Monica Gives to the Needy During Holiday Season
December 23, 2011 -- This holiday season has been especially
difficult for the needy, but Santa Monicans are stepping up to help,
according to the largest local social service agencies.
Monica Civic Leaders Voice Hopes for the New Year
December 23, 2011 -- The New Year looms as a large one with
a domestic presidential election, a rash of newborn democracies in
the Middle East, and an Occupy movement that has moved from the town
square to foreclosed homes.
Monica Rosie's Girls Wins Award
December 23, 2011 -- Rosie's Girls Santa Monica (RGSM) has
been awarded the League of California Cities' 2011 Helen Putnam Award
for Excellence for engaging its youth in city government.
Monica Has Plenty of Holiday Offerings
December 22, 2011 -- From blues at a funky bar to a sit down
dinner at a 5-star hotel, Santa Monica residents have plenty to choose
from to usher in the New Year.
Monica Names New Community and Cultural Director
Monica Flight Schools Agree to Restrictions
December 22, 2011 -- Karen Ginsberg, who has been second in command
of Santa Monica's Community & Cultural Services -- one of the City's
largest and most visible departments -- will assume the top post, City
officials announced Thursday.
December 22, 2011 -- Flight schools have agreed not to use Santa
Monica Airport for repeated takeoffs and landings while pattern flying during
the night after neighbors complained of noise, airport officials announced
Monica Bans Smoking in New Hotels
December 21, 2011 -- Smokers visiting Santa Monica will have to take their habit to
the street when staying in new hotels, but the verdict is still out on
smoking in apartments and condos.
Are Santa Monica's Most Dangerous Intersections? A New Interactive Map
Provides the Answer
December 21, 2011 -- Though Santa Monica is a relatively safe city
to live when it comes to crime, walking and cycling its streets may not
be all that safe, according to an analysis by a local bike activist.
Monica Exhibit Re-focuses on the Past
December 21, 2011 -- Three decades after Los
Angeles mounted its first cross-cultural photography exhibition,
is updating the show.
Monicans Weigh In On Nativity Controversy
December 20, 2011 -- Santa Monica's
has become ground zero for one of the hottest controversies in the Los Angeles region after
several atheist groups nudged out traditional nativity scenes with their
Commission Disappointed with Hotel Plans for Downtown Santa Monica
December 20, 2011 -- The Santa Monica Planning Commission last
week voted to give the City Council a laundry list of issues they have
with two new hotels proposed for Downtown Santa Monica.
Monica Seeks Volunteers for Homeless Count
December 20, 2011 -- How many homeless persons live in Santa Monica? Who are they and where do they
Monica Council Members Struggle with Nativity Scene Controversy
December 19, 2011 -- The nativity scenes at Palisades Park that
have been a Christmas tradition for six decades may become a thing of
the past after atheists nudged out most of the display this year.
Monica College Building Wins Design Award
December 19, 2011 -- The design for Santa Monica College's
Performing Arts Campus East Wing facility has won an award from the Southern
California Development Forum (SCDF) for design excellence in the “Un-built
I Say -- Real
Fears, False Hopes
December 19, 2011 -- While over the past couple of weeks the turf
war in Palisades Park over Nativity scenes has been attracting regional
and national attention, much of the attention of Santa Monica government
has been focused on nearly four acres of land on the other side of town.
That is where residents of the Village
Trailer Park have been trying to keep hold
of the turf under their trailers.
Monica Residents and Businesses Help PAL Wrap Up Gala Gift Drive
December 16, 2011 -- Santa Monica residents and businesses donated
enough presents during the holidays to make sure every child in the city
can participate in the spirit of the season.
Monica Council Transfers RDA Funds to City Coffers
December 16, 2011 -- The Santa Monica City Council approved moving
more than one quarter billion dollars from the Redevelopment Agency to
the city's General Fund Tuesday.
Branch Temporarily Closes for Improvements
Monica Authorizes Funding for Metro Station Improvements
December 16, 2011 -- The Montana Avenue Branch Library, which has
been serving the city's upscale neighborhood for more than 50 years, will
be closed Monday, January 16 through Friday, February 24, for interior
December 15, 2011 -- In a clear sign the train is fast approaching, the Santa Monica City Council gave a green light
Tuesday to spend as much as $9.5 million on engineering services and betterment
projects to prepare for the coming of the Expo Light Rail line.
Approves Urban Forest Plan, Stiffer Fines for Cabbies
December 15, 2011 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night
passed an Urban Forest Master Plan staff believes will set a national
standard for urban forestry, as well as a measure that would mean harsher
penalties for cab drivers.
Monica Disabilities Awareness Month Poster Contest Winners Named
December 15, 2011 -- The Santa Monica Disabilities Commission this
month announced the winners of the "Let's Play! Disabilities Awareness
Month Youth Poster Contest" that will help publicize
the city's first universally accessible playground.
Monica City Council Approves Development with No Parking
December 14, 2011 -- Under a unique Development Agreement, the
Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday to require the developer of a
Downtown housing project that provides no on-site parking to pay $125,000
for transit improvements
Santa Monica Campaign Ordinance Almost Fails Second Reading
December 14, 2011 -- It's rare that the second reading of an ordinance
fails, but that nearly happened Tuesday night with a law that would
Circus and Claus at Santa Monica Pier's Holiday Open House
December 14, 2011 -- Santa will arrive at the pier Saturday, but
instead of reindeers and a sleigh, the man in red will be escorted to
Santa Monica Bike Center Off to a Good Start
December 13, 2011 -- After three weeks of operation, Downtown Santa
Monica's new bike center has 25 members and is growing.
