Monica Track Club Eyes Olympic Gold, Backing to Keep Running
April 30, 2012 -- Santa Monica is home to perhaps the most
winning track club in U.S. history. Twenty-nine Olympic medals,
38 world records and 60 U.S. records set or tied, and thousands
of athletes trained. And it's about to go broke.
Monica to Revamp Senior Services
April 30, 2012 -- From moving operations to expanding
programs, Santa Monica's extensive senior services were given
a major overhaul last week.
Miramar Go-ahead Right Thing to Do
April 30, 2012 -- The City Council took the appropriate
action last week by moving forward the process of evaluating
the redevelopment of the Miramar hotel. The City will now
review the hotel’s proposal, explore alternatives and analyze
the impacts -- like traffic, parking, design, massing, shadows,
views, economics and community benefits. (Santa
Miramar Hotel Redevelopment Gets Initial Go-ahead," April
Monica College Kicks Off May Concert Series
April 30, 2012 -- Jazz, opera, choral music and percussion
are among the musical offerings on Santa Monica College's May
concert schedule, which kicks off Friday at the college's Performing
Residents Want More Guarantees from Common Ground in Santa Monica
April 27, 2012 -- Neighborhood leaders told City officials
at a community meeting Wednesday night that they would not sign a
Good Neighbor Agreement (GNA) with Common Ground because they worry
it has no enforcement mechanism.
Monica Donates $250,000 to Education Foundation
April 27, 2012 -- If it takes money to make money, the
Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation got what it takes Tuesday
night when the City Council voted 5 to 0 to give the non-profit
$250,000 to help it raise money to fund more school programs.
Monica Pier Gets New Administrator
A Detour to Authentic Italy
April 26, 2012 -- With a board filled with civic dignitaries
and a predecessor moving on to a major venue in Seattle, you
could say the Santa Monica Pier's new administrator has some
big shoes to fill.
April 26, 2012 -- Last night, on the way home from work, I decided
to take a detour from my usual dinner pick up spot (think crazy charbroiled
chicken) and head over to Bay Cities Italian Bakery and Deli. I
have lived in Los Angeles for more than 20 years, and have never been
Monica's Miramar Hotel Redevelopment Gets Initial Go-ahead
April 25, 2012 -- A public park with an iconic sculpture,
affordable housing for low-income families and, above all,
protection for union workers were among the "community
benefits" that should be included in negotiations with
the Fairmont Miramar the Santa Monica City Council green-lighted
Grub ‘n’ Pub
Event in Santa Monica to Benefit School on Wheels
April 25, 2012 -- On Saturday, when you hoist a pint
at Cock 'n' Bull and chow down on some food truck fare in the
adjacent lot, you'll make it possible for a homeless kid to
stay in school.
Monica Chamber Names Sustainable Award Winners
April 25, 2012 -- The Fairmont Miramar Hotel -- which
Tuesday night was given the go-ahead to negotiate a Development
Agreement with the City to redevelop its property -- is the winner
of a Grand Prize in the 2012 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA),
Chamber of Commerce officials announced this week.
Monica Bike Center Wins National Award
April 25, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Bike Center, the largest
such facility in the nation, has won the League of American Bicyclists
Silver Bicycle Friendly Business (BFB) award.
to Face Off at Miramar Hearing Tuesday Night in Santa Monica
April 24, 2012 -- The highly anticipated hearing at Tuesday
night's City Council meeting over the comprehensive redevelopment of
the Miramar Hotel will pit two fledgling coalitions -- with supporters
arguing that it would be a boon for the city and detractors countering
that a neighborhood would be sacrificed in the process.
Over Common Ground Rages On in Santa Monica
April 24, 2012 -- Some residents of Santa Monica's Sunset
Park Neighborhood are not satisfied with Common Ground's announcement
this month that the non-profit agency would move a controversial
program for homeless youth to Venice.
Monica Wins Two Major Tech Awards
April 24, 2012 -- For the 13th consecutive year, Santa
Monica has won awards from the Public Technology Institute (PTI)
for using cutting edge technology to address local issues.
Santa Monica Apartment Building 15 Years in the Works
April 23, 2012 -- For more than a decade, a dark, foreboding,
fenced-in structure has sat unfinished on a leafy corner near the
eastern edge of Santa Monica.
Monica Wins National Sustainability Award
Monica Red Cross Raises More than Half a Million
April 23, 2012 -- Santa Monica beat out Jersey City, New Jersey
and Riverside, California to win the 2012 Siemens Sustainable Community
Award in the midsize community category.
April 23, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Red Cross raised more than
$500,000, in including in-kind donations, at its star-studded gala fundraising
dinner Saturday night in Santa Monica, according to a preliminary tally
by Red Cross officials.
Monica College’s Broad Stage Succeeds on an Expanding Scale
April 20, 2012 -- In four years, the Broad Stage at the Santa
Monica College Performing Arts Center has grown from an expensive,
new – but untried – facility to a theatre complex attracting
first-class, international performance groups.
