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 →


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 →

City Council

Council postpones naming of buffer park

It's not quite back to the drawing board for the name of buffer park, but naming the facility is back in the community's hands. The City Council chose not to officially name the park at their Jan. 26 meeting. Instead, they asked staff to return at a later date with a proposal that would officially name buffer park and also rename Stewart... Read more →


How the Porter Ranch gas leak affects SMMUSD

Behind the scenes, officials in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's transportation department do what they can to have school buses running smoothly and on time. Sometimes, weather or traffic conditions on Pacific Coast Highway cause route delays. Other times, mechanical issues force them to call for backup vehicles. In recent weeks,... Read more →


SMMUSD mulling turf replacement projects

On a recent tour of Airport Park, Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials got what might have been a glimpse into the future. The City of Santa Monica's recent renovation of the park's turf field came amid mounting concerns about the potential toxicity of crumb rubber, which had been used as an infill, and now the local school district... Read more →


Rescue drill simulates Expo accident

Santa Monica Firefighters got some first hand experience with potential Expo rescues on Jan. 26 thanks to a simulated emergency drill. Rescuers pulled a dummy from beneath the train that was part of a simulated accident with potential passengers pinned beneath the rail cars. Firefighters utilized specialized rods to lift a rail car several... Read more →


Driving increases among City employees

A local advocacy group is accusing City Hall of hypocrisy and failed leadership relating to the city's sustainability efforts. The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) released a press release on Jan. 26 accusing the city of failing to take adequate steps to reduce single occupancy car trips by city employees. The email cites... Read more →


Car strikes mother and child

A traffic accident on 14th St. shut down traffic in both directions for about an hour on Jan. 26. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, a car struck a mother and child at about 3:38 p.m. on the 1900 block of 14th St. Officers said a mother was crossing the street carrying her two-year-old daughter when they were hit resulting... Read more →


Bike-Pedestrian Safety Enforcement 

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The police department identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations... Read more →


SMMUSD audit finds student tracking error

A misinterpretation of enrollment in discounted school lunch programs led to an error in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's bookkeeping. The error was discovered in an audit of SMMUSD finances by Christy White Associates, an accounting firm hired by the district to examine its coffers. The finding was considered minor with a fiscal... Read more →