Monica Council to Consider Urban Forest Master Plan
December 13, 211 -- The proposed Urban Forest Master Plan the Santa
Monica City Council will take up
Monica's Emeritus College Issues Memoir Collection
December 13, 2011 -- Memoirs have become a hot new genre,
and who better than the elderly to share their memories in print.
Street” Gets New Score at Santa Monica Beach House
December 12, 2011 -- As part of its Beach=Culture program, the
Annenberg Beach House will screen one of the more sparkling silent films
made by its former resident, Marion Davies, on Monday night,
Monica Cab Drivers Could Face Stiffer Fines
December 12, 2011 -- Cab drivers violating the City's taxi franchise
law would face stiffer penalties under a measure scheduled to be taken
up by the City Council Tuesday.
I Say -- Akedism
December 12, 2011 -- I read a good book over Thanksgiving. We were
staying at my mother-in-law’s in Pittsburgh,
and she had a copy of the new book by Harvard professor
Stephen Greenblatt called
Monica Nativity Display Nudged Out by Atheists
December 9, 2011 -- For the first time in 57 years, there may be
no “The Christmas Story” gracing Santa Monica's
Palisades Park with a quaint two-block long, life-size
display of 14 nativity scenes this holiday season.
Film Market to Stay in Santa Monica
December 9, 2011 -- Santa
Monica will remain home to the American Film Market
(AFM) for at least another five years, bringing in an anticipated $100
million in direct spending to the beachside city.
Monica College Board Gets New Chair, Vice Chair
December 9, 2011 -- For the second time, Dr. Margaret R. Quiñones-Perez was elected chair and
Monica’s Main Street Merchants Get Creative to Boost Holiday Sales
December 8, 2011 – Merchants along Main Street in Santa Monica are getting creative this holiday
season in an effort to compete with retail chains offering big discounts.
Monica Shooting Victim Not a Gang Member, Center Official Says
December 8, 2011 -- The 16-year old victim who was shot multiple
times in the chest Tuesday was a regular at the Pico Youth and Family Center
Arrest Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping
December 8, 2011 – Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in the attempted
kidnapping of a teenage girl in Santa
Monica last week.
Monica Officials Will Ask About Price of Trailer Park
December 8, 2011 -- The City will not look into exercising its
right to eminent domain to prevent the closure of one of two remaining
Monica High School Student Wounded in After-school Shooting
December 7, 2011 -- Police are looking for two suspects in the
shooting of a Santa Monica High School student that took place after school
Tuesday near the campus, police said.
Can No Longer Let Fear Lead Us
December 7, 2011 --The following speech was delivered by Santa Monica
- Malibu School Board member Nimish Patel at
a special meeting November 29, where the board voted unanimously to move
forward on a district gift policy.
Monica's Ocean Park Boulevard Goes Green
December 7, 2011 -- Santa
Monica'a Ocean Park Boulevard
is getting a green makeover that will include everything from new trees
and irrigation systems to new traffic striping and crosswalk signals.
Commission Could Have No Architects
December 6, 2011 -- Santa
Monica's Planning Commission could be without any
architects for the first time in at least a quarter century after the
City Council fills one remaining vacancy Tuesday night.
Monica Police Search for Suspect in Attempted Kidnapping
December 6, 2011 -- Police are searching for a suspect in the attempted
kidnapping of a teenage girl Sunday morning in Santa Monica's Pico Neighborhood.
Counselor Share Santa Monica College's Top Faculty Honor
December 6, 2011 -- A philosopher with a green bent and a counselor
who is considered a statewide guru on transforming universities have been
named Santa Monica College's 2011 Co-Faculty of the Year.
Monica City Council Tries to Save Trailer Park
December 5, 2011 -- The City Council Tuesday night will take up
a "last ditch effort" to save one of Santa Monica's two remaining
mobile home parks, but the council member behind the effort concedes the
prospect seems unlikely.
Monica Promenade Revs up For Electric Vehicles
December 5, 2011 -- The Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night
is expected to pave the way for electric vehicles to be displayed on the
busy Third Street Promenade Downtown.
I Say -- Hitched
December 5, 2011 --The Santa Monica Malibu School Board did what
it had to do last week when it voted to centralize and equalize fund raising
and expenditures for extra personnel and other educational programming
in the district.
Santa Monica Mural Succumbs to Age, Vandalism
2, 2011 --
Following years of controversy, a popular mural that has graced a wall
at the corner of Ocean Park
Boulevard and Main
Street in Santa
Monica has been whitewashed by the building's new
Monica Talent Agent Arrested on Suspicion of Molesting Child
December 2, 2011 -- A Santa Monica talent manager was arrested
Tuesday on suspicion of molesting one of his under-aged clients, and police
believe there could be other victims.
Monica Library Exhibits Norton Christmas Projects
December 2, 2011 -- In 1988, retired computer entrepreneur Peter
Norton and his wife, Eileen Harris, began commissioning world-renown artists
to design multiple edition Christmas projects they mailed as holiday greetings
to friends and colleagues.
Monica - Malibu School Board Approves Controversial Gift Policy
December 1, 2011 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu School Board voted
unanimously to move forward with their controversial district-wide fundraising
policy at a tense meeting Tuesday night.
Santa Monica Upgrades
Homeless Services Tracking System
December 1, 2011 -- Santa
Monica will boost its current computerized system
that tracks the homeless clients who receive help from the city's extensive
network of service providers.
Monica Urges Residents to Give the Gift of Preparedness
December 1, 2011 -- It may seem no more exciting than finding that
the present under the tree you were dying to unwrap had only underwear