Provision Added to Hotel Ordinance Sparks Widely Differing Views
August 21, 2019 -- Adding a worker retention provision to Santa Monica's proposed hotel workers ordinance will help the city maintain its status as a world-class tourism destination or boost room rates by stifling competition.
Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday After Last Operation Netted Three Arrests
August 21, 2019 -- Santa Monica Police will conduct their third DUI checkpoint on Friday after the last operation led to three arrests and two impounded vehicles..
|Santa Monica College Student Film Wins Top International Award
||August 21, 2019 -- A Santa Monica College (SMC) student film that tackles mental illness took a top prize at at the 2019 Prague Independent Film Festival (PIFF) this month. "HINGE," written and directed by SMC student Lisa Mayo and produced by SMC alum Lindsay Eberts, won the Best Student Film Award.
School District to Continue Fee Procedure After Settlement, Top Official Says
August 20, 2019 -- The School District will not significantly change its policy governing pupil fees after settling a class action lawsuit that claimed it illegally "requires" students to purchase certain items needed for school, Superintendent Ben Drati said.
California Appeals Court Lets Stand Santa Monica's Homesharing Law
August 20, 2019 -- A California Appeals Court last week declined a petition from two major online rental platforms requesting that the court rehear a case challenging Santa Monica's homesharing law.
|Conservancy Hosts Tour of Threatened South Beach Neighborhood
||August 20, 2019 -- After surviving a coastal redevelopment boom in the 1960s, Santa Monica's South Beach is once again threatened by encroaching development. On October 20, the Santa Monica Conservancy will host a tour of the neighborhood's "storybook lanes" and eclectic architectural styles to help build awareness.
City at Loggerheads with Meals Program at Reed Park
August 19, 2019 -- A showdown has been brewing between Santa Monica City officials and the organizer of a meals program that has been serving food to more than 100 homeless people every Sunday at Reed Park.
Samohi Track to Bear Pat Cady's Name in Time for Memorial Pep Rally
Santa Monica Schools Get $2.1 Million Funding Boost from Education Foundation
August 19, 2019 -- When students and alumni flock to Samohi's Greek Theater for a memorial "pep rally" Sunday, they well see the name of the man they've come to honor emblazoned on the school's track.
August 19, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation presented the School Board with a $2.1 million grant on Thursday to help local schools fund programs and staff positions.
|Suspects Arrested in Two Separate Santa Monica Robberies Thursday and Friday
||August 16, 2019 -- (UPDATED) Police arrested five suspects in two unrelated robberies that took place on the north side of Santa Monica within 24 hours of each other. The first robbery, at a jewelry store on Montana Avenue, was captured on video that shows a masked man storming in and smashing a display case with a sledgehammer.
Council Directs Staff to Tighten Santa Monica's Reoccupancy Law
August 16, 2019 -- The City Council directed staff on Tuesday to find ways to deter Santa Monica landlords from illegally renting rent control units that have been removed from the market, although there is no indication the practice is widespread.
Jury Finds Former Santa Monica Resident Guilty of Double Murder
August 16, 2019 -- A convicted serial killer known as the "Hollywood Ripper" was found guilty by a jury Thursday of murdering two women and attempting to murder a third in her Santa Monica apartment across the alley from his home.
Tsunami Strikes Santa Monica, Washes Pier Away in TV Trailer
City to Begin Replacing Broken Water Main on Ocean Avenue
August 15, 2019 -- (UPDATED) Dramatic footage of a tsunami that destroys the Santa Monica Pier and floods the coastal city was released on Wednesday as a television trailer for the show 9-1-1. The footage is a reminder that a tsunami poses a real danger to the beach city, which has long had a detailed evacuation plan.
August 15, 2019 -- A water main on Ocean Avenue that suffered separate breaks on Saturday and Wednesday will be replaced next week, Santa Monica City officials said.
Help Clear the Santa Monica Animal Shelter Saturday
||August 15, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is offering reduced fees for those who adopt pets during this year's “Clear the Shelters” drive Saturday. The fifth annual event -- which takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. -- offers pets for $20 each.
Council Adds Last-Minute Worker Retention Provision to Hotel Ordinance
August 14, 2019 -- Worried a proposed ordinance to protect Santa Monica hotel workers does not go far enough, the City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to add a worker retention provision.
Santa Monica Expands Senior Housing Subsidies
August 14, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday voted to provide $2 million in housing subsidies to as many as 400 Santa Monica seniors struggling to make their rent control payments.
OPINION -- City Study Highlights Local 11's Self-Interested Motive
August 14, 2019 -- Workers donning red “Unite Here” t-shirts are marching in favor of a housekeeper protection law whose workload restrictions don't cover them, writes a hotel union watchdog.
