City Council

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California Incline work tops $3.3 M 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 →

Environment

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City tries 5-year, 78 percent water rate hike again

CITY HALL — City Council will consider a significant water rate hike for the second time in two months on Tuesday. Council rejected the hikes in October, asking city officials to come back with more concrete information about why the rates should rise so drastically. City officials came back with the same proposed rate increases but... Read more →

Transportation

Council will consider registering lobbyists

CITY HALL — Two member of City Council would like an ordinance created that would require lobbyists to register with City Hall. The ordinance would “require lobbyists representing clients who seek benefits or contracts from the City to register with the City and provide other information that will help promote transparency.” Mayor Pro... Read more →

Transportation

O’Connor likely gone from Metro Board

WESTSIDE — For the first time in more than decade, Santa Monica will likely be without a representative on the Metro Board. A committee made up of representatives from 19 cities in southwest Los Angeles County opted not to nominate City Councilmember Pam O’Connor for reappointment to the Metropolitan Transit Authority Board on Thursday... Read more →

Education

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Several filing for Ed Board appointment

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The six remaining members of the Board of Education will have at least a few names to choose from when appointing a seventh in January. Former board candidate Jake Wachtel, recently unseated Boardmember Ralph Mechur, and Lincoln Middle School PTA President Jon Kean have filed or plan to file applications to fill the... Read more →

Politics

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McKeown named mayor, Vazquez to serve in year two

CITY HALL — After 16 years as a member of City Council, Kevin McKeown is the mayor of Santa Monica. Tony Vazquez will serve as the mayor pro tempore for a year and will take mayoral seat from McKeown at the end of next year. Vazquez will serve for one year. He will become the first Latino mayor of Santa Monica. Ted Winterer will serve as... Read more →

Transportation

Metro bikeshare considered next month

L.A. COUNTY — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is moving forward with its own plans for a regional bikeshare program following Santa Monica's recent decision to advance its own program last month. The Santa Monica City Council announced its bikeshare plan in November to capitalize on grant money that... Read more →

Crime

Trial underway in 2012 Santa Monica killing

LAX COURTHOUSE — A jury is hearing the case of a man who allegedly killed his best friend and roommate in a Downtown apartment in 2012. Ryan Bright stabbed Jensen Gray to death at a party in the 400 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Police found Gray dead when the arrived at the scene. He was 27... Read more →

Environment

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Council may oppose Hermosa oil drilling

SM BAY — Sick of election talk? Here’s one more for you. On March 3, Hermosa Beach residents will decide at the polls whether or not to allow a company to drill for oil from underneath the sea floor — the sea floor of our very own Santa Monica Bay. The special election would ask residents whether or not an oil drilling moratorium... Read more →

Government

Pro-marijuana initiative backers to try again

CITY HALL — A petition meant to give Santa Monica voters a chance to decide whether or not to include medical marijuana dispensaries in the city has gone to pot. Two residents filed the initiative with the City Clerk's Office in May but, after the 180-day deadline, they turned in zero signatures, City Clerk Sarah Gorman told the Daily... Read more →

Environment

Two-day storm does little for drought

CITYWIDE — Yes it rained all day Tuesday and Wednesday but no, you shouldn’t go back to watering your sidewalks and driveways or having high-volume water balloon fights. It turns out the impacts of the storm — the first significant rainfall in months — were pretty minimal, for Santa Monica at least. The Santa Monica Mountains,... Read more →

Crime

Crimewatch: Cigarette tantrum

On Nov. 29, at approximately 1:14 a.m. Patrol officers responded to a call of domestic violence that just occurred in the 1000 block of Marine Avenue. Officers were told the victim and suspect had been dating off and on for the past four months, and tried living together, but after the suspect became abusive the victim asked him to move... Read more →

Education

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Patel, Mechur, and Allen leave Ed Board

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Three members of the Board of Education left office last month — each for different reasons — and were honored by their colleagues at the Board’s last meeting. Ben Allen, who was first elected in 2008, is leaving mid term after having been elected to the State Senate. Nimish Patel, who was elected in 2010,... Read more →

Government

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Mayor will be selected next week

CITY HALL — Bring popcorn to the next week’s City Council meeting. The newly elected council will seek common ground on who should lead the city for the next two years. Santa Monica’s mayor is always a council member selected, every two years, by his or her council colleagues. The position is largely, though not entirely,... Read more →

City Council

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Council not keen on proposed Expo transit center

CITY HALL - City Council was critical of a proposal for an $8 million transit center on Fifth Street at Colorado Avenue at their Nov. 25 meeting, saying the location would cause more gridlock in an already congested area Downtown. The proposal would have added four to six Big Blue Bus berths and an area for commuters to be dropped off on the... Read more →