CGS fault maps are in the works

CITYWIDE — It’s a seismic year for Santa Monica. In the 20th year since the destructive Northridge Earthquake, city officials announced they would assess buildings that might need seismic upgrades and now the California Geological Survey (CGS) is mapping the fault lines in the city by the sea. The Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones... Read more →


High ratings for school bonds

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has maintained high bond ratings from two prominent rating agencies, enabling the district to proceed with the sale of the district's first series of Measure “ES” bonds in the coming weeks. The District received a bond rating of 'Aa1' and 'AA' from rating agencies, Moody's Investor Service... Read more →


Briefs: Films, plays, galleries, and storytelling

Gallery opening highlights journalist's creativity, insights, and passions The family of John Johnson presents the showing of his artistic works at the UnUrban Coffee House in Santa Monica, from July 26 - August 21. The show is titled 60s Perspective: Oil Paintings by John Johnson. John Johnson was a founder of the Los Angeles progressive... Read more →


Voters would set limits in competing SMO measure

CITY HALL - An aviation community-backed measure and a City Council-backed measure will go head-to-head on the ballot in November. On Tuesday, council agreed to place the pro-Santa Monica Airport measure on the agenda and finalized language for its own measure, designed to compete with the former. Council's measure would require the public... Read more →


Man gets 15 years for 2008 killing

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Daniel Becerril was sentenced to 15 years in state prison today for the 2008 killing of a Santa Monica man, according to Sgt. Rudy Camarena of the Santa Monica Police Department. Becerril pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, money laundering, and five counts of grand theft. He was ordered to pay $442,000 in... Read more →



President returning to Los Angeles

President Obama will return to Los Angeles today following a trip to San Francisco. The President is expected to arrive in the mid-afternoon and travel to a private home in the L.A. area for a DNC event. According to the White House, he will stay overnight in the area. According to the Associated Press, Obama will attend a Democratic... Read more →


Briefs: Buffer Park grant and SMC discount

Santa Monica receives a $2.1m “Housing-Related Parks Grant” from the State The City of Santa Monica is committed to preserving existing affordable housing in Santa Monica and creating new housing opportunities for residents with low and moderate incomes. This month, that commitment resulted in over $2 million in grant funding that... Read more →



Endorsements jumpstart cycle of influence

CITY HALL — Santa Monica's election season has had a blisteringly fast start with endorsement piling up long before the nomination period has ended. Several individuals and organizations have issued public endorsements of candidates in the past few days and several candidates said the burst of activity is likely an attempt to influence the... Read more →

City Council

Elevators, sidewalks, and trees in $9.2M consent

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 →


Attempted kidnapping in Mid-City

MID-CITY — Police are searching for a man who attempted to kidnap a female resident at 2200 Colorado Ave. this evening. The woman was assaulted while walking to her car in the parking garage at 5:45 p.m., the Santa Monica Police Department said in a release. She was able to fight him off and he ran out of view. She described the man as... Read more →