Monica Senior Food Program Scrambles to Stay Afloat
May 31, 2012 -- Due to the increased cost of food and gas, Santa
Monica's homebound seniors will have to pay more to have their daily
meals delivered starting in July, according to Meals on Wheels West officials.
Monica Buys Back Downtown Parking Spaces
May 31, 2012 -- In an effort to free up Downtown Santa Monica's
parking, the City has bought back more 350 parking spaces it had
been leasing to private companies for decades.
Monica to Host an Inventive 4th of July Parade
May 31, 2012 -- Organizers hope Santa Monica’s 6th
Annual Fourth of July Parade on Main Street will bring out plenty
of propeller hats and anti-matter pods
Monica Contemplates New Parking Rates
May 30, 2012 -- Visitors to Santa Monica could see a reduction
in free parking Downtown as early as September and an increase in the
cost of meter parking throughout the beachside city from 75 cents an
hour to $1 an hour, finance officials say.
Monica Coin Dealer to Pay Back Customers
May 30, 2012 -- In what marks the City of Santa Monica's
second settlement with a national gold coin dealer this year, the
owner of Superior Gold will be required to pay $2 million toward
Monica College Celebrates the Arts in June
May 30, 2012 -- The seaside city will be alive with the
arts this summer thanks to Santa Monica College's month-long show
of Emeritus College students' art works and a series of jazz and
tap performances by SMC students.
Monica Big Blue Bus Announces Route Changes, Cancellations
May 29, 2012 -- Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus will alter
routes next month to coincide with the opening of the Expo
Light Rail station in Culver City and will eliminate two
shuttles with few riders in the beachside city.
Monica Planning Commission to Weigh in on Village Trailer Park
May 29, 2012 -- Santa Monica's Planning Commission
will take up the fate of the Village Trailer Park Wednesday
after more than three dozen speakers weighed in last week
on a nearly 500-unit residential project proposed for the
Trailer Park, Santa Monica
May 29, 2012 -- A group of senior citizens interspersed
with a tiny handful of children and two handfuls of “soon
to be” seniors are living in a mutually supporting, self-evolved
community. Many moved into it when middle-aged, or “young-old.”
Santa Monica Police Warn: Click it or Ticket
May 29, 2012 -- Santa Monica police have kicked off the start-of-summer
Click It or Ticket campaign to crack down on those who don’t buckle up.
Monica Plays Host to American Military Widows
May 25, 2012 -- Earlier this month , a nonprofit organization
called the American Widow Project showed Santa Monica and the
world the resilience and courage of the nation’s military
families in the face of unbearable tragedy.
Monica Celebrates Memorial Day
May 25, 2012 -- Santa Monica will honor veterans
of America's armed forces, living and dead, this Memorial
Day with a flyover of a locally produced World War II-era
plane and new wardrobes for returning vets.
Good Taste -- Discovering
a " Meat Market" Across the Street from Santa Monica College
March 25, 2012 -- Okay, so it's not that kind
of meat market, but an unassuming little shop called Carniceria
Reynoso Meat Market tucked away in a barely-noticeable
mini strip center on 17th and Pico, right across from Santa
Monica Beaches Get High Marks
May 25, 2012 -- No need to worry if you plan to
swim and surf at Santa Monica beaches this summer, with
all seven of the city's coastal testing sites earning an
A or A+ during dry weather, according to Heal The Bay's
Annual Beach report card.
Monica City Council Gives Youth Center Six Months to Shape Up
May 24, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday
told the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) in no uncertain terms
that its future depends on whether or not it can get its accounts
in order after a financial monitor found irregularities in the
non-profit agency's records.
School Brings Light Opera to Santa Monica
May 24, 2012-- If you thought that the words “Victorian-era
light opera” and “Lincoln Middle School” could
never be used in the same sentence, think again. The junior high
schoolers just staged a production of “The Pirates
of Penzance” with as much full-throated zest and ensemble
silliness as was ever seen at London’s Savoy Theatre more
than 130 years ago.
Offers Close-up Look at Santa Monica Historic Homes
May 24, 2012 -- It is arguably one of the most beautiful
structures in Santa Monica, and the public can have a rare chance
to visit Irving Gill's Horatio West Court during a tour of local
landmarks Sunday, June 3.
Monica Goes Wild
May 23, 2012 -- It is a lush plot in the midst of a world of
concrete and asphalt, and its palms and thick vegetation offered the
final refuge for the three-year-old male mountain lion that had strayed
far from its natural habitat in the Santa Monica Mountains.
