Measles Bill by Santa Monica-Area Senator Stalls in Key Committee
April 17, 2015 -- Action temporarily stalled Wednesday on a bill co-authored by State Senator Ben Allen from Santa Monica that would prohibit most parents from opting out of vaccinations for the measles and other contagious diseases.
Construction of Controversial Apartment Building on Santa Monica Hillside Goes to Planning Commission
April 17, 2015 -- Construction of a controversial ten-unit apartment complex on a vacant hillside in Santa Monica goes before the Planning Commission next Wednesday -- and though it might be the final vote, neighborhood opponents say they aren’t finished.
SMC Celebrates Earth Week with Free Workshops
April 17, 2015 --Learn how to make your own natural sunscreen, build a bike generator, view native dance performances and more during Santa Monica College’s Earth Week celebration.
Residents Pack Hearing on Santa Monica's Zoning Ordinance
April 16, 2015 -- How big a city, how dense, how much housing and for whom? What rules should there be for historic buildings and new developments, parking lots, existing and future hotels, day care and activity centers, car dealerships and cell towers, not to mention pot shops?
“Wave” to Focus on Santa Monica's 'Chain Reaction'
April 16, 2015 -- Santa Monica's landmark “Chain Reaction” sculpture of a detonating A-bomb will be a local focal point of a global public action timed to the United Nation's five-year review of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty this month.
Santa Monica Museum of Art Moving to Century City
April 16, 2015 -- Struggling under a big rent bill and stymied in its efforts to find local replacement space, the Santa Monica Museum of Art is leaving its longtime home at Bergamot Station while it tries to determine its future.
Santa Monica Braces for Closures of California Incline Monday
April 15, 2015 -- With less than a week to go, motorists – along with local government officials -- are bracing for the year-long closure Monday of Santa Monica’s storied California Incline.
Santa Monica Water Supplier Slashes Deliveries
April 15, 2015 -- The governing board for Southern California’s main water wholesaler voted Tuesday to cut supplies to the more than two dozen cities and water agencies it serves, including Santa Monica.
Santa Monica-Malibu School Board to Review Fundraising Program
April 15, 2015 -- School Board members are scheduled this week to review the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s centralized fundraising program.
Santa Monica Lawmaker Pushes For Renewable Natural Gas
April 14, 2015 -- A bill by Santa Monica-area state Sen. Ben Allen that requires sellers of natural gas to switch to greener products has passed a key committee, his office announced.
Family’s Donation Helps Santa Monica College Students Study Abroad
April 14, 2015 -- Ten Santa Monica College students traveled to South Africa this past winter to study, thanks to the generosity of the family of a former faculty member, SMC officials announced.
Seniors’ Group to Honor Outgoing Santa Monica College President
April 14, 2015 -- Every year, Santa Monica-based WISE & Healthy Aging honors area professionals, caregivers and volunteers who help enrich the lives of seniors at the organization’s annual Celebration of Caring event.
Santa Monica Says No to New Valet Parking App
April 13, 2015 -- Published reports that Santa Monica now has a new app-based service that lets drivers instantly summon a personal valet to park their cars anywhere they happen to be in the City are premature, City officials say.
Santa Monica Slow-Growth Group Starts Online Petition to Stop Zoning Approval
April 13, 2015 -- With both sides girding for a battle, a new slow-growth advocacy group that has become a force in Santa Monica politics is calling on residents to sign an online petition protesting possible approval of the City’s proposed zoning ordinance update this week.
Landmark Commission to Review ‘Chain Reaction’ Testing
April 13, 2015 -- City Landmark Commission members Tuesday will review guidelines for testing the safety of Santa Monica’s historic “Chain Reaction” sculpture.
Santa Monica Replacing Buses For Expo Line
April 8, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s Big Blue Buses are too big to make the turns on one of the new routes to an Expo Light Rail station, so transit officials are asking the City to finalize the purchase of four shorter buses as part of a $19 million investment to replace some of BBB’s aging fleet.
Santa Monica Fire Chief To Leave For Murrieta
April 10, 2015 -- Santa Monica Fire Chief Scott Ferguson has announced he is leaving the city to lead the Murrieta Fire Department, saying he wants more time for his family.
Annual Pier Party Benefits Santa Monica, Malibu Students
April 10, 2015 -- Tickets for a major fundraiser benefiting students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are now on sale, officials announced.
Santa Monica Consumer Group Critical of Google’s New Kids’ App
April 9, 2015 -- Santa Monica-based Consumer Watchdog has a bone to pick with Google’s new YouTube Kids app, claiming it violates long-standing advertising safeguards for children.
City’s Water Reduction Goal Is on Target
April 9, 2015 -- City officials got good news Wednesday after hearing from the state that Santa Monica’s water-savings goal is in line with the state’s proposed new regulatory system.
Santa Monica’s Tongva Park Earns Award
April 9, 2015 -- The nonprofit American Planning Association has singled out Santa Monica’s Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square project as excellent examples of urban planning.
Report Finds Santa Monicans Saved Less Water than State Average
April 8, 2015 -- Californians reduced their water use by less than 3 percent in February, but Santa Monica residents saved even less that month, according to new numbers released Tuesday by the State Water Board.
