Brief: Fix that leak

City officials are encouraging people to fix that leak this week. As part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s ongoing “We’re for Water” campaign, this year’s Fix a Leak Week encourages Americans to help put a stop to the more than 1 trillion gallons of water wasted from household leaks each year. “Leaks can account for... Read more →

Brief: 405 Freeway closures continue

If you plan to travel south on the 405 Freeway between Santa Monica and National boulevards, you better think again. The contractor working on the I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project plans to fully close the freeway on the southbound side to install an overhead sign and conduct other roadway construction activities along the median,... Read more →

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City Hall assesses strategy to end homelessness

CITYWIDE — City officials got good news from the annual homeless count but they’ll push to do more at tonight’s City Council meeting. While homelessness rose in Los Angeles County, it fell 5 percent in the city by the sea in 2013 and city officials said that the Police Department was among several organizations helping to curb the... Read more →

Council could spend $1.3M on computers, audits, recycling bins

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 Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →

Earthquake strongly felt across Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES — A pre-dawn earthquake rolled across the Los Angeles basin on Monday, rattling residents from the San Fernando Valley to Long Beach but causing no reported damage. The quake’s magnitude was 4.4 and it was centered 15 miles west-northwest of the downtown civic center, according to the U.S. Geological Survey. USGS... Read more →

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Good results from Olympic High schedule change

OLYMPIC HIGH — A schedule change that allows students to come in later has been a success at Santa Monica’s continuation high school, said Olympic High School Principal Janie Gates. Gates has decided to stick to the schedule, at least for the rest of the year, thanks to vast attendance improvements in 25 of the school’s classes. None... Read more →

Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. 17th Street 10-day closure with 24-hour work shift for rail installation: 1 a.m. Saturday, March 22 to 6 a.m. Wednesday, April 2. 2. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 18th streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound... Read more →

Volunteers canvass neighborhoods to reduce teen drinking

THE MESSAGE: Sarah Blanch was out Friday handing out flyers hoping to curb underage drinking during St. Patrick's Day. (Kevin Herrera kevinh@smdp.com) NOMA — Are you thinking about throwing a party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, make sure to keep an eye on your alcohol and keep it out of the hands of minors. That was the... Read more →

Brief: Deputy city attorney earns nod

Barbara C. Greenstein, deputy city attorney (now retired), has been named one of this year’s California Lawyer of the Year award recipients for her work in successfully arguing Harris v. City of Santa Monica before the California Supreme Court in 2013. The CLAY Awards are given annually by the California Lawyer magazine. The award... Read more →

Brief:Safe on two wheels

If you ride a motorcycle in Santa Monica you should be careful to follow the law on March 29. That’s when the Santa Monica Police Department will hit the streets in force to catch rule breakers hoping to make the streets safer. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes... Read more →