Santa Monica Grapples with Conserving Neighborhoods
June 29, 2012 -- The City Council offered its thoughts Tuesday night on preliminary revisions to Santa Monica’s zoning code that would discourage development and conserve character in residential areas.
Santa Monica, Parking Ticket Plaintiffs Headed to Court
June 29, 2012 -- Santa Monica is headed to court after the City Council voted in closed session Tuesday to end settlement negotiations in a lawsuit charging that the City failed to explain why appeals of parking citations are denied.
Santa Monica to Celebrate Independence Day Saturday
June 29, 2012 -- In what has become a holiday tradition, Santa Monica will celebrate Independence Day early with a fireworks display Saturday.
Funds to Save Santa Monica Sculpture Falling Far Short
June 28, 2012 -- With only five months left to save Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” sculpture, activists have only raised $2,495 -- one-hundredth of what officials estimate is needed to repair the iconic structure.
Santa Monica City Council Postpones Flight School Plan
June 28, 2012 -- A plan to pay flight schools at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) to move their takeoff and landing practices to other airports hit a snag Tuesday when the City Council failed to produce enough votes.
Taste My Kind of Client Lunch at El Cholo Santa Monica
June 28, 2012 -- I thought about it for a couple days -- where can I take my clients for lunch? I was looking for a non-stuffy, relaxing atmosphere with some history to the place. And, it had to be close to my office on 6th and Arizona. The day we were to meet, I figured it out -- El Cholo!
SMC Dean Named to UNESCO Advisory Committee
June 28, 2012 -- Carol Hamilton -- a Santa Monica College dean who has forged ties to support the college's programs and extend its global reach -- has been appointed to the United States National Commission for the United Nations Educational, Scientific, Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Santa Monica Police Department Tackles Cold Cases
June 27, 2012 -- Santa Monica Police are looking for information related to the murder of Sally and Lester Saunders, who were found in a Lincoln Boulevard motel with their wrists and ankles bound and their bodies charred from fire.
Santa Monica Grapples with Ways to Reduce Commuter Traffic
June 27, 2012 -- Santa Monica officials are taking steps to get more of the city's nearly 38,000 employees to ditch their cars under a Transportation Demand Management (TDM) ordinance intended to relieve congestion during peak hour commutes.
Hit-and-Run Driver Wanted by Santa Monica Police
June 27, 2012 -- Santa Monica Police are looking for the driver of a white sedan after the car hit a pedestrian at Colorado Avenue and Fifth Street early Saturday morning.
Santa Monica Rent Control Board to Recommend Charter Change
Santa Monica Blue Bus Should Get Its Color Straight
June 26, 2012 - - The Santa Monica Rent Control Board on Thursday will likely recommend that the City Council place a charter amendment on the November ballot that would dramatically change the way rent increases are calculated.
June 26, 2012 -- Santa Monica has its first chance in 13 years to stay true to Jim Morrison's famous lyrics and paint its Big Blue Buses blue again.
Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus Cancels Charter Service
June 26, 2012 -- Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus will shut down its charter services as operating costs get more expensive and federal regulations get tougher, transit officials said.
Santa Monica Could Lose Three-Acre Site Downtown
June 25, 2012 -- Santa Monica could lose nearly three acres of prime Downtown real estate it hopes to develop as the battle continues over assets once held by the City’s former Redevelopment Agency (RDA).
Santa Monica's Civic Center Parking Structure Runs into Another Design Hitch
June 25, 2012 -- Santa Monica's award-winning Civic Center Parking Structure is requiring more tweaking to live up to the kudos it received for design and sustainability.
Santa Monica Group's Vote Count Still Up in Air
June 25, 2012 -- Candidates for the Wilmont Board are considering legal action after the Santa Monica group's officials failed to count votes over the weekend that were cast two weeks ago.
Winterer to Seek Seat on Santa Monica City
June 22, 2012 -- After falling fewer than 60 votes short in his
2010 bid for City Council, Planning Commission Ted Winterer announced
Friday that will make his third run for council in November.
