City Council

Water app tops consent

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 →



Activists gather referendum signatures

A woman signs a petition during the citywide referendum signing party outside of Surf Liquor on Saturday. Activists are seeking to nix a City Council approval of a major development on Olympic Boulevard. (Paul Alvarez Jr. CITYWIDE — How many signatures have been gathered on the petition to fight off Hines’ Bergamot... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Cars line up at the corner of Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street. (Daniel Archuleta Expo Light Rail Line Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fourth and 18th streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Expect... Read more →


Honoring women in history

DOWNTOWN — In honor of Women’s History Month and in collaboration with City Hall’s Commission on the Status of Women, the Santa Monica History Museum is seeking Santa Monica Women of World War II to participate in its Discover the History program. Immeasurable Contributions — the name of the exhibit — will include a slide show... Read more →



Obama honors local for WW II service

WASHINGTON — Seeking to correct potential acts of bias spanning three wars, President Barack Obama will award the Medal of Honor to 24 Army veterans — include one Santa Monica native — following a congressionally mandated review to ensure that eligible recipients were not bypassed due to prejudice. The unusual mass ceremony,... Read more →


Communication a focus in next Ed Foundation fundraiser

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The second the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation fundraiser ended on Jan. 31, another one began. The Vision for Student Success, an initiative managed by the foundation to fund learning programs evenly across the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, brought in $3.2 million over 15 months. The Board of... Read more →


Pregnant woman dies from flu

COUNTYWIDE — The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has received a report of an influenza A (H1N1)-associated death of a pregnant woman and her unborn baby from the South Bay area. Although influenza activity in Los Angeles County has been on the decline, it is still widespread and will continue at least through March, public... Read more →


Never forget

Project coordinator Chris Gantz (center right) and Jeremy Painkin (center left) with The Remembrance Project talk about the history of New York Fire Department's Rescue Engine 5 at Santa Monica Fire Station 1 on Seventh Street on Friday morning. The nonprofit travels the country educating kids about the sacrifices made rescuing people during... Read more →


City Hall considers tax hike for low-income housing

CITY HALL — Funding for affordable housing might be left up to those who already own homes. City Hall wants to study a ballot measure that would let voters decide whether or not to raise taxes on property sales to build more low-income apartments. The city’s redevelopment agency (RDA), which was dissolved in 2012 by the state in an... Read more →