Council candidate cash race under way

CITYWIDE - Several candidates for City Council are already stacking dollars for their campaign run this year. Seven candidates have filed campaign finance disclosure statements, allowing them to raise cash in advance of the November election. There are three contested council seats this year, one of which is open. Longtime Councilmember Bob... Read more →


Council agrees to mandatory water caps

CITY HALL — Residents, businesses, and even City Hall will have to cut back on water usage this fall. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to declare a Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage, requiring mandatory water conservation throughout the city starting as early as October. California is in the midst of a serious drought and 2013... Read more →


School starts Aug. 19

CITYWIDE Santa Monica students return to school starting Aug. 19 and many students will find a few changes at their school sites. Some sites have new staff, some have new construction and there are new programs at the district level applicable to all students. Superintendent Sandra Lyon said district-wide programs are aimed at building... Read more →


SMRR leaders may support third council candidate

CITYWIDE — The Steering Committee of the city’s largest political party announced its support of two City Council candidates over the weekend but support of a third may be coming. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) members failed to reach consensus and endorse any council candidates at its convention earlier this month so the... Read more →


Residocracy to endorse through e-vote

CITYWIDE — Infiltrators, start your engines. The city’s newest political party will endorse City Council candidates through an online vote by its members, according to the group’s founder Armen Melkonians. Residocracy was formed earlier this year to oppose large development projects in the city. Through a referendum, it successfully... Read more →


Airport tenants may pay market rate next year

SMO — City Council will consider raising the rates for tenants of the Santa Monica Airport, some significantly so. Many tenants — some that serve the aviation community and some that don’t — currently pay rents substantially below market rate. City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration disagree on the intent and expiration... Read more →



SMRR supports McKeown and Kennedy for Council

CITYWIDE - Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) has chosen to support Kevin McKeown and Jennifer Kennedy for City Council. SMRR's steering committee issued a statement of support on Aug. 10, a week after its convention failed to endorse any candidates for the council race. SMRR chair Patricia Hoffman said SMRR has always used the... Read more →



Holbrook to retire from City Council

Councilman Bob Holbrook, the longest serving councilmember in the City's history, will officially retire as of this year. Holbrook said he relishes his time working for the city but he feels it's time to focus on other areas of his life. “I really have enjoyed my 24 years on the City Council. I love Santa Monica but I just feel it's my... Read more →


Thrift store helps promote community groups

Cherry Picked Thrift Shop, a non-profit store that supports Westside charities, schools and arts and educations programs, is celebrating its fifth anniversary on Aug. 8. What began as a small organization has evolved into a secondhand store dedicated to assisting local charities in the area as well as promoting these groups to customers.... Read more →