Planning Commission Wants Smaller Project, More Benefits for Santa Monica
Trailer Park Site
June 22, 2012 -- After approximately 15 hours of discussion spread
over a month, the Santa Monica Planning Commission unanimously recommended
that the City Council approve a Development Agreement (DA) for the Village
Trailer Park site Wednesday.
Monica Agency Turns Vet's Life Around
June 22, 2012 -- When army veteran Vernon Randolph was diagnosed
with AIDs in Texas 27 years ago, his family and friends shunned him.
Even the doctor who diagnosed him seemed to have little sympathy.
Monica's Interim Café Spices
Up Healthy Dishes
June 22, 2012 --
I just started a new diet. I am always
on some kind of diet. This time, it's eating healthier, more
whole grains, fruits, vegetables and lean meats.
All but Concedes in Race to Represent Santa Monica in Assembly
June 21, 2012 -- Two months ago, it seemed that Torie Osborn
-- a fresh face in the political scene -- could go all the way to Sacramento
representing the new 50th Assembly District, thanks to key endorsements
and what seemed a strong grassroots base.
Voices Chime in on Future of Santa Monica Pier
June 21, 2012 -- Santa Monica Pier officials charting the
century-old landmark's future didn't have far to look Monday when it
came to gathering input from its longest-standing stakeholders.
Services Set for Santa Monica Schools Muralist
June 21, 2012 -- A memorial service for David Legaspi III
-- an artist whose murals grace the walls of Santa Monica's public schools
-- will be held next Wednesday at 1 p.m. at Barnum Hall on the Santa
Monica High School Campus.
Monica's Wilmont Controversy Drags On
June 20, 2012 -- About 15 members
of the Wilshire/Montana Neighborhood Association sat outside an empty,
locked conference room Monday night hoping the group would finally count
the ballots cast in the June 9 board election.
Monica Pier Announces Twilight Dance Series Lineup
June 20, 2012 -- From an Australian country singer to a
Jamaican harmony trio, the 28th Annual Twilight Dance Series on
the Santa Monica Pier -- which kicks off July 5 -- will showcase
a world of music.
Youth Kicks Drugs with Help from Santa Monica's Common Ground
June 20, 2012 -- As Common Ground finalizes its move from Bay
Street to Cedar Street in Santa Monica, The Lookout is profiling
some of the clients of the non-profit agency, which has been in the spotlight
after neighboring residents tried to stop the move.
Monica Woman Comes to Terms with HIV
June 19, 2012 -- In the midst of its move south on Lincoln Boulevard
in Santa Monica, Common Ground has come under increasing scrutiny amidst
accusations that the non-profit agency increases crime.
Monica Rent Control Board Approves Small Increase
June 19, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Rent Control Board voted
Thursday to allow landlords to raise rents of controlled units by 1.54
per cent -- approximately half of 2011's General Adjustment (GA).
Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
June 19, 2012 -- Santa Monica police will conduct a checkpoint
Friday in an effort to identify DUI drivers and those behind the
wheel without a valid license and remove them from the street,
police officials said.
Monica Neighborhood Election Battle Could Come to Head Monday
June 18, 2012 -- Over a week after Santa Monica's Wilmont Neighborhood
Board held provisional elections at their tumultuous annual meeting,
the votes remain uncounted.
Smiles on Plan for Santa Monica's Old Industrial Quarter
June 18, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council gave planners
a unanimous thumbs-up Tuesday night on the Bergamot Area plan preparing
for the arrival of the Expo Light Rail line in 2016, despite a
Monica's Big Blue Bus Gets New Fare System, Continues Free Student
June 18, 2012 -- Santa Monica College students will continue
to ride the Big Blue Bus for free, and all passengers will soon
be able to pay their fares with smart cards or by using a mobile
Monica Chamber Installs New Board
June 15, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce installed
a new board Thursday night and named as its chair Ellis O'Connor,
co-president of MSD Hospitality, the company that owns the Miramar
Monica Council Bans Holiday Displays
June 15, 2012 -- The City Council ended a 60-year-old Santa
Monica tradition when it unanimously voted Tuesday to no longer
allow winter displays in Palisade Park.
on the Street" Kicks off in Downtown Santa Monica
June 15, 2012 -- If a stroll down Santa Monica's Third Street
Promenade doesn't turn out to be a stranger-than-life experience,
walk to the end of the strip next month and catch a movie on a
Approves $530 million Budget, Tackles Rising Pension Costs
June 14, 2012 -- Facing the possibility of a deficit of more than
$4 million in the next five years, the Santa Monica City Council approved
a $530.5 million budget -- $274 million of that in the general fund --
for the upcoming fiscal year.
