Airport

Airport lease policy advances without commission approval

The Santa Monica Airport Commission did not endorse a new leasing policy for the airport at its March 15 meeting after two commissioners were unable to get answers to their questions from airport advisor Nelson Hernandez. Hernandez came to the commission to preview a new airport leasing policy in advance of the City Council meeting on March... Read more →

Government

Phone poll questions LUVE initiative

An anonymous phone poll is occurring throughout Santa Monica to gauge support for the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative and explore potential alternatives to the measure. LUVE would limit development by requiring voter approval for all development agreements, any development above Tier 1 and any major amendment/update to... Read more →

Education

Samohi grad is comedic Gould

Regardless of what you ask Charles Gould, you’re bound to get a humorous response. Inquire about his time at Santa Monica High School, and you might get something like this: “Even though I probably should have gone to Crossroads for the connections,” he said, “I saved my family $120,000.” Try to find out about his long-term career... Read more →

Education

Bias training coming to SMMUSD

One of the most difficult things to do as an educator, Sarah Braff said, is to recognize the limits of one's own perspectives. The president of the local Classroom Teachers Association announced this month that the Santa Monica-Malibu school district was one of four districts in the state chosen to conduct a pilot training program on... Read more →

News

Ocean search yields no clues in report of swimmer in distress

A multi-hour search of local waters failed to locate a potentially missing man from the Santa Monica pier on Sunday morning. A fisherman approached the Harbor Division office on the Santa Monica Pier at about 2 a.m. on Sunday morning to report a sighting of a man in the water. The officer on duty followed up with conversations with a second... Read more →

Education

Paltrow bankrolls local school projects

As the STEM coordinator at Will Rogers Learning Community, Laura Simon wanted iPads to help students develop their coding skills as they learn to program robots. She announced a request for funding on DonorsChoose.org, hoping that philanthropists and members of the community would chip in. Gwyneth Paltrow was right on cue. The... Read more →

Crime

Police operation targets adults purchasing alcohol for kids

The Santa Monica Police Department issued one citation during a recent “shoulder tap” operation that asked 53 individuals to purchase alcohol for a minor. SMPD officers visited four stores on March 12 using an underage decoy. The decoy stood outside of the retailers and asked adult customers to purchase alcohol on their behalf. “Decoy... Read more →

Airport

SMO lawsuit reaches appeals court

PASADENA - However you feel about the Santa Monica Airport, buckle your seatbelt and prepare for takeoff. One of several lawsuits in the ongoing battle over the future of the local airport moved forward Friday at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where attorneys for the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration made... Read more →

News

Samohi grad running for Vermont lieutenant governor

Long before Santa Monica native Kesha Ram started campaigning to be second in command in the state of Vermont, she ran for student council president at Roosevelt Elementary School. It was a race against three boys, she remembered, and she won. “It was a do-or-die moment,” she said. “I took it quite seriously.” Ram took the position... Read more →

Government

Full week of civic meetings

With an unusually long gap between scheduled City Council meetings, civic enthusiasts lamenting their suddenly open schedule can look forward to a busy week. No less than six city commissions will meet over the next four days. The Landmarks Commission, Airport Commission, Planning Commission, Commission for the Senior Community, Housing... Read more →

News

Santa Monica rents rising — even for controlled units

Santa Monica's rent-controlled units are following a downward trend, according to a recently released annual report. The city's units are experiencing more turnover, higher prices and less affordability over time, with officials pointing to a rebounding economy and overall greed as the causes. The Consolidated Annual Report documents... Read more →