Environment

Forum explores proposal for new power agency

Clean energy, self-reliance, stable utility rates, consumer choice, market competition, local jobs and increased accountability — it reads like a fairy tale when discussing utilities, but for supporters of Community Choice Aggregation it's the reality of a municipal power agency. Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) allows municipalities... Read more →

Briefs

Helping Hands hosts ‘Great Giveaway’

Santa Monica Church of the Nazarene is hosting a community giveaway event on Saturday, May 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Organizers describe it as similar to a community garage sale, except nothing's being sold. Everything is free. Participants are allowed to take what they or someone they know might need. Helping Hands is a ministry at the... Read more →

Briefs

Pedal on the Pier to support kids’ camps

The Harold Robinson Foundation will transform the Santa Monica Pier into a high-energy outdoor cycling studio for its annual fundraiser May 31 with a mission to raise money to send over 25 Los Angeles inner-city schools to camp. The 5th annual Pedal on the Pier, a 100-mile ride overlooking the Pacific Ocean, will be led by renowned Los... Read more →

Crime

Sidewalk cyclist found with stolen laptop (crime watch)

On May 15 at about 2:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers patrolling the 1600 block of 5th Street observed a subject riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. When officers contacted the subject, later identified as James Moran, a 33-year-old transient, he stated that he was unaware he could not ride on the sidewalk. Moran went on to tell... Read more →

Briefs

Synapse Dance Theater to showcase new works at Broad Stage

Santa Monica College's Synapse Dance Theater — the innovative and widely praised contemporary dance ensemble — will present a program of new repertory by professional guest artists, award-winning faculty artists, and up-and-coming student choreographers on May 30 and 31. Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and... Read more →

Briefs

Children’s nonprofit seeking foster families

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that everyone can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California. Los Angeles County's foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 450 foster children waiting to be connected to a family... Read more →

Briefs

Former Santa Monica city manager joins consulting firm

Rod Gould, who most recently served as Santa Monica's City Manager, is joining Management Partners as vice president for management, based in the firm's West Coast office. Management Partners is a professional management consulting firm specializing in helping local government organizations improve performance. The firm's clients benefit... Read more →

Briefs

Fitness, fashion and food at Santa Monica Pier

Level Sports' The Fit Tour, May 29 at the Santa Monica Pier, will feature 25 gyms/trainers, top fitness and health brands, and a pre-event fitness fashion show. The Fit Tour, open to all regardless of fitness level, is a unique, immersive experience aimed at helping everyone stick to their fitness resolutions and achieve their fitness... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica’s biennial budget tops $1.1 billion

With the first reading of the updated Zoning Ordinance behind it, City Council moves from one incredibly important and potentially boring topic to the next. It's budget time. Santa Monica's public budget is constructed and voted on every two fiscal years, with updated information and tweaks coming every six months. The proposed... Read more →