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 →


Survey finds Santa Monicans love their parks

Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Santa Monica voters will not see a parks bond on their November 2018 ballots after a survey by Goodwin Simon Strategic Research found locals happy with the current park landscape in the city. Only 55 percent of those polled leaned toward ‘yes’ on a general obligation bond to fund park... Read more →


Math + Transportation = New Teaching Materials

  Ms. Meshel’s 1st Grade Class received bicycle helmets for being the first students to try Math in My World! This week, the City of Santa Monica’s Safe Routes to School program launched a new approach to educating elementary school students about walking, biking, skating, scootering, and riding transit with a booklet titled Math... Read more →


Judge dismisses case challenging future of SMO

A U.S. District Court judge dismissed a lawsuit from a local pilot and pilot-in-training challenging a settlement agreement between the city and the FAA to shorten the runway at Santa Monica Airport and obtain control of the land in 2029. Kate Scott and James Babinski alleged city leaders violated the Brown Act because there was no public... Read more →


Nostalgic Facebook account suddenly surges in popularity

Nostalgic Facebook account suddenly surges in popularity Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer A popular Facebook group for Santa Monicans to share old pictures, reminisce and sometimes debate hot topics went from public to private this week, after the group’s administrators were flooded with thousands of requests to join. “It... Read more →


County provides ash cleaning tips

County provides ash cleaning tips MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Editor While fires continue to burn in other parts of California, locals are providing tips on cleaning up the ash that has blown into Santa Monica. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has pointed residents to existing cleanup guidelines established to help... Read more →


Fire Breaks Out in Santa Monica Condominium

SANTA MONICA, CA: On Wednesday December 13th, 2017 Firefighters responded to 425 Marine Street at 4:49 p.m. Firefighters arrived in 4 minutes and 23 seconds to find a 3 story town-home complex with an active fire on the 1st floor. The building contained 6 units, with each unit being 2 floors plus a loft area. Firefighters aggressively fought... Read more →


Students organize sock drive for local homeless

John Muir Elementary School prides itself on being the kind of neighborhood school where teachers value the community that surrounds their campus. When possible, classes sometimes take walking field trips into the nearby streets and it was one of those local excursions that stoked the fires the community advocacy among Sky Davis’... Read more →


City registering volunteers for 2018 Homeless Count

The largest regional homeless count in the United States is looking for volunteers to help tally the number of homeless people sleeping on Santa Monica streets on Jan. 24. The count takes place overnight – from about 10:30 p.m. to 2:30 a.m. - to best capture the number of homeless sleeping in Santa Monica. Organizers need about 250... Read more →


City Council punts consideration of controversial preschool

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer Neighbors fighting plans for a 20-student preschool near Gandara Park scored their first political victory Tuesday, when four City Council members voted to postpone the debate over a Conditional Use Permit needed to open the school. The dozens of residents who are fighting the City over the... Read more →


Air quality concerns persist as fire containment grows

  MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Staff Writer According to CalFire, firefighters are beginning to contain many of the fires burning in Southern California but air quality remains questionable near the fires as changing weather conditions push clouds of smoke in different directions. In the Statewide Fire Summary for Dec. 8, Calfire... Read more →