Santa Monica Sees Record Number of Weekly Coronavirus Cases, As County Re-Shutters Businesses
July 13, 2020 -- A record 65 coronravirius cases were confirmed in Santa Monica last week, as Los Angeles County began re-shutting businesses in an effort to curb a recent spike that has, in fact, resulted in fewer deaths and serious illness, according to an analysis of County data.
Nearly One in Three Americans Failed to Make Full Housing Payment This Month, Survey Finds
July 13, 2020 -- More than one-third of U.S. renters and homeowners failed to make full on-time payments in July due to the economic fallout of the coronavirus shutdown, according to a survey by Apartment List.
OPINION -- Voters, Not Council, Should Choose New Councilmember
July 13, 2020 -- Santa Monica voters do not want the Council to put its collective thumb on the scale with an election just around the corner, writes the head of a political watchdog group.
Council Expected to Choose Between Two Black Applicants for Open Seat
July 10, 2020 -- On Saturday, Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) will interview two Black applicants vying for an open seat on the City Council, indicating one of them will be chosen by the Council Tuesday.
Santa Monica Announces Appointments to Police Reform Advisory Committee
July 10, 2020 -- The City's first Black Councilmember, the two top local NAACP officials, two Santa Monica police officers and a dozen activists, residents and service providers have been selected to serve on the City's new Public Safety Reform Advisory Committee.
Santa Monica's Election System Does Not Violate Latino's Voting Rights, Appeals Court Rules
July 9, 2020 -- A State Appeals Court on Thursday ruled that Santa Monica's at-large election system does not violate the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA), a decision the Latino plaintiffs plan to appeal.
Santa Monica Library Launches Curbside Pick-Up
July 9, 2020 -- Santa Monica's libraries haven't opened yet due to LA County's coronavirus shutdown, but that doesn't mean items can't be checked out.
Police Arrest Four Suspects in Patagonia Looting
July 8, 2020 -- Santa Monica police have arrested two men and two women suspected of removing a safe from Patagonia during a looting spree in the city's Downtown May 31.
Santa Monica Lowers Threshold For Nominating Signatures
July 8, 2020 -- (UPDATED) Santa Monica candidates will need to gather fewer signatures to get on the November 3 ballot under a new emergency order issued by the City Wednesday.
Santa Monica Ranks Among Worst Cities to Buy First Home
July 8, 2020 -- Santa Monica is one of the worst cities in the nation for first-time home buyers looking to cash in on mortgage rates that have hit an all-time low, according to a survey by an online financial site.
Nearly 120 Applicants Seek Appointment to Vacant Council Seat
July 7, 2020 -- An airline pilot, ship captain, beer importer, police sergeant, stunt coordinator, hairdresser, jeweler and Sexydivineamazingthebest Chancey are among a record 117 applicants vying for an appointment to the Santa Monica City Council next Tuesday.
||Two Suspects Arrested in Santa Monica Looting Spree
July 7, 2020 -- Two suspects have been arrested for looting the VANS and REI stores during a violent wave of crime that swept through Downtown Santa Monica on May 31. Police arrested the suspects after identifying the getaway vehicle on social media.
Weekly Coronavirus Cases Hold Steady in Santa Monica
July 6, 2020 -- The number of confirmed coronavirus cases and deaths in Santa Monica held steady last week, as Los Angeles County Health officials reported that cases are increasing among younger people.
Santa Monica Beaches Get Mixed Grades in Latest Heal the Bay Report Card
July 6, 2020 -- Santa Monica beaches -- except for the area around the pier -- received top grades for water quality during dry weather but flunked during wet weather, according to Heal the Bay's latest report card.
Homeless Man Commits Suicide from Santa Monica Freeway Overpass
July 6, 2020 -- A man jumped to his death from a freeway overpass in Santa Monica Saturday, marking the second public suicide in two weeks and the 12th in the beach city in less than two and a half years.
Santa Monica Hotels Poised for a Comeback
July 2, 2020 -- Santa Monica's tourism industry is back on track after the coronavirus shutdown, with nearly all of its 41 hotels open for business with heightened safety measures, tourism officials said.
