Squirm Night highlights candidate positions

BROAD STAGE — The Santa Monica Daily Press and Santa Monica College hosted the annual candidate forum, “Squirm Night” Monday, Oct. 13 at the Broad Stage. About 200 to 250 people attended throughout the evening sponsored by ProCon.org, which saw candidates addressing controversial issues in the city, with the occasional rare direct... Read more →


Shriver talks water issues

THE BEACH HOUSE — A toast with bottled water opened a roundtable discussion Friday, Oct. 10 about local water issues, led by L.A. County Supervisor candidate Bobby Shriver. A group of around 15 stakeholders met at the Annenberg Community Beach House in Santa Monica to discuss how the county could pursue a comprehensive water policy plan in... Read more →


More teachers, lower enrollment at district schools

SMMUSD HDQRTRS - Schools have more teachers and fewer students this year. Enrollment at the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District dropped for the second year in a row but student-to-teacher ratios improved significantly for the first time since the early days of the economic downturn. There were 11,274 students enrolled in the... Read more →

City Council

City Hall: Stop private sale of public parking spaces

CITYWIDE - A street parking app may run out of gas before it even has a chance to put its turn signal on. City Council will consider banning the sale of public parking spaces in the city, tonight. In August, after some controversy in San Francisco, MonkeyParking announced it would soon be available in Santa Monica and Beverly Hills. The app... Read more →



Pro-SMO group raises $545K for Measure D

CITYWIDE — City Council candidates have raised a lot of money for their campaigns this year but supporters of Measure D lead the way by a long shot. The measure, which would bar council from making any significant changes to the airport without a vote from the people is supported by a group that has raised $545,000, according to campaign... Read more →



Council to consider Fred Segal replacement development

BROADWAY — A plot currently occupied by the shell of a mini-mall and a parking lot could be replaced by a 7-story, 330,000-square-foot mixed-use development project. Many businesses inside the Fred Segal building on the corner of Broadway and Fifth Street were asked to leave in May. City Council will take its first look at the project... Read more →



Himmelrich leads cash race with $90K loan to self

CITYWIDE — Candidates are collecting cash and loaning to themselves in large numbers in advance of the November election. City Council candidates were required to file their campaign finance disclosure statements by Monday and city officials have been posting them online throughout the week. Planning Commissioner Sue Himmelrich has loaned... Read more →



Edison heat problems won’t be solved quickly

EDISON - Santa Monica students and teachers are longing for a cool sea breeze. New solar chimneys at Edison Language Academy are doing what they were designed to do, according to school officials, but classrooms are still hitting temperatures in the mid-80 degrees. “I visited my son's classroom and 9 a.m. in the morning it was already 82... Read more →



ProCon quiz links voters and candidates

THE NEWSROOM - Calling all undecided voters (and staunchly decided voters willing to test their faiths)! The Daily Press has partnered with ProCon.org to create a quiz that shows voters which candidates they share the most ideals with. It can be taken here: localelections.procon.org City Council candidates were asked 15 yes or no questions... Read more →