Transportation

O’Connor likely gone from Metro Board

WESTSIDE — For the first time in more than decade, Santa Monica will likely be without a representative on the Metro Board. A committee made up of representatives from 19 cities in southwest Los Angeles County opted not to nominate City Councilmember Pam O’Connor for reappointment to the Metropolitan Transit Authority Board on Thursday... Read more →

Education

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Several filing for Ed Board appointment

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The six remaining members of the Board of Education will have at least a few names to choose from when appointing a seventh in January. Former board candidate Jake Wachtel, recently unseated Boardmember Ralph Mechur, and Lincoln Middle School PTA President Jon Kean have filed or plan to file applications to fill the... Read more →

Politics

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McKeown named mayor, Vazquez to serve in year two

CITY HALL — After 16 years as a member of City Council, Kevin McKeown is the mayor of Santa Monica. Tony Vazquez will serve as the mayor pro tempore for a year and will take mayoral seat from McKeown at the end of next year. Vazquez will serve for one year. He will become the first Latino mayor of Santa Monica. Ted Winterer will serve as... Read more →

Transportation

Metro bikeshare considered next month

L.A. COUNTY — The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is moving forward with its own plans for a regional bikeshare program following Santa Monica's recent decision to advance its own program last month. The Santa Monica City Council announced its bikeshare plan in November to capitalize on grant money that... Read more →

Crime

Trial underway in 2012 Santa Monica killing

LAX COURTHOUSE — A jury is hearing the case of a man who allegedly killed his best friend and roommate in a Downtown apartment in 2012. Ryan Bright stabbed Jensen Gray to death at a party in the 400 block of Broadway, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney. Police found Gray dead when the arrived at the scene. He was 27... Read more →

Environment

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Council may oppose Hermosa oil drilling

SM BAY — Sick of election talk? Here’s one more for you. On March 3, Hermosa Beach residents will decide at the polls whether or not to allow a company to drill for oil from underneath the sea floor — the sea floor of our very own Santa Monica Bay. The special election would ask residents whether or not an oil drilling moratorium... Read more →

Government

Pro-marijuana initiative backers to try again

CITY HALL — A petition meant to give Santa Monica voters a chance to decide whether or not to include medical marijuana dispensaries in the city has gone to pot. Two residents filed the initiative with the City Clerk's Office in May but, after the 180-day deadline, they turned in zero signatures, City Clerk Sarah Gorman told the Daily... Read more →

Environment

Two-day storm does little for drought

CITYWIDE — Yes it rained all day Tuesday and Wednesday but no, you shouldn’t go back to watering your sidewalks and driveways or having high-volume water balloon fights. It turns out the impacts of the storm — the first significant rainfall in months — were pretty minimal, for Santa Monica at least. The Santa Monica Mountains,... Read more →

Crime

Crimewatch: Cigarette tantrum

On Nov. 29, at approximately 1:14 a.m. Patrol officers responded to a call of domestic violence that just occurred in the 1000 block of Marine Avenue. Officers were told the victim and suspect had been dating off and on for the past four months, and tried living together, but after the suspect became abusive the victim asked him to move... Read more →

Education

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Patel, Mechur, and Allen leave Ed Board

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Three members of the Board of Education left office last month — each for different reasons — and were honored by their colleagues at the Board’s last meeting. Ben Allen, who was first elected in 2008, is leaving mid term after having been elected to the State Senate. Nimish Patel, who was elected in 2010,... Read more →

Government

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Mayor will be selected next week

CITY HALL — Bring popcorn to the next week’s City Council meeting. The newly elected council will seek common ground on who should lead the city for the next two years. Santa Monica’s mayor is always a council member selected, every two years, by his or her council colleagues. The position is largely, though not entirely,... Read more →

City Council

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Council not keen on proposed Expo transit center

CITY HALL - City Council was critical of a proposal for an $8 million transit center on Fifth Street at Colorado Avenue at their Nov. 25 meeting, saying the location would cause more gridlock in an already congested area Downtown. The proposal would have added four to six Big Blue Bus berths and an area for commuters to be dropped off on the... Read more →

Politics

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Voter turnout a lowly 48 percent in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — In a city that’s traditionally extremely politically engaged, less than half of Santa Monica’s registered voters cast ballots last month. Only 48.18 percent of the city’s registered electorate voted in this year’s election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar, which completed its final canvas on Monday. It was... Read more →

Education

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Ed Board hoping to fill Allen’s seat by Feb

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Board of Education will be down a member for at least the next couple months. Ben Allen resigned from the Ed Board last month in order to join the State Senate. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has begun the process of filling his vacant seat. Two years remain on his Ed Board term. The application for... Read more →