City Council

Council to debate development measure Tuesday

Tuesday the City Council will consider placing a measure on the Nov. 6 ballot to require a super-majority Council vote to increase density in the city’s building guidelines: the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) and Downtown Community Plan (DCP). The two documents set maximum height and density throughout the city. If passed by... Read more →


32-year sentence expected for violent robbery suspect

A violent criminal will be sentenced to 32 years in prison for a string of Santa Monica assaults pending approval of a plea deal in July. Brian Noah Morgan pleaded no contest to two counts of attempted murder and two counts of second-degree robbery this week. His admission included a special allegation of using a knife during the crimes... Read more →


Review: Pattinson elevates the melancholy western ‘Damsel’

Pitiful men pin their hopes on delusions of romance in David and Nathan Zellner's clever and melancholy western "Damsel," an offbeat odyssey about the foolhardiness of believing in the "damsel in distress." The Zellner brothers' last film, "Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter," was based on an urban legend about a Japanese woman who, believing the... Read more →


Structure fire on Marguerita

The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a structure fire at about 1:20 p.m. today at 130 Marguerita Ave. A two-story apartment complex had fire in the walls from the first to the second floor and fire in the attic area. Firefighters had the incident under control 1:55 p.m. No injuries were reported and 30 Firefighters were on... Read more →


Southern California is heating up, just in time for summer

Southern California is heating up, just in time for summer. The National Weather Service says a strong upper-level ridge moving in Wednesday will boost inland temperatures up to 12 degrees above normal. Forecasters say valley areas around Los Angeles could see triple digits. Downtown LA temperatures will reach into the 80s. Coastal... Read more →


$2.3 million public potty price tag gives Council pause

The controversy over two, new public bathrooms at Clover Park had been swirling long before it reached the City Council this month. Several commissioners say they complained about the $2.3 million price tag for two buildings to house toilets long before Santa Monica’s most powerful unelected official found himself defending the... Read more →


Labor peace hurts small businesses

As a resident for the past six decades and former mayor of this great city, I am very concerned about the pending consideration of what is known as a labor peace agreement at the Santa Monica City Council. For anyone who knows me, knows that I am a friend of labor. I believe in workers’ rights to organize and have been a member of six... Read more →


More than 500 guns seized from Southern California homes

Authorities have seized more than 550 guns at two Southern California homes and made one arrest after getting a tip that a convicted felon was storing an arsenal. Sixty-year-old Manuel Fernandez was arrested last week after Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies and state and federal investigators raided his Agua Dulce home. Officials... Read more →