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No council endorsements by SMRR

Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, the city’s most influential political organization, failed to endorse candidates for City Council at their annual convention on Aug. 3. The surprising result leaves the field wide open with several candidates still in the running. SMRR did settle on endorsements for School Board, Rent Control Board and... Read more →

Politics

Gould retiring in January

CITY HALL — City Manager Rod Gould will retire early next year. Gould made the announcement in a letter addressed to City Council Friday afternoon. "I have thought deeply about this decision and began discussing it with my family and my two closest colleagues early this year," he said in the letter. "I've concluded that after 29 years of... Read more →

Education

Tech to increase in classrooms

SMMUSD HDQRTRS - Is Wi-Fi that can support 60 to 70 devices in a classroom enough? Should it be added on the quads? These are the types of questions that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education grappled with during a technology presentation earlier this month. As it stands, technology in the district classrooms is... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch: Fighting over Sean Penn

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thursday, July 17, at 5:02 p.m., Officers responded to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital Emergency Room to meet with the victim of an aggravated... Read more →

Politics

Golden endorsements and controversy coming Sunday

JAMS — Grab a friend or a hundred and head on down to John Adams Middle School for the most high-stakes endorsement convention in the city this Sunday. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR), the city’s largest political party, will host its 2014 convention at 1:15 p.m. in the JAMS cafeteria. SMRR members will make endorsements for... Read more →

Education

School board asks committee to guide separation

SMMUSD HDQRTRS - The more the Board of Education knows about unification, the more they don't know, but the idea is becoming closer to a potential reality. Unification, a counter-intuitive name for the process the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District would undergo to split into two districts, will be guided in part by the district's... Read more →

Politics

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SMRR leaders bash pre-election targeting of Gould

CITYWIDE — Leaders of the city’s largest political party are urging City Council candidates not to make promises about personnel decisions they’d make if elected in order to win endorsements. On Monday, Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre told the Daily Press that he would attend Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights’ (SMRR)... Read more →

Environment

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Mandatory water cuts coming to Santa Monica

CITYWIDE Santa Monicans may be required to cut water use by 20 percent in the coming months or face fines per a proposal coming to the City Council in August. At their Aug. 12 meeting, staff will ask the Council declare a Stage II water emergency that will include mandatory cuts in use by all customers, implementation of water budgets and... Read more →

Briefs

Small earthquake felt in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — A 3.0 magnitude earthquake, which struck off the coast of Manhattan Beach at 12:23 p.m. according to the United States Geological Survey's website, was felt in Santa Monica. Dozens of Twitter users in the city by the sea acknowledged that they'd felt the quake. "Just felt an Earthquake, and now I _know_ Santa Monica can be... Read more →