Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fifth and 18th streets:  Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and 18th Street will have limited access at... Read more →


Nation’s first union car wash renews contract

LINCOLN BLVD - The Bonus Car Wash union is the Neil Armstrong of carwash unions. In 2011, they were first. The agreement made national headlines. Now there are several dozen unionized carwashes across the country. On Friday, members of the union and Bonus representatives celebrated the renewal of the contract. “The original labor pact at... Read more →

City Council

PYFC, City Hall still at odds

CITY HALL — Despite allegations of bookkeeping problems put forth, once again, by City Hall, City Council voted to fund the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC), though at a lower rate than in years past. Last year, council issued a one-time grant of $225,000 to the center, which aims to, among other things, curb gang violence in the Pico... Read more →



City for Sale…Tons of Charm, Needs Planning

Development is occurring at a feverish pace in our City. The Character of our neighborhoods is under siege from outside interests. Developers are circumventing current zoning requirements using “backroom deals” with the City’s staff to provide minimal community benefits in exchange for larger projects. The result is excessive profit... Read more →


125 years of fire history at the Santa Monica Museum

DOWNTOWN The history of Santa Monica’s Fire Department (SMFD) is now on display at the Santa Monica History Museum as part of the museum’s new Warrior’s of Fire exhibit. The exhibit opens on June 28 and will also help raise money to restore SMFD’s antique fire engine. The 1952 truck will be on display at the exhibit and the museum... Read more →


Council considers rock, hard place on SMO measure

CITY HALL — No one had anything nice to say about a potential City Council-backed ballot measure that would hand council’s power to the voters on some issues of the Santa Monica Airport. Still many agreed, including every council member, that the measure would be better than the aviation community-backed ballot measure it’s meant to... Read more →


Few auto damage claims from Expo construction

A crew works on the Expo Light Rail Line. (Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE - Stand out on one of the many of intersections where workers are installing track for a long enough period of time and you'll hear the boom or scrape of a car bottoming out. Much has been written of the occasional road closures and ensuing traffic jams caused by the... Read more →


Crime Watch: Too rough

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Saturday, June 21, at 11:38 p.m. Santa Monica officers responded to an unknown trouble call at the Saint John’s Health Center emergency... Read more →


Supervisor Yaroslavsky endorses Lieu for Congress

Long time Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has endorsed State Senator Ted Lieu in the race for the 33rd Congressional Ted Lieu District that includes Malibu, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Lieu is running to replace Rep. Henry Waxman who will retire at the end of this year and Waxman also supports Lieu. In a... Read more →


City website hopes to help disabled tenants solve problems

CITYWIDE — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office wants to hear stories of tenants and landlords working together to improve the lives of residents with disabilities. The City’s Consumer Protection Unit has launched a new website that will print an annual collection of 50 real-life stories about accommodations and modifications that... Read more →