Briefs

Lanes to close on Century Boulevard westbound near LAX

Westbound lanes on Century Boulevard, between Aviation Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue near Los Angeles International Airport, will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights, Jan. 12-23, so that concrete can be safely poured for construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The work by Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors will... Read more →

Briefs

L.A. County Fire accepting applications Jan. 21-23

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has posted its firefighter trainee examination bulletin on its website and applications will be accepted from Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. until Friday, Jan.  23, at 1 p.m. To view the exam bulletin and find additional information, including frequently asked questions and the Firefighter Trainee Study... Read more →

City Council

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Mayor open to healing perceived wounds

CITY HALL — After a decade and a half on the dais and having had, in his words, “the football pulled out from” him in other mayoral selection processes, Kevin McKeown is finally Santa Monica’s mayor. McKeown is one of the most vocal members of the City Council and the Daily Press spoke with him about the mayor’s seat and what... Read more →

News

City Council wrap: Resignations, wage law, childcare

CITY HALL — City Council took care of some housekeeping details at its last meeting before the year’s end. A wage ordinance was amended to align with the state, the newest councilmember officially left her post on the Planning Commission, and council heard about the impacts of a tax that supports childcare. Resignations City... Read more →

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What to watch for in 2015

CITYWIDE - Planes, trains, and the zoning code will likely be the dominant issues of 2015. The year after a highly contested, low-turnout election will likely be a big one for Santa Monica. (subhed) The Airport A key agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration and City Hall expires on July 1, giving the latter more control of... Read more →

News

100 years ago: Department of Dance

THE PAST - In January of 1915, Santa Monica opened what the Los Angeles Times called "the first municipally managed dancing pavilion in California" at the edge of the Ocean Park Pier. The new dancehall was an obvious predecessor to the La Monica Ballroom, which opened a decade later on the Santa Monica Pier and was an inspiration for today's... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch: arrest for riding on the sidewalk

On Dec. 21 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the corner of Main St. and Pacific St, regarding a “battery just occurred” radio call. After speaking with all the parties involved, it was determined that one of the suspects swung at and threw a pizza box at a Big Blue Bus driver when told she and her friend would have... Read more →

News

New Year’s Resolutions

The Santa Monica Daily Press asked several civic leaders about their New Year's Resolutions. Their answers are below. Mayor Kevin McKeown What are your New Year's resolutions (personal, professional or civic) for 2015? Make sure everyone is engaged and heard as we shape our City's future by hiring a new City Manager, adopting a new zoning... Read more →

News

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Callahan’s closed

After decades, Callahan's will serve its last French toast today. The building was purchased by new owners earlier this year and the diner's lease expires on Jan. 1. The restaurant owners will close out 2014 with a breakfast and lunch shift today. Ingo's Tasty Diner, a farm-to-table restaurant, will replace Callahan's next year. The... Read more →

News

Wall Works: Horizon

More than 500 students from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District are part of the current “Wall Works” exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. For the show, titled “Horizon”artists Silvina Babich and Alejandro Mei_tin of the Argentinian collective Ala Pla_stica asked students to look out on their horizon and draw what... Read more →

Crime

Friend-killer convicted of murder

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica man was convicted of second degree murder last week in the 2012 killing of his friend. Ryan Bright, 28, stabbed his friend Jensen Gray to death at a party in the 400 block of Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica. Gray, of Laguna Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 27 years old at the... Read more →

Environment

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Rent Board blanches at water rate pass-through

CITY HALL — At least one Rent Control Board member is concerned that drought response measures could lead to harassment of renters. As city officials prepare water reduction plans for City Council’s approval, they addressed the board about impacts the proposed plan might have on renters. An ordinance requiring 20 percent reduction in... Read more →

City Council

Council anxious to tackle zoning code

CITY HALL — The new zoning code is still months away from City Council, but council members are already weighing in. Last week, council directed code compliance officers not to enforce the current zoning code — which dictates land uses throughout the city — as it relates to two specific properties because they intend on addressing the... Read more →

City Council

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Council tightens tenant harassment laws

CITY HALL — After numerous conversations over the course of months, City Council tightened up tenant harassment laws last week. The unanimous vote increases penalties, prohibits landlords from entering apartments for certain reasons, and modifies the standard for what’s considered tenant harassment. Tenant harassment complaints have... Read more →

Politics

Council moves lobbyist register forward

CITY HALL — City Council wants you to know your lobbyists. After discussing some specific philosophical beliefs about the definition of lobbying, council voted unanimously to have city attorneys draft an ordinance requiring lobbyists to register with City Hall. The attorneys will come back with a specific ordinance for council’s... Read more →