Makes Tweaks to Santa Monica Minimum Wage Law
April 29, 2016 -- Three months
after adopting an ordinance requiring most people working in Santa
Monica to be paid at least $15 per hour by 2020, the City Council
voted for amendments on Tuesday to tweak the law.
Monica Has Little to Celebrate on Independent Bookstore Day
April 29, 2016 -- Saturday
is Independent Bookstore Day across the country, but the closest celebration
you'll find to Santa Monica will be technically across the border
Release Images of Possible Intruder
April 29, 2016 -- A week after
an intruder assaulted an elderly Santa Monica woman in her bedroom
and broke into a guest home blocks away on the same night, police
released a video and a description of a person of interest in the
Monica Council Member Criticized by Colleagues
April 28, 2016 -- Santa Monica
City Councilmember Pam O’Connor was criticized Tuesday by Council
colleagues, who said a new outside ethics review showed she misled
them about her role in the controversial 2014 firing of a City communications
director she deemed a political foe.
School Leaving Santa Monica Airport
April 28, 2016 -- After more
than two decades at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), the flight school
Justice Aviation, which offers additional services, is expected to
close by May 11 as part of an agreement with the City to settle several
Monica State Senator's Bill Wins Committee Approval
April 28, 2016 -- A bill urging
Congress to counter a Supreme Court ruling that allows corporations
to spend unlimited sums on elections won committee approval Tuesday,
state officials said.
of Santa Monica Reorganizes to Help Create New Transportation Model
April 27, 2016 -- Intensifying
its efforts to make Santa Monica a new model for transportation the
City Council on Tuesday voted to reorganize the City's Department
of Planning and Community Development to better focus on making the
beach city more conducive to walking and less reliant on the car.
Monica, Malibu Separation Talks to Resume
April 27, 2016 -- Stalled
talks regarding the separation of Malibu from the Santa Monica-Malibu
Unified School District will soon resume following the replacement
of a member who angrily resigned from the negotiating team a week
ago, a key official said Tuesday.
Monica College Student Film Headed to Cannes
April 27, 2016 -- A short
film written and directed by a Santa Monica College student will be
screened at the 19th American Pavilion Emerging Filmmaker Showcase
at the 2016 Cannes Film Festival, school officials announced Tuesday.
a Quarter of All Low-Income HUD Housing in Santa Monica at Risk
April 26, 2016 -- Nearly a
quarter of all low-income HUD rental buildings in Santa Monica will
be at risk in the near future, as federal loans come due and owners
decide whether to continue current operations or move to sharply higher
market rates, according to a new City report.
Monica, Malibu Public High Schools Ranked Among Best in State
April 26, 2016 -- Santa Monica
High School and Malibu High School scored high grades among California
public high schools in a new ranking by U.S. News and World Report.
Monica to Host Repair Cafe
April 26, 2016 -- Think before
you recycle. It may not be the best thing to do.
Denies, Then Approves Santa Monica Post Office Conversion
April 25, 2016 -- With the
Santa Monica Planning Commission unable to break a 3-3 deadlock (a
technical denial) on a proposal to convert the historic downtown post
office into a private business office, it appeared owner Skydance
Media would have to take its case to the City Council on appeal.
Monica Hires New Fire Chief
April 25, 2016 -- A career
firefighter who literally climbed the ladder from rookie to chief
will take over as head of the Santa Monica Fire Department next week,
City Manager Rick Cole has announced.
Monica College Announces Spring Concert Lineup
April 25, 2016 -- Santa Monica
College will host a spring concert series featuring nine performances
of jazz, classical and popular music starting in May.
Performances by SMC's music department will be held at the Broad
Stage and at The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1301 11th
Street, at Santa Monica Boulevard.
Monica to Fund Outreach Street Team for the Homeless
April 22, 2016 -- Santa Monica
is ready to invest at least $775,000 and as much as $1 million to
augment local homelessness services, including hiring a local nonprofit
to deliver medical and mental health services directly to people living
in the streets.
