Education

Bands at the Broad to fund Samohi ensemble trip

Last spring, the Santa Monica High School wind ensemble had the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. Later this month, the students will travel to San Jose to play at the California All-State Music Education Conference. Trips like these help to put the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's music programs on... Read more →

Environment

Santa Monica reports record setting water savings

Santa Monica has hit its goal of water self-sufficiency … for 19 days in January. The City wants permanent water independence by 2020 but conservation efforts prompted by the drought have nudged the City into self-sufficiency, albeit temporarily, several times in the past few months. Santa Monica hit a couple of records in Dec. 2015. The... Read more →

Airport

Park plans advancing at Santa Monica Airport

The City of Santa Monica is eliminating 73 aircraft tie-downs in a six-acre parcel of the Santa Monica airport to make way for a potential expansion of Airport Park. Only 32 of the 73 tie-downs, essentially parking spots for aircraft, are currently in use and current tenants will be offered space in other parts of the airport where space is... Read more →

Education

$2M in facility bills await SMMUSD board approval

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education on Thursday will weigh approval of more than $2 million in facility improvement costs. The bulk of the $2 million in facility-related projects is a $1.57-million Measure BB payment to AWI Builders Inc., for information technology expansion. SMMUSD has moved forward with a new data center as it... Read more →

Crime

Jury deadlocks in murder trial

The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office plans to retry an accused murderer after a jury deadlocked during the first trial. Prosecutors were attempting to secure the conviction of Meliton Lorenzo Lopez for the gang-related murder of 29-year-old Santa Monica resident Gil Verastegui, who was shot along with another man while standing... Read more →

Environment

Beaches recovering from weekend windstorm

A day of wind equals a week of cleanup along the Marvin Braude Bike Trail. Weekend storms caused high surf and winds along the coast with some areas of the popular beach bike path covered by as much as two feet of sand by the end of Sunday. Officials said work to clear the route countywide would be completed by Friday, Feb. 5 but the Santa... Read more →

Government

Postal service disrupted due to staffing crunch

If your mail has been late in recent months Google is partly to blame, or Amazon, or Fresh Direct, or Instacart, or Ebay, or Dollar Shave Club, or Zappos or whoever you ordered from online instead of buying at a brick and mortar store. Postal officials said the growth of e-commerce has dramatically increased the number of packages flowing... Read more →

News

New mailboxes deployed to combat stolen mail keys

The Postal Service is fighting mail theft throughout the Los Angeles region, but officials said Santa Monica is no more or less likely to experience theft than other parts of the area. Several residents have reported anecdotal stories of mail theft in recent months, but according to the Postal Service, mail theft is a regional problem and... Read more →

City Council

Fees removed for library cards

Library cards will be free for all who want them, residents and visitors alike, thanks to a decision by the City Council at their Jan. 26 meeting. As part of their budget discussion last week, the City Council eliminated a $25 fee that had been imposed on non-residents applying for a Santa Monica Library card. The fee will disappear as... Read more →

News

State of the City highlights Santa Monica’s feats, flaws

Rick Cole rattled off many flourishing components of Santa Monica: its important role in the tech sector, its real estate values, its robust tourism industry and its award-winning environmental projects. But the proverbial horn he tooted was muffled by the sound of his rhetorical alarm. “We cannot maintain success by sitting on our... Read more →

Transportation

Big Blue Bus expands Marina Del Rey service

Changes are afoot at the Big Blue Bus in the month of February. BBB has been revising service in anticipation of the Expo Light Rail in 2016. The second phase of these changes will begin in February with the goal of providing better connectivity to the train. “As a way to mitigate traffic, Expo Phase II stands the best chance of... Read more →

City Council

Split vote on new Downtown movie theater

A new movie theater could still open in Downtown Santa Monica but the project will have to provide significantly more details in order to guarantee approval. City Council voted 4-2 at their Jan. 26 meeting to direct staff to begin negotiations with the developer over the project. However, several councilmembers said their final approval of... Read more →