Giant Dominoes Cascade in Downtown Santa Monica
May 24, 2018 -- A sculpted cascade of colorful dominoes is the latest installation to greet visitors to Downtown's Triangle Square as part of the art initiative ROAM Santa Monica.
ShareWell Unveils Design for New Children's Museum at Santa Monica Place
|May 23, 2018 -- Los Angeles-based non-profit ShareWell unveiled the design on Wednesday for its new state-of-the-art Cayton Children's Museum at Santa Monica Place. Designed by R&A Architecture + Design and exhibition designer S2 Associates, the 21,000 square-foot facility blurs architecture and exhibition space, ShareWell officials said.
Santa Monica Chamber to Install New Board, Chair
May 23, 2018 -- Jeff Klocke, who has been a staple at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier since 1999, will be installed as the new chair of the Chamber of Commerce next month. The vice president and general manager of the amusement park will take the reins at the chamber's 93rd Annual Installation Dinner June 13.
Santa Monica Symphony Memorial Weekend Concert Features Works by Veterans
May 23, 2018 -- In addition to being renown 20th Century composers, Maurice Ravel, George Butterworth and Ralph Vaughan Williams had one thing in common. The Frenchman and two British citizens were World War I Veterans.
New Report Finds Santa Monica City Government Might Require “Painful” Fiscal Changes
May 22, 2018 -- Santa Monica’s City government will require “tangible and likely painful” changes in the coming years as it shudders under $461 million in red ink for unfunded employee pensions and other costs continue to outpace revenue, a new fiscal update warns.
Santa Monica College Receives Nation's Top Award for Increasing Exports
May 22, 2018 -- The U.S. Department of Commerce recognized Santa Monica College (SMC) for its significant contribution to the expansion of U.S. exports during a ceremony in the nation's capital Monday.
Organizers Submit More than 19,000 Signatures for Santa Monica Term Limits Measure
May 21, 2018 -- Organizers of a proposed measure mandating terms limits for Santa Monica City Council members submitted petitions with more than 19,000 signatures Monday morning to the City Clerk, sponsors of the measure said..
Santa Monica College to Celebrate First-Ever Bachelor’s Degree Graduates in Interaction Design
Santa Monica Police Crack Down on Seat Belt Violations
May 21, 2018 -- Santa Monica College's (SMC) Bachelors Degree program in Interaction Design (IXD) -- the first of its kind offered by a community college -- will celebrate its first graduates next month, school officials announced last week.
||May 21, 2018 -- Santa Monica police on Monday began a crackdown on drivers and passengers who fail to fasten their seat belts. The "Click It or Ticket" campaign will run through Memorial Day weekend, the unofficial start to the summer season, and end June 3, Police Department officials said.
Jet Operations at Santa Monica Airport Plummet After Runway Shortened
May 18, 2018 -- Jet operations at Santa Monica Airport plummeted 86 percent in four months after the runway was shortened, according to a City report released Thursday.
Santa Monica Council Edges Closer to November Ballot Measure Requiring Super-Majority for Oversized Developments
May 17, 2018 -- Santa Monica’s City Council is edging closer to approving a November ballot measure that would require developers to win a super-majority council vote for projects that are bigger or taller than zoning allows.
LETTERS -- Santa Monica Homeless Service Agency Responds to Information Presented to Council
May 17, 2018 -- The People Concern is held accountable by multiple outside regulatory agencies, our clients, and the public. It’s very unfortunate that anyone would distort or misrepresent information in an attempt to mislead the public.
Board to Decide on Improvement District to Bond $650 Million for Santa Monica Schools
May 15, 2018 -- (Updated) The School Board is set to decide Thursday whether to create a school improvement district for Santa Monica schools with the authority to issue, ultimately, $650 million in bonds for facility needs.
Santa Monica Sees Rash of Thefts of Catalytic Converters from Cars
May 16, 2018 -- Santa Monica police Tuesday reported a new rash of thefts of catalytic converts from cars, the favored target this time being the popular Toyota Prius.
Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation Raises $285,000 at Wine Auction
May 16, 2018 -- More than $285,000, including $92,500 in corporate support, was raised by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation at its third annual Wine Auction fundraiser this month.
Santa Monica Rent Control Board Raises Allowable Rent Increases by 2.9 Percent
May 15, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Rent Control Board last week raised the amount landlords under rent control can charge tenants by 2.9 percent.
