seeing their values... Read more →