Santa Monica Could Explore Collecting Hotel Taxes for Short-Stay Rentals, Officials Say
April 8, 2015 -- With tens of millions of dollars collected each year in hotel taxes, Santa Monica officials are looking closely at the estimated 1,700 units now being rented as illegal short-term vacation rentals that don’t pay the taxes levied on traditional hotels, motels, inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments.
Santa Monica Bicyclists Could Share Lanes with Motorized Skateboards under Proposed California Legislation
April 8, 2015 -- Santa Monica bicyclists, take note: One of these days, you could be sharing your bike lane with motorized skateboards.
Santa Monica to Roll Out Water Inspectors
April 7, 2015 -- Two newly hired City inspectors will begin plying Santa Monica’s streets this month looking for water wasters, City officials said Monday.
Santa Monica College Celebrates Release of Spring Literary Review
April 7, 2016 -- As editor of a twice-annual review of Los Angeles’ best and brightest authors, Andrew Tonkovich has a tough job -- tough but sweet.
Santa Monica’s Broad Stage Announces 20015-16 Season Line-Up
April 7, 2015 -- George Orwell’s “1984” by the Headlong Theatre Company of London will make its U.S. debut as part of the Eli and Edythe Broad Stage’s 2015-16 season, theater officials announced.
Santa Monica’s Water Allotments May Not Be Enough
April 6, 2015 -- Santa Monica will revisit its timeline for implementing mandatory residential water allowances in the wake of Gov. Jerry Brown’s executive order last week calling for statewide reductions of 25 percent, City officials announced.
New Airstream Theme Store Opens at Santa Monica Pier
April 6 2015 -- When Pacific Park officials were brainstorming on a concept for a new gift shop for Santa Monica Pier, they sought something representative of both the Pier and its famed status as the end of historic Route 66.
New App Helps Cut Food Waste
April 6, 2015 -- Want to keep those veggies fresher longer? Now there’s an app for that.
Firm Drops Bid to Buy Out Owner of Santa Monica Place
April 3, 2015 -- An Indianapolis real estate investment company has dropped its hostile bid to buy out the owner of Santa Monica Place for more than $23 billion.
Santa Monica Looks for New Farmers Market Attractions in Potential Post-Pony Ride Era
April 3, 2015 -- A meeting will take place Tuesday at the Santa Monica Library for people interested in hosting educational and entertainment activities at the Main Street Farmers Market. Not encouraged to attend are those involved in animal activities, including pony rides and petting zoos.
Santa Monica Begins Assessing ‘Chain Reaction’
April 3, 2015 -- Just how stable is that 26-foot-tall A-bomb mushroom cloud rising up near Santa Monica Civic Center? Engineers began working this week to find out, City officials announced.
Santa Monica Consumer Group Presses for Explanations for Gas Price Spikes
April 2, 2015 -- A billionaire environmentalist and the president of a Santa Monica-based consumer advocacy group are calling on state lawmakers to press oil industry officials harder for answers about why Californians continue to pay more at the pump than their fellow Americans.
Santa Monica High Team Wins First Place at County Science Fair
April 2, 2015 -- It took up most of their spare time and had to be crammed in between homework assignments, but a project that looked at cigarette pollution on City streets and beaches earned a team of students from Santa Monica High School a first place win at the Los Angeles County Science Fair.
Santa Monica District Testing for Toxins at Two Schools
April 2, 2015 -- Workers are taking advantage of spring break in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District to test building material samples for toxic substances at two high schools slated for upcoming renovation projects.
Santa Monica Consumer Group Blames Refineries for Pump Price Spikes
April 1, 2015 -- While crude oil prices stayed low, prices at the pump for California drivers shot up $1 in February, and motorists in the Golden State continue to be squeezed by price spikes while refineries reap big profits, a Santa Monica consumer advocacy group said last week.
Santa Monica Resident and Philanthropist David K. Richards Dies
April 1, 2015 -- Santa Monica resident David K. Richards, a major donor to the RAND Corporation whose ties to the nonprofit research institute spanned more than a decade, has died at age 75.
“Transformation” Coming to Santa Monica College
April 1, 2015 -- “Circle of Transformation,” an award-winning drama about relationships among a group of community college students, debuts this weekend at Santa Monica College’s Theatre Arts Studio Stage.
Santa Monica Slow-Growth Advocates Not Upset by Hines Replacement Project
March 31, 2015 -- Nearly a year after the City Council reversed its approval of a controversial mixed-use development near a future light rail station on Santa Monica’s east end, the new property owner has proposed a much-smaller project that is receiving mixed reviews.
New Activist Group Forms in Santa Monica, Some People Aren't Happy
March 31, 2015 -- There is a new player in the Santa Monica political battle that features many well-known names. Santa Monica Forward announced its presence Sunday through a press release.
Santa Monica Area Supervisor Seeks County Minimum Wage Study
March 31, 2015 -- Mirroring what Santa Monica City officials are doing locally, county Supervisor Shiela Kuehl is calling for a comprehensive study into the impacts of a countywide minimum wage, her office said Monday.
