New tour in town

The Santa Monica Conservancy will host the first-ever walking tour of Palisades Park on Sunday, June 13, from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. The iconic park, designated as a historic landmark by City Hall, has been showcased in many movies and commercials, featuring its towering palm trees and panoramic ocean views. On land set aside in 1892 by the... Read more →

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City Hall delays BBB contract vote

CITY HALL — Elected officials have postponed a vote on a $2 million contract that has been at the center of discussions over enacting Santa Monica’s recently approved boycott of Arizona businesses. A decision about whether to acquire real time, digital signs for Big Blue Bus stops from Trapeze Group has been delayed, but not... Read more →


Santa Monica-UCLA officials brace for nurse strike

MID-CITY — Officials at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center and Orthopaedic Hospital said Tuesday they are prepared to hire replacement nurses to cover for those who planned to walk off the job Thursday to draw attention to stalled contract negotiations. A judge on Tuesday afternoon barred the roughly 10,800 nurses at University of... Read more →


Both sides declare victory in ACLU homelessness suit

CITY HALL — Santa Monica will not have to change any of its laws, practices or policies and is not required to make a payment under a deal announced Tuesday night to resolve a lawsuit brought by the American Civil Liberties Union that accused City Hall officials of illegally enforcing an anti-camping ordinance in violation of homeless... Read more →

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‘Big Wave’ to get a splash of color

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... Read more →

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City Attorney defends bonuses for legal staff

CITY HALL — Lawyers and other employees in the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office received $182,000 in bonuses during this fiscal year, even though other employee groups agreed to forego merit-based bonuses to help close City Hall’s budget gap and prevent layoffs. Twenty-six employees in the City Attorney’s office... Read more →


Lakers fever hits the DMV

MID-CITY — Purple and gold streamers dangle from the ceiling. Posters, beach towels and newspaper clippings envelop the cubicle walls. Employees don the garb they got from the previous night’s game. Welcome to the Santa Monica Department of Motor Vehicles, the self-proclaimed official DMV of the Lakers. Every year for the... Read more →


McKeown selected Dem of Year

City Councilmember Kevin McKeown has been selected by the Los Angeles County Democratic Party as “Democrat of the Year” for the 41st Assembly District. Councilmember McKeown, born into a family of Adlai Stevenson Democrats, brings to the Democratic Party the unique activism and commitment to issues that he continually demonstrates... Read more →


Ticket Angels take aim at parking violations

NOMA — It’s a demoralizing feeling, and one that, for many Santa Monicans, is all too familiar: Just as you’re getting in your car, there on the windshield, flapping in the wind, is a parking ticket — a $61 reminder not to ignore your block’s weekly street sweeping rules. For the chronically forgetful,... Read more →


Deep trouble

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that the BP oil leak is much more of an environmental threat than previous spills from tankers, and if so why? — Nathan Gore, Pawtucket, RI No one knows for sure how the ongoing oil catastrophe in the Gulf of Mexico will affect the deep sea ecosystem, but scientists are not optimistic. Oil from what is... Read more →


School district seeking donations to save teachers’ jobs

SMMUSD HDQTS — In a first-of-its kind bid to lessen the impact of school budget cuts, the Santa Monica Unified School District is accepting donations to pay teacher salaries. The school board on Thursday approved a plan that will allow donors to target their money to save programs they feel are priorities. Money can be earmarked to pay... Read more →


Samohi softball wins title

IRVINE — Santa Monica High School's softball team won its first ever California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section title in the sport by routing two-time defending champ North Torrance, 11-3, Saturday in the Division 4 final. The game was highlighted by Samohi catcher Emma Woo, who hit a grand slam in the top of the fifth... Read more →


BBB contract safe from AZ boycott

Big Blue Bus officials are urging the City Council to go ahead with a proposed contract with Trapeze Group, a software company whose future business with Santa Monica fell into doubt last month when the City Council voted to boycott Arizona over its controversial new immigration law. Though the company is headquartered near Toronto, Canada,... Read more →


College latest to boycott Arizona

SMC — The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees approved a resolution Tuesday to economically boycott Arizona until it repeals its controversial new immigration law, the college announced Thursday, following similar moves by the City Council. The boycott will mainly focus on refraining from attending meetings and conferences in... Read more →


Two percent rent hike OK’d

The Rent Control Board on Tuesday approved a 2 percent rent increase for apartment units that fall under its jurisdiction. The decision means owners of most of Santa Monica’s 28,000 rent-controlled units will be allowed to boost rents by as much as 2 percent in the next 12 months. Last year, the board approved a 1 percent maximum... Read more →