Santa Monica History Museum to feature Aero Theatre exhibit

The Santa Monica History Museum is participating in the year-long celebration of the Aero Theatre 75th anniversary with a tribute exhibition coordinated by exhibit designer Sue Slutzky. The exhibit will run from April 15 through May 27 at the museum (1350 7th St.). Memorable moments/snippets throughout the Aero's history will be... Read more →


Santa Monica fire chief leaving post, moving to Murrieta

Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson has announced his pending resignation from SMFD to take a position with the Murrieta Fire Department. Ferguson, whose last day in Santa Monica will be May 10, said the change was prompted by a desire to balance his working responsibilities with the needs of his family. “As to why leave, quite... Read more →

City Council


Residocracy e-petition challenges zoning ordinance

The group that spearheaded a successful referendum last year is gearing up for another. Residocracy, which opposed the Hines development project, is asking residents to sign a petition in opposition to the updated Zoning Ordinance as it's currently proposed to City Council. The Zoning Ordinance update (ZOU), which will dictate land-uses... Read more →


Tongva Park receives national design award

On March 31, the Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square project was honored with a National Achievement Award for Urban Design from the American Planning Association. The project was one of 12 National Achievement Award and 17 Planning Excellence Award designees out of hundreds of submissions recognized on the national stage. This award comes in... Read more →


SMC scholarships fund study-abroad trips

The Santa Monica College Foundation has announced that 10 students in the Winter 2015 SMC Study Abroad Program were awarded $500 grants to help with the costs of their travel to study in South Africa thanks to the generosity of Mark and Lani Verge. The Verges have established the Art Verge Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at SMC. “These... Read more →

City Council

Buses, traffic circles highlight $19.4M 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 →


Host families wanted for international students

Global Student Housing (GSH) is recruiting host families in the Santa Monica area. GSH is currently seeking individuals or families to host international students who reside within five miles of Santa Monica. Hosts are expected to provide their students with a private furnished bedroom, as well as a warm and welcoming environment to learn... Read more →



Rent Control Board to mull buyouts, water penalties

The upcoming meeting of the Rent Control Board will include discussions to help renters get paid and potentially avoid paying out. Two long-gestating items will return for discussion at the April 9 meeting. The board is expected to finally make a decision regarding collection of buyout agreements and also give direction regarding who will... Read more →


Edison campus rounding into form

Over the last few years, old buildings were demolished. Orange cones, gates and scaffolding were everywhere. Construction noise filled the air at the Virginia Avenue campus. But although work continues, the end is seemingly now in sight. With the last portion of the 2014-15 academic year around the corner, Edison Language Academy is... Read more →


Mid-City Neighbors to host annual meeting at The Edye

Mid-City Neighbors, a nonprofit, city-recognized, all-volunteer group working to improve the lives of all residents in Mid City is inviting residents to attend its annual meeting on Saturday, April 11 the Broad Stage's Edye facility (11th and Arizona) at 11 a.m. Organizers said the group has had an exciting and productive year. They list... Read more →