Getty Villa Celebrates Earth Day with Aphrodite
April 20, 2012 -- The Getty Villa will celebrate Earth
Day weekend with an innovative tribute to the goddess of love:
GOOD TASTE: A
Pearl of a Place
April 19, 2012 -- After moving back to Santa Monica this
past year, I was thrilled to find that Santa Monica Seafood,
a place I frequented for years when it was on Colorado Boulevard,
has set up shop on Wilshire.
Monica-based Coin Company Refunds more than $4.25 million to Customers
April 19,2012-- Goldline International, Inc., one of the
nation's largest gold coin dealers, has refunded a total of more
than $4.25 million to former customers under a court injunction
won by the City of Santa Monica in February.
Monica College Seeks Options to Program Chancellor Contends is
Projects Move Ahead in Downtown Santa Monica
April 18, 2012 -- Santa Monica College is still looking for
a way to keep classes going after postponing a controversial two-tier
tuition program the State Chancellor contends is illegal.
April 18, 2012 -- From reviewing preliminary designs to moving
projects through the planning pipeline to holding a groundbreaking ceremony,
Santa Monica City officials have been busy this year with projects that
will change the face of Downtown.
Monica Police to Collect Prescription Drugs for Disposal
April 18, 2012 -- Santa Monica Police this month will
collect "potentially dangerous expired, unused, and
unwanted" prescription drugs in order to prevent pill
abuse and theft, police announced this week.
Athlete to Climb Santa Monica Stairs for Charity
April 17, 2012 -- There are extreme athletes and then there
are extreme fundraisers. This month, local actor, martial arts expert
and extreme athlete Zac Lee Guarnaccia will combine both a 24-hour
long, live-streamed stair-climbing marathon.
Monica Set to Shine for Travel Tradeshow
April 17, 2012 -- Every year, the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors
Bureau (SMCVB) pumps up “Destination Santa Monica” at
the annual POW WOW tradeshow, the travel industry’s international
Monica to Celebrate Earth Day with Beach Cleanups, Puppets and
April 17, 2012 -- This weekend, Santa Monicans can celebrate
Earth Day by helping to clean up the city's beaches, joining a
billion people worldwide who will demonstrate their appreciation
of the planet and call for its protection.
Monica Community Corp' Sarah Letts Loves a Challenge
April 16, 2012 -- Downtown Santa Monica Inc.'s (DTSM) newest
board member Sarah Letts is used to facing challenges. Nearly a year
ago, she took the reins as Executive Director of Community Corporation
of Santa Monica (CCSM) determined to fulfill some big goals, starting
with steering three years worth of affordable housing projects to
Common Ground Program to Move Out of Santa Monica
Monica Downtown Plan Comes into Focus
April 16, 2012 -- A program for homeless youth that was
at the center of the controversial relocation of Common Ground
will be moved immediately to Venice as the agency begins work on
its new facility in Santa Monica, agency officials said.
April 16, 2012 -- The Downtown Specific Plan -- a document
that will help shape the future of the beach city's "living
room" -- is gradually taking shape, as patterns begin to emerge,
according to interviews with City officials.
Monica Embarks on Once-in-a-Lifetime Development Downtown
April 13, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday
voted unanimously to seek a developer for three City-owned acres
that is the largest available piece of land in the bustling Downtown.
Sales Looking Up in Downtown Santa Monica
Monica Offers Surf Camp Second Permit
April 13, 2012 -- For much of 2011, business was “miserable” for
prominent bookseller Mark Hennessey at his Downtown Santa Monica
store on Wilshire Boulevard. In the past few months, however,
sales have picked up for Hennessey & Ingalls Art and Architecture
April 13, 2012 -- The contractor that offers summer surf camps
and classes on Santa Monica State Beach will expand its services after
four bidders failed to win City contracts.
Monica City Council Gives Initial Go-Ahead for Two Downtown Hotels
April 12, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday
voted to move forward with Development Agreements (DAs) for two mid-priced
hotels at Fifth Street and Colorado Avenue, bringing to three the
number of new Downtown hotels in the planning pipeline.
Monica, Local Motel Owner Settle Dispute Over Bed Taxes
April 12, 2012 -- A Santa Monica motel known for renting
rooms to families on need will credit several occupants for bed
taxes that were alleged to have been wrongfully charged, according
to a settlement with the City announced Wednesday.
Lee Curtis to be Honored at Santa Monica Red Tie Affair
April 12, 2012 -- Actress Jamie Lee Curtis will be the
recipient of the "American Red Cross Crystal Cross Humanitarian
Award" at the Red Cross of Santa Monica's annual banquet
Monica Council Indicates Developers Should Provide More Benefits
April 11, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night
voiced its desire for more community benefits from developers who
want to build large projects in the beachside city that require Development
Commission Delays Decision on Santa Monica's “Chain Reaction”
April 11, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Landmarks Commission
on Monday continued a decision on whether to apply for landmark
designation for the Civic Center's iconic "Chain Reaction" sculpture
to guarantee further testing can be conducted.
