Know Before You Go -Week of November 23, 2015

Week of November 23, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: 1. Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire... Read more →

City Council

Council keeps full taxi fleet in service

The City Council made minor revisions to the regulation of taxicabs last week but delayed significant reform for two years. Council approved a package of changes to Santa Monica's cab system but chose to make incremental changes to the system with an expectation that the industry would continue to evolve in the coming years due to increased... Read more →


Online essay reignites debate over race in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Police Department is facing accusations of racism in an essay published online by The Washington Post. Santa Monica resident Fay Wells posted her account of an interaction with police on the Post's online forum “PostEverything” on Nov. 18 and the essay quickly rose to the most read story of the day across all of the... Read more →


SMMUSD separation gets closer look

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education has already been told that splitting the local school district is feasible. Now it’s time to delve a little deeper. During its meeting Thursday at district headquarters, the school board is prepared to discuss potential next steps for separating SMMUSD into Santa Monica and Malibu entities. The... Read more →


Garbage collective

It didn’t seem like a sound trade, and yet it sounded seamless. New Roads School music teacher Scott Roewe stepped onto the Moss Theater stage and gave up his shiny brass saxophone to a South American boy in exchange for a repurposed water pipe that had been fashioned with parts of food cans, spoons, coins and old bottle caps. Then Roewe... Read more →


City settles lawsuit over ambulance services

The City of Santa Monica has agreed to shell out $250,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from complaints about services provided by its former ambulance contractor. The lawsuit, filed in 2011 in the U.S. District Court's Central District of California, alleged that the City and Gerber Ambulance Service billed for services beyond what patients... Read more →

City Council

New rules to encourage water conservation

Water conservation remains a priority at City Hall, as the council has approved several changes to municipal code recently with an eye toward water savings. Changes have been made to water meter requirements for affordable housing units and the city has revised rules for landscaping to encourage conservation. At their Nov. 10 meeting,... Read more →