Briefs

Bike, pedestrian safety enforcement planned

The Santa Monica Police Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations on Monday, Feb. 16, and Friday, Feb. 20, with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past five years where pedestrian and bike... Read more →

Briefs

SMC foster youth program receives $40,000 grant

Santa Monica College's Guardian Scholars program has been awarded a grant of $40,000 by the S. Mark Taper Foundation. SMC established Guardian Scholars in 2013 with start-up funding from the Angell Foundation to ensure that foster youth enrolled at the college have access to services and resources to help them reach their educational and... Read more →

Public

At inaugural read-aloud, Olympic students find their voices

The mic was waiting for Colette Caughey, but she needed more time. One of her Olympic High School classmates had just delivered an emotional narrative at the Streetcraft LA workshop on Main Street, where students shared their creative writing at a read-aloud session Wednesday evening. “I can't always remember the details of her face... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica noise ordinance amended

After complaints from the American Civil Liberties Union, City Council voted to alter its noise ordinance Tuesday night. In July, after a person was cited under the previous noise ordinance while protesting at a hotel, the ACLU sent City Hall a letter asking that three sections of the ordinance be addressed. The changes eliminate... Read more →

City Council

Council selects ‘Breeze’ as bikeshare name

The bikeshare naming process was a breeze. In less than five minutes, City Council decided on “Breeze” for the name of its $5.6 million, 500-bike system. Bikeshares allow riders to check-out bikes from one station and drop them off at any other station in the city. Names have not always come easy in Santa Monica. During the... Read more →

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Farmers Market seeks community feedback

The Sunday Farmers Market wants residents to connect, or at least place, the dots for the future of the event. Attendees at the Feb. 15 market will have the opportunity to participate in a resident feedback project that will help staff develop educational and entertainment programs at the Main Street location. There will be five easels... Read more →

Briefs

City praises new holiday tree removal program

The City of Santa Monica is crediting its revised Christmas tree removal program for contributing to the success of the citywide compost program. From Dec. 29 through Jan. 23, Santa Monica residents took advantage of curbside pick-ups of their holiday trees and added more than 65 tons or 130,000 pounds of compostable materials to the... Read more →

Briefs

SMC celebrates Black History Month

Santa Monica College is proud to present a series of free events in February honoring Black History Month. The events -- which include spoken word, song and dance performances as well as informative talks and discussions on Los Angeles' black history and the current state of Black America at this pivotal time in our nation -- are all held on... Read more →

City Council

11-member group to guide Bergamot Station development

When city planners unveiled a proposal to add a hotel and office space to the Bergamot Station Art Center last year, some residents and gallerists were up in arms. A year later, City Council has selected a developer (Jeff Worthe Real Estate Group) but the development itself is going back to the drawing board with help from a soon-to-be... Read more →

Public

Turn Off TV Tuesday is one for the books

On a narrow, dead-end street off San Vicente Boulevard, the sliding doors on the Toyota Sienna van click shut below a darkened sky. Seat belts swing across hips and shoulders. Here, in this quiet, residential pocket of Santa Monica, the operation begins. Diana Oliver, Roosevelt Elementary School's PTA treasurer, is at the wheel. School... Read more →

City Council

City sues landlord under new law

City Hall is suing a landlord who city attorneys say took away the parking space of a tenant with a disability without justification. The City Attorney’s Consumer Protection Division filed the lawsuit against apartment building owner Solyman Khalili for alleged violations of the new Housing Anti-Discrimination Ordinance and the recently... Read more →