Ladies and gentleman, start your engines

DOWNTOWN — Producers of the world’s largest road trip are close to finalizing a deal with city officials that would make Santa Monica the starting point for the 3,000-mile journey to Miami. While producers are still working out some of the details, they are certain that Gumball 3000 will kick-off in Santa Monica on May 1. The... Read more →


Celebrating fair housing month

The Consumer Protection Unit of the City Attorney’s Office has announced a comprehensive campaign for the month of April to improve community awareness of the fair housing laws and to help eliminate housing discrimination in Santa Monica. April is National Fair Housing Month, and it is the 41st anniversary of the federal Fair Housing... Read more →


SM police nab sexual assault suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have a suspect in custody who they believe sexually assaulted a Santa Monica College student Saturday afternoon while she was visiting the campus library. Santa Monica police officers on Tuesday identified the suspect as Chase Reynolds, an SMC student. SMPD Lt. Dan Salerno said the suspect was being... Read more →


Electric car enthusiast faces several charges

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica resident and electric car enthusiast is expected to be arraigned here today on charges that he illegally manufacturers the gas-alternative cars without holding a license. Paul Pearson, a prop maker in the movie business and common fixture at the annual Fourth of July parade on Main Street where he... Read more →


More families seeking shelter

Southland shelters that house and feed the homeless in winter months experienced an 87 percent increase in the number of families seeking help, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported Monday. Between Dec. 1 and March 15, the 13 facilities in the Winter Shelter Program provided 309,000 meals and 1,660 beds. During that time, 620... Read more →


Community Briefs

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY PCH crash the result of hit-and-run Police believe the driver of a black SUV is responsible for a pileup on Pacific Coast Highway that left one victim dead and five others injured. Investigators with the Santa Monica Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a vehicle that... Read more →

City Council

Clarifying their role

<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 →

City Council

Funding for schools includes special ed focus

CITY HALL — Following the conclusion of an 18-month standoff in which the City Council withheld more than $800,000 in financial assistance to the schools because of concerns about special education, district officials are anticipating an increase in funding. A contingent of representatives from City Hall and the Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →


Edison project could involve home acquisitions

VIRGINIA AVENUE — For more than half a century, an old single-family house has remained in the possession of the Maruyama family, a home that for the past five decades has seen many changes in the neighborhood, including perhaps the most dramatic of them all, the construction of the I-10 Freeway right at its doorstep. Another big change... Read more →


Where did they go?

Dear EarthTalk Are elephant populations stable these days? Reuben Perrin Hartford, CT Far from it. The double whammy of poaching (illegal hunting) and habitat loss has led to a dramatic decline in populations of both African and Asian elephants in recent decades. In 1930, there were between five and 10 million wild African elephants,... Read more →