Building owner convicted of unsafe construction

The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office has successfully concluded the criminal prosecution of the owner of a commercial office building, located at 2105 Colorado Blvd., for fire and building code violations. The owner was charged with rendering fire protection equipment inoperable (such as fire sprinklers and fire alarms) and engaging in... Read more →


Fewer homeless sticking around Santa Monica

“Is there a soup kitchen around here?” asked Ty, a homeless man on Fifth Street, who said he'd just gotten to Los Angeles from Arizona. Ty, who declined to give his last name, had been in the Midwest before Arizona. Upon arrival in L.A., he heard that Santa Monica might be the best place for him. He wasn't sure how long he'd stay but... Read more →

City Council

New beach playground considered in consent calendar

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 →


Losers outspent winners in SMC board race

More than $200,000 was spent in last year's Santa Monica College Board of Trustees race. Six candidates sought four seats but the two losers, both challengers, outspent the four incumbent winners. Dennis Frisch dropped $52,683 and Maria Loya spent $47,593 but placed fifth and sixth respectively. Andrew Walzer, who placed fourth, was... Read more →



Santa Monica police chief: ‘Ferguson is not alone’

When hands go up in front of a police officer, it often means a suspect is signaling intent to surrender. On Tuesday morning at New Roads School, however, the situation was decidedly less tense. The hands belonged to middle school students with a wide variety of questions for Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, who was on... Read more →


Rental buyout debate continued to April

The Rent Control Board delayed a decision on collection of rental buyout agreements for a second time at its March meeting, but the group did move forward with regulation to force landlords to notify tenants of their rights in a buyout negotiation. Discussions of a rental buyout database began at the board's February meeting and a staff... Read more →


Meals on Wheels open house slated for March 16

Meals On Wheels West will host Ellie Hollander, President of Meals on Wheels America, at its upcoming Open House. “Our Meals on Wheels programs are on the front lines every day making sure that no senior is forgotten,” said Hollander. “March for Meals is a time when communities can come together to stand with their local Meals on... Read more →


SMC Emeritus College concert set for March 15

The SMC Emeritus College Concert Band will present its Winter Concert at 3 p.m. on March 15. The concert will be held in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. The free concert will feature a variety of works and free parking will be available. “The concert will pay special tribute to... Read more →

City Council

Planning Commission appointment could come Tuesday

Planning Commission may at last get reinforcement. After months of delays, City Council is scheduled to pick the new commissioner on Tuesday. When Sue Himmelrich won a council seat in November she left a vacant chair on the seven-seat commission. Council typically abides by the unwritten rule that all seven of its members be present... Read more →


Pico Youth & Family Center hosts grand re-opening

After one month of renovation, the Pico Youth & Family Center staff, board, youth and supporters will celebrate a grand re-opening of their renovated facility adjacent to Santa Monica High School on Saturday, March 14, from 2 to 4 p.m., at 715 Pico Blvd. The ribbon-cutting ceremony will begin at 2:30 p.m. Since opening in 2002, the... Read more →


Santa Monica involved in statewide alcohol sting

On Saturday, March 14, a statewide “Shoulder Tap” decoy operation involving nearly 100 California law enforcement agencies, including the Santa Monica Police Department, will be conducted. The goal is to reduce crime on the street by arresting adults who furnish alcohol to minors and arresting people for other crimes such as parole... Read more →


Pacific Park hiring for spring break, summer positions

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will host its annual job fair to hire more than 75 employees for spring break and summer positions on Saturday, March 14, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pacific Park welcomes more than 6.5 million visitors annually to the Santa Monica Pier and encourages individuals ages 16 and over to join the team to help... Read more →