Monica Goes Higher Tech with Fed Partnership
June 14, 2012 -- The City of Santa Monica announced Wednesday
that it is partnering with the National Science Foundation to “ignite” the
local development of next-generation Internet applications and
Good Taste -- A
Trip to Santa Monica's Colorful Past
June 14, 2012 -- I love a place with an interesting history. And,
I love a good meal. I put them together perfectly this past week,
by lunching on the beautiful Veranda at the Georgian Hotel.
Monica Local Boy Sets Out to Change Political Landscape
June 13, 2012 -- Santa Monica High
School alum Joe Green, pauses briefly from reading the steady flow of e-mails
to look out the eighth-floor window of his company's Downtown LA office
overlooking a refurbished Pershing Square.
Monica Mayor Holds Second a Week after Primary
June 13, 2012 -- One week after the polls closed, Santa
Monica Mayor Richard Bloom is still a strong second in the primary
for the 50th Assembly district, despite a widening gap between
him and incumbent Betsy Butler.
Monica College Wins Design Award
June 13, 2012 -- The Santa Monica College's new Performing
Arts Campus East Wing has reaped its second major design award in half
a year, this one for In-Process/Unbuilt projects from the Westside Urban
Monica Falls Short of Affordable Housing Mandate
June 12, 2012 -- Santa Monica fell far short of its affordable
housing quota last fiscal year, but enough developments are currently
in the pipeline to exceed the quota when they are completed, according
to a report released Friday.
Monica Conservancy Home Tour a Step into Past
June 12, 2012 -- If you’ve ever wondered what it’s
like to reside in a piece of local history, the Santa Monica Conservancy
provided a glimpse last Sunday during its "Living in a Landmark” tour.
Monica Celebrates Juneteenth Saturday
June 12, 2012 -- Santa Monica will celebrate freedom, dignity and
community pride at its 20th Annual Juneteenth Celebration Saturday at Virginia
Commission Gives Santa Monica Esplanade Good Reviews
June 11, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Planning Commission Wednesday
night praised the new Colorado Esplanade project, which has had its funding
slashed by half, while expressing some concerns over whether the project
will connectpedestrians to the Promenade and nearby businesses.
Makes Comeback in Santa Monica
June 11, 2012 -- Some of the world's top paddlers braved
high surf at the start and finish lines Saturday, as they paddled,
swam and ran in the 2012 Santa Monica Pier Paddle Race and Ocean
Monica School District Fills Top Posts
June 11, 2012 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board on
Thursday welcomed three new administrators who will fill top posts
held by long-time employees who will be retiring at the end of
Monica Group Holds Elections after Miramar Opponents Pack Meeting
June 9, 2012 -- “It's a coup,” said Wilmont Coalition
Board member Larry Isaacs. “This election is not lawful.” An
angry crowd had flooded into a conference room at the Santa Monica Main
Library determined to force the board to hold elections at their annual
meeting Saturday morning.
Likely At Santa Monica Neighborhood Meeting
June 8, 2012 -- Candidates vying for seats on the board of the Wilshire-Montana
Neighborhood Coalition (Wilmont) are planning a showdown to force group officials
to hold the election removed from the agenda of Saturday's annual meeting.
Monica Neighborhood Group Postpones Election
June 8, 2012 -- Santa Monica's Wilmont neighborhood group
will cancel its election Saturday after leaders said they have
failed to verify the eligibility of eleven potential candidates
vying for seats on the board.
