Monica’s Shore Hotel Alleges Union Harassment
May 31, 2016 -- High-ranking
staff from Santa Monica’s Shore Hotel say daily union protests
are disturbing the peace, and the City Council should do something
to stop it.
Calls for Greater Concentration of Art, No Hotel at Santa Monica's
May 31, 2016 -- More than two years after public outcry and a successful
referendum drive prompted City officials to ditch one of Santa Monica’s
biggest proposed developments, an advisory panel for the Bergamot
Station Arts Center is calling for far more arts-related uses but
not a future six-story hotel.
Day Ushers in Predictions of Less Sweltering Summer for Santa Monica
May 31, 2016 -- Memorial Day
ushered in predictions that the coming summer won’t be quite
as sweltering as it was last year in Santa Monica and Southern California
Monica Pier Ferris Wheel Shows Off Its New Colors
May 27, 2016 --
The bright new lights on the Santa Monica Pier's iconic Ferris wheel
displayed a waving American flag against the night sky for the grand
finale of Pacific Park's 20th anniversary celebration Thursday night.
Monica Pier Makes "Beach Bummer" List Again
May 27, 2016 -- The water
around the Santa Monica Pier earned F grades year round on Heal
the Bay's 2015-16 Report Card released Thursday, landing it on the
environmental non-profit group's "Beach Bummer" list for
the third year in a row.
Raises Cap on Downtown Santa Monica Alcohol Licenses
May 27, 2016 -- The Santa
Monica City Council gave City staff the go ahead for an experiment
to determine if the area including the Third Street Promenade and
surrounding blocks would benefit from an increase in the cap on
alcohol licenses from 50 to 60.
Monica Council Earmarks $3.5 Million for Temporary Playing Field
May 26, 2016 -- The Santa
Monica City Council Tuesday voted to earmark $3.5 million in future
funds for a sports field at the Civic Center, inching forward on
a promise made to do so more than a decade ago.
City Attorney Measure Not Headed to Santa Monica Ballot
May 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica
voters will not be deciding in November whether the City attorney
should be an elected position as had been proposed by AIDS Walk
Los Angeles founder Craig Miller.
Street Lighting Coming to Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood
May 26, 2016 -- New LED
street lighting will be installed along Santa Monica’s Michigan
Avenue between Lincoln Boulevard and 17th Street and along 14th
Street between Michigan and Colorado avenues.
Against Santa Monica’s LUVE Initiative Form
May 25, 2016 -- Slow-growth
activists’ LUVE Initiative hasn't even qualified for Santa
Monica’s November ballot yet, but at least two groups are
preparing campaigns to oppose it.
Monica Civic Could Get Temporary Playing Field
May 25, 2016 -- After more
than a decade of rallies, campaigns and protests, a coalition of
activists pressing for a sports field at the Santa Monica Civic
Center could finally get part of what they want -- and sooner than
Monica Hopes to Create Micro-Park on Ocean Park Boulevard
May 25, 2016 -- Starved
for more park space, the City of Santa Monica is hoping to groom
five small plots of land it owns on Ocean Park Boulevard and re-invent
them as a tiny addition to its parks system.
Monica-Malibu School Board Wants More Focus on Ethnic, LGBT Issues
May 24, 2016 -- Board of Education
members say the proposed textbooks for grades nine through 11 in the
Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s (SMMUSD) language
arts program are lacking on the ethnic and sexual identity diversity
Monica Becomes Bernie Sanders Country as Faithful Flock to Rally
May 24, 2016
-- Santa Monica, or at least the area around its high school near
Downtown, was Bernie Sanders country Monday.
History in Santa Monica
May 24, 2015 --
It was great walking on the Samohi football field today where I once
played and practiced. Only this time I was there to tackle social
justice issues with presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Monica College Student Receives State Department Scholarship
May 24, 2016 --
A Santa Monica College (SMC) student is headed to India to study Punjabi
this summer after being awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical
Language (CLS) Scholarship.
