At inaugural read-aloud, Olympic students find their voices

The mic was waiting for Colette Caughey, but she needed more time. One of her Olympic High School classmates had just delivered an emotional narrative at the Streetcraft LA workshop on Main Street, where students shared their creative writing at a read-aloud session Wednesday evening. “I can't always remember the details of her face... Read more →

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Santa Monica noise ordinance amended

After complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union, City Council voted to alter its noise ordinance Tuesday night. In July, after a person was cited under the previous noise ordinance while protesting at a hotel, the ACLU sent City Hall a letter asking that three sections of the ordinance be addressed. The changes eliminate... Read more →

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Council selects ‘Breeze’ as bikeshare name

The bikeshare naming process was a breeze. In less than five minutes, City Council decided on “Breeze” for the name of its $5.6 million, 500-bike system. Bikeshares allow riders to check-out bikes from one station and drop them off at any other station in the city. Names have not always come easy in Santa Monica. During the... Read more →



Farmers Market seeks community feedback

The Sunday Farmers Market wants residents to connect, or at least place, the dots for the future of the event. Attendees at the Feb. 15 market will have the opportunity to participate in a resident feedback project that will help staff develop educational and entertainment programs at the Main Street location. There will be five easels... Read more →


City praises new holiday tree removal program

The City of Santa Monica is crediting its revised Christmas tree removal program for contributing to the success of the citywide compost program. From Dec. 29 through Jan. 23, Santa Monica residents took advantage of curbside pick-ups of their holiday trees and added more than 65 tons or 130,000 pounds of compostable materials to the... Read more →


SMC celebrates Black History Month

Santa Monica College is proud to present a series of free events in February honoring Black History Month. The events -- which include spoken word, song and dance performances as well as informative talks and discussions on Los Angeles' black history and the current state of Black America at this pivotal time in our nation -- are all held on... Read more →

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11-member group to guide Bergamot Station development

When city planners unveiled a proposal to add a hotel and office space to the Bergamot Station Art Center last year, some residents and gallerists were up in arms. A year later, City Council has selected a developer (Jeff Worthe Real Estate Group) but the development itself is going back to the drawing board with help from a soon-to-be... Read more →


Turn Off TV Tuesday is one for the books

On a narrow, dead-end street off San Vicente Boulevard, the sliding doors on the Toyota Sienna van click shut below a darkened sky. Seat belts swing across hips and shoulders. Here, in this quiet, residential pocket of Santa Monica, the operation begins. Diana Oliver, Roosevelt Elementary School's PTA treasurer, is at the wheel. School... Read more →

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City sues landlord under new law

City Hall is suing a landlord who city attorneys say took away the parking space of a tenant with a disability without justification. The City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division filed the lawsuit against apartment building owner Solyman Khalili for alleged violations of the new Housing Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and the recently... Read more →


Library to host screening of ‘Free Angela’

Santa Monica Public Library celebrates Black History Month with a screening of the documentary "Free Angela and All Political Prisoners" on Feb. 18, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. "Free Angela" is a gripping historic account of the events that catapulted a young University of California... Read more →


Public invited to affordable housing forum

The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission will hold a Commission Retreat from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 14, in the Multipurpose Room of the Santa Monica Main Library, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. The Housing Commission, a seven-member board that advises the Santa Monica City Council on affordable housing issues, will formulate its... Read more →

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City considers ban on wild animals

It's a Monday evening on the southern end of Palisades Park. Tourists are flocking to the Santa Monica Pier. The sunset looks like a layered Mexican Sangria: a layer of pink, then blue. A 120-pound yellow snake is draped over the shoulders of a little girl. Her family laughs and snaps pictures, handing over a $5 “donation” to Al, the... Read more →