Santa Monica tourism bureau changes name

After 33 years of doing business as the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), the private, non-profit organization responsible for the promotion of Santa Monica as a conference, business and leisure travel destination has changed its name to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT). "The general consensus was that our... Read more →



Santa Monica library heads to the beach

Grab your towel and sunscreen, they’ll bring the books: Santa Monica Public Library is heading to the beach. Summer and reading belong together like surf and sun, so they are setting up shop on the shore and signing out books to literature hungry beachgoers at a series of five 'pop up' libraries between June 26 and August 28. Santa... Read more →


Edison replacing aging equipment in Santa Monica

On average, Santa Monicans sat in the dark for 80 minutes in 2014, according to reporting from Southern California Edison. Edison is doing some work in the city rebuilding circuits and making underground vault replacements. Santa Monica's reliability rankings have improved since last year, but they are down from 2011, when they were... Read more →


SMMUSD budget up for public input

Now it’s your turn to discuss the budget. The Santa Monica-Malibu school board has reviewed several editions of the district’s projected 2015-16 budget over the last few months, and it will welcome public testimony on the matter during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at district headquarters. Members of the community can weigh in... Read more →


Santa Monica authors release new book

Santa Monica authors Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz are back with a sequel to their tween novel “Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush.” The new novel is titled “New Girl on Salt Flat Road” and debuted May 21 from Brown Girls Publishing. The story centers on 11-year-old Lola Zola, a 6th grader struggling with her transition to... Read more →


SMMUSD board announces special meeting

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education will be holding a special meeting on Monday, June 29, at 4:30 p.m. at the district office, 1651 16th St. The purpose of this meeting will be for the Board of Education to adopt the district's budget and Local Control Accountability Plan (LCAP) for 2015-16. The board has... Read more →


Daughter of late Santa Monica firefighter receives scholarship

Santa Monica resident Hanna Hone, 21, has been selected to receive an ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship). The ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors presented 36 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year to recipients from 17 different states. Hone will attend the University of... Read more →


Santa Monica student receives Fulbright scholarship

James Piacentini of Santa Monica has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Italy in Urban Development & Planning, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced. Piacentini is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year... Read more →


Oaks Initiative chopped down by legal questions

The Oaks Initiative, Santa Monica's anti-corruption law, is currently inoperative due to a lack of lawyers willing or able to prosecute alleged violations. Voters passed the law to prohibit elected officials from profiting from their positions. The law prohibits elected officials from accepting employment, gifts or other monetary benefits... Read more →



Malibu lawsuit clears SMMUSD challenge

The legal battle over chemicals at Malibu public schools rages on. A federal judge last week gave life to a lawsuit that seeks the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls at Malibu High and Juan Cabrillo Elementary schools. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson denied a request by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to... Read more →

City Council

37 city appointments up for grabs

If all members of City Council are present at Tuesday’s meeting, perhaps we’ll see the cogs turning on Santa Monica’s political machine. Aside from the proposed $1.1-billion biennial budget and final adoption of the Zoning Ordinance update, council will consider 37 appointments to city boards and commissions. Council has an... Read more →


Santa Monica arts leaders honored

The Santa Monica Arts Foundation presented its third annual awards ceremony at Back on the Beach restaurant June 17 in recognition of the contributions of local leaders whose efforts support Santa Monica's artistic, creative, and cultural community, making the City an exceptionally vibrant place to live. Mayor Kevin McKeown presented awards... Read more →


PYFC plans protest march to City Hall

A coalition of concerned residents, parents, families, workers, organizations, churches and small businesses will be supporting the campaign to LET PYFC THRIVE and requesting that the City Council of Santa Monica invest in and fully fund the Pico Youth & Family Center for the 2015-2019 funding cycle. Supporters are asked to meet at... Read more →