Garbage collective

It didn’t seem like a sound trade, and yet it sounded seamless. New Roads School music teacher Scott Roewe stepped onto the Moss Theater stage and gave up his shiny brass saxophone to a South American boy in exchange for a repurposed water pipe that had been fashioned with parts of food cans, spoons, coins and old bottle caps. Then Roewe... Read more →


City settles lawsuit over ambulance services

The City of Santa Monica has agreed to shell out $250,000 to settle a lawsuit stemming from complaints about services provided by its former ambulance contractor. The lawsuit, filed in 2011 in the U.S. District Court's Central District of California, alleged that the City and Gerber Ambulance Service billed for services beyond what patients... Read more →

City Council

New rules to encourage water conservation

Water conservation remains a priority at City Hall, as the council has approved several changes to municipal code recently with an eye toward water savings. Changes have been made to water meter requirements for affordable housing units and the city has revised rules for landscaping to encourage conservation. At their Nov. 10 meeting,... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Nov. 16, 2015

Week of November 16, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: 1. Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire... Read more →


Panjo raises $4.6 million in Series A financing

On Nov. 12, Panjo, the marketplace for automotive and sport enthusiasts announced the closing of a Series A funding round of $4.6 million to help continue the growth of the company's marketplace. This brings the total investment in Panjo to $6.7 million. Panjo rescues buyers and sellers from the friction and fragmentation that cost them time... Read more →

City Council

City Council approves Chain Reaction repairs

Chain Reaction will stay linked to its current location thanks to City Council approval of $275,000 to cover the cost of renovations. At their Nov. 10 meeting, the council approved funds to end what has become a multi-year saga over the safety of the public art project. Chain Reaction, designed by American editorial cartoonist Paul... Read more →

City Council

Advisor hired to help restore public trust

The Santa Monica City Council has hired an attorney to review best practices for interactions between council and staff. The Council authorized hiring an independent advisor to address concerns about the way the city has handled ethics complaints related to the Oaks Initiative and the hiring/firing of Elizabeth Riel. In both cases, local... Read more →


Safety at a crossroads

Every school day, Beth Leder-Pack prepares for chaos. It's what she's come to expect on the roads surrounding Santa Monica High School as drivers, cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians head to the campus in droves in a frantic morning frenzy. “It's very stressful, and it feels very unsafe,” said Leder-Pack, the mother of a Samohi... Read more →


Victim attacked after placing ad for date on Craigslist

On October 14 at about 9 p.m., a Santa Monica victim placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a female companion for a date. At about 5 a.m. the next morning, a young woman answered the ad and agreed to meet at the victim's home. When the woman arrived she demanded money in exchange for the date. The victim refused to give her any money and... Read more →