Planning Commission debates Downtown parking prices

The Planning Commission will hold a study session at their April 6 meeting to debate the future of parking prices in the Downtown area. According to the staff report, City Hall is anticipating a change in parking demands based on the opening of Expo on May 20. In addition to Expo's opening recent changes to zoning documents, such as the Land... Read more →


Cyclist arrested in Santa Monica burglary hot spot

On March 23 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were conducting routine patrol in the area of 2nd Street and Washington Avenue due to numerous reported residential and vehicle burglaries when they observed a male riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the roadway and onto the sidewalk. Officers initiated a traffic stop... Read more →


Santa Monica’s minimum wage law could change

Santa Monica will make minor revisions to its minimum wage law in April following recommendations from a local working group. When City Council passed the local minimum wage law in January, it specifically asked for additional discussion on a handful of details. The recommendations that will come before council on April 26 reflect that... Read more →


Santa Monica panhandler arrested at Interstate 10 off-ramp

On March 23 at about 6:20 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer responded to a call of a subject yelling at vehicles and pedestrians in the 1600 block of 4th Street. The officer was unable to locate the subject, but noticed a man standing nearby panhandling with a sign that read, “On the road please help god bless.” The subject, later... Read more →


Student drowns over Easter weekend

A Los Angeles student rescued from a Santa Monica beach last weekend has died. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King released a statement regarding the incident today. “The L.A. Unified family is deeply saddened by the accidental drowning of a Bravo Medical Magnet High School student during a beach cleanup... Read more →


Suit against SMMUSD can go to trial 

A lawsuit over the safety of Malibu classrooms can proceed to trial following a March 28 decision by a judge. The suit is part of the ongoing debate regarding toxic substances in Malibu schools. While the district contends classrooms are safe and have been sufficiently cleaned, a coalition of parents have argued the cleanup efforts are... Read more →


Paddleboard fundraiser promotes clean water

The Santa Monica based Los Angeles Waterkeeper will hold their 5th annual paddleboard race fundraiser, Stand Up For Clean Water, on April 16 and organizers want locals to know there are ample opportunities to support the cause, both in and out of the water. The event is actually several races for paddlers of all ages and abilities. There... Read more →


More time for the draft Downtown Community Plan

The City of Santa Monica announced today a new timeline for community input and revisions to the draft Downtown Community Plan (DCP). The revised draft, released last month, was scheduled to go before Council this summer.  The DCP is now set to go before Council in spring 2017. After listening to the community’s thoughts on the early... Read more →


Park project takes off with removal of aircraft 

Today, it's just an asphalt lot but for supporters of an Airport park, that empty lot is full of promise. All aircrafts have been removed from a six-acre storage facility at the Santa Monica Airport to make way for the eagerly anticipated expansion of Airport Park. The lot, known as the southeast parcel (adjacent to the Airport Park and Dog... Read more →


Car topples streetlight downtown

Traffic is was slow in Downtown Santa Monica on march 28 due to a downed streetlight. A car struck the pole at about 9 a.m. Monday morning, sending the light into 4th St. just outside the Sear’s parking lot, near the intersection of 4th and Colorado. Only one lane of Southbound 4th Street was open while crews work to repair the... Read more →


Homeless man sets fire near Santa Monica beach

On March 21 at approximately 7:50 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of the beach regarding a camp fire. The fire was close to a structure and caused moderate damage to a retaining wall. Upon officers’ arrival, the suspect became agitated, walking away and knocking several city-owned trash cans. The suspect... Read more →


Santa Monica bowl-a-thon to support Westside Coalition

This year marks the 20th anniversary of the bowl-a-thon fundraiser supporting the Westside Coalition. The annual bowl-a-thon is the only fundraiser supporting the Westside Coalition, a non-profit partnership of 42 organizations providing advocacy and coordinating homeless care and services in Santa Monica. “The bowl-a-thon is a fun... Read more →

City Council

Park list approved for county research project

Supporters of a multi-use sports facility found themselves on thin ice this week when Council excluded a potential ice rink from the first wave of park construction at Santa Monica Airport. The County of Los Angeles is conducting a study to assess park needs in all municipalities and unincorporated areas. The results of that study will be... Read more →