Government

Brief: Congressional candidates forum

The Santa Monica Democratic Club is hosting a candidates forum featuring the field running to replace Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) in Congress. Candidates expected to attend include State Sen. Ted Lieu (D-Santa Monica), former Los Angeles City Controller Wendy Greuel and human rights attorney Barbara Mulvaney. The forum is open to... Read more →

Government

Brief: Kuehl secures Valley endorsement

Los Angeles City Councilmember Bob Blumenfield has endorsed Sheila Kuehl for L.A. County supervisor, citing her leadership and effectiveness in the California Legislature. Blumenfield’s endorsement could prove valuable as he represents the Third Council District, which spans the northwest portion of Los Angeles in the San Fernando... Read more →

Crime

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Brief: Local teen missing

Tony Garcés, 18, has been missing since Monday morning when he was last seen waiting for a bus to head to Cal State Los Angeles. Family members dropped him off at the corner of Bundy Drive and Pico Boulevard. He was wearing black pants, a gray polo shirt and carrying an American flag backpack. Family members say it’s unusual for the... Read more →

News

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Council votes to chip away at Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica Airport (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — City officials got the green light to start planning a potential downsize of Santa Monica Airport. City Council voted unanimously, 6 to 0, Tuesday to study a series of options for the future of the controversial airport. Mayor Pro Tem Terry O’Day left the... Read more →

Education

Recording studios become booming teen centers

LAYING DOWN VOCALS: Eddie Martinez puts in work at Pico Youth & Family Center's recording studio. (David Mark Simpson dave@smdp.com) PICO BLVD — School is over for the day but Eddie Martinez still has his notebook open. The Olympic High School senior is in the booth at the Pico Youth & Family Center’s recording studio... Read more →

Government

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Shriver takes fundraising lead in supervisor race

COUNTYWIDE — If you were a candidate running for office, what would you rather have, money or fame? Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has both. His campaign disclosure statement reads like a guest list for one of Hollywood’s most exclusive parties, featuring the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Renee Zellweger and Jerry... Read more →

Environment

Brief: Pacific Park to go dark

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier joins the Earth Hour movement this Saturday by turning the lights out for one hour on its world-famous Ferris wheel. Only safety lighting will be functioning starting at 8:30 p.m., officials with the park said. Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement. People are... Read more →

Environment

Brief: Docents wanted at beach house

For the first time in three years, the Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking new volunteers to offer guided tours of the Annenberg Community Beach House. A docent training class will be offered in April and May. Applications to become a docent are due March 29. The Annenberg Community Beach House has a fascinating history, a place where... Read more →

Government

Worker injuries cost city big bucks

CITY HALL — Workers’ compensation costs are up for City Hall and finance officials expect they will continue to rise. In the last six months of 2013, City Hall spent about $3.8 million on medical treatment and lost wages that resulted from city employees being injured on the job, Santa Monica city officials said in a recent report.... Read more →