Crime

Trial underway in 2012 Santa Monica killing

LAX COURTHOUSE — A jury is hearing the case of a man who allegedly killed his best friend and roommate in a Downtown apartment in 2012. Ryan Bright stabbed Jensen Gray to death at a party in the 400 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Police found Gray dead when the arrived at the scene. He was 27... Read more →

Environment

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Council may oppose Hermosa oil drilling

SM BAY — Sick of election talk? Here’s one more for you. On March 3, Hermosa Beach residents will decide at the polls whether or not to allow a company to drill for oil from underneath the sea floor — the sea floor of our very own Santa Monica Bay. The special election would ask residents whether or not an oil drilling moratorium... Read more →

Government

Pro-marijuana initiative backers to try again

CITY HALL — A petition meant to give Santa Monica voters a chance to decide whether or not to include medical marijuana dispensaries in the city has gone to pot. Two residents filed the initiative with the City Clerk's Office in May but, after the 180-day deadline, they turned in zero signatures, City Clerk Sarah Gorman told the Daily... Read more →

Environment

Two-day storm does little for drought

CITYWIDE — Yes it rained all day Tuesday and Wednesday but no, you shouldn’t go back to watering your sidewalks and driveways or having high-volume water balloon fights. It turns out the impacts of the storm — the first significant rainfall in months — were pretty minimal, for Santa Monica at least. The Santa Monica Mountains,... Read more →

Crime

Crimewatch: Cigarette tantrum

On Nov. 29, at approximately 1:14 a.m. Patrol officers responded to a call of domestic violence that just occurred in the 1000 block of Marine Avenue. Officers were told the victim and suspect had been dating off and on for the past four months, and tried living together, but after the suspect became abusive the victim asked him to move... Read more →

Education

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Patel, Mechur, and Allen leave Ed Board

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Three members of the Board of Education left office last month — each for different reasons — and were honored by their colleagues at the Board’s last meeting. Ben Allen, who was first elected in 2008, is leaving mid term after having been elected to the State Senate. Nimish Patel, who was elected in 2010,... Read more →

Government

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Mayor will be selected next week

CITY HALL — Bring popcorn to the next week’s City Council meeting. The newly elected council will seek common ground on who should lead the city for the next two years. Santa Monica’s mayor is always a council member selected, every two years, by his or her council colleagues. The position is largely, though not entirely,... Read more →

City Council

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Council not keen on proposed Expo transit center

CITY HALL - City Council was critical of a proposal for an $8 million transit center on Fifth Street at Colorado Avenue at their Nov. 25 meeting, saying the location would cause more gridlock in an already congested area Downtown. The proposal would have added four to six Big Blue Bus berths and an area for commuters to be dropped off on the... Read more →

Politics

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Voter turnout a lowly 48 percent in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — In a city that’s traditionally extremely politically engaged, less than half of Santa Monica’s registered voters cast ballots last month. Only 48.18 percent of the city’s registered electorate voted in this year’s election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar, which completed its final canvas on Monday. It was... Read more →

Education

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Ed Board hoping to fill Allen’s seat by Feb

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Board of Education will be down a member for at least the next couple months. Ben Allen resigned from the Ed Board last month in order to join the State Senate. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has begun the process of filling his vacant seat. Two years remain on his Ed Board term. The application for... Read more →

Transportation

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Subway still years from the sea

MID-WILSHIRE — The so-called “subway to the sea” could still make it to the shore, but funding has yet to be identified for any part of the purple line extension project beyond the current planned Westwood/VA Hospital stop. A groundbreaking ceremony on November 7 officially kicked-off phase one of the three-section purple line plan.... Read more →

Government

Some city vehicles go dirty for drought

CITY HALL — About one in six city vehicles are in the midst of a 60-day dirty period. Last month, City Council voted unanimously to leave 117 vehicles in its roughly 750-vehicle fleet unwashed for two months in an effort to conserve water and raise awareness about water usage during this drought. Los Angeles Waterkeeper's “Go Dirty for... Read more →

News

Santa Monica leaders give thanks

CITYWIDE Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that is characterized by gratitude for food, family and friends. In homes all across the country people are coming together to sit down and offer up warm meals and warm smiles. We asked a few prominent Santa Monica community leaders to share what they are thankful for this holiday... Read more →

Education

Ed Board wants more progress toward ES projects

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — As school district money from one bond measure wanes and another waxes, Ed Board members discussed how best to get some envisioned projects rolling. Measure ES, passed by voters in the 2012 election, permitted the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to issue $385 million in bonds. Two years later, some members of... Read more →