Marijuana shops coming to Santa Monica, but when?

In a week, City Council will have a chance to adopt the massive Zoning Ordinance update, which includes standards for the allowance of two medical marijuana dispensaries. But when, and where, are the dispensaries going to pop up? If council adopts the ordinance at its next meeting on June 23, operators could apply for conditional use... Read more →


Day care expansion, Cheesecake Factory booze considered

The Planning Commission will consider separate items related to little kids and alcohol at its meeting Wednesday night. A family day care is looking to double its class size and the Cheesecake Factory wants permission to serve alcohol. The Activity Place, LCC, located on 22nd Street between Virginia and Delaware avenues, is residential... Read more →


Preschool partnership unites SMMUSD, SMC

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and Santa Monica College are entering a partnership to teach and care for young children while introducing older students to possible careers in childhood development. The Santa Monica-Malibu school board on Thursday approved an agreement between the district and the local community college... Read more →



Roosevelt teacher retiring after 40 years

Angie Snow, a fourth-grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, will be retiring after almost 40 years of instruction, long enough that some of her students are now old enough to be her peers. “My husband has been retired for 20 years,” Snow said. “It is time for me to spend some quality time with him.” Snow never had doubts... Read more →


Santa Monica police conduct alcohol sting

On June 12, the Santa Monica Police Department conducted an undercover minor decoy operation. The program uses supervised individuals under the age of 20 who attempt to purchase alcohol at licensed retail establishments. Any sale of alcohol to a minor decoy by a licensee subjects the employee and the licensee to criminal and administrative... Read more →


League of Women Voters hosts Santa Monica planning seminar

Big changes are coming to Santa Monica, and city planners are working hard to coordinate all the moving pieces. On Saturday, June 20, the City's Director of Planning and Community Development, David Martin, will present an overview of his department's major projects to the League of Women Voters of Santa Monica (LWVSM) and guests. “We... Read more →


Art’s Table to support SMC study-abroad scholarships

Have a special meal this Father's Day weekend and help Santa Monica College students broaden their horizons and learn firsthand what it means to be a global citizen. Art's Table co-owners Mark and Lani Verge are hosting a fundraiser June 19-21 at the restaurant, located at 1002 Montana Ave. Proceeds from a special menu will benefit the Art... Read more →



SMMUSD tabs scholar to address racial issues

One parent recalled her young son coming home and saying he wished he weren’t black. Another parent said her daughter lost her confidence and began questioning her skin color. The anecdotes, delivered at a recent Santa Monica-Malibu school board meeting, accented a troubling portrait of racial disparities in education as district... Read more →


Who will fill the Architectural Review Board vacancy?

To vastly oversimplify things, if City Council is the Major Leagues of reviewing development agreements, then the Planning Commission is Triple-A and the Architectural Review Board is Double-A. The ARB tweaks development agreements, or gives recommendations, very early in the development agreement process and after an agreement has been... Read more →


City of Santa Monica launches weekly news program

"Santa Monica Weekly," the new and improved news show brought to you by CityTV, will premiere on Monday, June 15. Offering expanded coverage of all things Santa Monica that matter most to you, the news team will bring you up to speed on civic affairs, construction, transportation projects and community events. Plus, hosts Veronica Castro and... Read more →


IDEAS conference to unite tech communities

Israeli visionaries are collaborating with California creatives and industry leaders with the goal of exporting the most significant ideas, innovations and cutting edge technologies being developed within Israel’s world class tech hub, Tel Aviv. These already impressive collaborative efforts are soon to be further realized as IDEAS Los... Read more →


Tsang to speak at SMC commencement

Santa Monica College President Dr. Chui L. Tsang — Superintendent of the Santa Monica Community College District — will be the 2015 SMC commencement speaker. SMC's 85th commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16, at Corsair Field. For the sixth year in a row, the ceremony will also be webcast live and available on... Read more →