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 →

Public

Solar power expansion talks heat up at Samohi

Momentum is picking up for more solar panels to be installed at Santa Monica High School, which the local school board recently designated to receive $180 million in bond money for facility improvements. District officials said as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District increases spending on technology infrastructure, it sees solar... Read more →

Government

Century-old bungalows nominated for landmark protection

Three bungalows slated for demolition were nominated by the Landmarks Commission for protection last week. The houses on the 500 block of Hill Street in the Ocean Park neighborhood were built in 1912. The grouping of three single-family Craftsman-style bungalows with a high level of physical integrity has become a rare occurrence in the... Read more →

Crime

Maintenance crews thwart bike theft attempt (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 392 calls for service on March 15. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Assault, 2600 block Main, 12:22 a.m. Petty theft, 700 block Broadway, 12:53 a.m. Vandalism, 1400 block Ocean, 1:25 a.m. Petty theft, 20th/Delaware, 1:34 a.m. Battery, 2900... Read more →

Briefs

Rotary Club community, youth grants available

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community. Grant applications are due by April 1  for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and... Read more →

Briefs

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UCLA receives $5M for pancreatic disease center

UCLA celebrated the naming of the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases last month at a gathering of Hirshberg's family and friends. The naming was made possible by $10 million in gifts from Hirshberg to UCLA. “Agi Hirshberg's 18-year commitment to finding a cure has placed UCLA at the forefront of cutting-edge research on... Read more →

Briefs

Library to host screening of Anita Hill documentary

The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates Women's History Month with a screening of the documentary "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power" on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. In October 1991 an entire country watched transfixed as a woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate... Read more →

Briefs

Building owner convicted of unsafe construction

The Santa Monica City Attorney's Office has successfully concluded the criminal prosecution of the owner of a commercial office building, located at 2105 Colorado Blvd., for fire and building code violations. The owner was charged with rendering fire protection equipment inoperable (such as fire sprinklers and fire alarms) and engaging in... Read more →

Homelessness

Fewer homeless sticking around Santa Monica

“Is there a soup kitchen around here?” asked Ty, a homeless man on Fifth Street, who said he'd just gotten to Los Angeles from Arizona. Ty, who declined to give his last name, had been in the Midwest before Arizona. Upon arrival in L.A., he heard that Santa Monica might be the best place for him. He wasn't sure how long he'd stay but... Read more →

City Council

New beach playground considered in consent calendar

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city's expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →

Politics

Losers outspent winners in SMC board race

More than $200,000 was spent in last year's Santa Monica College Board of Trustees race. Six candidates sought four seats but the two losers, both challengers, outspent the four incumbent winners. Dennis Frisch dropped $52,683 and Maria Loya spent $47,593 but placed fifth and sixth respectively. Andrew Walzer, who placed fourth, was... Read more →

Private

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Santa Monica police chief: ‘Ferguson is not alone’

When hands go up in front of a police officer, it often means a suspect is signaling intent to surrender. On Tuesday morning at New Roads School, however, the situation was decidedly less tense. The hands belonged to middle school students with a wide variety of questions for Santa Monica police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks, who was on... Read more →

Government

Rental buyout debate continued to April

The Rent Control Board delayed a decision on collection of rental buyout agreements for a second time at its March meeting, but the group did move forward with regulation to force landlords to notify tenants of their rights in a buyout negotiation. Discussions of a rental buyout database began at the board's February meeting and a staff... Read more →