Last Train to Santa Monica
May 23, 2016 -- While the
arrival of the first Expo train to Santa Monica Friday garnered national
headlines, few recall the day the last passenger train made its final
trip to the beach city nearly 63 years ago.
Rail Brings Changes to Santa Monica
May 23, 2016 -- A new Santa
Monica era began Friday with the opening of the Expo light rail line.
And this era is about more than trains and the sprucing up of areas
next to the train stations. Several developments will soon be popping
up along or near the rail’s path.
Plane Crashes at Santa Monica Airport
Aboard Santa Monica’s New Light Rail Line
May 20, 2016
May 23, 2016 -- A single engine
plane crashed at Santa Monica Airport early Sunday afternoon but no
one was injured, the Fire Department said.
-- The little boy
smiled and wiggled with joy at the prospect of riding the new train.
Santa Monica Mayor on Board Train from the Start
May 20, 2016 -- When the first
train in more than 60 years rolls into Santa Monica Friday morning,
Pam O'Connor hopes to be inside the first car peering through the
Monica Greets Train's Arrival with Festivities, Campaign
May 20, 2016 –- The
long-awaited arrival of the Expo Light Rail Line in Santa Monica will
be one piece in a transit puzzle that officials hope will lure motorists
out of their cars.
Monica Government Taking on ‘Fast-Casual’ Restaurants
May 20, 2015 -- So-called
fast casual restaurants, where customers order and pay for their food
at a counter and a server brings it to them, have become a growing
trend in Santa Monica and the country as a whole. But government officials
say they could be a problem.
Monica College Planetarium Announces June Shows
May 19, 2016 -- An ill-fated
mission, a view of deep sky objects (DSOs) and an update on a spacecraft
that will arrive in Jupiter orbit on July 4th will be showcased at
the Santa Monica College planetarium next month, college officials
Trains Return to Santa Monica Friday
May 19, 2016 -- For the first
time in more than 60 years, a passenger train will be traveling through
Santa Monica beginning this Friday. The public can hop on the Expo
Light Rail for free rides starting in the afternoon, followed by a
day of station celebrations Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Monica to Upgrade Pickup Truck Fleet
Monica Hippodrome to Celebrate 100 Years
May 19, 2016 -- The City of
Santa Monica plans to add 31 new pickup trucks to its fleet, replacing
aging vehicles with new Ford models that run on Compressed Natural
Gas for tasks related to everything from animal control to traffic
May 18, 2016 -- One hundred years
ago, amusement park entrepreneur Charles Looff flung open the doors
of a hippodrome on his newly built pier in Santa Monica
Deadline Nears for Santa Monica Ballot Measure Petitions
May 18, 2016 -- Absentee balloting
for Santa Monica residents voting in the June primary election has
only just begun, but an important deadline is already fast approaching
for the November general election.
Names from Past Top Santa Monica Pier Concert Series Lineup
May 18, 2016 -- Big-name
acts from the past announced Tuesday and the long-awaited arrival
of light rail service to Santa Monica this week promise to bring record
crowds to this year's Twilight Concert Series Thursday nights on the
Monica Rent Board Raises Penalty for Neglected Maintenance
May 17, 2015 -- It is about
to get more expensive for Santa Monica landlords to disregard maintenance
needs and reduce tenants' amenities.
Monica Can Sue for Airport Control, Appellate Court Rules
Monica Fairview Branch Library to Re-Open June 1
May 17, 2016
May 17, 2016 -- Local municipal
officials’ quest to take control of Santa Monica Airport received
a boost Monday when a three-judge panel from the 9th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals ruled the City could sue the Federal Aviation Administration
(FAA) over this issue.
-- Exactly a year
after closing for more than $900,000 in interior renovations, Santa
Monica’s six decades-old Fairview Branch Library is set to re-open
on June 1, officials announced.
Approves Downtown Santa Monica Mixed-Use Project Near Rail Station
May 16, 2016 -- Downtown Santa
Monica will soon feature a seven-story, mixed-use development with
249 residential units in a range of sizes and ground-floor commercial
space that includes a grocery store.
