City Council


Council votes down beach worker union

In one of the most divisive votes on an otherwise agreement-filled night, City Council voted to deny an appeal by a union to create a collective bargaining unit for 11 labor trainee as-needed, full-time beach workers. The 4-2 vote upheld a decision by Interim City Manager Elaine Polacheck to deny the petition put forth by the International... Read more →


Council likes new Expo station plan

Three months ago, City Council piled on criticisms about proposed plans for a public site next to the Downtown Expo station. On Tuesday, council quickly approved of new, toned-down plans for the area, asking that city planners make haste. City Hall owns some land next to the incoming Expo Light Rail’s terminus station between Fourth... Read more →


Franklin Elementary abuzz over spelling bee

When it comes to spelling, Brennan Jacobs is a budding maestro — that is, m-a-e-s-t-r-o. The local fifth-grader represented Santa Monica earlier this month at the Los Angeles County Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for the second year in a row, finishing in the top 15 after winning a qualifying competition at Franklin Elementary... Read more →


Win a month or a year supply of Girl Scout cookies

In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) is hiding golden tickets on select boxes of Samoas Girl Scout Cookies around greater Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 28. Find one and win either a month — or a year — supply of Girl Scout Cookies. GSGLA will leave clues on its Twitter page —... Read more →


False advertising costs website $1M

Social media website has agreed to a court judgment to pay $800,000 in penalties, plus $250,000 in refunds to customers over complaints regarding false advertising and unauthorized credit card charges. The case grew out of a joint investigation by the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office and the Los Angeles County District... Read more →


Council OKs 54%, 5-year water rate hike

Water rates will jump 9 percent this year and, unless City Council intervenes, 9 percent in each of the following four years, for a 53.9 percent total increase over five years. Council embraced the “compromise” option, voting 6-0 to decline the most intensive option, which would have brought rates up nearly 78 percent over five... Read more →

City Council


Council approves wild animal ban

You have until mid-April to shoulder the weight of a giant yellow snake, pet exotic birds, or feed a monkey in any of Santa Monica's parks or high-traffic public spaces. After very little discussion among its members, City Council banned exotic animals on the beach, in the parks, on the Third Street Promenade, on the Santa Monica Pier, on... Read more →



Home burglary suspects arrested in local store

Two Los Angeles men were arrested Feb. 25 in connection with a home burglary following a brief search of an area near Wilshire Boulevard. Police arrested Eddie Valencia and Adam Nelson thanks to an aware witness who saw the men enter a store on the 3200 block of Wilshire. Officers said the incident is an example of alert and prepared... Read more →


SMC presenting Spring Literary Series

Santa Monica College will present the Spring 2015 Literary Series, featuring a line-up of distinguished authors discussing and reading from their works. The series starts on Feb. 26. All lectures in the series are free and are held on the main SMC campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. The series is sponsored by the SMC Associates... Read more →


Free help with taxes at SMC resource fair

Individuals and families who need help with income tax return preparation are invited to attend a Free Income Tax Preparation and Family Resource Fair event hosted by Board of Equalization Chairman Jerome E. Horton and local officials at Santa Monica College (1510 Pico Blvd.) on Saturday, Feb. 28, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Several other... Read more →



Women’s heart disease symposium set for Feb. 28

Heart disease is the leading killer of women, in part because women's symptoms vary from the classic symptoms, primarily found in men. Dedicated to educating women about prevention and treating women with heart disease, the Women's Heart Center of Pacific Heart Institute will present a women's heart disease symposium Feb. 28 in Santa... Read more →