Pier bridge construction at least five years away

SM PIER The start of construction for a new bridge for the Santa Monica Pier is at least five years away according to a report from City Staff. In previous discussions, officials were told a new or rehabilitated bridge linking the Pier to Ocean Ave. could begin construction in 2016 or 2017. However, the Santa Monica Pier Corporation Board of... Read more →


Faces of Silicon Beach: Scott Kriz

Scott Kriz is the co-founder of Bitium, an app and password management system. With an impressive background building successful customer-facing products spanning several technology verticals, Scott focuses his energies on fixing inefficiencies he sees around him. Erik Huberman, CEO of Hawke Media, talks to Scott about Bitium, being an... Read more →


Plastic bag ban deemed success after three years

CITYWIDE — Assuming Gov. Jerry Brown signs SB 270 (which he’s said he likely will) California will become the first state to enact a plastic bag ban. But for Santa Monica it’s old news. City Hall launched its own ban three years ago this month, and environmentalists have deemed it a huge success. “We've reduced the amount of plastic... Read more →


Ed Board considers major tech upgrades

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials presented a rough sketch of the types of technological improvements that are needed and provided a liberal estimate of what the first phase might cost. The cash would come... Read more →


Letters: Measure H

Feeding the Beast Editor: Ballot time is around the corner and once again Santa Monica property owners are being asked to foot the bill for a project meant to benefit the entire community. This time it is for a program by the city council to develop more “affordable housing,” apparently indefinitely. The term “affordable housing”... Read more →

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Pony rides to disappear from Farmers’ Market

CITY HALL - Avoiding the use of idioms about dead horses being beaten, we will note that it was after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when City Council voted to move away from allowing pony rides and petting zoos at the Main Street Farmers' Market. In a 4 to 0 vote, council asked City Hall to pursue a non-animal related vendor at the market... Read more →


Experience and enthusiasm define SMPD’s Beat 2

BEAT 2 — The Santa Monica Police Department's Beat 2 is an area of juxtapositions. Heavily residential in population, it also contains two of the city's busiest business streets (Pico and Lincoln). It has the longest border with L.A., increasing the number of transients moving through neighborhoods populated by longtime and deeply rooted... Read more →