Monica School Board Member Says Malibu Parents Boycotting Education
May 16, 2016 -- Observing
a large discrepancy between the percentage of families in the local
school district’s two cities that donate to the Santa Monica-Malibu
Education Foundation (SMMEF), School Board President Laurie Lieberman
alleged there was an organized boycott in Malibu.
Monica Officers to Receive National Medal of Valor
May 16, 2016 -- When an armed
gunman, who already had taken five lives, entered the busy Santa Monica
College Library in June 2013, the three officers who arrived at the
scene were forced to quickly respond.
Recommends Half-Cent Sales Tax Measure for Santa Monica Ballot
May 13, 2016 -- A consultant
hired by the Santa Monica City Council says poll results show voters
would pass a half-cent sales tax in November to fund affordable housing
programs and support schools.
Train and Pickup Collide in Santa Monica
May 13, 2016 -- An Expo train
testing the new light rail service scheduled to open in Santa Monica
next week collided with a pickup truck making an illegal turn Wednesday
evening, police officials said.
Foundation Gets PTA Matching Grant
May 13, 2016 -- With a month
and a half left in its fundraising campaign, the Santa Monica-Malibu
Education Foundation (SMMEF)announced Thursday that it has received
a $200,000 matching gift from the Franklin Elementary School PTA.
Changes to Santa Monica Anti-Corruption Law Possibly Headed to Ballot
May 12, 2016 -- The Santa
Monica City Council took the first steps on Tuesday toward the possible
amending of an anti-corruption law.
Deputies Will Back Santa Monica Police at Big Events
May 12, 2016 -- Twilight Concert-goers
will see more brown-shirted deputies backing Santa Monica's men and
women in blue this summer at the massively popular ten-week series
of live music performances at the Pier.
Monica Funds Reed Park Improvement Project
May 12, 2016 -- A passive
clump of trees and grass on the northeast side of Christine Emerson
Reed Park will get a curving little pathway linking shaded areas with
tables and benches where people can picnic, play chess and exercise.
Monica Pony Rides Lawsuit Decision Reversed on Appeal
May 11, 2016 -- In what Santa
Monica resident Marcy Winograd called a victory for citizen activism,
a California Court of Appeal panel ruled this week that the owner
of a company providing pony rides could not sue Winograd for defamation
because she is protected by free speech laws.
Monica Officials Review State's New Water Rules
May 11, 2016 -- State water
officials this week tossed the formula they devised to tell cities
how much water they need to save during the drought, but it probably
won't change anything Santa Monica has been doing to conserve, a City
official said Tuesday.
Flutist Takes Stage at Santa Monica Library
May 11, 2016 -- Widely regarded
as a performer, as well as a respected teacher, it's fitting that
flutist Nicole Mitchell will showcase her talents at the Santa Monica
Public Library next week.
of Santa Monica Launches Ethics Hotline
May 10, 2015 -- Santa Monica
officials announced this week that the City has launched a hotline
to share information about possible ethics violations by City officials
Monica College Board Election Takes Shape
May 10, 2016 -- At least one
incumbent and one challenger will be in the November election for
three seats on the Santa Monica College (SMC) Board of Trustees. Three-term
Trustee Rob Rader and newcomer Sion Roy announced their candidacies
Monica Museum of Art Finds New Home in Downtown LA
May 10, 2016 -- The Santa
Monica Museum of Art won't be returning to the bayside city but instead
will move to Downtown Los Angeles and re-emerge as the the Institute
of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles, its executive director has announced.
Airport Bill Attracts Attention in Santa Monica
May 9, 2016 -- A bill requiring
the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to consider community impacts
when determining flight patterns could factor into the debate on the
future of the Santa Monica Airport.
Monica College Holds Environmental Symposium
May 9, 2016 -- Pursuing the
"good life" seems like a good common goal, but what values
should guide that pursuit?
Life and Art at Santa Monica Beach House
May 9, 2016 -- When artist
Candy Chang stenciled the words, “Before I Die I want to,”
followed by a space for people to fill in the blank, little did she
expect her “experiment” stuck to the wall of a vacant
building in her New Orleans neighborhood would strike such a chord
across the globe.
