City Council

Airport lease plan on hold

SMO - City Council wasn't ready to pull the trigger on recommendations that would have extended aviation leases at the Santa Monica Airport and raised all leases to market rate. Instead, council voted unanimously at their Aug. 12 meeting to send the recommendations back to the Airport Commission for review. A key agreement between City Hall... Read more →

Politics

15 council candidates file

CITY HALL — It could be another full ballot this November. Fifteen City Council candidates returned paperwork to City Hall in time for Wednesday night’s deadline. The signatures collected by several of these candidates still need to be verified by the Los Angeles County Registrar, so it’s possible that not all 15 candidates will... Read more →

Crime

Crime watch: Cabbage pleasure and rap beef

On Sunday, August 10 at 12:30 a.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to 4th Street and Colorado Ave., regarding an indecent exposure incident onboard a Big Blue Bus. When they arrived, they contacted both the victim and the suspect inside the bus. The victim told the officers she was sitting on a bus seat and eating her lunch, when the... Read more →

Politics

Council candidate cash race under way

CITYWIDE - Several candidates for City Council are already stacking dollars for their campaign run this year. Seven candidates have filed campaign finance disclosure statements, allowing them to raise cash in advance of the November election. There are three contested council seats this year, one of which is open. Longtime Councilmember Bob... Read more →

Environment

Council agrees to mandatory water caps

CITY HALL — Residents, businesses, and even City Hall will have to cut back on water usage this fall. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday night to declare a Stage 2 Water Supply Shortage, requiring mandatory water conservation throughout the city starting as early as October. California is in the midst of a serious drought and 2013... Read more →

Education

School starts Aug. 19

CITYWIDE Santa Monica students return to school starting Aug. 19 and many students will find a few changes at their school sites. Some sites have new staff, some have new construction and there are new programs at the district level applicable to all students. Superintendent Sandra Lyon said district-wide programs are aimed at building... Read more →

Politics

SMRR leaders may support third council candidate

CITYWIDE — The Steering Committee of the city’s largest political party announced its support of two City Council candidates over the weekend but support of a third may be coming. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) members failed to reach consensus and endorse any council candidates at its convention earlier this month so the... Read more →

Politics

Residocracy to endorse through e-vote

CITYWIDE — Infiltrators, start your engines. The city’s newest political party will endorse City Council candidates through an online vote by its members, according to the group’s founder Armen Melkonians. Residocracy was formed earlier this year to oppose large development projects in the city. Through a referendum, it successfully... Read more →

Airport

Airport tenants may pay market rate next year

SMO — City Council will consider raising the rates for tenants of the Santa Monica Airport, some significantly so. Many tenants — some that serve the aviation community and some that don’t — currently pay rents substantially below market rate. City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration disagree on the intent and expiration... Read more →