Fast start to election season

CITYWIDE — The local political season has swung into high gear with endorsements flowing and candidates vying for attention on an almost daily basis. The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC), a local slow-growth advocacy group, announced its City Council endorsements on July 14, the same day candidates could officially begin... Read more →

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Longtime council member weighing his options

CITY HALL — It seems like everyone knows what Bob Holbrook will do next except Bob Holbrook. Rumors abound that the six-term City Council member will not seek reelection this November but Holbrook says he’s undecided. “At this point I’m just watching to see who pulls papers,” he said. Monday marked the beginning of the... Read more →


Anti-airport activists weigh ballot options

SMO — City Council’s ballot measure, which is designed to compete with a pro-airport measure, is taking form. Three plans for dealing with future development of the land were put forward by council members last week and anti-airport activists like bits and pieces of all the ideas. City attorneys will, in theory, bring back all three... Read more →


Election season begins

CITY HALL — And they're off. Today the nomination period begins for candidates looking to run for the offices of City Council, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Rent Control Board, or the Santa Monica College District. The nomination period will stay open through Aug. 8. Interested candidates have to pay a $25 filing fee... Read more →


Malibu activist to run for Board of Education

Craig Foster MALIBU — Local education activist Craig Foster announced this week he plans to enter this year’s Board of Education race in an attempt to get Malibu a seat back at the table — six years after Malibu last had a representative on the governing body of the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) and two years... Read more →


Museum to focus on long-gone amusement park

History will POP for the next week at the Santa Monica History Museum as the organization hosts several events focused on Pacific Ocean Park. The park was the original Santa Monica amusement park located on a pier at Pier Avenue. After opening to much fanfare in 1958, the park eventually declined and was closed in 1967. The entire... Read more →


Planning Commission likes building designs for Fred Segal lot

DOWNTOWN — The project proposed to replace the one of two Fred Segal buildings on Broadway at Fifth Street got largely positive reviews from the Planning Commission on July 9. The designs, which propose a 330,344-square-foot mixed-use development project consisting of approximately 39,600 square feet of ground floor commercial area, and... Read more →



BBB to break longest route in two

Changes are in the works for the Route 3 bus that travels down Lincoln Boulevard. (Daniel Archuleta) LINCOLN AND MONTANA — If you’re waiting for the Route 3 Big Blue Bus there’s a 65 percent chance it will be on time. BBB officials want to fix that by chopping the route — which at 95 minutes one-way is their longest in terms of... Read more →


Crime Watch

Sunday, July 6, at 1 p.m. Santa Monica officers responded to a call of a man yelling profanities at random people and dancing in the street around Colorado Avenue and Second Street.  When officers arrived they saw the described individual in an argument with a female (over him stealing an item from her).  The officers spoke to the... Read more →