Obituary

Santa Monica mourns loss of David Finkel

David B. Finkel — former City councilman, member of the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.) and a champion for civil rights and educational equality — died at his Santa Monica home on Saturday, July 4, after a prolonged illness. He was 83. “The loss of David Finkel is a great blow to Santa... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica’s Tongva Park chosen as award finalist

The City of Santa Monica and James Corner Field Operations have announced that Santa Monica's Tongva Park/Ken Genser Square Project has been selected as one of six finalists in the Urban Land Institute's Global Award of Excellence For Urban Open Space, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes outstanding examples of successful large... Read more →

Government

Outgoing planning commissioner honored

Jim Ries, who joined the Planning Commission in 2007, left the dais as a commissioner for the last time, urging future commissioners to reach across the aisle. Ries was up for a third term — therefore requiring five City Council votes rather than the usual four — but was ultimately replaced by longtime Landmarks Commissioner Nina... Read more →

Crime

Pink bike stolen from Santa Monica porch (crime watch)

On June 26 at about 2:51 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of Pico Boulevard called to report that a bicycle had just been stolen from a neighbor's porch. The reporting party described the thief as a black male wearing a black hoodie and carrying a flashlight. He was last seen riding the purloined pink beach cruiser westbound on Pico... Read more →

Briefs

July events at SMC’s Drescher Planetarium

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites residents to come find out what the latest developments are in the quest for a reusable rocket, and enjoy a preview that prepares to make the most of the Perseid meteor shower coming next month. The planetarium's July schedule also offers an opportunity to gaze at the moon and Saturn... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica road races relived

Santa Monica will relive the historical 1911 Santa Monica Road Races on Friday, July 17, from 5 to 8 p.m. at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, which is sponsoring the event to benefit the Santa Monica History Museum. Admission is free and includes a rare opportunity to view an original 1911 Santa Monica Road Race car owned by... Read more →

Briefs

Brown nominates Los Angeles judge

Gov. Jerry Brown recently announced the appointment of Luis A. Lavin as associate justice of the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Three. Lavin, 56, of Los Angeles, has served as a judge at the Los Angeles County Superior Court since 2001. Lavin served as general counsel at the Los Angeles City Ethics Commission from 1999 to 2001... Read more →

Crime

Police: Mentally unstable man bites officer (crime watch)

On June 26, at about 11:18 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer patrolling in the area of Ocean Avenue and Pico Boulevard was flagged down by the driver of a vehicle parked at a meter. When the officer advised dispatchers of the stop, she was informed they had just received a phone call from the same individual requesting assistance with a... Read more →

Briefs

SHINE storytellers ‘Out of Control’ on July 12

Have you ever “lost it”? On Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m., SHINE storytellers will share true tales of when they went “Out of Control” — and what they learned from the experience. This popular storytelling event takes place monthly at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. In July, SHINE will be hosted by Terrie Silverman, a... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica hosts charity tennis tournament

Beach City Tennis Academy hosted its annual charity Tennis Pro-Am tournament on Saturday, June 27 at Christine Reed Memorial Park in Santa Monica. The event featured the top local Tennis Professional talent. Though unseasonal rain dampened the court, it did not dampen the spirit of the exhibition match or the enthusiasm of these gifted... Read more →

City Council

Council honors retiring city office administrator

After drafting 4,570 commendations, Sonia Ramos finally got one of her own. City Council’s office administrator, who served 10 mayors, worked under four city managers, and set up 641 council meetings, is retiring and was honored by numerous dignitaries at council’s recent meeting. “This is the end of an era,” said Mayor Kevin... Read more →

City Council

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City commissions welcome new additions

City Council was busy last week. Aside from a budget meeting that drew boos for council's decision to cut funding for a nonprofit organization, a Planning Commission appointment process that caused one council member to storm off the dais, and the adoption of a planning document that will dictate land-uses throughout the city for years to... Read more →

Environment

What’s causing Santa Monica Pier beach pollution?

No matter how hard the city works, one Santa Monica beach just can't seem to stay clean. The beach adjacent to the pier yet again was placed in the top 10 of Heal the Bay's Beach Bummer list. It claimed the sixth spot, up one place from seventh last year. According to city officials and environmentalists, Santa Monica has worked... Read more →

Public

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SMMUSD budget approved amid race talks

The Santa Monica-Malibu school board voted Monday to approve the district’s budget and priorities for 2015-16 amid discussions about diversity and how the district should address achievement gaps. The district is projecting about a $1.3-million surplus, the result of a budget that includes approximately $138 million in revenue and about... Read more →

Public

Head Start receives $589K for preschool upgrades

Local preschools have received close to $600,000 for facility improvements, according to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s advisory committee on child care and development. But there was a catch: Spending the money quickly enough, especially if it was received late in the school year, proved difficult, committee chair Alex... Read more →