Airport

Public access granted to six acres of open space at SMO

  Six acres of airport land have reopened to the public following the removal of aircraft parking from the site. City Hall has approved plans for a 12-acre redevelopment at the airport and one six-acre lot is now open to the public while the larger plans work through the regulatory system. The large asphalt square might not... Read more →

Crime

Man threatens victim with scissors

On June 20, at about 8:52 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service of an assault with a deadly weapon in the 3100 block of Lincoln Blvd. The victim called the police stating a subject tried to attack him with a pair of scissors. The suspect was located and detained for an investigation. Officers determined the reporting... Read more →

News

Longtime resident and recent grad releases first film

  The next time a film director is struggling to find actors who engender the most believable dynamic, they may want to take a page out of Marcella Cytrynowicz’s handbook and cast people in roles they have in real life. A longtime Santa Monica resident and recent USC graduate, Cytrynowicz just wrapped up her first feature film,... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Public Library presents SMPL at the Beach

  The Beach Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) is heading back to the beach this summer for more fun in the sun with SMPL at the Beach 2017, a series of four seaside pop-up libraries at the Annenberg Community Beach House, and Dorothy Green Park. Visitors to their sun-kissed pop-up libraries can enjoy a variety of... Read more →

Crime

Traffic stops results in two arrest

On June 19, at about 11:18 p.m. While patrolling the 1800 block of Lincoln Blvd, an officer conducted a traffic enforcement stop on a vehicle for a registration and equipment violations. The officer determined the driver was driving on a suspended license and on probation for narcotic sales with search conditions. The passenger in the... Read more →

City Council

37 locals appointed to Boards/Commissions

    City Council appointed 37 individuals to the city’s various boards and commissions at their June 27 meeting. The annual process fills vacancies caused by the regular rotation of individuals who serve terms of limited length. Incumbents are generally limited to two, four-year terms but a third term is possible if... Read more →

City Council

City Council approves $774.9 million budget

    On June 27, the City Council unanimously approved a $774.9 million budget for fiscal year 2017/18 and $802.8 million for the next. Months of Council input increased the budget by $1.2 million and funneled money toward specific priorities including parks, homeless services and pedestrian safety. “With this budget... Read more →

Briefs

Council updates home sharing rules

Citywide As part of its continued commitment to preserve and increase housing in Santa Monica, the City Council voted at its June 27, 2017 meeting to ban the use of newly constructed accessory dwelling units (commonly referred to as guesthouses) from being used exclusively as short-term rentals. This follows the State of California’s... Read more →

Briefs

Venice Chamber of Commerce July Events

Venice   The Venice Chamber of Commerce will host various events and mixers for all the business and social constituents in Venice this month.   Wednesday, July 12, 6 - 8 p.m. Venice Chamber Happy Hour at RA Sushi, 13455 Maxella Ave, Marina del Rey. Join organizers at RA Sushi, located in the Villa Marina... Read more →

Briefs

Minimum Wage Increase

On July 1, Santa Monica workers will be one step closer to $15 minimum wage by 2020. All workers will now be eligible for the City’s increased minimum wage and workers in larger businesses will receive the second wage increase on the path to $15. The minimum wage will increase to $12/hour for larger businesses, $10.50/hour for smaller... Read more →

Education

Lincoln Middle School gets an upgrade

  On Thursday, the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Board of Education gathered for their last meeting of the 2016 -17 school year. The board advanced plans for substantial improvements to Lincoln Middle School including replacement of buildings, renovations, upgrades to the field and new parking. At the meeting,... Read more →