Keeps Large Fundraising Lead in Santa Monica
April 22, 2016 -- The Democratic
Primary in the presidential election might be too close for comfort
for Hillary Clinton and her supporters, but it is far from close when
it comes to how much money has been raised in Santa Monica.
Monica Exhibit Explores the Natural and Mechanical
April 22, 2016 -- The micro
and macro, natural processes and mechanical devices are the subjects
of a digital photo exhibit opening at the Annenberg Community Beach
House Gallery in Santa Monica next week.
Monica Council to Consider Tougher Anti-Corruption Law
April 21, 2016 -- After an
independent ethics investigation found lapses in judgment at City
Hall, the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday will consider recommendations
for strengthening its anti-corruption law, including taking the issue
Monica to Consider Nearly $1 Million Contract for DNA Specialist
April 21, 2016 -- Saddled
with a backlog of DNA-related evidence, the City of Santa Monica is
considering a nearly $1 million contract over five years to hire a
DNA specialist, officials said.
Monica Pier Ferris Wheels to Go Green
April 21, 2016 -- Pacific
Park's Ferris Wheel on the Santa Monica Pier was the first in the
world to be solar powered. On Friday, the park will celebrate Earth
Day by having the wheel literally go green from sunset o midnight,
park officials said.
Monica Ethics Review Finds Lapses in Judgment
April 20, 2016 -- An independent
ethics investigation into the Santa Monica City Council and City officials
has found lapses in judgment that had “cascading consequences,”
including threatening emails by Council Member Pam O’Connor
that were not “mindful” of the City’s anti-corruption
Monica-Malibu Schools Get Failing Grades in Closing Achievement Gap
April 20, 2016 -- After more
than two decades, Santa Monica-Malibu public schools have failed every
effort to help disadvantaged students, leaving more than a third of
them still grasping to close the achievement gap in test scores and
other measures of success, a UCLA expert has found.
Monica College Planetarium Offers Star Guide
Negotiator in Talks for Malibu Schools Separation from SMMUSD Resigns
April 19, 2016
April 20, 2016 --
Santa Monica is home to plenty of Hollywood stars. But if you’re
willing to gaze into the night skies, instead of at the city’s
celebrity-studded sidewalks, Santa Monica College’s planetarium
can guide you to the best star parties in town for the summer.
-- A negotiator
in Malibu’s fight to break from the Santa Monica-Malibu School
District resigned Monday from his seat on the panel overseeing the split,
saying he is suffering retaliation for filing a Voting Rights Act lawsuit
that could impact both the City of Santa Monica and its public school
Monica Congressman's New Bill Targets "Superbug" Outbreaks
April 19, 2016 -- Santa Monica's
congressional representative introduced two bills in the House aimed
at protecting patients from “superbug” infections caused
by unclean medical devices, after a new government report said gaps
in federal law contributed to the problem.
Cuban Percussionist to Play Santa Monica Venue
April 19, 2016 -- In Cuba,
Afro-Cuban drumming is not only a key feature the island's influential
dance music, it's an intricate part of its religious rituals.
Santa Monica Murder Suspect Faces Fraud Charges
April 18, 2016 -- A woman
who was a prime suspect in the still-unsolved 2008 murder of an aspiring
model in Santa Monica is due in court in Los Angeles on Tuesday on
charges she took part in a multi-million-dollar medical scam that
left at least 21 patients permanently scared.
Pauses Santa Monica Malibu School District Split Talks
April 18, 2016 -- In the wake
of a lawsuit that could impact how the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified
School District elects board members, three members of a special committee
negotiating the terms for split of the SMMUSD into two districts are
asking that the process be put off until they get direction from the
Santa Monica Tenants Getting More Help
April 18, 2016 -- A new position
in the Santa Monica government is expected to serve the role of prime
contact and facilitator for renters forced to leave their residences
temporarily or permanently for reasons outside their control.