Santa Monica Issues Face-Covering Order
Three Suspects Arrested for Arson, Looting During Violent Protests in Santa Monica
July 2, 2020 -- Santa Monica customers who don't wear face coverings or maintain social distancing can be refused service and fined, according to an order issued by the City Thursday.
||July 1, 2020 -- (UPDATED) Three teenagers were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of setting fire to a sushi restaurant and looting seven Downtown Santa Monica businesses during violent protests in the beach city May 31. Micah Tillmon, 19, was arrested for arson, while Gisselle Alexis Pinto, 19, and Mynor Pinto, 18, were arrested for looting.
City Launches Rental Assistance Program for Tenants Impacted by Coronavirus Shutdown
July 1, 2020 -- Santa Monica tenants who can show they have been economically impacted by the coronavirus shutdown can begin applying for rental assistance from the City on Tuesday.
Appeals Court Issues Tentative Opinion in Favor of City in Voting Rights Suit
June 30, 2020 -- A California Appeals Court on Tuesday issued a tentative opinion finding that Santa Monica's at-large election system does not intentionally discriminate against Latino voters. If finalized, it would reverse a lower court ruling ording Santa Monica to hold District elections.
||Police Seek Suspect in Police Car Fire During Protests
June 30, 2020 -- Police are looking for a suspect involved in setting a police car on fire during violent protests in Santa Monica on May 31. The FBI is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the suspect's arrest.
Santa Monica Beaches, Pier Closed Over Holiday Weekend
June 30, 2020 -- Santa Monica beaches, as well as the Pier, will be closed over Independence Day weekend, with LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva saying his department would take a "Care First, Jail Last" approach.
Santa Monica Surpasses 400 Coronavirus Cases, as County Cases Top 100,000
June 29, 2020 -- Confirmed coronavirus cases in Santa Monica reached 401 on Sunday, as the County surpassed 100,000 reported cases. The 41 cases reported in Santa Monica last week was the highest weekly tally since a record 52 cases were confirmed during the first week of June.
Santa Monica Bars, Restaurants Can Only Serve Drinks With Meals
June 29, 2020 -- Bars, pubs and breweries in Los Angeles County must close down once again or serve drinks only to those who order sit-down meals, under an order issued Sunday by Governor Gavin Newsom.
LETTERS -- Public Needs Full, Transparent Police Investigation
June 29, 2020 -- When it comes to investigating the police actions on May 31, the public is entitled to a full and transparent investigation. That's not what it's getting.
Council Approves Drastically Reduced Budget, Carves Out Funding for 'Black Agenda'
June 26, 2020 -- The City on Tuesday approved a $613.6 million budget decimated by the coronavirus shutdown that provides last-minute funding for "racial justice initiatives" in the wake of nationwide protests against police.
Body Found in Park Was 11th Public Suicide in Santa Monica in Two and a Half Years
June 26, 2020 -- The death of a Santa Monica man whose body was found in a local park early Monday morning has been ruled a suicide, the 11th committed in a public space in two and a half years.
Santa Monica Businesses Go Outdoors
June 25, 2020 -- Santa Monica's shopping districts will begin looking a little more like bazaars after the City on Thursday gave merchants and restaurants the go-ahead to expand in front of their businesses.
Santa Monica Pier Begins 'Phased Reopening'
June 25, 2020 -- More than three months after shutting down during the coronavirus emergency, the Santa Monica Pier began a phased reopening Wednesday that requires visitors to wear face masks and maintain social distancing.
Fireworks Are Illegal in Santa Monica, Fire Officials Warn
June 25, 2020 -- There may not be a fireworks display in Santa Monica this year, but that's no reason to celebrate Independence Day by setting off one your own, Fire Department officials warn.
Union Protests Fully Reopening Hotels, Cites Health Concerns
June 24, 2020 -- As Santa Monica hotels begin to fully reopen under a recent County order, the local hotel union is protesting the decision, saying it puts hospitality workers in danger during the coronavirus pandemic.
Santa Monica Seeks Applicants for Advisory Committee on Police Reform
June 24, 2020 -- The City of Santa Monica is seeking applicants for a newly created committee to help come up with proposals for police reform, City officials announced Wednesday.