City Council


Buses top $11M 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 →



Riel to sue city on First Amendment grounds

CITY HALL — City Hall will likely be sued over a recent controversial employment decision. An attorney representing Elizabeth Riel, whose job offer for a top city position was rescinded last month, said he will file a lawsuit against City Hall in the next week. Riel was offered the job of Public Affairs and Communications Officer last... Read more →


Gambling boats off the coast in history

Photo courtesy the Museum of Gaming History THE HISTORY BOOKS — It was a rough month for Santa Monica journalists a century ago. There was the woman knocked out by an assailant on the rails. She came to right as the train approached. There was the order by the Police Commission that all “tangoing, ragging, and fancy dancing stopped... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fifth and 18th Streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and 18th streets will have limited access at... Read more →


City employee arrested

The Santa Monica Police Department released the following information on June 6: “On Friday, May 30, 2014 the Los Angeles Police Department reported the arrest of Donald Condon, age 55, of Culver City for misdemeanor child annoyance.  It is alleged that he took inappropriate photographs of minors in public while chaperoning them on a... Read more →


News Briefs

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera to perform Mozart's DON GIOVANNI in Santa Monica Live opera, “up close and personal,” returns for three days to Southern California with the Los Angeles Metropolitan Opera's (LAMet) June 2014 production of Mozart's brilliant comic opera Don Giovanni.  The loves, debaucheries, and supernatural... Read more →


148 feet or 84 feet?

ARIZONA AVE — Developers will present council with two options for the proposed development along Arizona Ave. between Fourth and Fifth streets at the June 10 council meeting. City planners are recommending that council provide direction as to “which scenario should serve as the basis for continued outreach and dialogue.” In... Read more →


Fire, school officials remember June 7 shooting

CITYWIDE - On June 7 of last year John Zawahri set fire to his family’s home on Yorkshire Avenue and went on a shooting spree that ended 13-minutes later when police shot him in the Santa Monica College library. All told, six people, including Zawahri, were killed and four were wounded. The quick response from public safety, the Santa... Read more →



Deadly accident snarls freeway traffic

A deadly multi-vehicle accident shut down traffic on the I-10 freeway in Santa Monica for several hours on June 6. According to Robin Gee, Public Information Manager for the City of Santa Monica, two big rigs and a minivan were involved in an accident at about 12:37 p.m. inside the McClure tunnel. Seven people, all in the minivan, were... Read more →


Police searching for carjacking suspect

Santa Monica police are actively searching for a man accused of stealing a car from a local dealership. According to a release provided by SMDP, David Guyer entered the W.I. Simonson Mercedes dealership in Santa Monica on Nov. 3, 2013. He requested to test drive a car and provided the salesperson an Arizona driver’s license, which was... Read more →