Airport activists, leaseholders eye council meeting

If you’re hoping to have a seat in the Council Chambers Tuesday night, you’re going to want to arrive early. The last time City Council addressed the plans for the future of Santa Monica Airport, a year ago, more than 100 members of the public signed up to testify and the chamber reached full capacity, forcing dozens of onlookers to... Read more →


SMMUSD boosting instructional aid for summer school

Several months remain in the regular school year, but Santa Monica-Malibu district officials have already been lining up plans for upcoming summer sessions. The district is expecting to have more literacy coaches and instructional assistants in summer school classes, officials said during a discussion of the topic at a Board of Education... Read more →


Heal the Bay hires new policy director

Heal the Bay has announced Rita Kampalath as its new Science and Policy Director. Kampalath will work with Heal the Bay's team of seasoned technical and policy experts to advance more holistic water-quality improvements that also supplement local water supply in Southern California. She will also oversee an upgrade to Heal the Bay's Beach... Read more →



Big Blue Bus seeks 25-cent fare hike

To keep up with the incoming Expo light-rail line, Big Blue Bus wants to boost its service hours by 11 percent. The augmented service will necessitate a fare hike starting in January, BBB officials said in a report to City Council this week. Regular fares would jump a quarter, from $1 to $1.25. Fares for seniors and riders with... Read more →


Sweepers, public bathrooms considered in consent

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city's expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →


Swiss Chalet-style house up for landmark status

The Landmarks Commission is poised to designate a two-story Craftsman with a unique Swiss Chalet look. Last week, the commission delayed a decision to officially protect the Georgina Avenue home as they are waiting for some documents to get straightened out. In December, after it was noticed that the home, built in 1910, was listed for... Read more →

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Learn guitar in a day at SMC

SMC You don't have to be an expert in particle physics to get behind Marlene Hutchinson's string theory. She believes anyone can — and should — learn how to play guitar in a day, and she's returning to town to help area residents do just that. In a 5-hour workshop March 28 at Santa Monica College, Hutchinson will aim to provide... Read more →


Kevin McCarthy, longtime resident and RAND researcher, dies

Kevin Farley McCarthy, a RAND Corp. researcher who worked on projects ranging from immigration to the arts, died March 17, 2015, after a brief illness. He was 70. McCarthy is survived by his wife, Susan McCarthy, a longtime employee of the City of Santa Monica who served as city manager from 1999 to 2005. “Kevin's work helped cities,... Read more →


Community giveaway at The Church in Ocean Park

The Church in Ocean Park, in conjunction with the L.A. Peace Society, will host a community give-away on March 22 from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m. at the church, 235 Hill St. This event is based upon a Native American ceremony called "Giveaway" and its purpose is to create balance in the community. Residents are asked to bring items that they no... Read more →


Library to host mystery authors

The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates Women's History Month with "A Tale of Two Cities: Mysteries Set in Paris and New York," a discussion with writers Cara Black and Rhys Bowen, on Sunday, March 22, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Bestselling authors Cara Black and Rhys Bowen take... Read more →



Santa Monica Airport lawsuits abound

In the battle for the Santa Monica Airport, legal attacks are picking up. Next week, City Council will consider what to do after a key 1984 agreement between City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration expires on July 1. City attorneys couldn't offer a lot of guarantees but they did say — if council decides to make any big moves... Read more →