City Council

Council tackles diverse agenda items

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Council waded through a packed agenda at their July 8 meeting covering a diverse group of topics. The council took action on six items and heard information on an additional three. Several items up for discussion had been before the council before and were returning for final approval. The council... Read more →



Changes coming for reviled BBB stops

A man waits for a bus at one of the Big Blue Bus' new stops on Main Street on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — Bus stop critics, your voices were heard. Big Blue Bus officials announced Wednesday that they are “modifying the design” of the new bus stops — a response to “customer and constituent concerns.” “We... Read more →



Police cracking down on bicycle related crime

A woman rides along the beach bike path on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE — Police officers routinely monitor streets for traffic violations but for the month of July, sidewalks and bike lanes will receive extra scrutiny. The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will focus on bicycle related incidents as part of their rotating... Read more →

City Council

$903K, concrete intersections considered in consent

A crew works on a new electrical service along the route of the forthcoming Expo Light Rail Line on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta) 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... Read more →


A day of walking to help patients live a lifetime

SMC — Santa Monica’s annual Relay for Life will bring hundreds of locals to Santa Monica College (SMC) on July 26 for a 24-hour fundraiser to support cancer research and patient services. The event supports the American Cancer Society and during the relay, teams walk a path for a full 24-hours. While one individual walks, their... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider affordable housing ballot measure

CITY HALL — It’s ballot measure madness! Council will review a trifecta of ballot measures on Tuesday. One, written about previously in the Daily Press, is designed to compete with an aviation community-backed measure and protect council's control over the Santa Monica Airport. Another would raise the fees paid to the Rent Control... Read more →


Council to consider looser competing SMO measure

CITY HALL — City Council will consider putting forward a ballot measure that would be less restrictive of council's power to control the airport than one previously proposed by city attorneys and one put forth by the aviation community. The measure put forth by the aviation community would require public vote on many changes to the Santa... Read more →



Suicidal threats shut down PCH

PCH The Pacific Coast Highway was temporarily closed hours on Sunday, July 6 due to a suicidal man on the Santa Monica Bluffs. The Santa Monica Police Department issued an alert to residents at about 2 p.m. stating that the northbound and southbound lands of the PCH were shut due to police activity. Witnesses quickly began posting to social... Read more →


Experts ask pet owners to take precautions during fireworks

Independence Day fireworks shows are a time of excitement for humans but the events can be extremely stressful for pets and local experts are warning pet owners to take precautions before the celebrations begin. Many pet owners make assumptions about their animals' ability to handle fireworks due to past experiences with thunder or other... Read more →


Dangers present during summer celebrations

A host of local agencies are providing safety tips for enjoying July 4 holiday celebrations. The Red Cross said millions of drivers will take to local roads and the sheer number of card will create problems. The organization said basic driver safety such as wearing seatbelts, obeying speed limits, driving sober, avoiding construction sites... Read more →