Small quakes remind residents to be prepared

A small earthquake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, hit the Westside on June 1 and public safety officials are using the trembler to remind residents of the importance of earthquake safety. According to a study by the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department, only 6 percent of residents said they were completely prepared for an... Read more →


Poll shows narrow support for affordable housing tax

CITYWIDE - A small majority of recently polled Santa Monica voters favor City Hall's tentative plan to fund affordable housing through a tax on the sale of real estate. Since the dissolution of the redevelopment agency in 2012, construction and purchase of new apartments for low-income residents has slowed to a near halt. Before the... Read more →


Primary election today

CITYWIDE - There will be a lot of races to watch tonight thanks, in part, to two men who aren't running. The three seats in the three fiercest races that Santa Monicans will vote on in tonight's primary election are up for grabs thanks to the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) and the term limits imposed on L.A. County... Read more →


More than $7M raised in Congress race

WESTSIDE — Campaign receipts in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) now total more than $7 million. The primary election for the 33rd Congressional District will be held Tuesday. Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author who’s been in the race since before Waxman announced his retirement, leads with... Read more →


Disruptions expected at LAX during construction

LAX — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the corporation that runs LAX, is reaching out to travelers during the airport’s ongoing construction efforts. The new campaign, “LAX is Happening,” includes several elements that will hopefully keep travelers informed while providing some tips for those who will encounter... Read more →


Santa Monican, top surfer Ricky Grigg dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — Ricky Grigg, a former top-ranked big-wave surfer and oceanographer whose work confirmed one of Charles Darwin’s theories about the origin of tropical islands, has died. He was 77. His wife, Maria, said Saturday that Grigg died of pneumonia May 21 at his home in Honolulu. The celebrated surfing pioneer was also a marine... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   For the week of June  2, 2014 please note the following activities: 1.Colorado Avenue between Fifth & 1Eighth Streets   - Street closures in the eaStreet and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and... Read more →



Planning Commission balks at condos

CITY HALL - The Planning Commission was not impressed with plans for a 21-unit condominium project proposed for the Pico Neighborhood Wednesday night. Residents spoke largely in opposition to the project, bashing, among other things, its design, its size, and the impact it would have on the current residents. Commissioners voted... Read more →


YWCA celebrates years of life altering services

14TH ST — For the past 16 years, a small home at the corner of 14th and Pico has served as a lifesaving haven for young women aging out of the County's foster care system. The facility, operated as part of the YWCA's Transitional Housing and Education, held a “Sweet 16” party on May 29 to celebrate 16 years of providing foster youth... Read more →


Shriver spends $1M, leads supervisors cash race

WESTSIDE - Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has received nearly $1.9 in contributions to his supervisor campaign, with $1 million of that coming from his own pocket. The primary election in the race to replace termed-out Third District Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky will be held this Tuesday. Former State Senator... Read more →