Home Rented as Quasi Hostel Raises Concerns About Home-Sharing Law
August 13, 2019 -- A house rented on Airbnb as a quasi youth hostel has caused an uproar in the upscale North of Montana neighborhood and raised questions about Santa Monica's strict home sharing ordinance.
Santa Monica to Unveil Its First Battery Electric Bus
August 13, 2019 -- Santa Monica will unveil its first electric bus next week marking a major step towards an emission-free future, City officials announced Tuesday.
Staff Recommends Hotel Housekeepers Ordinance But Raises Concerns
August 12, 2019 -- The City Council this month should move forward with the union-backed hotel housekeepers' ordinance but should be wary of potential impacts, according to a report from the City's top policy official.
Fire Department Beach Pilot Project Showing Results, Officials Say
Dance Piece Inspired by Mathematical Genius Gets World Premiere in Santa Monica
August 12, 2019 -- A new pilot program launched last month that stations Santa Monica firefighters and paramedics on the north end of the beach has already reduced response times by more than half, fire officials said Monday.
||August 12, 2019 -- Proof that a mathematician's life can make good foder for a dance piece will be on display at the world premiere of "Formulae & Fairy Tales" in Santa Monica next month. Invertigo Dance Theatre's latest work, based on the life of mathematical genius Alan Turing, will be performed at The Broad Stage.
Santa Monica City Council Poised to Take Nuclear Stance
August 9, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday will do its part to help prevent a nuclear war by endorsing a list of policy solutions to reduce the "risks posed by nuclear weapons."
Final Arguments End in Trial of Accused Serial Killer Arrested in Santa Monica
August 9, 2019 -- The fate of an accused serial killer whose alleged murder spree was halted when a Santa Monica tenant fought him off in her apartment is now in the hands of the jury.
||No More "Pleasures Along the Beach" in Santa Monica
August 8, 2019 -- On Friday, the wall above the old bank building entrance that held Santa Monica's iconic "Pleasures Along the Beach" mosaic for 50 years will be blank. Work crews will have removed the final fragment of the mural by renown California artist Millard Sheets and crated it for shipping to an Orange County museum.
District to Reimburse Parents for School Supplies Under Settlement Agreement
August 8, 2019 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District settled a class action lawsuit Thursday claiming the District illegally "requires" students to purchase certain items needed for school.
Santa Monica Schools Earn High Grades from Niche
August 7, 2019 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District was one of the top-ranked school systems in the Los Angeles area, with two of its schools earning the top A+ grade, according to nationwide rankings released by Niche this week.
Santa Monica Medical Center Employee Awarded Nearly $1.6 Million in Racial Harassment Suit
Scaled-Down Pier Concert Series Returns This Month
August 7, 2019 -- A black former phlebotomist at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica who accused her Latino co-workers of racial harassment was awarded nearly $1.6 million in damages by a jury Tuesday.
||August 7, 2019 -- From the Middle East to Australia and Japan to the Caribbean, global sounds will once again take over the Santa Monica Pier starting this month. On Wednesday, August 21, the Twilight on the Pier concert series kicks off its 35th season and the second since it was scaled down last year to reduce record crowds.
Man Arrested After Standoff in Santa Monica Sentenced for Murder
August 6, 2019 -- A man arrested for murder by Santa Monica police after a tense standoff in 2015 was sentenced Tuesday to 16 years to life in state prison.
Santa Monica Police Lieutenant Under Criminal Investigation
August 6, 2019 -- Lt. Richard Lewis, an 18-year veteran of the Santa Monica Police Department, is under criminal investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, officials from both forces confirmed Tuesday.
OPINION -- Pat Cady Field Sounds Perfect
August 6, 2019 -- Pat Cady exemplified the legendary teacher that impacts hundreds of young students over a lifetime, writes Kip Delliger, who coached the Samohi track and field team with Cady.
Union Watchdog Poll Gauges Voters' Take on Crime, Proposed Hotel Ordinance
Colombian Choreographer Explores Displacement During Santa Monica Residency
August 5, 2019 -- A poll of likely Santa Monica voters conducted by a hotel union watchdog group found that crime and homelessness remain concerns. The poll also gauged support for a proposed ordinance to protect hotel housekeepers.
||August 5, 2019 -- Colombian artist Paola Escobar will explore displacement during her tenure as choreographer-in-residence at the Annenberg Community Beach House. During her residency she will create a work tentatively titled "Darning & Patching without a Nail."
City to Announce Rebates for Apartment EV Charging Stations
August 5, 2019 -- The City this month will begin announcing the multi-family buildings that will recive rebates to help offset the cost of installing electric vehicle charging stations, City officials said.
Bird Two Set to Launch as Skepticism of Green Claims by E-Scooter Companies Mount
August 2, 2019 -- As Bird prepares to roll out its new generation of e-scooters this fall, a new study from North Carolina State University (NCSU) found such vehicles may not be as green as they've been touted to be.