Chamber seeks more leeway in LUCE for developers

SM CHAMBER — Despite seven years of work on City Hall’s general plan update and a summertime deadline to approve a final version of the document, some of the toughest decisions remain to be made. As the Chamber of Commerce’s latest comments on the Land Use and Circulation Element make clear, despite many compromises,... Read more →


Judge rules for City Hall in $4 million bus suit

SM COURTHOUSE — In a win for City Hall, a judge this week denied a motion for a new trial in the case of an 83-year-old woman who sought $4 million after she fell while riding a Big Blue Bus and was left partially paralyzed. A jury in February determined City Hall was not liable for Beatrice Kaufman’s injuries, deciding the bus... Read more →

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Court ruling threatens RDA projects

CITY HALL — Several redevelopment projects planned for Santa Monica are in immediate danger of being cut due to a ruling announced Tuesday which will allow Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger to take $2.05 billion from cities to fund public schools. Of that amount, the ruling requires $1.7 billion to be paid during this fiscal year. Santa... Read more →


Pot found on 8-year-old, mother arrested

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. Tuesday, April 27, at 2:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to McKinley Elementary School after a teacher there found marijuana and cigars on... Read more →


FAA, City Hall spar over airplane noise

SMO — City Hall is sharply criticizing the Federal Aviation Administration for failing to conduct public hearings before implementing an experimental takeoff route for some small propeller planes at Santa Monica Airport that area residents say has resulted in a steady stream of noisy, low-flying aircraft over their homes. In a... Read more →


Festival celebrates nature and nurturers

CLOVER PARK — Just in time for Mother’s Day, locals can celebrate their own moms and Mother Nature together at the zero-waste, 19th annual Santa Monica Festival this Saturday. The festival is being put on by the Santa Monica Cultural Affairs Division, Community and Cultural Services Department, Arts Commission and Office of... Read more →

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BBB fare increase shelved once more

CITY HALL — An attempt by Big Blue Bus officials to raise fares will have to wait at least two more weeks. Facing a $6.1 million deficit, the transportation company has been trying to gain support for its first significant fare increase since 2002, but in recent weeks has met with delays because of officials’ concerns the proposed... Read more →


SM businesses recognized for sustainability

PICO BLVD — While the Oscars had comedian Steve Martin and actor Alec Baldwin, those who attended the 15th annual Sustainable Quality Awards Wednesday had local attorney Tom Larmore and his guitar. The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce chair led the crowd in a song about garbage. While not a common theme for most award ceremonies, the... Read more →


Local girl wins PTA award for song

DOWNTOWN — Through her inspiring love for her father, Sophie Smyth, a 10-year-old fifth grader from Santa Monica, has won the Award of Excellence certificate from the National PTA-sponsored Reflections Program. She competed against 65,000 other entries from students throughout California for the award, which was for a song she... Read more →

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Rent control commissioner barred from increase vote

CITY HALL — When the Rent Control Board makes its annual decision on the maximum allowable rent increase this summer, it will do so without Commissioner Robert Kronovet having a say. Kronovet, who owns a six-unit, rent-controlled apartment building in Santa Monica, has been barred from voting on the rent increase by the California Fair... Read more →


Garden designs up for a vote

SM AIRPORT — Hoping to encourage more residents to replace their water-sucking lawns with plants that thrive in the natural climate, City Hall is sponsoring a contest to select the designs for three demonstration “sustainable gardens” to be planted at Santa Monica Airport. Russell Ackerman, City Hall’s water... Read more →

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Resolution to ACLU homeless case coming

CITY HALL — A tentative deal has been reached to resolve a lawsuit filed by the American Civil Liberties Union against Santa Monica that accused City Hall officials of harassing and intimidating homeless residents in an attempt to drive them out of town, according to a document ACLU attorneys filed in federal court on Monday. “The... Read more →


Macerich reports $6.4M loss

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica-based mall operator Macerich Co. today reported a loss of $6.4 million, or 8 cents per share, for the quarter ended March 31, compared with net income of $14 million, or 18 cents per share, for the same period in 2009. Macerich, a real estate investment trust, reported quarterly net operating income up 1.8... Read more →


Noise complaints pile up at SMO

SM AIRPORT — The complaints have been flooding in-boxes and tying up phone lines at Santa Monica Airport in recent weeks, the result of a concerted effort by nearby residents to oppose what they say is an unacceptable level of airplane noise caused by a shift in the takeoff routes of some low-flying propeller planes. The Federal... Read more →


Man who jumped off pier charged with multiple felonies

DOWNTOWN — A man accused of leading police on a high-speed chase in a stolen vehicle that ended with him jumping off the Santa Monica Pier was charged Tuesday with multiple felonies. Prosecutors said Gerjuan Deshon Harmon, 27, is also suspected of burglarizing two UCLA dorm rooms prior to Saturday’s chase. Harmon, who prosecutors... Read more →