City Council

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Council: No curb space for Uber, Lyft

Several City Council members want to remedy what they perceive as an uneven playing field favoring ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. Council hosted a study session about the future of professional drivers and the riders that rely on them at Tuesday night's meeting. The taxi franchise, which was established five years ago and allows... Read more →

Public

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School board to revisit Malibu health concerns

The Santa Monica-Malibu school board is expected to discuss staffing levels, technology upgrades and more during Thursday's meeting at Malibu City Hall. But several hours will likely be devoted to updates on environmental activities at two Malibu school sites, where the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has been examining the... Read more →

Crime

Bloomingdale’s theft suspect fakes seizure (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 397 calls for service on March 17. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Disturbance, 200 block Broadway, 12:11 a.m. Assault, Euclid/Pico, 1:40 a.m. Sexual assault, 2200 block 20th, 2:14 a.m. Auto burglary, 500 block 22nd, 5:18 a.m. Petty theft,... Read more →

Briefs

DUI checkpoint planned Friday night

The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, March 20, at an undisclosed location within city limits. The operation will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica doctor part of medical mission to Tanzania

Santa Monica pediatrician Bob Hamilton is launching his 25th overseas medical mission trip with over 20 doctors, nurses and volunteers departing for West Africa on March 26. This team, organized by Lighthouse Medical Missions, will travel the country of Tanzania. Hamilton is returning to Africa after having been evacuated from Guinea... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica pageant queens crowned

The new Miss Santa Monica USA Carolina Urrea and Miss Santa Monica Teen USA Athenna Crosby were crowned at the Loews Hotel last week. Both young ladies will be featured in the new Web series “Crown Diva” which follows the Miss Santa Monica Founder and Executive Director Kristen Bradford and several contestants as they prepare and compete... Read more →

Briefs

Sustainable Quality Award winners announced

The 2015 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) recognize business excellence across all sectors of Santa Monica's vibrant and diverse economy. Celebrating its 20th year, the SQA continues to see amazing and innovative businesses, representing dozens of industries, coming forward each year. SQA officials have announced this year's winners, which... Read more →

News

Santa Monica hotels once served weary WWII soldiers

Before they were selling rooms for more than $400 per night, three Santa Monica hotels were aiding battle-tired soldiers in the midst of the second World War. Hotel Casa Del Mar, the Shangri-La Hotel and the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel — along with three hotels that have since been demolished — served as redistribution centers for American... Read more →

Briefs

One local citation issued in statewide alcohol sting

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) joined forces on March 15 to conduct an undercover sting operation. Using two supervised underage decoys, the enforcement team visited 10 alcohol retail establishments within the city of Santa Monica and made a total of 162 contacts.... Read more →

Briefs

SMC stages ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present "Elephant's Graveyard" Mar. 20-29 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. "Elephant's Graveyard" is based on the true tale of a struggling circus and what happened when it visited a tiny town in Tennessee in September 1916.... Read more →

Briefs

SHINE storytellers ‘Looking for Love’

“Looking for Love” in all the right — and wrong — places will be the theme as storytellers take the stage at SHINE on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at YWCA Westside/Santa Monica. SHINE is a storytelling series highlighting experienced and new storytellers coming together on the third Thursday of each month to share inspiring true stories.... Read more →

Government

Ellis Act evictions way up in 2014, report says

Rent control continues to be a boon for those who have it, but every year fewer residents have access to rent protections, according to an annual report presented to the Rent Control Board last week. The annual report is a merger of what used to be three separate reports on the status of rent control in the city, the impact of market-rate... Read more →

City Council

City Council preview: Audits, nominations and taxis

Aside from discussing taxis and a potential appointment to the Planning Commission, which the Daily Press wrote about last week, City Council is going to review an audit and its policies for reviewing audits. The audit, which covers last fiscal year, came back clean, according to city officials, as it has for more than three... Read more →