Monica's Village Trailer Park Gets Celebrity Boost
May 23, 2012 -- David Mamet arrives Saturday at Gallery
169 in Santa Monica in a pink Hawaiian shirt and straw hat, chatting
casually with one of Village Trailer Park's long-term residents,
a subject of a photo-essay exhibit by the playwright's daughter.
Officer Will Attempt World Record on Santa Monica Ferris Wheel
May 23, 2012 --- Los Angeles Police Officer Gus Martinez
has a good reason and the training necessary to ride the Santa
Monica Pier's world-famous Ferris wheel for 25 straight hours
and break the world record.
Monica City Council to Take on Growing Deficit
May 22, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday
will begin to grapple with a projected $4.5 million budget shortfall
due to the rising cost of retirement benefits and the elimination
of the state's Redevelopment Agencies (RDAs).
Monica’s Tudor House to Serve its Last Cup of Tea
May 22, 2012 -- The Tudor House, Santa Monica's purveyor
of British comestibles, will be closing its doors after nearly
50 years. Like many other “Mom and Pop”-type shops
Downtown, the tearoom is caving to the fiscal realities of recession-weary
customers and rising rents.
Monica Camps Now Enrolling For Summer
May 22, 2012 -- In Santa Monica, summer camp is more than
swimming and camping. It's also arts and dance and science and
even rock 'n roll, and the City's camps are enrolling until all
the spaces are filled, City officials said.
MonicaYouth Center Given Final Ultimatum
May 21, 2012 -- The City has given the Pico Youth and Family
Center (PYFC) six months to shape up or lose its funding after
a financial monitor found irregularities in the non-profit agency's
records, including "unexplained salary overages" for
its top staff, according to a report by the City.
Around Santa Monica's First Expo Stop Begins Taking Shape
May 21, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Planning Commission on
Wednesday recommended that steps be taken to add open space and
reduce traffic in the Bergamot Area that will surround the first
Expo Light Rail line stop in the beachside city.
Warns Santa Monica About Nativity Scene Proposal
Santa Monica City Attorney Misinterpreted Nativity Scene Cases
May 21, 2012 -- A national group that champions the separation
of church and state has threatened to sue the City of Santa Monica
if it moves forward Tuesday with a proposal by Nativity scene organizers
that would ban signs and banners that "denigrate" holiday
May 21, 2012 -- It's part of
the City Attorney's job to advise you against legal risks, and to recommend
actions to minimize those risks. In the case of the Nativity scenes, Ms.
Moutrie has done that, and I don't mean to criticize her.
Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau Summit looks up, up, up
May 17, 2012 -- Numbers released at the Third Annual
Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Summit on Wednesday show
that visitors to Santa Monica are arriving in higher numbers
and are spending more than they did the previous year.
Monica Festival Features Food
May 17, 2012 -- The 21st Annual Santa Monica's Festival
Saturday at Clover Park is so food-oriented, it easily
could have been called a Taste of Santa Monica.
GOOD TASTE -- Tea
at Tudor House
May 17, 2012 -- On this week's "Good Taste" journey,
a friend and I stopped in at the Tudor House for a late
lunch. The restaurant was almost full, with folks of all
ages enjoying lunch, high tea, dessert or browsing in the
cute English-themed gift shop.
LETTERS -- Santa
Monica Airport Opponents Should Be More Open-minded
May 17, 2012 -- In her correspondence ("Letters:
Take Back Santa Monica Airport Land,"Kelly
Stevens claims 85 percent of people living near the airport
want it closed. Where is this “fact” sourced?
EIR Sets Santa Monica Record
May 16, 2012 -- Weighing in at more than 8,500 pages,
the environmental impact report (EIR) for the future Bergamot
Transit Village likely will go unread by even the most zealous
civic watchdog, despite an extra six months delay in the process.
Monica Students Tackle Comic Opera Masterpiece
May 16, 2012 -- If anybody doubted the firepower that
the Lincoln Middle School Theatre can muster, four shows this
weekend should put any doubts to rest.The school will stage
a full-fledged production of Gilbert and Sullivan's comic opera
masterpiece, "The Pirates of Penzance."
Monica College Student Wins National Hair Competition
May 16, 2012 -- Santa Monica College students took the
top two spots and four of the top 11 in the Junior Style Stars
National Hair Competition, beating out 315 students nationwide,
college officials said.