Santa Monica Department Heads Ramp Up Expo Preparations
March 30, 2015 -- As work continues on schedule on Phase 2 of the 6.6-mile, $1.5 billion Exposition Light Rail Transit project through Santa Monica, City administrators have begun holding regular inter-departmental meetings to prepare for its opening early next year, officials said.
Silicon Beach Firm Perfect Fit For Struggling Pico Youth and Family Center
March 30, 2015 -- The telephone call came out of the blue at a time that was all too black for Santa Monica’s struggling Pico Youth and Family Center.
Spring Concerts Spotlight Cream of Santa Monica College Music Program
March 30, 2015 -- Talented young Santa Monica College musicians on their way to becoming music majors at four-year universities will be showcased during four special performances next month, the college announced.
Santa Monica Assemblymember Authors Bill to Hike Cost of Proposed Ballot Measures
March 27, 2015 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor and current Democratic Assemblymember Richard Bloom has proposed a bill calling for a significant rise in the price tag for ballot measure proposals.
Santa Monica Schools Struggling To Meet Fundraising Goals
March 27, 2015 -- Just three months short of their deadline, fundraisers have collected only half of the $4 million they have targeted to pay for everything from arts to science projects for the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District.
Santa Monica On The Way To Becoming Movie-Going Mecca
March 27, 2015 -- Santa Monica is moving closer to becoming a movie-going mecca, with major theater chains from ArcLight to smaller operations like Laemmle’s finishing building plans and blueprints for state-of-the-art movie houses.
Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel Goes Dark as Part of Earth Hour
March 27, 2015 -- The lights on the Santa Monica Pier’s world-famous Ferris wheel will go mostly dark for an hour on Saturday night as it joins in the international Earth Hour celebration, Pacific Park officials said.
Santa Monica Council OKs New Lease Terms for Airport Tenants
March 26, 2015 -- Wary of triggering new legal challenges from the federal government, Santa Monica City Council members this week approved several measured steps aimed at giving the City a bit more control over Santa Monica Airport.
Council Appoints Slow-Growth Foe to Santa Monica Planning Commission
March 26, 2015 -- Santa Monica residents who call themselves slow-growth activists celebrated in November after an election that they said gave them control of the City Council. But this victory did not help in getting someone from their ranks to fill the highly sought seat on the Planning Commission.
Residocracy to Launch Ballot Measures to Control Santa Monica Development
March 26, 2015 -- Residocracy.org, the Santa Monica internet-based slow-growth organization, will launch efforts to halt the City’s proposed new zoning ordinance and replace it with a law that turns development decisions over to the residents, the group’s founder said Wednesday.
Santa Monica Police Arrest Drivers at DUI Checkpoint
March 26, 2015 -- Santa Monica police screened hundreds of drivers and arrested two motorists on suspicion of DUI during a recent overnight sobriety and driver’s license enforcement operation.
Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Continues Debate on Holiday Recognition
March 25, 2015 -- Abraham Lincoln’s birthday will be celebrated two months after the actual date in 2017, at least it will in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).
Library to Screen Film About Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood
March 25, 2015 -- When filmmaker Michael W. Barnard set out in 1999 to document the history of the Pico area of Santa Monica, he wanted to provide audiences with a window into the changing face of a neighborhood where he’d lived on and off for years.
Santa Monica Physician Leads Mission to Africa
March 25, 2015 -- West Africa’s Ebola outbreak had just begun its deadly march from rural villages to the capital cities of Freetown in Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia when Santa Monica pediatrician Dr. Bob Hamilton decided -- reluctantly -- to pull the plug on his missionary clinic treating villager in Guinea Bassau on the continent’s west coast.
Test of Tsunami Warning System to Be Broadcast Wednesday in Santa Monica and other Coastal Cities
March 25, 2015 -- A test of the tsunami warning communications system will be broadcast Wednesday along the coastal communities of southern and central California, including Santa Monica, which is more prepared for such a potential disaster than most of its counterparts, officials said Tuesday.
Santa Monica Airport Advocates, Opponents Hope for Big Crowd at Council Meeting
March 24, 2015 --If you are planning to attend the Santa Monica City Council meeting this week on Tuesday, you should arrive early if you want to get a seat.
Santa Monica Resident and RAND Researcher Kevin Farley McCarthy Dies
March 24, 2015 -- Kevin Farley McCarthy, a longtime Santa Monica resident and a RAND Corp. researcher whose work included books on such divergent subjects as U.S. immigration policy and the impact of technology on the performing arts, has died.
New Plan Proposes Fare Hike for Santa Monica Buses
March 24, 2015 -- Fully aligning Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus service with the coming Expo Light Rail Line will cost millions of dollars, increase the number of bus riders, and require a fare increase of 25 cents, local transit officials said in a report to the City Council.
Santa Monica Council Set to Formally Ban Exotic Animals From Parks
March 24, 2015 -- An ordinance barring monkeys, snakes, birds and other exotic animals from the Pier, the Pier Ramp, Ocean Front Park, Third Street Promenade, and the Transit Mall is scheduled to go to the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night for a second reading formally adopting the ban into local law.