Talk About Santa Monica Government Communications Gets Heated
February 17, 2017 -- A back and forth between Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole and Councilmember Sue Himmelrich on the City’s communication policy reached such an intensity Tuesday night that Mayor Ted Winterer had to cut it off.
Santa Monica Council Moves Forward on Immigration, Religious Identity Ordinance
February 17, 2017 -- After hearing from numerous public speakers who said they lived in fear under the Donald Trump presidency, the Santa Monica City Council passed a measure calling for staff to draft an ordinance that would prohibit employers and landlords, among others, from collecting information on people’s immigration status, religion and sexual identity
Santa Monica Bus System Launches Major Route, Schedule Changes
February 17, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) will add service to six bus routes and improve schedules on seven others beginning Sunday, transit officials announced this week..
LETTERS: Bloom Wrong to Criticize UCLA Cartoon as Anti-Semitic
February 17, 2017 -- We must not conflate criticism of Israel or support for the right of Palestinian return with anti-Semitism.
City Council Votes for Santa Monica to Sever Ties with Wells Fargo
February 16, 2017 --The Santa Monica government’s financial relationship with Wells Fargo will soon come to an end following the City Council’s decision in the early hours of Wednesday morning to sever ties with the bank because it is one of 17 institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Santa Monica Council Supports Homeless Shelter for College Students
February 16, 2017 -- The Bruin Shelter at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church on Ocean Park Boulevard, which houses homeless students attending Santa Monica College and UCLA, received a financial boost from the City Council on Tuesday.
Santa Monica Malibu Schools Discontinue 'Optional Group Activities' as Virus Lingers
February 15, 2017 -- Using "an abundance of caution," the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) has discontinued "optional group activities" at all schools to help further reduce the spread of a gastrointestinal illness, possibly due to the norovirus, officials announced Tuesday.
Aviation Groups Challenge Santa Monica Airport Closure Deal
February 15, 2017 -- The recently approved deal between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica to close the local airport at the end of 2028 has many critics on both sides of the airport debate.
Santa Monica Assemblyman Condemns 'Anti-Semitic' UCLA Newspaper Cartoon
February 15, 2017 -- A cartoon published in UCLA’s student newspaper on Monday that many people said crossed the supposedly intended line of anti-Israel into anti-Semitism has been widely condemned, including by Santa Monica Assemblyman and former mayor Richard Bloom.
LETTERS: Rent Board Did Not Recommend Requiring Landlords to Install Submeters
Santa Monica Hires 'Performance Officer,' Spending Critics Remain Skeptical
February 15, 2017 -- Many buildings in Santa Monica lack the infrastructure for anything more than a master-metered water billing system, and I do not, nor did the Board, advocate for the overhaul of our water infrastructure throughout the city.
||February 14, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica has created a new position of "chief performance officer" to analyze data that will help determine what is and is not working effectively, City officials announced last week, but critics are skeptical that municipal spending will be reined in.
Santa Monica Paves Way for Downtown Area Art Installations
February 14, 2017 -- Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade and the new Colorado Esplanade near the Downtown light rail station should soon be enhanced with temporary public art installations.
'Faint Fuzzies' and Other Celestial Phenomena at Santa Monica College Planetarium Next Month
February 14, 2017 -- View the Apollo 11 moon landing site, glimpse comet-like "fuzzies" that don't move and learn about the science behind the equinoxes and solstices that have inspired religious festivals throughout the ages next month at the Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium.
Santa Monica High School Student Dies of Unknown Illness Not Related to Recent Virus Outbreak
February 13, 2017 -- A Santa Monica High School student died Saturday of an unknown illness that is not thought to be related to the suspected Norovirus outbreak that forced the closure of a district middle school earlier this month.
Santa Monica Council to Consider Barring Requests for Religious Affiliation
February 13, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will consider a proposal to draft an ordinance prohibiting employers and landlords from gathering information on the “religious affiliation” of various people connected to them.
Santa Monica Rent Board Commissioner Takes on ‘Ideologues’
February 13, 2017 -- During a Santa Monica Rent Control Board meeting on Thursday that Chair Steve Duron described as adversarial, landlords accused the board of making regulations for the sake of doing something and a commissioner responded that the accusers were threatening democracy.
Santa Monica Rent Board Recommends Landlords Install Water Meters for Each Unit
February 10, 2017 -- The City Council could soon consider a measure that would require Santa Monica landlords to assess tenants’ water bills based on actual monthly use.
Possible Norovirus Still Present in Santa Monica-Malibu Schools
February 10, 2017 -- John Adams Middle School was open again this week after being closed due to an illness outbreak that was possibly Norovirus, but the sickness was still floating around the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) as of Wednesday, according to officials.
Santa Monica College Kicks off Spring Global Connections Lecture Series
February 19, 2017 -- Santa Monica College's (SMC) Global Connections Lectures series -- which explores the effects, benefits, and drawbacks of globalization -- offers three presentations this spring starting this month.
Santa Monica City Council to Consider Divesting from Wells Fargo Bank
February 9, 2017 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will consider divesting all its funds from scandal-plagued Wells Fargo Bank because of its “business practices” as well as its role in financing the $3.8-billion Dakota Access Pipeline.
||Santa Monica Hires New Library Director
February 9, 2017 -- After a half-year search, the City of Santa Monica has hired the librarian of Yolo County as its new library director, City officials confirmed this week.
Local Writers Featured at Santa Monica College This Month
February 9, 2017 -- Two Los Angeles area authors will read from their works this month as part of Santa Monica Colleges Spring Literary Series, college officials announced Wednesday.
City of Santa Monica Touts Accomplishments in 'Interactive' Annual Report
February 8, 2017 -- The City of Sana Monica posted its annual report for 2015-2016 on its website Tuesday, and it's not the trational text-driven document readers are used to.