SMRR leaders concerned about endorsement infiltration

CITY HALL - Leaders of the city's largest political party are concerned that some new members may not share the organization's ideals and are instead trying to influence the endorsement process. Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) will hold its endorsement convention this Sunday and they've seen a membership spike, as is the case every... Read more →



“Pico Delegation” wants City Manager fired

CITY HALL Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre is hoping a block of his sup- porters can influence the city's most significant endorsement, including calling for the termination of City Manager Rod Gould. On Sunday, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR), the city's largest political party, will host its political convention,... Read more →



Pro-SMO measure supporters raise $250K

SMO — Proponents of a pro-Santa Monica Airport ballot measure aren’t wasting any time. A group formed to support the measure, which would put most future changes to the airport in the hands of the voters, has already raised $265,365, according to its latest filing with the City Clerk’s Office earlier this month. A majority of that... Read more →


Letters: Bring back Schwengel, down with SMRR

Bring back Schwengel Editor: With regard to Ms. Brenda Rappaport's zinging of Bill Bauer, please let me verify the following: Ms. Rappaport is a consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District, headed by John Deasy, who used to work for us in Santa Monica. Loren Drake does not have a baseball career background. Mr. Drake has... Read more →



Several lightning victims at Venice Beach

VENICE — A freak lighting storm sent 13 people to local hospitals on July 27 after lightning struck along Venice Beach. Initial reports from the Los Angeles Fire Department said three people were struck at around 2:50 p.m. However, the number of injuries quickly rose to include 13 people who were either on the boardwalk, beach or in once... Read more →


Briefs: Walking tours and silent dance parties on the pier

Free historical walking tours start July 27 at the Santa Monica Pier Starting Saturday July 27, the Santa Monica Pier will offer free docent-led historical walking tours every Saturday and Sunday. For long-time residents and visitors alike, it's the perfect way to deepen your appreciation for this beloved icon. These hour-long tours... Read more →

City Council

Council wants rising tenant complaints addressed

CITY HALL — When tenants complain in a city that’s majority renters, elected officials listen. Tenant harassment complaints nearly doubled in the last fiscal year, which ended earlier this month, city attorneys told City Council on Tuesday. Councilmembers gave the attorneys a list of suggestions for potentially solving the... Read more →


CGS fault maps are in the works

CITYWIDE — It’s a seismic year for Santa Monica. In the 20th year since the destructive Northridge Earthquake, city officials announced they would assess buildings that might need seismic upgrades and now the California Geological Survey (CGS) is mapping the fault lines in the city by the sea. The Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones... Read more →


High ratings for school bonds

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has maintained high bond ratings from two prominent rating agencies, enabling the district to proceed with the sale of the district's first series of Measure “ES” bonds in the coming weeks. The District received a bond rating of 'Aa1' and 'AA' from rating agencies, Moody's Investor Service... Read more →


Briefs: Films, plays, galleries, and storytelling

Gallery opening highlights journalist's creativity, insights, and passions The family of John Johnson presents the showing of his artistic works at the UnUrban Coffee House in Santa Monica, from July 26 - August 21. The show is titled 60s Perspective: Oil Paintings by John Johnson. John Johnson was a founder of the Los Angeles progressive... Read more →