Historic Ocean Avenue apartments targeted for demolition

Owners of Landmarked courtyard apartment buildings on Ocean Avenue want to tear them down, claiming economic hardship, and replace them with condominiums. The current buildings contain 16 units and were built in 1936. “The subject property is a very good example of the American Colonial Revival architectural style as applied to a... Read more →



300 accounts use 18% of city water, data show

City Hall has more than 17,700 water accounts, but if officials could simply cut the top hundred users in each category, that alone would nearly achieve the city goal of a 20-percent reduction in water usage by the end of 2016. The top 100 commercial accounts used 11 percent of City Hall's water last year, according to data provided by the... Read more →



Vapers not feeling the heat

CITYWIDE - Santa Monica's e-cigarette ordinance has been on the books for two months, but vape stores are flourishing. One vape store, established before the ordinance, says business continues to grow, and another - the third in the city - opened after the ordinance went into effect. The battery-powered vaporizers, which deliver a form... Read more →


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 →