City Council

Council forms tree task force

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica Treesavers scored a victory on Tuesday when the City Council voted to establish a new task force that would advise on the development of an urban forest master plan. The new task force, joining the long list of boards and commissions that advise the council, will be responsible for helping city officials... Read more →

City Council

Median takes center stage

CITY HALL — Whether it’s restricting street parking or prohibiting commercial use on the Fourth Street medians, city officials are exploring ways to address a long-standing concern by a group of homeowners over what many see as an outdoor public gym taking place in front of their properties. The City Council on Tuesday directed... Read more →

News

SM Baykeeper sues Malibu over Legacy Park project

MALIBU — Santa Monica Baykeeper is suing the city of Malibu over a planned park that would double as a stormwater treatment facility, claiming City Hall removed a key component of the project without allowing the public to comment. The lawsuit, filed Wednesday in Los Angeles Superior Court, said the Legacy Park Project does not address... Read more →

City Council

Council approves district funding agreement

CITY HALL — A three-year extension for a funding agreement funneling more than $7 million annually to the school district was approved by the City Council on Tuesday but the decision wasn’t made without concerns about the possible financial impact to city services. Before a unanimous decision was made to extend the Master... Read more →

Briefs

More families seeking shelter

Southland shelters that house and feed the homeless in winter months experienced an 87 percent increase in the number of families seeking help, the Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority reported Monday. Between Dec. 1 and March 15, the 13 facilities in the Winter Shelter Program provided 309,000 meals and 1,660 beds. During that time, 620... Read more →

Briefs

Celebrating fair housing month

The Consumer Protection Unit of the City Attorney’s Office has announced a comprehensive campaign for the month of April to improve community awareness of the fair housing laws and to help eliminate housing discrimination in Santa Monica. April is National Fair Housing Month, and it is the 41st anniversary of the federal Fair Housing... Read more →

Crime

Electric car enthusiast faces several charges

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica resident and electric car enthusiast is expected to be arraigned here today on charges that he illegally manufacturers the gas-alternative cars without holding a license. Paul Pearson, a prop maker in the movie business and common fixture at the annual Fourth of July parade on Main Street where he... Read more →

Crime

SM police nab sexual assault suspect

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police have a suspect in custody who they believe sexually assaulted a Santa Monica College student Saturday afternoon while she was visiting the campus library. Santa Monica police officers on Tuesday identified the suspect as Chase Reynolds, an SMC student. SMPD Lt. Dan Salerno said the suspect was being... Read more →

News

Ladies and gentleman, start your engines

DOWNTOWN — Producers of the world’s largest road trip are close to finalizing a deal with city officials that would make Santa Monica the starting point for the 3,000-mile journey to Miami. While producers are still working out some of the details, they are certain that Gumball 3000 will kick-off in Santa Monica on May 1. The... Read more →

City Council

Clarifying their role

<i>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... Read more →