New Year’s Resolutions

The Santa Monica Daily Press asked several civic leaders about their New Year's Resolutions. Their answers are below. Mayor Kevin McKeown What are your New Year's resolutions (personal, professional or civic) for 2015? Make sure everyone is engaged and heard as we shape our City's future by hiring a new City Manager, adopting a new zoning... Read more →



Callahan’s closed

After decades, Callahan's will serve its last French toast today. The building was purchased by new owners earlier this year and the diner's lease expires on Jan. 1. The restaurant owners will close out 2014 with a breakfast and lunch shift today. Ingo's Tasty Diner, a farm-to-table restaurant, will replace Callahan's next year. The... Read more →


Wall Works: Horizon

More than 500 students from the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District are part of the current “Wall Works” exhibit at the Santa Monica Museum of Art. For the show, titled “Horizon”artists Silvina Babich and Alejandro Mei_tin of the Argentinian collective Ala Pla_stica asked students to look out on their horizon and draw what... Read more →


Friend-killer convicted of murder

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica man was convicted of second degree murder last week in the 2012 killing of his friend. Ryan Bright, 28, stabbed his friend Jensen Gray to death at a party in the 400 block of Broadway in Downtown Santa Monica. Gray, of Laguna Beach, was pronounced dead at the scene. He was 27 years old at the... Read more →



Rent Board blanches at water rate pass-through

CITY HALL — At least one Rent Control Board member is concerned that drought response measures could lead to harassment of renters. As city officials prepare water reduction plans for City Council’s approval, they addressed the board about impacts the proposed plan might have on renters. An ordinance requiring 20 percent reduction in... Read more →

City Council

Council anxious to tackle zoning code

CITY HALL — The new zoning code is still months away from City Council, but council members are already weighing in. Last week, council directed code compliance officers not to enforce the current zoning code — which dictates land uses throughout the city — as it relates to two specific properties because they intend on addressing the... Read more →

City Council


Council tightens tenant harassment laws

CITY HALL — After numerous conversations over the course of months, City Council tightened up tenant harassment laws last week. The unanimous vote increases penalties, prohibits landlords from entering apartments for certain reasons, and modifies the standard for what’s considered tenant harassment. Tenant harassment complaints have... Read more →


Council moves lobbyist register forward

CITY HALL — City Council wants you to know your lobbyists. After discussing some specific philosophical beliefs about the definition of lobbying, council voted unanimously to have city attorneys draft an ordinance requiring lobbyists to register with City Hall. The attorneys will come back with a specific ordinance for council’s... Read more →



Council talks BBB and Expo

CITYWIDE — The train is coming but Big Blue Bus isn’t going to get all competitive about it. In fact, BBB officials are predicting a 14 percent increase in ridership after the opening of the Expo Light Rail. And in preparation for the coming train, BBB officials want to revamp the bus routes — eliminating redundancies between BBB,... Read more →


Local activists praise release of Cuban Five

CITYWIDE — On the mantel in Jay Johnson and Rachel Sene's Santa Monica living room is a bucket filled with $1 buttons showing the faces of five men; next to it sits a stack of letters, some more than 10 years old, written by the same men. The Cuban Five, as the men have come to be known, were first arrested in September 1998 in Miami.... Read more →



Field crowded to fill vacant Ed Board seat

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Eleven people have thrown their names in to be considered for the open Board of Education seat. The list of candidates, who have not yet been vetted for eligibility by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district, includes a recently-ousted board member, a local real estate attorney, a district attorney, Santa Monica... Read more →


SMPD capture wanted bank robber

CULVER CITY — The scene played out like the opening of a TV drama. After hours of surveillance, undercover officers in an unmarked car saw the suspect enter his seedy hotel room. Once the suspect was inside, the nearby SWAT team took up positions surrounding any potential exits, officers hit the room with spot lights and Santa Monica Police... Read more →


Crime Watch: Homicide felon hides with knives

On December 8 at approximately 9:35 a.m. A Santa Monica Police officer saw the suspect sitting on the ground near the middle of the 1800 block of Alley 8 and began talking to him. When the officer asked the suspect if he was on probation or parole, the suspect admitted to being on probation. The suspect seemed nervous, so the officer also... Read more →



Polachek to serve as interim city manager

CITY HALL — When City Manager Rod Gould retires at the end of next month, Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will take the reins, at least until Gould's replacement is selected. City Council voted unanimously to name Polachek to the position of interim city manager upon Gould's departure. Polachek, who has in the past served as Santa... Read more →