Rules Could Come for Fitness Groups in Santa Monica
April 15, 2016 -- Santa Monica
officials will be taking another look at regulations on for-profit
fitness groups operating in public spaces, including near the Fourth
Monica Wins Court Action Against Energy Drink Maker
April 15, 2016 -- A City complaint
against a Santa Monica-based maker of energy drinks that promise improved
memory and brain function ended in a $500,000 penalty against the
company and a court order to quit advertising such claims, City officials
Monica's Pico Neighborhood to Get Upgraded Crosswalks
April 15, 2016 -- Students
walking to and from the Edison Language Academy in Santa Monica's
Pico Neighborhood will have safer routes after the City Council this
week approved funding to design new crosswalks and upgrades for the
Could Sell Santa Monica Trailer Park
April 14, 2016 -- Nearly 16
years after the Santa Monica government purchased the Mountain View
Mobile Home Park to settle a legal dispute, the City is looking for
a new buyer of the 4.8-acre property with 105 rent-controlled lots.
Area Rental Prices to Continue Soaring, Report Predicts
April 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica
is already part of the most expensive rental market in the country,
and rents are expected to continue rising in the Los Angeles area
through 2018, according to two studies released this week.
Monica Hot Dog Stand to Hold Fundraiser
April 14, 2016 -- Santa Monica's
iconic Hot Dog on a Stick will celebrate its 70th anniversary at the
original site of Muscle Beach with a lemonade stomp-a-thon to raise
funds to fight cancer, company officials announced this week.
Speech and Noise Regulation Collide in Santa Monica
April 13, 2016 -- Against
the advice of City staff and at the urging of the hotel workers' union,
several council members want Santa Monica’s noise ordinance
amended to protect protest speech in commercial areas.
Monica Facing Lawsuit Over At-Large Council Elections
April 13, 2016 -- A group
of residents of Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood sued the City on
Tuesday, claiming its at-large elections system intentionally stymies
candidates from the community from winning representation on the five-member
Chance to Catch Robert Frank Exhibit in Santa Monica
April 13, 2016 -- If ever
an artist was befitting of a "pop-up" exhibition, it would
be photographer Robert Frank, whose spontaneous, shoot-from-the-hip
style produced some of America's most iconic images.
Gender Gap in Pay for Women in Santa Monica District
April 12, 2016 -- Women who
work and live in the congressional district that includes Santa Monica
experience the second-worst gender gaps in pay in the state, a new
analysis of gender income disparities shows.
Monica Group Backs Needle Disposal Plan
April 12, 2016 -- Heal the
Bay, a Santa Monica-based environmental advocacy organization, says
a Los Angeles County proposal requiring pharmaceutical companies to
pay for a disposal program for medications and syringes (also known
as “sharps”) would clear the beaches of needles.
Monica's Broad Stage Steps Outside the Box
April 12, 2016 -- You could
say Percossa likes to think outside the box when it comes to percussion.
So does Circa when it comes to the circus.
Commission Approves Complicated Arrangement for New Santa Monica Fire
April 11, 2016 -- A new Downtown
Santa Monica fire station got the go-ahead from the Planning Commission
on Wednesday, but building that facility in a timely manner could
depend on the fate of a mixed-use development proposed for Lincoln
Monica Officials Release Details of Expo Festivities
April 11, 2016 -- Santa Monica
invested nearly $1 million to roll out the welcome wagon for Metro's
Expo Light Rail trains from Los Angeles, now City officials are sharing
some of their plans for opening day.
Monica Library Event Explores the Mystery of Marie
April 11, 2016 -- Little is
known about Marie. The three photographs that exist, all taken in
profile, shows a Parisian woman with an upturned nose and protruding
upper lip wearing peasant garb in an unkempt garden.
Tackle Downtown Santa Monica Parking Puzzle
April 8, 2016 -- Potential
changes to parking prices in Downtown Santa Monica was an agenda topic
at Wednesday’s Planning Commission meeting, but the actual discussion
turned to larger ideas about solving issues involving parking, traffic
and the best way to attract people to the area.
Monica Set to Spend 1 million on New EV Vehicles
April 8, 2016 -- Santa Monica
is considering purchasing a fleet of new three-wheeled, all electric
vehicles for use by City parking enforcement officers, at a cost of
just over $1 million.
