City Council

City proposes 78 percent water rate bump over 5 years

CITY HALL - Whether or not you're getting hit by the proposed drought surcharges, you could be paying more for water next year. On Tuesday City Council will consider increasing water rates by 77.7 percent over the next five years. The rate increases would come in chunks, starting at a 9 percent bump next year and 13 percent increases... Read more →

Politics

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Board of Ed could be a race for fifth

SMMUSD HDQRTRS - There are four spots up for grabs on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education but fifth place might not be so bad after all. Boardmember Ben Allen's term doesn't expire until 2016 but he's in a tight race with Sandra Fluke for state Senate. If Allen were to win that race, he'd have to vacate... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Espree Devora

Espree Devora started WeAreLATech, a local startup resource, to create a safe space for the local community to learn about growing a business. Born and raised in LA, Espree has started multiple companies of her own, including ZexSports, an action sports media agency. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Espree about how he became an... Read more →

Crime

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Crime Watch: Disturbing the sidewalk sleeper

Crime watch On Sept. 20 at 2:39 p.m. The victim noticed his assigned storage locker on Bay Street in his designated carport space had been broken into and several items of property stolen.  The Building Manager provided police with a copy of a surveillance tape depicting the suspect.  Follow up investigations by the Criminal... Read more →

Education

Student attendance improving districtwide

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Attendance improved drastically in the district last year but Ed Board members still want to see more kids in class. One in five kids missed less than two days of school last year, according to Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials. In the year prior, 2012-13, that number was closer to one in 10. And... Read more →

Education

Schools tackle Trash Free Lunch Challenge

CITYWIDE — Sticky chocolate milk cartons show up in plenty of school trashcans, but educators are hoping to teach some Santa Monica students more about living green. The fourth-annual Trash Free Lunch Challenge from environmental education nonprofit Grades of Green aims to get students to recycle, reuse and reduce when it comes to lunch... Read more →

Education

Ed Board approves $180K temporary fix at Edison

EDISON — Edison Language Academy will have air conditioning in the building just in time for winter. The Board of Education approved a roughly $180,000 “temporary solution” to the heat problems at the school. During heat waves this fall, temperatures reached at least the mid-80s in classrooms. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School... Read more →

Business

Faces of Silicon Beach: Robert Kiraz

Robert Kiraz,CEO & Founder of Leanometry recently launched PitchGrub, a site dedicated to developing the perfect startup elevator pitch. On the PitchGrub team, Robert is joined by Simona Clapan and Shant Kiraz. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Robert about how he became an entrepreneur, the Silicon Beach scene and... Read more →

Education

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Ed Board cash race tops $130K

SMMUSD — A seven-candidate race for three contested and one open seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has brought in more than $130,000 in campaign contributions. Money talks in Board of Education elections. Four years ago, when many of these candidates faced off, outgoing Boardmember Nimish Patel... Read more →

Politics

SMC Board cash race tops $150K

SMC — For a body whose existence many Santa Monicans aren’t aware of, the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees candidates sure have raised a lot of money. Between independent expenditures, personal loans, and candidate fundraising, more than $150,000 has been dropped into the six-candidate race to fill four contested college board... Read more →

Politics

SMC Board candidates: Barry Snell

Barry Snell is running for Santa Monica College Board of Trustees. The following answers were submitted in response to questions from the Daily Press. Name: Barry A. Snell Age: 59 Occupation: Certified Public Accountant Neighborhood of residence: Pico Neighborhood Own/Rent: Rent Marital status: Single Kids: Two currently attending SMC... Read more →

Politics

SMC Board candidates: Maria Loya

Maria Loya is running for Santa Monica College Board of Trustees. The following answers were submitted in response to questions from the Daily Press. Name: Maria Loya Age: 43 Occupation: Non-Profit Consultant Neighborhood of residence: Pico Neighborhood Own/Rent: Own Marital status: Married Kids: 2 boys - Oscar Jr and Fidel Political... Read more →

Politics

SMC Board candidates: Louise Jaffe

Name: Louise Jaffe Age: Occupation: SMC Trustee/Education Researcher/Simpsons Script Supervisor Neighborhood of residence: Sunset Park Own/Rent: Own Marital status: M Kids: 2 Political affiliation: Dem Schooling: UCLA Ed.D. (2012) Highest degree attained: Doctorate Hobbies: Hanging out with family and friends, attending lots of... Read more →