City Settles with Tenant Accused of "Bizarre and Harassing Behavior"
December 13, 2018 -- A Santa Monica tenant who engaged in "bizarre and harassing behavior" to force subtenants to "flee" her apartment has reached a final settlement with the City, the City Attorney's office announced Thursday.
Police Department to Replace Faulty Camera Systems
December 13, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Police Department is expected to replace the body and car camera systems it purchased last year after encountering numerous problems with the equipment and technology.
New Council Calls for Unity and Communication
December 12, 2018 -- Following the lead of its newest member, Santa Monica's newly seated City Council ushered in what members said would be an era of unity and communication.
Davis, McKeown to Split Two-Year Mayoral Term
December 12, 2018 -- The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday voted to split the two-year mayoral term between Gleam Davis and former mayor Kevin McKeown in a 4 - 3 vote that reflected a divided council.
Santa Monica Animal Shelter Offers Pet Deals for the Holidays
December 12, 2018 -- If you'd like to give that special someone a doggy in the window for Christmas, head overr to the Santa Monica Police Department's pet adoption event on Saturday from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Substation on the Promenade.
Miramar Hotel Workers Threaten to Strike
December 10, 2018 -- Workers at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel in Santa Monica are threatening to strike over a list of demands that includes protections when the nearly century old hotel is closed for redevelopment, union officials said.
NEWS ANALYSIS -- Santa Monica Mayoral Elections Often Unpredictable
December 10, 2012 -- Electing a Santa Monica mayor is an unpredictable process that can result in high political theater or a dull and expected routine vote.
The City Council on Tuesday will once again choose a mayor.
Santa Monica Education Foundation Receives Anonymous $50,000 Matching Grant
December 10, 2018 -- The Santa Monica Education Foundation launched a fundraising drive Monday to match an anonymous $50,000 grant to fund programs in Santa Monica schools, Foundation officials announced.
Santa Hits Town for Anuual Candy Cane Drive Saturday
December 7, 20018 -- Santa Claus and his police and firefighter helpers are back this year to spread holiday cheer during Santa Monica's annual "Candy Cane Drive” on Saturday.
SMC Emeritus Concert Band to Feature Marimba Music
December 7, 2018 -- A performance this month by Santa Monica College’s Emeritus Concert Band will be tinged with the sounds of marimabas, concert organizers announced this week.
Santa Monica to Explain Changes in Water Law to Builders
December 6, 2018 -- Developers of new buildings in Santa Monica will be required to abide by changes to a Water Neutrality Ordinance some builders had been skirting.
Santa Monica Ranks Low on List of Best Cities for Jobs
December 6, 2018 -- Those looking for work will have a tougher chance of finding a job in Santa Monica than in most other California cities, according to a study by WalletHub released Thursday.
Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Bill to Eliminate Hurdle to Low-Income Housing
December 5, 2018 -- Santa Monica Senator Ben Allen introduced legislation this week to eliminate an impediment to building affordable housing added to the California Constitution in 1950.
Santa Monica College Seeks Applicants for Bond Oversight Committee
December 5, 2018 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) is seeking applicants to serve on the committee that oversees the implementation of four bond measures that fund capital improvements at its campuses, officials announced Wednesday.
Uber Reportedly Seeks to Buy E-Scooter Companies, As Craze, Safety Issues Spread
December 4, 2018 -- The multi-billion-dollar rideshare company Uber could expand its Santa Monica bikeshare operation to electric scooters as the increasingly popular mode of transportation spreads.
City Says No Remedy Needed in Voting Rights Case
December 3, 2018 -- There is no appropriate remedy in the voting rights lawsuit against the City and no need for the judge to impose one before a planned appeal becomes final, according to a brief filed by the City Friday.
Santa Monica Voters Backed Statewide Housing Measure, Opposed Water Bond
December 3, 2018 -- Santa Monica voters defied a statewide trend and handily voted to support Proposition 10, which would have allowed local governments to regulate rents on any type of housing.
City Council Hikes Fines for Living Wage Violations
November 30, 2018 -- Without discussion, the City Council on Tuesday unanimously voted to dramatically hike the fines for those who violate Santa Monica's minimum wage law in an effort to strengthen enforcement.
City Wins Suit Challenging Landing, Fuel Fees at Santa Monica Airport
November 29, 2018 -- A Superior Court judge this month rejected a lawsuit claiming the City was inflating landing and fuel fees at Santa Monica Airport to limit flight activity.
Party Bus Shooting Victim Sues City
Vazquez to Step Down from Council Seat
November 29, 2018 -- The friends and relatives of a woman killed in a 2017 shoot-out involving two party buses near the Santa Monica Pier have sued the City and the company that owned the bus.
||November 28, 2018 -- Councilmember Tony Vazquez will step down from the council to assume the seat on the State Board of Equalization he won on November 6, the City said in a statement Wednesday. The announcement came after the California Attorney General determined the two offices are “incompatible.”
Protesters Urge City Not to Appeal Voting Rights Ruling
November 28, 2018 -- Spend taxpayer money on policing parks not paying expensive lawyers, and don't underestimate the ire of voters who oppose the City's plans to appeal the ruling in a voting rights case.
That was the message delivered Tuesday evening by more than 100 demonstrators at City Hall. View video of rally
Judge Denies Request to Stop Certification of Santa Monica Election Results
November 27, 2018 -- The judge in the voting rights lawsuit against the City on Tuesday denied a request by the plaintiffs to halt certification of the results of the November 6 Santa Monica Council election.
Santa Monica College Launches Free Vocational Programs
November 27, 2018 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) is offering free non-credit programs for California residents wishing to enter fields as varied as rehab therapy and bicycle maintenance.
Leader of Social Justice Group Involved in Santa Monica Organizing Efforts Resigns
November 26, 2018 -- Rabbi Jonathan Klein, the executive director of Clergy & Laity United for Economic Justice (CLUE) -- which has been a leading voice in union organizing efforts in Santa Monica -- has stepped down from his post amid abuse and harassment claims.
LETTERS -- Voting Rights Attorney Wants to Set the Record Straight
November 26, 2018 -- Neither I, nor any of the other attorneys representing the Pico Neighborhood Association and Maria Loya, nor any of the plaintiffs, have any connection to the “Center for Union Facts” or any other anti-union group.