City Council

Council comments now posted online

Residents submitting written comments to the City Council are being warned that a new system will post those messages online, including any personal information provided by the writer. Starting with the Jan. 12 meeting, written comments including letters, emails and faxes are now being posted online. The material will not be redacted, and... Read more →

Obituary

Beach memorial to honor late artist Warren Long

Warren Long couldn’t get enough of the beach. He spent hours surfing waves, painting from a studio overlooking the water and meeting art lovers at his Ocean Avenue gallery in Santa Monica. “I’ve never lived out of sight of the ocean,” he once wrote, “and that’s where I derive most of my inspiration.” Long, a local artist whose... Read more →

Obituary

Samohi alumna, 30, dies of cancer

A Santa Monica High School graduate died early Thursday morning after a 26-month battle with cancer. Lily Meza, 30, was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Inglewood when she passed away, according to childhood friend Cynthia Juarez. “Remember Lily as the beautiful girl with a glowing smile, kind heart and caring soul,”... Read more →

Environment

Santa Monica spared by El Niño — so far

Count Judith Meister as among those thankful for Santa Monica’s lengthy beaches. The city beach administrator noted that the expansive swaths of sand serve as a buffer between the ocean and local infrastructure, sparing the area of El Niño-related damages that have hit other parts of Southern California this winter. “I think we... Read more →

News

Santa Monica High alumna, 30, dies of cancer

A Santa Monica High School graduate died early Thursday morning after a 26-month battle with cancer. Lily Meza, 30, was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Inglewood when she passed away, according to childhood friend Cynthia Juarez. “Remember Lily as the beautiful girl with a glowing smile, kind heart and caring soul,”... Read more →

News

1984: Welcome to Dystopia

    In its storied history, George Orwell’s novel “1984” coined phrases now widely used and immediately understood: “Big Brother, thought police, double-speak.” He turned the proverb “ignorance is bliss” on its political head, and the adjective “Orwellian” has come to mean twisting the truth until what’s... Read more →

City Council

Minimum wage will rise to $15 an hour

  City Council has approved a minimum wage ordinance that will raise wages to at least $15 an hour by 2020. The Santa Monica rules mirror those passed by Los Angeles. Wages will increase to $15 by 2020 with small increases occurring annually starting this year. Some small businesses and non-profits will have an extended timeline as... Read more →

Education

Local schools adjust to new vaccine law

Of every three kindergarten students at PS1 Pluralistic School last year, one was not fully vaccinated due to their parents' personal beliefs, according to state data. But at the Santa Monica private school, that figure probably won't hold for long. A state law banning personal-belief exemptions to student vaccination went into effect Jan.... Read more →

Airport

Court date set for City’s ongoing lawsuit against the FAA

City Hall's dogged attempts to restrict or outright close the Santa Monica airport will continue in March with a hearing to determine the City's fundamental obligation to operate an airport. City Hall filed a lawsuit in 2013 alleging that the federal government had no claim to the land occupied by the airport and therefore, the FAA could not... Read more →

News

High surf increases danger of rip currents

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf advisory for the region with a specific warning for local beaches. The advisory extends through 3 a.m. Wednesday morning. Experts are predicting surf up to 10 feet by Tuesday morning. The highest surf will be on west facing beaches from Palos Verdes to Santa Monica and from Point Dume to... Read more →

News

How will El Niño impact the homeless count?

With El Niño bringing a series of rainstorms through Santa Monica, local social service providers have seen more homeless people coming through their doors for shelter and warmth. “Especially in the morning, if they've been out in the rain at night, they want to come in and get dry,” OPCC executive director John Maceri said. But... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica police redouble DUI prevention efforts

With the holidays officially over, residents transition back to their everyday lives. Decorations are reboxed, trees are recycled and perhaps, some presents re-gifted throughout the year. However, the Santa Monica Police Department hopes that at least one holiday idea sticks: Don't drink and drive. Police officers ramp up anti-drinking... Read more →

Transportation

BBB fare changes go into effect Jan. 10

The much talked about Big Blue Bus fare adjustments will go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 10. Among the changes BBB is making are: the adjustment of the base fare cash price from $1 to $1.25, offer a new 7-day pass for $14, and reduce the prices of many passes, like the drop of a Youth 30-day pass from $40 to $28, and the reduction of a regular... Read more →