Brock says he’ll return developer money

BERGAMOT STATION — One candidate who promised not to accept money from developers says he will return two campaign contributions he accepted from developers. In July, Recreation and Parks Chair Phil Brock, alongside numerous other City Council candidates, hoisted a large yellow “No” sign in the air. The event was a Residocracy... Read more →


Crime Watch: Mutual Combat

On Oct. 8 at 12:50 p.m. Officers responded to an emergency call of possible domestic violence in the 1400 block of Yale Street. Officers made contact with and separated the man and woman involved. The two were in a dating relationship and lived together at the residence. Each had visible physical injuries from the altercation. During the... Read more →


Promises for the Future, If There Is One

PLAYTIME — By the second weekend of the run, the understudy had taken over the leading male role permanently. And another of the actors had “taken off for the evening” and an alternate was executing her role. Not an auspicious second weekend for award-winning director Elina de Santos. The play is Vince Melocchi's “Nice Things”,... Read more →



O’Day heads hotel-backed political group

OCEAN AVENUE — One of the council members not up for re-election is heading a campaign in support of an incumbent and a challenger. Mayor Pro Tempore Terry O’Day is listed as the principal officer on an independent expenditures political action committee (PAC) called Responsible Leadership for a Better Santa Monica, which has received... Read more →


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 →