Installation Hits Santa Monica Pier
April 11, 2012 -- If Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier is
beyond your piano playing abilities, you still have time to tickle
the ivories on simpler ditties on one of 30 grand pianos stationed
across LA County this month, including the Santa Monica Pier.
More New Hotels Proposed for Downtown Santa Monica
April 10, 2012 -- Shortly after the Santa Monica City Council
votes on whether to give final approval to a development agreement
for the hotel at 710 Wilshire Boulevard, it will consider proposals
for two more hotels Downtown.
Advisor Pleads Not Guilty in Santa Monica Murder Case
April 10, 2012 -- The financial advisor charged with killing
a Santa Monica client as part of a complex murder-for-profit
scheme pleaded not guilty to murder charges Monday.
Monica Police to Enforce Motorcycle Safety
April 10, 2012 -- Santa Monica police will crack down
on motorcyclists who violate the traffic laws Sunday in an effort
to lower deaths and injuries.
Monica Landmarks Commission to Take Up Iconic Anti-War Sculpture
April 9, 2012 -- As organizers rally to save Santa Monica's
iconic "Chain Reaction" sculpture, the City's Landmarks
Commission on Monday will discuss what action, if any, it can take
before the city removes the work due to safety concerns.
Monica's Sustainable Award Nominees Share Common Goal Across Different
April 9, 2012 -- When Santa Monica’s Office of Sustainability
and the Environment hands out its Sustainable Quality Awards
next month, officials will pick winners from an eclectic group
of local buisinesses.
Spice to Life
April 9, 2012 --The front window facade and the lighting
fixtures have the look of an old-time country store, and when
I walk in I somehow feel that I am at my grandmother's house.
Monica College Board Postpones Controversial Tuition Program
April 6, 2012 -- With the national news media watching, the
Santa Monica College Board of Trustees on Friday unanimously voted
to postpone a controversial program to add classes at a higher cost
in the midst of state budget cuts.
Santa Monica Neighborhood Gets Big Improvements
April 6, 2012 -- Santa Monica's tiniest neighborhood got
$2.1 million-worth of streetscape improvements, making it the
beneficiary of one of the first "shared streets" projects
in the nation.
Monica College Photo Exhibit Lets the Soul Speak
April 6, 2012 -- An exhibit showcasing the work of pioneering
Santa Monica College photography teacher Marissa López-Donatt
will open at the college's Photography Gallery this month.
Asks Santa Monica College to Put New Tuition Pricing System on
April 5, 2012 -- The chancellor of California's
community college system asked Santa Monica College on
Wednesday to delay implementing its two-tier tuition pricing
system while the state attorney general weighs in on its
Monica’s Green Civic Center Parking Structure Losing its Sparkle
April 5, 2012 -- When the Santa Monica Civic Center
parking structure opened in 2007, the nation's first LEED-certified,
sustainable parking structure was hailed by critics as
a "sparkling destination point," a signature
gateway to the city.
Monica Finalist for National Sustainability Award
April 5, 2012 -- Santa Monica will go up against
Jersey City, New Jersey and Riverside, California in
a bid to become the nation's most sustainable mid-sized
Monica College Students Protest New Tuition System
April 4, 2012 -- Tensions over a proposed two-tier tuition
system at Santa Monica College came to a head when campus police
used pepper spray to subdue a group of students who stormed
into a Board of Trustees meeting Tuesday night.
Monica Bike Center Rolls into Spring
on Expo Line in Santa Monica to Start Again this Week
April 4, 2012 -- Less than six months after grabbing
national headlines when it opened November 18, Santa Monica's
$2 million, 5,300-square-foot bike center – the largest
such facility in the country – is starting to boom
as spring nears.
April 4, 2012 -- Work crews will be busy this month paving
the way for the coming of the Expo Light Rail line in 2015.
Monica Taps First Woman to Head Police Force
April 3, 2012 -- Inglewood Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks
has been tapped as Santa Monica's new chief, making her the
first woman to head the beach city's force, City officials
Monica Rep’s “Proof” Reaches Out to Community
April 3, 2012 -- If it is an article of faith that
community theatre must rely on creative partnerships to
survive financially in an era of diminished arts funding,
then Santa Monica Rep is heading back to its roots for
some local collaboration.
Monica College Corsair Reaps Top Awards
Monicans Turn Out to Buy Local
April 3, 2012 -- The Santa Monica College student
newspaper Corsair won 16 statewide awards, including five
first-place prizes and awards for General Excellence.
April 2, 2012 -- The 2nd annual Buy Local Santa Monica Weekend
took place Saturday with hordes of enthusiastic local shoppers
visiting more than 80 merchant booths and only a brief rainy interlude.
Monica's Early Morning Food Truck Ban on Main Street Making Dent
Monica Police to Focus on Bike Safety
April 2, 2012 -- A weekend ban on food trucks
in the early morning hours along a bustling bar-lined
stretch of Main Street has helped control the crowds
swarming to the rolling eateries, Santa Monica police
April 2, 2012 -- In April, Santa Monica police will focus
their attention on bicyclists who fail to follow the rules of the
road, department officials announced last week.