School board asks committee to guide separation

SMMUSD HDQRTRS - The more the Board of Education knows about unification, the more they don't know, but the idea is becoming closer to a potential reality. Unification, a counter-intuitive name for the process the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District would undergo to split into two districts, will be guided in part by the district's... Read more →


SMRR leaders bash pre-election targeting of Gould

CITYWIDE — Leaders of the city’s largest political party are urging City Council candidates not to make promises about personnel decisions they’d make if elected in order to win endorsements. On Monday, Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre told the Daily Press that he would attend Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights’ (SMRR)... Read more →


Mandatory water cuts coming to Santa Monica

CITYWIDE Santa Monicans may be required to cut water use by 20 percent in the coming months or face fines per a proposal coming to the City Council in August. At their Aug. 12 meeting, staff will ask the Council declare a Stage II water emergency that will include mandatory cuts in use by all customers, implementation of water budgets and... Read more →


Small earthquake felt in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — A 3.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck off the coast of Manhattan Beach at 12:23 p.m. according to the United States Geological Survey's website, was felt in Santa Monica. Dozens of Twitter users in the city by the sea acknowledged that they'd felt the quake. "Just felt an Earthquake, and now I _know_ Santa Monica can be... Read more →



SMRR leaders concerned about endorsement infiltration

CITY HALL - Leaders of the city's largest political party are concerned that some new members may not share the organization's ideals and are instead trying to influence the endorsement process. Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) will hold its endorsement convention this Sunday and they've seen a membership spike, as is the case every... Read more →



“Pico Delegation” wants City Manager fired

CITY HALL Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre is hoping a block of his sup- porters can influence the city's most significant endorsement, including calling for the termination of City Manager Rod Gould. On Sunday, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), the city's largest political party, will host its political convention,... Read more →



Pro-SMO measure supporters raise $250K

SMO — Proponents of a pro-Santa Monica Airport ballot measure aren’t wasting any time. A group formed to support the measure, which would put most future changes to the airport in the hands of the voters, has already raised $265,365, according to its latest filing with the City Clerk’s Office earlier this month. A majority of that... Read more →


Letters: Bring back Schwengel, down with SMRR

Bring back Schwengel Editor: With regard to Ms. Brenda Rappaport's zinging of Bill Bauer, please let me verify the following: Ms. Rappaport is a consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District, headed by John Deasy, who used to work for us in Santa Monica. Loren Drake does not have a baseball career background. Mr. Drake has... Read more →



Several lightning victims at Venice Beach

VENICE — A freak lighting storm sent 13 people to local hospitals on July 27 after lightning struck along Venice Beach. Initial reports from the Los Angeles Fire Department said three people were struck at around 2:50 p.m. However, the number of injuries quickly rose to include 13 people who were either on the boardwalk, beach or in once... Read more →