City Council

Council preview: Movie theater bonanza

CITY HALL — Bring popcorn. City Council will consider two separate agreements at Tuesday’s meeting that could bring major movie theaters — both ArcLight Cinemas — to the city by the sea. The first agreement is the final approval of an ArcLight to be situated on third level of Santa Monica Place. The theater could feature as many... Read more →


SMRR opposes pro-airport ballot initiative

SMO — The city’s largest political party has come out against a recent ballot initiative that aims to put the future of the Santa Monica Airport in the hands of voters. The Steering Committee of Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) voted on Saturday to oppose the petition filed by three Santa Monica residents. Last month City... Read more →


Drug arrests, suspensions down at schools

SAMOHI — Earlier this month a teacher allegedly reprimanded a student for having pot in the classroom at Santa Monica High School and a fight broke out. A cellphone video, which was widely circulated online and by media outlets, shows the teacher and a student fighting for about a minute. Details remain murky but the teacher/coach Mark... Read more →


Group to challenge Santa Monica Airport initiative effort

SMO — Everything involving Santa Monica Airport is getting challenged these days. A group of residents plan on filing a lawsuit contesting the legality of a recently submitted ballot initiative petition that will attempt to put the future of the controversial airport to a vote. Earlier this month, Santa Monica city officials posted... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Lincoln Boulevard 7-day street closure with 24-hour work shift for rail installation. For more information about this closure with a detour map, visit Northbound Lincoln Boulevard will be closed to through traffic at Colorado Avenue and will be... Read more →


UCLA Medical Centers serving antibiotic-free meat

Gabriel Gomez, executive chef, prepares antibiotic-free menu items at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. MID-CITY — I’ll have a burger with lettuce and tomatoes, hold the superbug. In an effort to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica (along with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in... Read more →

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Senior transit tops hefty City Council spending

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming or recent 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... Read more →


Crime Watch: Suspect tries to okie-doke cops

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.   Friday, April 4, 1:32 p.m.   Officers saw a man sitting in the gazebo at Crescent Bay Park (2000 block of Ocean Avenue), drinking... Read more →


Brief: Water saving assist

Need a little help saving water during California’s current water crisis? Santa Monica-based nonprofit Sustainable Works is hosting a rain barrel sale event on Saturday, April 12, that can reduce your water usage and help the environment at the same time. After a one year hiatus from offering rain barrels, Sustainable Works hopes more... Read more →