Newsom makes campaign stop in Santa Monica

SAMOHI — He’s been making the rounds in cities across the central and northern part of the state, talking about healthcare, education and other issues expected to play a key role in the 2010 election. On Tuesday, San Francisco mayor and possible gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom came into the backyard of Los Angeles mayor and... Read more →


Solar program paying off

NOMA — Like many residents concerned about the cost of installing solar panels on their roofs, Ann Giagni wasn’t sure the investment would be worth it. She was interested in solar and had been for years, but there was always that financial uncertainty. That is until one afternoon last year when she visited the Farmers’... Read more →


Police seize $1M in Ecstasy

LINCOLN BLVD — About 40 pounds of Ecstasy were discovered stashed inside of a parked car here on Sunday after Santa Monica Police and federal agents busted a Northern California man believed to be trafficking drugs. Ramandeep Singh Sandhu, 25, of Fremont, was booked by SMPD after authorities found about 51,000 tablets of MDMA —... Read more →


Police warn about rise in auto thefts

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Facing an increase in auto burglaries just three months into the year, the Santa Monica Police Department is warning residents about keeping their vehicles safe from criminal activity. “Our goal is to take this comprehensive approach and lower that number by not only beefing up patrol and adding resources... Read more →


New parking stations to expedite exits

DOWNTOWN — Those frustrating days of queuing in the exit line at the garage, waiting for the drivers who dig through their car ashtray in an attempt to find enough change, could soon be a thing of the past. A series of prepaid parking ticket stations at the city-owned garages in Downtown are expected to go live over the next several... Read more →


FAA, City Hall square off over jet ban

LONG BEACH — A local ordinance banning the fastest and largest jets from Santa Monica Airport — a law that is being challenged by the Federal Aviation Administration — is reasonable in its intent to protect residents who live just a short distance from the runway, according to a former federal official. “What the... Read more →


More police out on St. Patty’s Day

DOWNTOWN — Even the luck of the Irish won’t save drunk drivers on March 17. The Santa Monica Police Department will deploy eight additional officers to patrol major streets and around bars on St. Patrick’s Day to discourage the impulse to grab the keys after one too many. “It’s just going to be extra eyes and... Read more →


Growing a solution

Dear EarthTalk There’s a lot of talk today about solar and wind power, but what about biomass? How big a role might this renewable energy source play in our future? Couldn’t everyday people burn their own lawn and leaf clippings to generate power? Deborah Welch Niagara Falls, NY The oldest and most prevalent source of renewable... Read more →


Provider named for homeless services building at VA

WILSHIRE BLVD. — More than a year-and-a-half after a trio of dormant buildings on the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus were designated to house homeless services, a nonprofit provider has been selected to operate one of the facilities. New York-based nonprofit Common Ground and McCormack Baron Salazar, a national developer of... Read more →


Shriver mulling run for attorney general

DOWNTOWN — City Councilman Bobby Shriver, who was recently re-elected to another four-year term, is considering a run for state attorney general next year. In an interview with the Daily Press, Shriver, who is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the brother of California First Lady Maria Shriver, said he has had informal... Read more →

City Council

Forced to leave after a long fight

CITY HALL — It was the scene of great triumph for a group of long-time renters fighting to save their apartment from demolition, a celebration over a decision by the Landmarks Commission to historically preserve the building. More than two months after the hearing in which the 57-year-old complex was deemed a landmark because of its... Read more →

High School

New shelter for families breaks ground

CULVER CITY — The ongoing efforts by Santa Monica city officials to take a regional approach in addressing homelessness took a giant step forward on Thursday when a locally-based nonprofit broke ground on a new family shelter in a neighboring community. A large crowd of homeless service advocates and officials from Los Angeles County... Read more →


Taking a bite out of crime

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Violent crimes in Santa Monica continued to hit historic lows in 2008, a trend which SMPD Chief Tim Jackman credited to increased community involvement and an intense focus on connecting the homeless population with social service agencies. Part 1 crimes, which include rapes, murders and assaults, were down 7... Read more →


SMC a natural fit for new VP

SMC — Acclimating to a new job nearly 350 miles south from the old is proving to be a less trying task than the trip itself for Jeanine Hawk. There’s a lot of parallels that Santa Monica College’s new vice president of business and administration can draw between her current and former workplace at De Anza College in... Read more →

City Council

Carpet cleaning company accused of bait and switch

CITY HALL — Accused of false advertising and elder abuse, a carpet cleaning company in the San Fernando Valley was hit with a criminal complaint by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office this week. The 16-count complaint against Sharon Gilboa and his company, Woodland Hills-based Clean Dry USA, claims bait and switch tactics in... Read more →