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 →

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 →

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 →

City Hall wishing for fixed well, park designs in consent

GROWING THE COMMUNITY: Plans for the new Buffer Park include a learning garden. (Rendering courtesy City of Santa Monica) 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... Read more →

Brief: Educators want to hear from you

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking critical feedback through a Technology Access and Use Survey. Designed and administered by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey asks students, staff and parents about Internet access, devices, communication and other important topics. The results... Read more →

Mother killed, daughter injured in hit-and-run

OCEAN AVE — A mother was killed and her daughter was hospitalized after they were struck by a vehicle as they were walking near the Santa Monica Pier early Saturday morning. The 61-year-old mother from Wisconsin was visiting her 32-year-old daughter, a resident of Santa Monica. They were struck as they jaywalked across the 1600 block of... Read more →

City Hall: Quick response to mass shooting saved lives

CITYWIDE — Communication could have been better, but overall City Hall’s response to last year’s mass shooting that ended on the Santa Monica College campus was a success, city officials said in a recent report. The city of Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management (OEM) released a 28-page report about what was learned from the way... Read more →

Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. 17th Street 10-day street closure with 24-hour work shift for rail installation until 6 a.m. on Wednesday, April 2 2014. 2. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 18th streets: Street closures in the eastbound and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane... Read more →

Candidates square off in 1st supervisor debate

WESTSIDE — The gloves stayed on during the first debate between Los Angeles County Supervisor candidates, except around the topic of campaign finances. Four candidates vying to replaced current termed-out Third District Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky met to discuss key issues in front of an audience on the UCLA campus Thursday... Read more →

Bulger’s defense costs top $3M

BOSTON — The costs of defending Boston gangster James “Whitey” Bulger have topped more than $3 million, according to documents filed in federal court Friday. The documents submitted to U.S. District Judge Denise Casper show that Bulger’s defense lawyers have been paid a little over $2.7 million by the government for their work.... Read more →