Government

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Mayor will be selected next week

CITY HALL — Bring popcorn to the next week’s City Council meeting. The newly elected council will seek common ground on who should lead the city for the next two years. Santa Monica’s mayor is always a council member selected, every two years, by his or her council colleagues. The position is largely, though not entirely,... Read more →

City Council

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Council not keen on proposed Expo transit center

CITY HALL - City Council was critical of a proposal for an $8 million transit center on Fifth Street at Colorado Avenue at their Nov. 25 meeting, saying the location would cause more gridlock in an already congested area Downtown. The proposal would have added four to six Big Blue Bus berths and an area for commuters to be dropped off on the... Read more →

Politics

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Voter turnout a lowly 48 percent in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — In a city that’s traditionally extremely politically engaged, less than half of Santa Monica’s registered voters cast ballots last month. Only 48.18 percent of the city’s registered electorate voted in this year’s election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar, which completed its final canvas on Monday. It was... Read more →

Education

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Ed Board hoping to fill Allen’s seat by Feb

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Board of Education will be down a member for at least the next couple months. Ben Allen resigned from the Ed Board last month in order to join the State Senate. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has begun the process of filling his vacant seat. Two years remain on his Ed Board term. The application for... Read more →

Transportation

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Subway still years from the sea

MID-WILSHIRE — The so-called “subway to the sea” could still make it to the shore, but funding has yet to be identified for any part of the purple line extension project beyond the current planned Westwood/VA Hospital stop. A groundbreaking ceremony on November 7 officially kicked-off phase one of the three-section purple line plan.... Read more →

Government

Some city vehicles go dirty for drought

CITY HALL — About one in six city vehicles are in the midst of a 60-day dirty period. Last month, City Council voted unanimously to leave 117 vehicles in its roughly 750-vehicle fleet unwashed for two months in an effort to conserve water and raise awareness about water usage during this drought. Los Angeles Waterkeeper's “Go Dirty for... Read more →

News

Santa Monica leaders give thanks

CITYWIDE Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that is characterized by gratitude for food, family and friends. In homes all across the country people are coming together to sit down and offer up warm meals and warm smiles. We asked a few prominent Santa Monica community leaders to share what they are thankful for this holiday... Read more →

Education

Ed Board wants more progress toward ES projects

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — As school district money from one bond measure wanes and another waxes, Ed Board members discussed how best to get some envisioned projects rolling. Measure ES, passed by voters in the 2012 election, permitted the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to issue $385 million in bonds. Two years later, some members of... Read more →