Monica Tongva Park Kicks off After Dark Series this Month
April 8, 2016 -- Tongva Park
will be converted into an inflatable living room for dancers as Santa
Monica kicks off its third season of "Tongva After Dark"
events this month, City officials announced Thursday.
Monica Slow-Growth Group Extends Petition Deadline
April 7, 2016 -- Conceding
its first signature drive ended in failure, the group behind a proposed
slow-growth ballot initiative for Santa Monica is adding another three
weeks to circulate petitions, its leader said Wednesday.
of Pro Israel Bill Criticizes Bloom's Move
April 7, 2016 -- The Republican
legislator who co-sponsored a bill with Santa Monica Assemblyman Richard
Bloom criticized his colleague for drafting his own bill to counter
a boycott against Israel.
ID on Man Killed in Downtown Santa Monica
April 7, 2016 -- Coroner's
officials Thursday said they have not been able to identify the victim
of a fatal stabbing Tuesday that marked Santa Monica's first homicide
of the year.
Recommends Tweaks to Santa Monica Minimum Wage Law
April 6, 2016 -- Hotel employees
in Santa Monica’s busy tourism industry should receive higher
wages that match those for their Los Angeles counterparts, according
to recommendations meant to clarify the City’s new minimum wage
Rules Employers Must Provide Workers with a Seat
April 6, 2016 -- Workers across
Santa Monica and the state will soon be allowed to take a load off
their feet while on duty after a California Supreme Court ruling Monday.
Monica Broad Stage Announces New Season, Departure of Artistic Leader
April 6, 2016 -- Less than
a year after arriving, the artistic leader of The Broad Stage at Santa
Monica College is leaving for New York in an exit that was acknowledged
as the company’s new season was unveiled Tuesday.
Monica Assemblyman Proposes Own Bill Against Anti-Israel Boycott
April 5, 2016 -- Assemblyman
Richard Bloom, D-Santa Monica, said Monday that he is authoring a
new bill that would prohibit any public agency in California from
doing business with companies involved in a controversial boycott
of Israel, calling the boycott “arbitrary and discriminatory.”
Monica Enforces Alcohol Laws while Making Liquor Plentiful
April 4, 2016
-- When more than 100 alcohol purveyors attend a training session
this week to help curb sales to minors and obviously intoxicated people,
it will be only the latest volley in Santa Monica's ongoing battle
against the bottle.
Monica Meets Required Cut in Water Usage
April 5, 2016 -- The newest
state “report card” on water savings in drought-plagued
California showed Monday that Santa Monica reached its target of cutting
use by at least 20 percent, although the state overall narrowly missed
its total conservation goal.
Monica Reads Ends with Post Apocalyptic Hope
April 5, 2016 -- A month of
post-apocalyptic literary events at the Santa Monica Library will
end next week with a presentation by the author of "Station Eleven,"
the book chosen for the 2016 Santa Monica READS program.
Santa Monica Parking Rates Could Rise
April 4, 2016 -- The Planning
Commission this week will discuss the first parking rate increase
for Downtown Santa Monica since 2012.
Beckett Plays to be Performed at Santa Monica College's Broad Stage
April 4, 2016 -- A critic
once famously said that "nothing happens twice" in Samuel
Beckett's early masterpiece for the stage "Waiting for Godot."
Monica College to Host Panel on Roots of Violence
April 1, 2016 -- The Santa
Monica College Public Policy Institute will host a panel discussion
this month on an age-old debate -- are violent individuals shaped
by their genes or their environment?
Leads Senate Candidates in Santa Monica Fundraising
April 1, 2016 -- State Attorney
General Kamala Harris has raised far more money than any other candidate
in California's U.S. Senate race, both statewide and in Santa Monica.
Swept Under Waves at Santa Monica Pier Was LAUSD Student
April 1, 2016 -- Authorities
on Thursday identified a teenager who was caught in roiling currents
Saturday after wading just a few feet into the ocean near Santa Monica
Pier as a student who attended a medical magnet school in Boyle Heights.