City Council

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Council to consider e-cig ordinance

CITY HALL — If you read articles written by numerous regional news outlets a few months ago, you might think that City Council already outlawed e-cigarettes. In fact, the ordinance regulating e-cigarettes in the city by the sea will be considered by council on Tuesday. The ordinance is fairly simple in that it essentially — with a few... Read more →

Politics

SMRR adds Himmelrich, Walzer

CITY HALL — The Steering Committee of the city's largest political party voted Thursday night to support Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich for City Council. The Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights committee announced support of incumbent Kevin McKeown and Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy earlier this year. At Thursday’s... Read more →

Crime

O’Connor, McKeown, Gruber score police and fire endorsement

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica police officers and firefighters want to stick with the status quo for City Council. The Police Officers’ Association (POA) and Firefighters, Local 1109 endorsed incumbents Kevin McKeown and Pam O’Connor, along with former Planning Commissioner Frank Gruber, this week. The incumbents “have consistent... Read more →

City Council

Council to review tenant harassment policy

CITY HALL — City Council will try to strengthen its response to the growing number of tenant harassment claims. City attorneys are scheduled to review the current ordinance and plans for addressing the issue at council’s Tuesday meeting. Earlier this year, city officials acknowledged that harassment complaints are rising — they nearly... Read more →

Crime

Crimewatch: Burnt BMWs

On September 10, at approximately 10:40 p.m. Officers responded to a call of a suspicious fire at the BMW dealership, 1127 Santa Monica Boulevard. Responding police and fire personnel found several vehicles engulfed in flames and could smell a strong odor of gasoline. Witnesses in the area told officers they saw a suspect douse the vehicles... Read more →

Government

City Goals: Fire Department

Editor’s Note: Every year, city departments set goals and objectives. In August, City Hall released information about how each of the 15 departments progressed toward these goals during the 2013-14 fiscal year. Over a several week period, the Daily Press will take a look at the goals that are being achieved (according to City Hall) and the... Read more →

Education

Ed Board candidates cordial at Mid City forum

MAIN LIBRARY — With so much focus on the three contested City Council seats, it’s easy to overlook the four seats on the Board of Education. Mid City Neighbors opted to make education the focus of their candidates forum at the Main Library on Monday night. Topics were wide-ranging but Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District board... Read more →

Government

Pier bridge construction at least five years away

SM PIER The start of construction for a new bridge for the Santa Monica Pier is at least five years away according to a report from City Staff. In previous discussions, officials were told a new or rehabilitated bridge linking the Pier to Ocean Ave. could begin construction in 2016 or 2017. However, the Santa Monica Pier Corporation Board of... Read more →