City for Sale…Tons of Charm, Needs Planning

Development is occurring at a feverish pace in our City. The Character of our neighborhoods is under siege from outside interests. Developers are circumventing current zoning requirements using “backroom deals” with the City’s staff to provide minimal community benefits in exchange for larger projects. The result is excessive profit... Read more →


125 years of fire history at the Santa Monica Museum

DOWNTOWN The history of Santa Monica’s Fire Department (SMFD) is now on display at the Santa Monica History Museum as part of the museum’s new Warrior’s of Fire exhibit. The exhibit opens on June 28 and will also help raise money to restore SMFD’s antique fire engine. The 1952 truck will be on display at the exhibit and the museum... Read more →


Council considers rock, hard place on SMO measure

CITY HALL — No one had anything nice to say about a potential City Council-backed ballot measure that would hand council’s power to the voters on some issues of the Santa Monica Airport. Still many agreed, including every council member, that the measure would be better than the aviation community-backed ballot measure it’s meant to... Read more →


Few auto damage claims from Expo construction

A crew works on the Expo Light Rail Line. (Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE - Stand out on one of the many of intersections where workers are installing track for a long enough period of time and you'll hear the boom or scrape of a car bottoming out. Much has been written of the occasional road closures and ensuing traffic jams caused by the... Read more →


Crime Watch: Too rough

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Saturday, June 21, at 11:38 p.m. Santa Monica officers responded to an unknown trouble call at the Saint John’s Health Center emergency... Read more →


Supervisor Yaroslavsky endorses Lieu for Congress

Long time Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky has endorsed State Senator Ted Lieu in the race for the 33rd Congressional Ted Lieu District that includes Malibu, Beverly Hills and Santa Monica. Lieu is running to replace Rep. Henry Waxman who will retire at the end of this year and Waxman also supports Lieu. In a... Read more →


City website hopes to help disabled tenants solve problems

CITYWIDE — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s office wants to hear stories of tenants and landlords working together to improve the lives of residents with disabilities. The City’s Consumer Protection Unit has launched a new website that will print an annual collection of 50 real-life stories about accommodations and modifications that... Read more →

City Council

Council favors e-cig regulations

CITY HALL — City Council voted unanimously Tuesday to move in the direction of regulating electronic cigarettes within the city. The proposed regulations, which will come before council for final approval later this year, would treat the vaporizers in nearly the same way City Hall treats traditional tobacco cigarettes, banning them from... Read more →


PAL employee allegedly took sexual pictures of kids

CITY HALL — A city employee arrested on a city-sponsored trip to a Dodgers game last month for allegedly taking sexual pictures of a child pleaded not guilty to two misdemeanor charges at the East Los Angeles Courthouse on June 24. Donald Condon was initially charged with one misdemeanor of child annoyance and has also been charged with... Read more →


Soulstice packs Main Street

Matthew Hall MAIN STREET  — Santa Monica’s Summer Soulstice concert drew thousands of music lovers to Main Street on June 22 and organizers said the event’s popularity rebounded from the 2013 date change despite competition from a pivotal World Cup game. In 2013, the concerts were moved to August and Gary Gordon said the change,... Read more →