Airport Commission recommends path review

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — Residents don’t trust the FAA and have asked City Hall to hire an independent research firm to track the number of planes flying over their homes and how great the noise impacts are to their quality of life. Members of the Airport Commission on Monday responded to residents’ complaints of increased... Read more →


Outbreak tied to alfalfa sprouts

Raw alfalfa sprouts linked to an outbreak of salmonella poisoning in 10 states that prompted a food recall, was traced to a Los Angeles-area company, but no cases have so far been reported in the county. The sprouts were traced to Caldwell Fresh Foods of Maywood, which has issued a voluntary recall of all alfalfa sprouts manufactured under... Read more →


Parking tickets caught on tape

SM BEACH — No one likes to get a parking ticket — especially on live TV. Just ask KTLA News’ Gayle Anderson, who during a live taping Tuesday with Kelley Blue Book representatives about the best cars to drive this summer received several parking tickets for allegedly failing to pay for spots in a beach lot just north of the... Read more →

City Council

Bobby Shriver selected mayor

CITY HALL — Santa Monica City Councilman Bobby Shriver, a member of the Kennedy clan and brother of California’s first lady, was selected Tuesday as Santa Monica’s new mayor, replacing the late Ken Genser, who died earlier this year. Shriver, who was elected to the City Council in 2004, was nominated by Councilman Bob... Read more →


School parcel tax support lagging

DOWNTOWN — Early returns have Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s emergency parcel tax failing to gain the necessary two-thirds vote for approval, according to results posted by the Los Angeles County Registrar-Recorder. As of 8 p.m. Tuesday, Measure A received 11,330 votes or 63.18 percent. County election officials... Read more →


Council to approve recycling contract

CITY HALL — Hoping to improve recycling services for residents, the City Council is expected Tuesday to approve a $65,000 contract with Morley Construction Co. to prepare the future site of City Hall’s planned Resource Recovery Center. To be located in the southern half of the Michigan Avenue City Yards, the center would replace... Read more →


New fare increase plan eases burden

CITY HALL — Facing a $6.4 million deficit, Big Blue Bus officials say they need to increase fares to avoid cutting service. But after an earlier fare hike proposal drew criticism from members of the City Council who said it would unduly burden senior citizens, they’ve come up with a revised fare hike plan that softens the blow... Read more →


Kronovet backs down, will not vote on rent hike

CITY HALL — In an about face, Rent Control Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet now says he will follow advice from California’s Fair Political Practices Commission and abstain from voting on the annual “general rent adjustment” — the maximum allowable rent increase the board is set to decide June 1. The FPPC in... Read more →


Coast Guard suspends search

SM BAY — The U.S. Coast Guard has suspended its search for a man whose 30-foot sail boat ran aground Sunday about a mile south of the Santa Monica Pier with no one on board. Officials suspended the search about 1 p.m. Monday after Coast Guard vessels and aircraft combed the area for most of Sunday night and the following morning but... Read more →


Gold company investigated by City Attorney

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office last week confirmed that a local gold company is under investigation after receiving complaints that the business was possibly scamming customers. The company, Superior Gold Group (SGG), is apparently based in Nevada although it also operates out of an office on Wilshire... Read more →

City Council

City Council is considering Arizona boycott

CITY HALL — Santa Monica could become the latest city to boycott Arizona over that state’s tough new immigration law that critics say will lead to racial profiling. The City Council on Tuesday will consider joining San Diego, Oakland and San Francisco by passing a measure in protest of the law, which makes state law enforcement... Read more →


Flying the cleaner skies

Dear EarthTalk Can airplanes be run on cleaner fuels or be electric powered? Are there changes afoot in the airline business to find cleaner fuels? Reema Islam Dhaka, Bangladesh Given air travel’s huge contribution to our collective carbon footprint — flying accounts for about three percent of carbon emissions worldwide by some... Read more →


Police ask for help locating witnesses to officer shooting

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are asking for the public’s assistance to locate two people they believe may have witnessed the shooting of a Santa Monica Police officer early Tuesday morning. The shooting occurred May 18 at about 1:40 a.m. in the 1900 block of Lincoln Blvd. when officers stopped a suspected drunk driver. A... Read more →


SMPD admits tickets given by mistake

OCEAN PARK — A number of people received parking tickets for violating street sweeping restrictions in error last week while Ocean Park Boulevard was being repaved, said Santa Monica Police Sgt. Jay Trisler. Because the city sent a notice saying street sweeping restrictions would not be enforced while Ocean Park Boulevard was being... Read more →


Venice Art Walk kicks off with party

Charlotte Bjorlin D’Elia and her husband, Robert D’Elia have been building lofts for close to 10 years. Their most recent development “Dogtown Station” — named to pay homage to the famous Venice skateboard community of years past — is comprised of 35 live/work lofts located on Main Street and is also the... Read more →