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 in
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 case.
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 legal
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
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
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 to voters.
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,
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
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 law.
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 district.
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.