Pony ride operator sues protesters

FARMERS MARKET — The pony ride operator who's been the target protests since April isn't ready to put the issue out to pasture. Tawni's Ponies — which has provided pony rides at the Main Street Farmers' Market since 2003 — and its owners are suing protesters, claiming libel, infliction of emotional distress, and interference with... Read more →

City Council

Council considers parking operators in $6.2M consent

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 →



Noise violations down, noise complaints up at SMO

SMO — Measure D, a pro-Santa Monica Airport measure, failed at the polls on Tuesday but the airport was still there on Wednesday morning and it's probably not going anywhere anytime soon. In the meantime, residents in the surrounding neighborhoods are frustrated by the amount of noise created by the jets, planes, and helicopters. Despite... Read more →



Measure R Passes in Malibu

MALIBU — The hard-fought Measure R campaign culminated late Tuesday night and into Wednesday morning, as the controversial chain store and development ordinance Measure R was passed with support from nearly 60 percent of Malibu. Approximately 59.3 percent of registered voters who participated in Tuesday's election said "Yes" in favor of... Read more →



Crime Watch: Non-famous Kirk Douglass resists arrest 

On Oct. 25 at about 4:45 p.m., officers responded to the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding a subject causing a disturbance. The subject was reportedly knocking down signs and possibly grabbed a woman's breast. Upon arriving on scene, numerous people pointed the subject out.  Upon contacting the subject, he displayed symptoms of alcohol... Read more →


BBB times improve, still behind goal

CITYWIDE — Three in 10 Big Blue Buses were not on-time last fiscal year, according to BBB data, but timeliness improved slightly over the previous year. In fiscal year 2013-14, 70.6 percent of buses were on time compared to 67.2 in 2012-13. “This improvement was hard won and there is much room left for continued work in this area,”... Read more →


Mixed election results for SMRR, Residocracy

CITY HALL — Tuesday’s election was a test for two local political groups and yielded mixed results for both. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR) is the city’s largest political party. It has a strong track record of getting its candidates elected so every year is a test of its strength. Residocracy came onto the political... Read more →



Measure D fails, Measure LC passes

SUNSET PARK — Supporters of the Santa Monica Airport suffered a loss on election night, with the failing of Measure D. Measure D would have required a public vote on any changes to aviation uses on the airport land. Two national aviation groups spent more than $500,000 combined in support of the measure. All told, more than $800,000 was... Read more →