Showing Support for Santa Monica Airport Statistically Valid
May 16, 2012 -- In her letter regarding the City Council
review on the future of Santa Monica Airport ("Take
Back Santa Monica Airport Land," May 14)
Monica Landmarks Commission Moves Forward with Designation for “Chain
May 15, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Landmarks Commission voted
unanimously Monday night to recommend political cartoonist Paul Conrad's
iconic “Chain Reaction” sculpture for landmark designation.
Sky’s the Limit at Annenberg Exhibit in Santa Monica
May 15, 2012 -- Angelenos rarely get the opportunity to
really see the sky. Smog and light pollution conspire to deprive
residents of the ethereal magic overhead. But a new exhibit at
the Annenberg Beach House in Santa Monica changes all that.
Monica Commission on the Status of Women Seeks Applicants
May 15, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Commission on the Status
of Women is seeking applicants for an opening on the nine-member
panel, which is in the process of implementing its 2010-2015
Commission Takes Up Iconic Santa Monica Sculpture
May 14, 2012 -- The Landmarks Commission will decide Monday
night whether or not it is within the limits of its power to designate
Santa Monica's iconic “Chain Reaction” sculpture as a
Monica's Olympic High Offers Second Chance
May 14, 2012 -- Olympic High School’s Food Truck
Thursday has all the elements of a great neighborhood block party.
Youngsters shoot hoops, the aroma of freshly-grilled steak sliders
waft over the crowd, and a local high school band rocks some
Monica Pier Aquarium Gets New Director
May 14, 2012 -- Heal the Bay has tapped a South Dakota
native who comes from a long line of educators to run its Santa
Monica Pier Aquarium.
Take Back Santa Monica Airport Land
Thanks for the article on the Santa Monica Airport. ("Council
Puts Closing Santa Monica Airport on the Table," May 10, 2012).
Group Tries to Save Santa Monica Christmas Displays
May 11, 2012 -- A local group has presented a proposal that
would ban signs and banners that "denigrate" holiday traditions
and set deadlines in an effort to save the Nativity Scenes that have
been displayed in Santa Monica's Palisades Park for six decades.
Monica’s Off Campus Learning Center Shapes Lives
Monica College First to Offer Certification in Public Policy
May 11, 2012 -- Cynthia MacGregory’s job requires
her to wear many hats. She is the special education teacher at
Santa Monica's Off Campus Learning Center for some 24 students,
but she also finds herself acting as school counselor, “regular
ed” teacher and administrator.
May 11, 2012 -- Santa Monica College offered its first public
policy classes this semester, making it the only community college in
the state to offer an Associate in Arts and Certificate of Achievement
in Public Policy.
Puts Closing Santa Monica Airport on the Table
May 10, 2012 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted
Tuesday night to move forward with the airport visioning
process, but added to the City's list of recommended actions
closing the airport if its impacts aren't satisfactorily
Monica Expands Parking Meter Sensors
May 10, 2012 -- In Santa Monica, there soon will
be no need to rush back to feed the meter if the time limit
has expired. Under "customer service enhancements" being
implemented by the City, motorists will be sure to get
a ticket anyway.
Monica Pier Ferris Wheel Offers Moms a Free Ride
Good Taste: Two
Old-time Santa Monica Establishments Keep It Sweet and Simple
May 10, 2012 -- To celebrate Mother’s Day,
moms can get a free ride Sunday on Pacific Park's world-famous
Ferris wheel on the Santa Monica Pier.
May 10, 2012 - Standing side-by-side on Wilshire Boulevard are
two well-respected establishments that have each been in Santa Monica for
more than 50 years -- Callahan's and Vienna Pastry. On a recent Monday
morning, I venture out earlier than usual to check them both out. First
breakfast, then dessert!
Monica's Controlled Rents Could See a Slight Rise
May 9, 2012 -- Staff is recommending that the Santa Monica Rent
Control Board allow landlords to raise the rent by less than 2 percent
in the upcoming fiscal year, an amount property owners argue is far
Santa Monica Brand Goes Global
May 9, 2012 -- Fred Segal -- a Santa Monica brand that is popular among
celebrities and has become a pop culture reference -- has been bought
by Sandow Media, a company that develops luxury brands in the fashion
and home industries.
to Pay Santa Monica $39.5 million for Well Clean Up
May 9, 2012 -- The Boeing Company has agreed to pay Santa Monica
$39.5 over the next ten years to clean up the ground water at the City's
Olympic Well Field, which officials claim was contaminated by the aircraft
Keep the Santa Monica Views for Seniors
May 9, 2012 ---I can't tell you how much a wrong decision
is being made to move the designated Senior Center from the Camera
Obscura building in Palisades Park on Ocean Avenue to the Ken Edwards
Center on 4th Street. ("Santa
Monica to Revamp Senior Services," April 30, 2012)
to Discuss Santa Monica Airport's Future
May 8, 2012 -- When the City Council takes up the future
of one of the nation's oldest municipal airports Tuesday night,
the meeting will cap what Santa Monica officials are calling
one of the most extensive community discussions ever conducted
by the City.
