City Council

Water mains top $5.8M consent calendar

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city's expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider 8 percent spending hike

CITY HALL — City Council has a lot on the agenda this Tuesday night. As the Daily Press wrote about previously, council will consider moving forward with restrictions on electronic cigarettes and a ballot measure designed to compete with a ballot measure financed by a national aviation advocacy group. But that’s not all. They have... Read more →


World Cup packs city bars

DOWNTOWN - At 3 p.m. on Monday it seems like the only people on the Downtown streets are World Cup stragglers. In Santa Monica, with its high concentration of international transplants and tourists, soccer is huge and brings flocks of fans to bars at odd hours for the 9 a.m., noon, and 3 p.m. start times. A group of tourists, all wearing... Read more →



Council to consider competing airport ballot measure

CITY HALL — While the Los Angeles County Registrar is busy verifying signatures for a pro-Santa Monica Airport ballot measure, City Council will consider a measure its own. Council’s measure is a response to the proposed charter amendment, which is financially backed by a national aviation advocacy group. Last week, proponents of... Read more →


Chain Reaction, Tongva Park still on the radar

Tongva Park (File photo) CITY HALL — Whatever happened to that "Chain Reaction" sculpture that everyone was so worked up about earlier this year? In February, City Council voted to pick up the tab on the repairs to the piece of public art, which was donated to the city by Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul... Read more →


Crime Watch: Wrong bathroom

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Sunday, June 15, at 1:20 a.m. Santa Monica officers were at the Fairmont Hotel when they saw a male walk into the women’s restroom along... Read more →


14th Annual Summer SOULstice returns June 22

This Sunday, June 22, the Main Street Business Improvement Association will host their 14th Annual Summer SOULstice Festival on Main Street. The festival will include live music, food, sidewalk sales, and shopping. Musical acts Black Crystal Wolf Kids, The Paul Chesne Band, the Neil Young tribute band, 'Neil Deal', and the reggae-rock band,... Read more →



KCRW breaks ground

Photo courtesy KCRW SMC — KCRW is coming up for air. The local public radio station has been operating out of the basement of Santa Monica College for more than 30 years but broke ground last week on its new 35,000-square-foot building, which will be located above ground. The building, which will also be on the SMC campus, is... Read more →



Lawsuit alleges city manager bullied Riel

CITY HALL — The attorney for Elizabeth Riel, who was offered and then denied a top city job, filed a lawsuit against City Hall on Wednesday alleging that City Manager Rod Gould bullied Riel after he learned of her past political affiliations. The lawsuit further alleges that the job offer was rescinded because of contributions she made... Read more →