Santa Monica Sees Drop in COVID-19 Cases, Related Deaths
January 19, 2021 -- Weekly coronavirus cases and related deaths dropped in Santa Monica last week as Los Angeles County surpassed the 1 million mark in reported cases.
School Board Chooses Coleman to Fill de la Torre's Seat
January 15, 2021 -- The School Board Thursday night appointed Keith Coleman to fill the seat Oscar de la Torre had refused to relinquish after being elected to the City Council in November.
Police Boost Patrols As Inauguration Approaches
January 15, 2021 -- Santa Monica police will step up patrols this weekend in anticipation of possible protests around the inauguration of President elect Joe Biden on Wednesday, Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks announced Thursday night.
Santa Monica Establishes Civilian Police Oversight Commission
January 14, 2021 -- Spurred by nationwide protests over the deaths of Black citizens at the hands of police, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously approved the creation of Santa Monica’s first civilian police oversight commission.
Santa Monica's MLK Day Celebration Goes Virtual
January 14, 2021 -- Santa Monica will host its first-ever virtual birthday celebration for the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday.
Himmelrich, McCowan Solidify Support, Keep Top Council Posts
January 13, 2021 -- After more than a hour of testimony and debate, the City Council Tuesday night voted once again to select Sue Himmelrich as Mayor and Kristin McCowan as Mayor pro tem. Only this time it was unanimous.
OPINION -- Mayor Pro Tem McCowan Denounces "Misguided Accusations"
January 13, 2021 -- I will not allow a few loud voices who know nothing of me or my history to suggest that I am an ethically compromised individual, said Councilmember Kristin McCowan.
School Board to Replace de la Torre Thursday
January 13, 2021 -- City Councilmember Oscar de la Torre is not likely to put up a fight Thursday night when the School Board fills the seat he has held for 18 years.
Santa Monica Sees Weekly Surge in COVID-19 Cases, Record Number of Deaths
January 12, 2020 -- A record 16 Santa Monica residents died with the coronavirus last week, as confirmed cases surged again after a brief drop last week, according to Los Angeles County Health data.
Public Works Director Promoted to Help City Navigate Coronavirus Crisis
January 12, 2020 -- Public Works Director Susan Cline has been promoted to to help advance the City's top priorities during the coronavirus emergency and plan for its recovery, City officials announced Tuesday.
LETTERS -- Include Change Slate Member in New Council Leadership
January 12, 2021 -- Selecting a member of the Change slate will be a nod to the wishes of the residents who had voted out the three incumbents last November.
'Hero Pay' Could Backfire, Grocery Industry Says
January 11, 2021 -- The grocery industry is warning cities like Santa Monica to reconsider "knee-jerk proposals" to raise the pay of grocery workers during the coronavirus pandemic.
Man Leaps to His Death from Mall Parking Structure
January 11, 2021 -- A man jumped to his death from a Santa Monica Place parking structure early Monday morning, marking the city's first public suicide this year and the 14th over the past two years.
Santa Monica Rents Continue Dropping, New Survey Finds
January 8, 2021 -- Santa Monica rents continued declining last month, capping a 14.4 percent decrease since the coronavirus pandemic hit last March, according to the latest report by Apartment List.
TOP STORIES OF 2020
PART I -- WINTER - SPRING
December 30, 2020 -- It seemed a routine, if eventful, start to the year, with the coronarirus still half a world away. By mid-Spring, the outbreak would trigger an economic shutdown that put the City deep in the red shortly before riots thrust it into the national spotlight.
PART II -- SUMMER- FALL
December 31, 2020 -- While the coronavirus emergency continued grabbing daily headlines, the voting rights lawsuit moved through the courts, "The Plaza's" fate remained undecided and the groundwork was being laid for the biggest election upset in Santa Monica history.
Miramar's Annual Holiday Donation Drives Help Santa Monica's Needy
January 8, 2020 -- Santa Monica residents may not have been able to gather under the Miramar's iconic fig tree this holiday season, but that didn't stop them from helping the city's most needy.
Santa Monica Could Boost Pay for Grocery, Drug Store Workers
January 7, 2021 -- Local workers at large grocery and drug store chains could soon get an additional $5-an-hour "hero pay" during the coronavirus pandemic under a proposal the City Council will consider Tuesday.
LETTERS -- City Attorney's Position Invites Brown Act Violations
January 7, 2020 -- Without Councilmember McCowan recusing herself during the new vote, we would be reinforcing that it’s okay to violate the Brown Act and there are no consequences to the violation.
LETTERS -- A Distorted View of Property Rights
January 7, 2020 -- The next few years in California will see a further destruction of the housing model. What is the end game?
Council to Redo Vote for Top Posts
January 6, 2020 -- The City Council on Tuesday will redo its selection of a Mayor and Mayor pro tem after concerns were raised that the initial vote on December 8 may have violated the State's open meetings act.
Bloom to Run for County Supervisor in 2022
January 6, 2021 -- State Assemblymember Richard Bloom -- who has championed environmental, housing and transportation bills in his eight years in Sacramento -- announced Wednesday he will run for County Supervisor in 2022.
Santa Monica Woman Pleads Guilty to Hoarding and Price Gouging Mask Scheme
January 5, 2021 -- A Santa Monica spa owner charged with hoarding surgical masks and selling them at greatly inflated prices during the coronavirus pandemic pleaded guilty Tuesday in Los Angeles federal court.
OPINION -- Councilmember de la Torre "Deliberately Fomenting Discord"
January 5, 2020 -- We will not allow ourselves to be distracted as Councilmember Oscar de la Torre continues to seek the limelight by stoking grievance and division, write School Board members Jon Kean and Laurie Lieberman.
Weekly Coronavirus Cases Drop in Santa Monica, While Deaths See Record Spike
January 4, 2021 -- Weekly coronavirus cases in Santa Monica dropped for the first time in five weeks, but the number of virus-related deaths spiked to a record 12, according to Los Angeles County Health data.
The Birth of a Star and Flights to the Moon at Santa Monica College Planetarium
January 4, 2021 -- Santa Monica College’s (SMC) John Drescher Planetarium kicks of the year with a glimpse of a starbirth and a look back at Apollo.
OPINION -- Two Seats, One Position: Why I Haven’t Resigned from the School Board
December 31, 2020 -- My career on the School Board started with a demand for racial justice and after 18 years of service, it will end with a demand for racial justice, transparency and accountability, writes City Council and School Board member Oscar de la Torre.
Santa Monica Police to Be Paid Overtime Related to May 31 Riots
December 30, 2020 -- The City Council on Tuesday voted to pay Santa Monica police lieutenants and captains $85,000 in overtime for hours worked related to the May 31 riots.
City Granted Extension to Submit Voting Rights Brief
December 29, 2020 -- The California Supreme Court on Monday granted the City's request for a 60-day extension to submit its responding brief in the voting rights lawsuit filed by Latino plaintiffs.
Santa Monica Shatters Weekly Coronavirus Case Record Yet Again
December 28, 2020 -- For the fourth straight week, Santa Monica topped its record for weekly coronavirus cases with 365 cases confirmed last week, according to County Health Department data.
NEWS ANALYSIS -- Council Challengers Win Among Homeowners, Share Tenant Vote
Santa Monica Developer Offers 23 Properties for Sale
December 28, 2020 -- Three challengers in the race for four full-term City Council seats cemented their win by sweeping Santa Monica's single family neighborhoods and making a strong showing in the Pico Neighborhood.
December 23, 2020 -- Santa Monica's biggest residential developer will put 23 proposed projects totaling some 2,100 residential units for sale next month, a source familiar with the offering confirmed Wednesday.