Monica Activist Jerry Rubin to Make Fifth Council Bid
May 8, 2012 -- If attending City Council meetings -- which
are known for their marathon length -- is the best way to prepare
to run for a seat on the dais, Jerry Rubin must be the most prepared
man in America.
Monica College Seeks Applicants for Bond Oversight Committee
May 8, 2012 -- Santa Monica College is seeking applicants for
the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee that oversees the implementation
of three bond measures that are funding capital improvement projects
at the college.
High School’s Alternative Approach Helps Students Succeed
May 7, 2012 -- In an era of budget cuts and declining
performance demands from public education, Santa Monica has
one public school whose accomplishments have continued to defy
Two-Thirds of Santa Monica's Rent Control Units at Market Rate,
“Education & the
Pursuit of Happiness” Subject of Santa Monica College Symposium
May 7, 2012 -- Nearly two-thirds of Santa Monica's rent-controlled
units are now being rented at market rates, up from ten percent in
1999, when a State law lifted rent limits on most vacated units,
according to a report released by the Rent Board.
May 7, 2012 -- Is there any real relationship between education
and happiness in life? That is the question Santa Monica College's Public
Policy Institute will tackle during a symposium next week.
Split from Santa Monica Would be Costly, School District Report
May 4, 2012 -- Splitting the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School
District could be costly, especially for Malibu, where a secession
movement has been gaining momentum, according to a preliminary report
issued by District officials.
Discrimination Complaints Filed Against Santa Monica Police, Report
May 4, 2012 -- The Santa Monica Police Department's racial
sensitivity training seems to be working, with only one personnel
complaint alleging "some form of racial or cultural discrimination" currently
under investigation, according to a report issued by police officials.
Monica Celebrates Cinco de Mayo Sunday
May 4, 2012 -- Enter your best salsa recipe in the Homemade
Salsa Tasting Contest, play Lotería, or participate in
the Traditional Fashion Contest at Santa Monica's Cico de Mayo
celebration Sunday at Virginia Avenue Park.
Monica's Bike Center Extends Its Reach with “Bikes at Work”
May 3, 2012 -- Santa Monica's award-winning Bike
Center is getting down to the business of encouraging
employees to pedal around the beachside city once they
get to work.
Monica Police Monitor Jaywalking, Crack Down on Speeding Motorists
Monica Co-Op Nuts About Health
May 3, 2012 -- The stretch of Pico Boulevard near
Santa Monica High School is a busy thoroughfare for both
vehicles and pedestrians, with students often darting across
the street against the light or away from designated crosswalks
as they race to class or to catch a bus.
May 3, 2012 -- The first thing I notice when I pull up to
the Co-Opportunity store in Santa Monica is the number of bike
racks installed along the store's façade, a reminder that
I should ride my bike instead of drive the next time I visit.
Jay's Future Uncertain in a Redeveloped Santa Monica
May 2, 2012 -- In a city that prides itself on its beach
culture, one of the iconic structures from Santa Monica's days
as a carefree seaside getaway may no longer fit in.
Monica Rep’s “Proof” Painful and Provocative
May 2, 2012 -- It is simply remarkable what Santa
Monica Rep, which has yet to find permanent digs, is
able to produce with a budget that probably wouldn’t
feed a cat for a month.
Monica Home Tour to Benefit High School Orchestras
May 2, 2012 -- If you've always wanted to check
out that stupendous garden or wondered what the house behind
the lush greenery looks like inside, you've got your chance
to get an up-close view on Sunday.
Monica College Seeks Solutions to Budget Crisis
May 1, 2012 -- After postponing a controversial plan
to offer self-funded classes, Santa Monica College officials
are seeking input on how to best deal with a funding crisis
that could result in the end of summer courses at the city
Line Moves Closer to Santa Monica with Weekend Opening
Monica-based RAND Names Top Officials
May 1, 2012 -- The first phase of the Expo Light
Rail line, which will eventually stretch from the heart
of Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica, carried its first
passengers this weekend.
May 1, 2012 -- The Santa Monica-based RAND Corporation has
hired a new vice president of international affairs and added a
new member to its board of trustees, agency officials announced