California lawmakers to confront sexual misconduct scandal

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — California lawmakers will grapple for the first time as a group with a growing sexual misconduct scandal when they return to Sacramento on Wednesday. The 2018 legislative year will bring debates over legislation to boost protections for victims and people who report sexual misconduct, as well as both chambers'... Read more →


Year in Review Part 3

  SEPTEMBER   The Big Blue Bus is installed new technology on 12 buses to help drivers avoid preventable accidents. The Mobileye Shield+ Collision Avoidance System Pilot Program will remain in place for one year at a cost of $124,263 before officials decide if it should be rolled out to all buses. The Santa Monica Malibu... Read more →


Man shot in stomach during early morning walk

Four men have been arrested and charged with attempted murder following an early morning shooting the day after Christmas. The victim was listed as in critical condition Tuesday and was scheduled for a second surgery related to his wounds. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, the victim and a witness were walking in the 1200... Read more →


Year in Review Part 2

MAY   The Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor Plan (LiNC) added a bus lane to the street from I-10 to the city limits on Ozone Avenue during rush hour. The plans call for adding a bus lane during the rush hour commute by eliminating parking between 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. for westbound traffic. A driver hit a pedestrian walking across... Read more →


Year in Review Part 1

January   The Albright celebrated its 40th anniversary. The restaurant was founded in 1977 as Santa Monica Pier Seafood and is now owned by the second-generation Greg and Yunnie Morena. The City Council added rabbits, rats and spiders to the long list of animals banned from performing at popular tourist areas in the city. The... Read more →


Short-term rental giant amends lawsuit against Santa Monica

AirBnb has shifted its strategy to overturn Santa Monica’s restrictive short-term rental ordinance, amending a legal complaint against the city to focus on the California Coastal Act in addition to Federal law.  The legal maneuver came as the Coastal Commission overturned Laguna Beach’s outright ban on AirBnb rentals in residential... Read more →


City helps homeless at the library

On a chilly morning last week, a few members of Santa Monica’s burgeoning homeless population shouldered their belongings in hiking packs and sturdy duffel bags up to the second floor of the Main Library Branch.  A short survey on highlighter yellow paper was their admission ticket to grab to a free cup of coffee and see the smiling faces... Read more →


Santa Monica’s famous nativity scenes back on display

Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer A local hallmark of the holiday season, the Santa Monica Nativity Scenes, are celebrating their 65th year and currently on display at Calvary Baptist Church on the corner of 20th and Broadway. The life-size scenes from the birth of Christ will remain on display in front of the church through Jan.... Read more →


Lifeguard Headquarters to receive back-up power generator

Lifeguard Headquarters to receive back-up power generator Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer The lifeguard headquarters at 1642 Ocean Front Walk will soon have a back up generator that would allow the site to stay up and running for 72 hours in the event the electrical grid fails. The City Council has approved a $227,139 contract... Read more →


Community Gardeners moved to permitting process

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Residents fortunate enough to already have control of one of Santa Monica’s 121 community garden plots throughout the city will experience some changes in the coming year as the program moves into a permitting process. The changes will not help those on the 580 person waiting list get a... Read more →


Doubling Down on Homelessness

  By Mayor Ted Winterer In recent months there hasn’t been a day in which at least one Santa Monica resident expressed to me concerns about our homeless population, whether by email, a phone call or stopping me on the street to chat. My colleagues on the City Council and I are paying close attention to this issue – we see... Read more →