Airport

City leaders to discuss Airport Park plans at next meeting

By Kate Cagle The City Council will talk about continuing efforts to turn the Santa Monica Airport into a park at next week’s public meeting. City leaders will discuss new rules that will allow the public to use six acres of the airport that used to be reserved aircraft parking. When the entire project is completed in 2019, Airport... Read more →

News

SM Native runs for 34th Congressional district

  By Marina Andalon Santa Monica native and former White House aide, Alejandra Campoverdi announced her plan to pursue the seat of Representative Xavier Becerra’s 34th Congressional District in Los Angeles, if the Legislature confirms him as Attorney General of California. Becera won reelection in November of 2016 but was... Read more →

Crime

New Year Crime Wrap

Police search for woman who stabbed 7-11 employee By Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Police are looking for an unknown, dark haired woman who stabbed a 7-11 employee in the chest Tuesday morning. It happened at 6:03 a.m. at 1600 Santa Monica Blvd, the same store where a Santa Monica Police Department officer was violently... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless Count 2017

  By Kate Cagle City leaders will be carefully watching the numbers from 2017’s upcoming homeless count to see how the new Expo Line is changing Santa Monica’s homeless landscape. The past few years, the City has been able to reduce the number of people living on the streets while the homeless population in Los Angeles... Read more →

Business

The Albright celebrates 40 years on the Pier

Marina Andalon This month The Albright will not just be celebrating the New Year but also their 40th anniversary and owners Greg and Yunnie Morena are taking pride in their title as the longest running restaurant on the Santa Monica Pier. When the restaurant opened in 1977 it was named Santa Monica Pier Seafood, and owned and by... Read more →

News

2017 CALIFORNIA LAWS

by Kate Cagle Motorcycle “lane splitting” if officially legal in California but the CHP will be looking into guidelines for motorists to safely share lanes. All forms of nonconsensual sexual assault may be considered rape. A new law redefines “assault weapon” to close the so-called bullet button loophole. It is believed the... Read more →

Environment

Year in Review: Environment

The year began with forecasts of a wet winter. An El Niño weather system prompted local officials to issue reminders about basic safety precautions but the rain bypassed much of the area. Northern California received several inches of rain and snow fell in the highest points of the Sierra Nevada. Rain did fall in Santa Monica but there was... Read more →

Crime

PCH caught man with methamphetamine and more

On December 12, 2016 at about 2:10 a.m. officers were patrolling Lot 3-North at 1150 Pacific Coast Highway observed a vehicle parked in the lot in violation of a municipal code. As officers approached the car, they observed the passenger holding marijuana and could smell a strong odor of marijuana. The driver was found to be on probation for... Read more →

Education

Year in Review: Education

SMMUSD’s ongoing PCB saga took several twists and turns. Polychlorinated biphenyls or PCB’s emerged in 2013. The substance has been used as a common building material for decades but was later banned after being found to be unsafe. The district maintained classrooms are safe and have been sufficiently cleaned while a coalition of parents... Read more →

Airport

Year in Review: SMO

The City of Santa Monica is eliminated 73 aircraft tie-downs in a six-acre parcel of the Santa Monica airport as one of the first concrete actions in advance of expanding park space at the airport. A 1984 agreement between the City and the FAA had mandated that parcel of land be used to accommodate aircraft; but with the expiration of the... Read more →

News

Year in Review: Government

City Hall began work on a new zoning document to govern Santa Monica’s coast. The new plan will update a 1992 document and if approved the LCP would streamline potential coastal development by centralizing authority with the City of Santa Monica as opposed to the current system that requires the involvement of the California Coastal... Read more →

News

Year in Review: Other

ELECTION November 2016 was an election year. Voters approved several measures that would raise taxes to pay for affordable housing/education, fund construction at Santa Monica College and tighten the city’s anti-corruption rules. Voters rejected a measure that would have restricted development. A proposal to make the City Attorney an... Read more →

Health

Employees to get more sick days in the New Year

By Kate Cagle Sick days will start adding up for hotel and restaurant and workers in Santa Monica at the start of the New Year, but that doesn’t mean employees will feel ready to cash them in. Starting on January 1st, companies in Santa Monica with more than 26 employees will have to offer 5 days of paid sick leave. Smaller businesses... Read more →

Crime

SMPD catches two cyclist with drugs

On December 14, 2016 at about 3:22 p.m. officers observed two subjects riding their bicycles in violation of a municipal code at 5th Street and Santa Monica Blvd. Officers stopped both subject. Officers were unable to identify both subjects. Both subjects were placed under arrest for the municipal code violation. A search of their persons and... Read more →