Pinsker begins new SMMUSD public relations post

Gail Pinsker started this past week in her post as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's public relations officer, a new full-time position that officials hope will improve communication within the district as well as with parents and community members. Pinsker, whose appointment was approved Dec. 12 by the education board,... Read more →


Preservation of apartments appealed by condo developer

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD - The Landmarks Commission officially designated a set of Pico neighborhood properties as Structures of Merit, last week and the landowners, who want to develop condominiums are appealing the decision. Park Virginia, LLC came to the Planning Commission for approval of a 21-unit condo project in May amidst protest from... Read more →

City Council

Outdoor fitness fees stay the same

What a difference a year and a pilot ordinance make. In 2013, when City Council discussed requiring the public park-using fitness trainers to shell out permit fees, dozens of people showed up to expressed their opinions and both sides wound up frustrated. On Tuesday, in discussing an update to the ordinance, only three members of the public... Read more →


Church in Ocean Park celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.

The Church in Ocean Park will celebrate the life of Martin Luther King Jr. with several events Jan. 18. First, Dr. David Horne will present a talk on “Martin Luther King: Where Do We Go From Here?” at 10:15 a.m. Dr. Horne is the Acting Chair and Professor of African Studies at CSU Northridge. He is the author of “Straight To the Point:... Read more →


Crime Briefs: Police log and Crime Watch

On January 4 A department detective assigned to the robbery/homicide division received a telephone call from the victim in one of the detective's cases. The victim, upset by what he mistakenly believed was pressure from the investigator to pursue the case, left a voice message in which he threatens the officer and his family. The victim, now... Read more →

City Council

Council brings more workers in-house

CITY HALL - Dozens of public speakers and seven City Council members agreed that some as-needed city workers should be brought on as salaried employees. At the Jan. 13 meeting, Council voted unanimously to create the equivalent of more than 31 new full-time positions to replace work done either by contractors or workers being paid hourly... Read more →


Ralph Mechur appointed to SMMUSD education board

Ralph Mechur was appointed to the local Board of Education following an approximately five-hour meeting Thursday night at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District headquarters. He defeated eight other candidates for the right to fill the seat vacated by Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica), who was elected to the state senate in... Read more →

Santa Monica College

Council backs SMC bachelor’s degree plan

City Council is supportive of Santa Monica College’s plan to offer a four-year bachelor’s degree. The degree would be in interactive design and will require approval from the office of Brice W. Harris, chancellor of the California Community Colleges. In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 850, which authorizes a pilot program... Read more →



Penalties coming for water wasters in August

Call a plumber. Water users who fail to cut their consumption over their 2013 totals will start seeing penalties on their bill in October, which covers their August and September usage. The ordinance, which was finalized unanimously by City Council on Tuesday night and is meant to address the current drought, is unrelated to the proposed... Read more →


Classic cars to join Main Street food trucks

The California Heritage Museum will present Ocean Park Classic Car Night, a new community event on Main Street in Santa Monica. A weekly food truck event is already located in the parking lot of the museum. Available are a variety of up to 10 trucks, each hosting a different type of cuisine. The trucks are members of the Southern California... Read more →