Santa Monica Government Takes Financial Hit with Wells Fargo Divestment
February 24, 2017 -- It won’t send the City into bankruptcy, but the local government will lose money because of the City Council’s decision to sever Santa Monica’s ties with Wells Fargo, according to a report released this week by Finance Director Gigi Decavalles-Hughes.
Santa Monica’s Marijuana Study Session Moved to March
February 24, 2017 -- City officials had said late last year that the Santa Monica City Council would hold a study session on marijuana business licensing in February, but that meeting has apparently been moved to March.
Stage Set for Final Battle Over Downtown Santa Monica Development Plan
February 23, 2017 -- After more than six years in the making, the final draft of Santa Monica's Downtown Community Plan (DCP) will be released April 12, City officials announced Wednesday, setting the stage for the final battle over future development in the heart of the city.
Skyrocketing Rents Take Brief Break in Santa Monica, Survey
February 23, 2017 -- After years of the steep hikes that produced today’s sky-high rents, Santa Monica tenants are getting a tiny and very brief break, a new survey of rents in metropolitan Los Angeles shows.
Santa Monica College Lecture Series “Women, Society, & Power” Kicks Off Next Month
February 23, 2017 -- Women and their bodies will be the focus of a lecture series at Santa Monica College (SMC) next month, college officials announced Wednesday.
Santa Monica City’s Pension Debt Ranked Among Highest in California
February 22, 2017 -- As it scrambles to avert the red ink of a predicted recession, the City of Santa Monica ranks among the highest in California in some employee pension cost indicators, according to a Stanford University research institute study.
Santa Monica Library Earns Top Rating
February 22, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Public Library has once again been ranked as one of the top libraries in the nation by the Library Journal (LB), City officials announced Wednesday.
Deadline Nears for Santa Monica’s “Most Loved” Business Contest
February 22, 2017 -- The deadline is near, but you can still send an online vote of love to your favorite local business in Santa Monica.
Santa Monica Council Weighs Options on Pursuing Clean Energy Goals
February 21, 2017 -- In the clean energy game, everybody wants Santa Monica on its team. The City Council heard from suitors and their advocates last Tuesday on Valentine’s Day for Santa Monica to be a part of their clean energy effort.
Santa Monica Councilmember Headed to Japan
February 21, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica will be recognized during a ceremony several thousand miles away next month, and Councilmember Tony Vazquez will be there to celebrate.
Talk About Santa Monica Government Communications Gets Heated
February 17, 2017 -- A back and forth between Santa Monica City Manager Rick Cole and Councilmember Sue Himmelrich on the City’s communication policy reached such an intensity Tuesday night that Mayor Ted Winterer had to cut it off.
Santa Monica Council Moves Forward on Immigration, Religious Identity Ordinance
February 17, 2017 -- After hearing from numerous public speakers who said they lived in fear under the Donald Trump presidency, the Santa Monica City Council passed a measure calling for staff to draft an ordinance that would prohibit employers and landlords, among others, from collecting information on people’s immigration status, religion and sexual identity
Santa Monica Bus System Launches Major Route, Schedule Changes
February 17, 2017 -- The Santa Monica Big Blue Bus (BBB) will add service to six bus routes and improve schedules on seven others beginning Sunday, transit officials announced this week..
LETTERS: Bloom Wrong to Criticize UCLA Cartoon as Anti-Semitic
February 17, 2017 -- We must not conflate criticism of Israel or support for the right of Palestinian return with anti-Semitism.
City Council Votes for Santa Monica to Sever Ties with Wells Fargo
February 16, 2017 --The Santa Monica government’s financial relationship with Wells Fargo will soon come to an end following the City Council’s decision in the early hours of Wednesday morning to sever ties with the bank because it is one of 17 institutions funding the Dakota Access Pipeline.
Santa Monica Council Supports Homeless Shelter for College Students
February 16, 2017 -- The Bruin Shelter at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church on Ocean Park Boulevard, which houses homeless students attending Santa Monica College and UCLA, received a financial boost from the City Council on Tuesday.
Santa Monica Malibu Schools Discontinue 'Optional Group Activities' as Virus Lingers
February 15, 2017 -- Using "an abundance of caution," the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) has discontinued "optional group activities" at all schools to help further reduce the spread of a gastrointestinal illness, possibly due to the norovirus, officials announced Tuesday.
Aviation Groups Challenge Santa Monica Airport Closure Deal
February 15, 2017 -- The recently approved deal between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and the City of Santa Monica to close the local airport at the end of 2028 has many critics on both sides of the airport debate.
Santa Monica Assemblyman Condemns 'Anti-Semitic' UCLA Newspaper Cartoon
February 15, 2017 -- A cartoon published in UCLA’s student newspaper on Monday that many people said crossed the supposedly intended line of anti-Israel into anti-Semitism has been widely condemned, including by Santa Monica Assemblyman and former mayor Richard Bloom.
LETTERS: Rent Board Did Not Recommend Requiring Landlords to Install Submeters
February 15, 2017 -- Many buildings in Santa Monica lack the infrastructure for anything more than a master-metered water billing system, and I do not, nor did the Board, advocate for the overhaul of our water infrastructure throughout the city.
Santa Monica Hires 'Performance Officer,' Spending Critics Remain Skeptical
February 14, 2017 -- The City of Santa Monica has created a new position of "chief performance officer" to analyze data that will help determine what is and is not working effectively, City officials announced last week, but critics are skeptical that municipal spending will be reined in.