City Council

Council gives $30K to school trips

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice — and a contribution from City Council. Santa Monica High School musicians from lower-income families will get to travel to New York City or Europe thanks to two grants from council totaling $30,000. “We did this last year, and even thought we allocated the money, it wasn't used, so this... Read more →


Nursing assistant course coming to Olympic High

A forthcoming Olympic High School course will prepare students for possible jobs as certified nursing assistants, exemplifying the state’s push for more career-focused education. The class, which will combine science principles and hands-on training, was approved by the Santa Monica-Malibu school board during its Feb. 19 meeting. The... Read more →


International Women’s Day breakfast set for March 2

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present the International Women's Day kickoff breakfast in honor of Women's History Month on March 2 at 7 a.m. Each year the event celebrates women who challenge, empower, and inspire. The annual breakfast gathers... Read more →


Mishkon Tephilo hosting Purim fiesta

Join organizers for Mishkon Tephilo's annual Purim fiesta March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, chips and salsa, fruit, margaritas, beer, hamantaschen, games, bounce houses, dunk tank, music, a pinata, and art and crafts. Admission for children ages 2-12 is $8 with advanced reservation or $10 at the door. If you... Read more →


SMC Emeritus College acting troupe to perform

Santa Monica College's Emeritus College Acting Troupe has announced its Spring 2015 Performance at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The free performance will be held in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. The performance, which features students in Emeritus College... Read more →


Search for missing mom brings daughter to Santa Monica

Cloudia Leslie Wells, missing from San Diego since 1998, has been sighted with the homeless community in or around the Santa Monica area. Robin Wells Burton, Cloudia's daughter, has come to the area to search for her mother following a recent tip and recorded use of her mother's Social Security number. The family has organized a search... Read more →

City Council


Council votes down beach worker union

In one of the most divisive votes on an otherwise agreement-filled night, City Council voted to deny an appeal by a union to create a collective bargaining unit for 11 labor trainee as-needed, full-time beach workers. The 4-2 vote upheld a decision by Interim City Manager Elaine Polacheck to deny the petition put forth by the International... Read more →


Council likes new Expo station plan

Three months ago, City Council piled on criticisms about proposed plans for a public site next to the Downtown Expo station. On Tuesday, council quickly approved of new, toned-down plans for the area, asking that city planners make haste. City Hall owns some land next to the incoming Expo Light Rail’s terminus station between Fourth... Read more →


Franklin Elementary abuzz over spelling bee

When it comes to spelling, Brennan Jacobs is a budding maestro — that is, m-a-e-s-t-r-o. The local fifth-grader represented Santa Monica earlier this month at the Los Angeles County Scripps Regional Spelling Bee for the second year in a row, finishing in the top 15 after winning a qualifying competition at Franklin Elementary... Read more →


Win a month or a year supply of Girl Scout cookies

In celebration of National Girl Scout Cookie Weekend, Girl Scouts of Greater Los Angeles (GSGLA) is hiding golden tickets on select boxes of Samoas Girl Scout Cookies around greater Los Angeles on Saturday, Feb. 28. Find one and win either a month — or a year — supply of Girl Scout Cookies. GSGLA will leave clues on its Twitter page —... Read more →


False advertising costs website $1M

Social media website has agreed to a court judgment to pay $800,000 in penalties, plus $250,000 in refunds to customers over complaints regarding false advertising and unauthorized credit card charges. The case grew out of a joint investigation by the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office and the Los Angeles County District... Read more →


Council OKs 54%, 5-year water rate hike

Water rates will jump 9 percent this year and, unless City Council intervenes, 9 percent in each of the following four years, for a 53.9 percent total increase over five years. Council embraced the “compromise” option, voting 6-0 to decline the most intensive option, which would have brought rates up nearly 78 percent over five... Read more →