Monica Set to Invest More Than $2 million To Tap Stormwater
May 6, 2016 -- In one of two
water-related agenda items pending City Council approval, Santa Monica
would invest more than $2 million on a new system to capture stormwater
at Los Amigos Park, store it below ground and use it to irrigate the
park's lawn and flush the toilets.
Rejects Santa Monica Lawmaker's Tobacco Bill
May 6, 2016 -- Santa Monica
Assemblyman Richard Bloom was the odd one out on Wednesday when his
bill was the only one in a package of anti-tobacco legislation that
failed to win Gov. Jerry Brown’s signature.
Park Wheel in Santa Monica Goes Dark
May 6, 2016 -- Eight years
ago, Pacific Park ushered in a new era on the Santa Monica Pier when
it unveiled its iconic Ferris Wheel with a festive fireworks bash.
Monica Council Poised to Approve Major Development at Fred Segal Site
May 5, 2016 -- A seven-story
development replacing the old Fred Segal shopping complex in downtown
Santa Monica goes to the City Council Tuesday, possibly the last project
tied to a way of doing business at City Hall that inspired the wrath
of slow-growth advocates.
Monica Population Increases Slightly
May 5, 2016 -- The population
of Santa Monica increased from 93,093 to 93,640 between January 2015
and January 2016 for a change of .6 percent, according to information
released this week by the California Department of Finance Santa Monica
ranked 264th of California’s 482 cities in population change
Vouchers in Santa Monica Increased to Help Needy
May 5, 2012 -- Coping with
a crippling shortage of affordable housing, Santa Monica officials
finally have some good news, courtesy of the federal government.
Monica to Require Solar Rooftops on New Buildings
May 4, 2016 -- At the end
of the month, Santa Monica will start requiring solar rooftops for
all new buildings, becoming the fourth municipality in California
with such a law on the books.
Santa Monica-Malibu Schools Superintendent Gets Generally Positive
May 4, 2016 -- Santa Monica-Malibu
Schools Superintendent Sandra Lyon is leaving her post of five years
with mixed reviews, with supporters citing her efforts to help poor
and minority students but at least one critic saying her exit is welcomed.
Monica Looks North for New Cultural Affairs Manager
May 4, 2016 -- Santa Monica
looked to the frigid north for its new cultural affairs manager, tapping
Shannon Daut, who headed the Alaska State Council of the Arts for
five years before accepting the City post.
Monica Workers’ Compensation Costs on Rise Again
May 3, 2016 -- After briefly
slowing, costs for employees injured on the job are rising again for
Santa Monica’s city government and are likely to continue rising
well into the future, a new risk management report has found.
for Santa Monica LUVE Initiative Say Signature Goal Met
May 3, 2016 -- Organizers
for a proposed initiative that could sharply cut new development in
Santa Monica announced Monday they have collected 10,000 signatures,
far more than needed to help earn LUVE a spot on the ballot in November.
Monica-Malibu Schools Superintendent to Leave Post
May 3, 2016 -- After a five-year
stint, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent
Sandra Lyon on Monday announced she is leaving her post to head the
public school district serving Palm Springs and surrounding cities.
Park Names Honor Santa Monica World War II Veterans
May 2, 2016 -- Two Santa Monica
men who fought in World War II -- one who died on the battlefield
in France and another who lived until 2009 -- will soon be memorialized
when Pico Neighborhood parks carry their names.
Santa Monica Homicide of the Year Remains Unsolved
May 2, 2016 -- Almost a month
after a 35-year-old man was found stabbed to death in the middle of
the afternoon on April 5 at a 46-unit apartment building in the heart
of Downtown Santa Monica, the City's first homicide of 2016 remains
an unsolved mystery.
Monica Students Get Chance to Explore Careers in Space
May 2, 2016 -- More than
150 Santa Monica College students and faculty have applied for a program
that will allow them to work as paid interns at NASA's Jet Propulsion
Laboratory (JPL) in Pasadena this year, college officials announced