'Aeroplane Bungalow' Showcased at Conservancy Fundraiser Next Month
May 15, 2018 -- A unique style of bungalow dating back to the early years of air travel will be showcased during the Santa Monica Conservancy's Annual Fundraising Salon on Sunday, June 10.
Violent Crime in Santa Monica Jumps Almost 50 Percent to Reach Highest Level in Two Decades
May 14, 2018 -- Violent crime in Santa Monica jumped almost 50 percent in 2017 over the previous year, reaching its highest level in two decades, according to police and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) statistics.
City of Santa Monica Fails to Meet Affordable Housing Mandate for Third Year in a Row
May 14, 2018 -- The City of Santa Monica failed to meet its own affordable housing mandate for the third consecutive year in the 2016-2017 fiscal year, according to a report issued Friday.
OPINION -- City Held Tax Revenues Hostage, School District Left Millions on the Table
Santa Monica’s Telephone Company Building Downtown Recommended for Landmark Status
May 14, 2018 -- Ill-informed and economically bad decisions have been made by our School Board that waste our resources and negatively impact our kids, yet the District will expect the public to unquestioningly open our wallets the next time we’re asked.
||May 11, 2018 -- The new owners of Santa Monica’s Depression-era Associated Telephone Company building downtown are seeking landmark status for the structure, a six-story Art Deco reminder of a century when the telephone was high-tech.
Man Found Guilty of Attempted Murder in Shooting of Santa Monica Police Officer
May 11, 2018 -- An ex-convict who seriously wounded a Santa Monica police officer and attempted to shoot two others during a DUI stop in 2010 was found guilty Thusday of three counts of attempted murder.
Santa Monica to Hold Its First ClimateFest
May 11, 2018 -- Speakers, workshops and interactive activities will be featured during Santa Monica's first ClimateFest, a free event held next week at St. Monica’s Campus.
After 'Frank' Exchange of Views, Santa Monica Citizen Committee Is Bid Farewell
Santa Monica City Council Approves Bonds to Finance Construction of New Downtown Fire Station
May 10, 2018 -- A first-ever ad hoc citizens committee that looked into costly pay and pensions at Santa Monica City Hall was bid farewell Tuesday, with the calls for action by some of its members rejected.
||May 10, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday approved $38 million in bonds to finance construction of a new three-story fire station that more than doubles the size of the existing Downtown facility, which dates back the mid-1950s. The bonds reach final maturity in 2048 with a “maximum true interest” cost of 5 percent.
Santa Monica College Seeks Business Representative for Bond Oversight Committee
May 10, 2018 -- Santa Monica College is seeking applicants to serve on the committee that oversees the implementation of four bond measures that fund capital improvements at its campuses, officials announced Wednesday.
Increased Call for “Accountability” of City-Funded Shelter and Services for Homeless
May 9, 2018 -- A trail of complaints from the county, the state and people claiming abusive treatment has spurred a call for “accountability” and new monitoring of City-funded shelters and services for Santa Monica’s rising homeless population.
Santa Monica Lawmakers' Bills Clear Committee Hurdles
New York City Principal to Head Will Rogers Elementary in Santa Monica
May 9, 2018 -- Two State bills by Santa Monica lawmakers that are geared to boost or protect affordable housing passed key committees Tuesday.
May 9, 2018 -- The former principal of two New York City elementary schools who is known for his "hand-on approach" will take the helm at Will Rogers Learning Community in Santa Monica, District officials said. The School Board voted to hire Ryan T. Bourke at its meeting last Thursday. He will start July1.
Neighborhood Organization and Union-Watcher Join in Verbal Attack of High Pay
May 8, 2018 -- A key neighborhood organization and a new ally, a group fighting the influential hotel-workers union, is pushing back against the City of Santa Monica after an outside audit of City finances.
Transient Woman Who Frequents Santa Monica Missing
||May 8, 2018 -- The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is trying to find a tansient woman who frequents the Santa Monica area after she lost touch with her family. Whitney Huima, 31, last contacted her family on March 10 and has not been heard from since, according to officers in the Sheriff's Homicide Bureau, Missing Persons Unit.
Outside Audit of Employee Pay at Santa Monica City Hall Heads to Council
May 7, 2018 -- Employee costs are higher at Santa Monica City Hall than its Southern California peers, although the same cannot necessarily be said for worker productivity, according to the final version of an outside audit headed to the City Council on Tuesday.