Lion Killed in Santa Monica was Shot to Death, Necropsy Concludes
June 8, 2012 -- The mountain lion killed in the courtyard
of a building in Downtown Santa Monica May 22 died as the result
of being shot, according to the preliminary findings of a necropsy
into Summer at Santa Monica Beach House
June 8, 2012 -- Santa Monica's Annenberg Community Beach House will
welcome in the summer season with three months of activities for young
and old, swimmers and landlubbers alike, starting next week and running
through September 3.
Showing Tuesday Could Open up Santa Monica Council Race
June 7, 2012 -- After finishing second in a preliminary vote
count, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom is gearing up for a November
showdown with incumbent Betsy Butler to represent Assembly District
50, and that could lure more candidates to fill his council seat.
Good Taste -- Ocean
Avenue's Little Secret
June 7, 2012 -- On Ocean Avenue, eclipsed by the popular,
but pricey The Lobster restaurant, sits a small Italian eatery
that I have passed for more than 20 years without paying much notice.
Monica to Introduce Emergency Response Training
June 7, 2012 -- With an earthquake behind it and a tsunami
zone designated along the coast, Santa Monica plans to keep its
residents prepared this summer in the event disaster ever strikes.
Monica Mayor Richard Bloom Makes Assembly Ballot
June 6, 2012 -- Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom finished
second in Tuesday's State Assembly primary and will face winner
Betsy Butler in the November race to represent the newly drawn
50th District, pending a final vote count.
Monica Police Arrest Flight School Nail Culprit
June 6, 2012 -- A Venice man was arrested Thursday
night after he was caught tossing nails into the driveways
of flight schools flanking the municipal airport.
Found on Santa Monica Beach
June 6, 2012 -- A man's body was found early Tuesday
morning by the shoreline at Santa Monica Beach near the
Monica Rotary Club Gives Scholarships to Local Students
June 6, 2012 -- The 90-year-old Rotary Club of Santa
Monica handed out more than $8,500 in scholarships at its
monthly luncheon June 1.
Monica Mayor Faces Tough Battle in Tuesday Primary
June 5, 2012 -- As voters get ready to choose the top
two candidates for the newly formed 50th State Assembly
District, Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom anticipates a close
race Tuesday night.
Back Santa Monica Esplanade Gets Hearing Wednesday
June 5, 2012 -- Santa Monica's Planning Commission
will take a look at a radically scaled down Colorado Esplanade
plan Wednesday night in the wake of the loss of Redevelopment
Agency (RDA) funds earlier this year.
Monica College Graduation Goes Global
June 5, 2012 -- The families of Santa Monica College
students will be able to watch next week's graduation ceremonies
live from the comfort of their homes all over the world.
Monica's Common Ground Has Had No Impact on Crime, Statistics Show
June 4, 2012 -- Two decades of police reports reveal that
crime did not increase at the former site of the Santa Monica-based
nonprofit Common Ground, despite residents' claims that the agency
poses a safety risk to the neighborhood.
to Seek Re-Election to Santa Monica City Council
June 4, 2012 -- Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis became
the first incumbent to announce a bid for re-election in
the November race for four open City Council seats.
Monica to Showcase Teen Filmmakers this Month
June 4, 2012 -- They range in length from one to
20 minutes and span genres from live action and animation
to experimental and documentary, but the films to be showcased
the 7th Annual Santa Monica Teen Film Festival this month
have one thing in common.
Monica Planning Commission Delays Trailer Park Deliberations, Again
Monica Police Make Arrest in 1980 Murder
June 1, 2012 -- After four hours of questioning, the Planning
Commission on Wednesday stopped short of deliberating whether
to recommend a Development Agreement for the Village Trailer
Park site, but expressed interest in a proposal that could save
a part of the park.
June 1, 2012 -- A Pennsylvania man was arrested for a murder
that took place May 21 in the 700 block of Marine Street in Santa
Monica 32 years ago.
Good Taste -- Good
Taste: Martinis, Lobster and a Pink Gorilla
June 1, 2012 -- A week before my birthday, my business
partner and BFF invited me to dinner to celebrate.