City Council

Too late to turn the tide on Santa Monica salaries

About twenty minutes into the late night meeting, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich finally made a statement everyone could agree on. “I feel as if every time I come into this room, everyone is so angry,” she said. The crowd of about thirty activists and members of the North of Montana Neighborhood Association mumbled and nodded in... Read more →


Wilmont landlord still going strong after 40 years

Even the name of her apartment complex takes you back to the good ol’ days. A thicket of mature trees and plants frame a hidden, underground entrance to Ocean’s Eleven Plaza. Visitors descend a staircase and pass a tiled lobby with a bubbling fountain and shaded park bench. Inside the wood-paneled elevator time ticks by a little slower... Read more →


Bike lights lead to drug arrest

Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. On February 22, at about 2:50 a.m. While patrolling the 2200 block of 5th Street, officers saw a subject standing next to an unlocked bicycle and began talking with the... Read more →


Women’s Month: Women Who Lead in Social Justice Movements

On Sunday evening, March 5, in honor of Women’s Month, Committee For Racial Justice will host a diverse panel of Women Who Lead in Social Justice Movements.  These women will address issues of what it’s like to work for racial/social justice changes as a woman and as a person with an ethnic identity.  They will share their experiences,... Read more →


City paves way to ixnay 1,500 feet of runway

The City Council feels a need for speed when it comes to substantially shortening the runway at Santa Monica Airport. The City will hire the same engineering consultants who have worked on runway projects at major airports like LAX and JFK, AECOM/Aeroplex. The California-based company should have design concepts to show the Council by this... Read more →

High School

Norovirus cases declining at local schools

The Norovirus outbreak at local schools is diminishing, but not yet over, according to information presented by county and local officials. Confirmed cases of the stomach illness have dropped from a districtwide peak of 147 to 23 and officials have plans in place to allow normal operations at local schools when illness levels drop below a... Read more →


Coast festival is clear for 2017

  At least one day a year traffic will not be a problem in downtown Santa Monica. After a successful launch last summer, Santa Monica’s first open streets event is coming back for round two. The City will merge last year’s popular Coast Open Streets with Santa Monica Festival this fall, according to a newly released staff... Read more →


Activists press for district based elections

Santa Monica activist Oscar de la Torre is highlighting his own election loss last November in a legal effort to dismantle the way the City has held elections for seventy years. De la Torre is the board co-chair of the Pico Neighborhood Association, which has sued Santa Monica over the City’s use of at-large elections. De la Torre’s... Read more →


Planning Commission will talk transit on March 1

    The Planning Commission wants you to take your favorite mode of transit to its Wednesday meeting for a discussion of Citywide mobility options, plans and data. Among the topics for discussion will be the city’s mobility strategic goal, the city’s first resident travel survey results, trends in public transit, the... Read more →


Crime watch: clothing conceals crime

Crime Watch is culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. On February 14, at about 12:41 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Apple Store, 1415 3rd Street Promenade, regarding a theft suspect in custody.... Read more →


City Council Round Up

The City Council will begin their biweekly meeting Tuesday by proclaiming March as Women’s History Month. Here are some other topics slated for discussion at the meeting: The City Council will weigh whether the City should co-produce the annual Summer SOULstice event on Main Street. The City would be responsible for oversight and... Read more →