Environment

Two-day storm does little for drought

CITYWIDE — Yes it rained all day Tuesday and Wednesday but no, you shouldn’t go back to watering your sidewalks and driveways or having high-volume water balloon fights. It turns out the impacts of the storm — the first significant rainfall in months — were pretty minimal, for Santa Monica at least. The Santa Monica Mountains,... Read more →

Crime

Crimewatch: Cigarette tantrum

On Nov. 29, at approximately 1:14 a.m. Patrol officers responded to a call of domestic violence that just occurred in the 1000 block of Marine Avenue. Officers were told the victim and suspect had been dating off and on for the past four months, and tried living together, but after the suspect became abusive the victim asked him to move... Read more →

Education

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Patel, Mechur, and Allen leave Ed Board

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Three members of the Board of Education left office last month — each for different reasons — and were honored by their colleagues at the Board’s last meeting. Ben Allen, who was first elected in 2008, is leaving mid term after having been elected to the State Senate. Nimish Patel, who was elected in 2010,... Read more →

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 →