Santa Monica Council Approves Two Expo-Related Projects
February 27, 2015 -- The plan for an Expo transfer station at Fourth Street and Colorado Avenue in Santa Monica received a bad reception at the November City Council meeting as brining too much congestion to the area. A revised plan received a much better reception on Tuesday, and was approved 6 to 0 with little discussion.
State Bill Could Help Ease Dramatic Drop in Affordable Housing for Santa Monica
February 27, 2015 -- A dramatic drop in affordable housing for Santa Monica is prompting keen interest in state legislation announced this week that would help expand affordable housing by charging a $75 fee to record real estate documents.
Website Hit With Big Penalties and Fines in Court Settlement With Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office
February 27, 2015 -- Social media website MyLife.Com will pay more than $1 million in penalties and refunds to customers, settling charges that the website used false and misleading ads to trick consumers out of personal identifying information, as well their money, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office announced Thursday.
Julia Morgan Legacy Day in Santa Monica
February 27, 2015 -- Every field has its firsts, and in world of architecture Julia Morgan holds the distinction of being the first woman licensed to practice architecture in California.
Council Votes for Lower Option with Santa Monica Water Rate Hike
February 26, 2015 --Fees for water use in Santa Monica will go up, but not as high as they could be. The City Council voted on Tuesday for a 9 percent increase this fiscal year and up to a 9 percent increase in each of the following four years.
Proposed Ban on Exotic Animals at Santa Monica Parks Gets Initial Approval
February 26, 2015 -- A proposed ban on street performers who use snakes, birds and other exotic wildlife to entertain visitors to Santa Monica parks won preliminary approval by the City Council on Tuesday.
SMMUSD Seeks Homework Input From Parents
February 26, 2015 -- Nearly a third of Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District teens do two hours or more homework each school day. Is that enough? Or should they be cracking the books more?
Santa Monica Homeless Count Shows Modest Decline
February 25, 2015 -- Despite years of investments in tackling the problem, homelessness in Santa Monica decreased by less than 1 percent this year from 2014, according to results of Santa Monica’s 2015 Homeless Count released this week.
New Foundation Aims to Bring a Park to Santa Monica Airport Property
February 25, 2015 -- There’s a new nonprofit in Santa Monica with a familiar name that has a goal of bringing a park to the City-owned Santa Monica Airport site.
Santa Monica Celebrates Women’s History Month in March
February 25, 2015 -- “Weaving the Stories of Women’s Lives” is the theme of Santa Monica’s 35th annual Women’s History Month in March, proclaimed Tuesday by Mayor Kevin McKeown.
Santa Monica’s 2014 Crime Rate Fell to Lowest Level in Decades
February 24, 2015 -- Last year was “a very successful year for the Santa Monica Police Department” as major crimes including murders, rapes and assaults fell by more than 13 percent in the City, down to their lowest levels in decades, a Santa Monica police official said.
Ed Board Tentatively Supports $180 Million for Santa Monica High Renovations
February 24, 2015 -- Much-needed renovations for Santa Monica High School (Samohi) could be one step closer to happening after the Board of Education tentatively supported allocating nearly half the $385 million Measure ES bond for projects at the school.
Bank Sponsors Free Admission to Santa Monica Pier Aquarium
February 24, 2015 -- Starting on Saturday, admission to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium will be free once a month, thanks to a year-long sponsorship by Wells Fargo in celebration of Heal the Bay’s 30th anniversary, officials said.
New Grant Helps Santa Monica Secure Homeland
February 23, 2015 -- Santa Monica is getting some extra dollars to beef up terrorism training for first responders while also allocating money for four new Dial A Ride vans.
Santa Monica’s Bicycle Activist Group Opposes Bill Mandating Helmet Use
February 23, 2015 -- Riding a bicycle in Santa Monica and anywhere else in California while not wearing a helmet could soon be a criminal offense.
Santa Monica Police Warn “Knock-Knock” Burglaries Increasing
February 23, 2015 -- After a rash of home burglaries earlier this summer and fall, Santa Monica police are reporting that “knock-knock” break-ins are spreading throughout California, and are urging residents here to be especially vigilant.
Proposal Details Exotic Animal Ban at Santa Monica Parks
February 23, 2015 -- People who bring snakes, birds and other exotic wildlife to coax cash from visitors to Santa Monica’s most popular tourist spots could face misdemeanor penalties of up to $500 and six months in jail under a proposed new ordinance.
Pedestrian Bike Safety Police Operation Set For Friday
February 20, 2015 -- With the number of pedestrians and bicyclists growing, Santa Monica police will rollout extra officers Friday to focus on collisions that involve them instead of concentrating primarily on vehicles, police said.
Two Expo-Related Projects Headed for Santa Monica Council Approval
February 20, 2015 -- The City Council on Tuesday will consider two projects that are in different sections of Santa Monica, but both are near future Expo light rail stations.
Santa Monica Youth Tech Program Wins Harvard Bright Ideas Designation
February 20, 2015 -- A six-week program that offers high-tech training for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District teens at local start-up incubators has been chosen as one of 124 “Bright Ideas” by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Santa Monica officials announced Thursday.
Four Years Later, Too Early to Determine LUCE's Effect on Santa Monica
February 19, 2015 -- Since the passage of the update to Santa Monica’s Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) portion of the General Plan in 2010, the city has seen construction of more than 1,000 residential units and in excess of 403,000 square feet of nonresidential development.
New Grant Benefits Foster Youth at Santa Monica College
February 19, 2015 -- A new $40,000 grant will help expose more foster youth enrolled at Santa Monica College to what academic life is like at four-year colleges and universities, SMC officials said.
New Santa Monica Council Member Ponders Affordable Housing Crunch
February 19, 2015 -- A deep drop in affordable housing in Santa Monica can be temporarily cushioned with slightly less than $30 million cobbled together in the budget, but the money won’t last long, Councilmember Susan Himmelrich said Tuesday.
Extra! VA Releases Action Plan to End Homelessness Among LA’s Veterans
February 18, 2015 -- A lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs on behalf of Los Angeles’ homeless veterans was officially dismissed in court Tuesday after federal officials presented a far-reaching action plan aimed at ensuring that “every veteran who has fought for America has a home.”
Santa Monica Considers Reducing Street Sweeping On Major Streets
February 18, 2015 -- City of Santa Monica officials are considering reducing street sweeping from six days a week to three on several major streets, part of an effort to conserve water that would also end up providing some more parking in the wee-to-early hours.
Santa Monica Beach Rescues Soared in 2014
February 18, 2015 -- Record-shattering heat waves, riptide-causing erosion and warmer ocean temperatures kept lifeguards very busy last year at Santa Monica’s beaches, where the number of rescues nearly doubled from the year before, officials said.
Santa Monica Rent Board Could Place Further Restrictions on Tenant Buyouts
February 17, 2015 -- Landlords could soon be prohibited from making extremely limited-time money offers to Santa Monica’s rent-controlled tenants in exchange for their vacating units so they could be replaced by people paying market rates.
Activist Group Urges Opposition to Santa Monica Water Rate Hike Proposal
February 17, 2015 -- Calling the plan “precipitous,” slow-growth activist group Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) issued an email to supporters Monday urging them to oppose the proposal for a nearly 80 percent water rate hike.
Santa Monica Might Ban Exotic Animals at Parks
February 17, 2015 -- It’s become part of the colorful scene at Palisades Park and the Santa Monica Pier--tourists posing for pictures with boa constrictors, Macaws, and the occasional monkey. But some City officials say things have gotten wildly out of hand.