Feds say homeless vets to be housed by 2012

CITY HALL — The Veterans Administration plans to complete renovation of a facility to house homeless combat veterans on the agency’s West Los Angeles campus by 2012 — faster than local officials previously thought — a VA spokesman said on Monday. In an update on Santa Monica City Hall’s homelessness programs last... Read more →


Satirical film draws attention to plastic pollution

SM BAY — Environmental watchdog Heal the Bay is using some humor and an Academy-Award winner to put pressure on the state Senate to pass AB 1998, a Santa Monica lawmaker’s ban on single-use plastic bags. The local organization that promotes safe, clean and healthy coastal waters recently released a satirical mockumentary narrated... Read more →

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School donations top $1.5M

CITY HALL — Donors to the two-month long “Save Our Schools” fundraising drive contributed more than $1.5 million to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation — an amount leaders of the effort said could save 18 teaching positions this school year. After laying off 58 teachers this spring as part of $7.1 million... Read more →


What’s in a name?

Dear EarthTalk Is the dairy industry really trying to stop soy milk makers from calling their products “milk?” They must feel very threatened by the preponderance of soy milks now available in supermarkets. Gina Storzen Weymouth, Mass. Indeed, just this past April the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF), a trade group... Read more →


Parlor closed for now, plans to re-open

WILSHIRE BLVD — The Parlor restaurant and sports bar, which earlier this year was forced to reduce its operating hours after residents complained to the Santa Monica City Council the establishment was a nuisance — has closed for renovations but plans to re-open. Residents who criticized The Parlor for attracting an unruly late... Read more →


Residents pleased with Waxman’s SMO pledge

WEST L.A. — U.S. Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30th District) told local officials and neighborhood activists at a meeting this week he will insist that the FAA conduct an environmental impact study if it plans to make changes to flight rules at Santa Monica Airport, calling it “the right thing to do.” Waxman on Wednesday met with... Read more →


Council bans smoking on pier

SM PIER — Smoking on the Santa Monica Pier, which for several years has been confined to eight designated areas, is soon to be banned outright on the 100-year-old landmark. The City Council this week unanimously agreed that discarded cigarettes pose a fire risk to the pier and voted to eliminate the smoking areas. “I think... Read more →


Roommates rumble over rent

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. Sunday, Aug. 8, at 10:37 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of 14th Street regarding an assault. When officers arrived, they... Read more →

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City Hall releases candidate list

CITY HALL — The City Clerk’s Office released the official list of candidates who have qualified for this November’s ballot on Thursday, setting the final lineups for contests to decide the makeup of the Santa Monica City Council and school board. All five sitting council members are defending their seats in November, as are... Read more →

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Food truck courts OK’d

CITY HALL — Santa Monica is about to undergo a food truck renaissance, following City Hall’s announcement this week that officials have approved a new permit that allows private property owners to turn their parking lots into “mobile food courts.” Already, the California Heritage Museum and property owner Steve Taub,... Read more →

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Council rejects $3M Arizona deal

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Council stuck to its guns on Tuesday and upheld its boycott of Arizona companies, unanimously rejecting a recommendation by staff to purchase $3 million worth of “manufactured homes” from a company located in that state. Before the vote, Housing & Economic Development Director Andy... Read more →


Grant to help 40 homeless

Ocean Park Community Center (OPCC) has been awarded a grant of nearly $1.7 million from the U. S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for its work in providing housing subsidies for the chronically homeless population in Santa Monica and the Westside of Los Angeles, officials with the group said. The competitive grant is part of... Read more →


Catching drunk drivers

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety/driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard, police said. Officers will be contacting drivers in Santa Monica to see if they are under the influence of drugs or alcohol and to see if they have a valid driver’s license and car... Read more →


Airport activists to meet with Waxman

WEST L.A. — City Hall officials and a group of residents concerned about noise and safety impacts at Santa Monica Airport are set to meet with Rep. Henry Waxman (D-30th District) today to lobby for a full environmental review of any potential flight path changes the FAA may propose at SMO. The FAA in July completed a six-month test of a... Read more →

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Planning Commission urges new fines for rogue owners

CITY HALL — The Planning Commission has recommended creating new penalties for developers who fail to abide by affordable housing rules, an action sparked by recent revelations some local landlords did not verify income eligibility before leasing low-income units while others failed to provide promised units altogether. The commission... Read more →