Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Comprehensive Bill to Phase Out Single-Use Plastic
February 21, 2019 -- Santa Monica remained at the forefront of the fight to ban plastics in California with a comprehensive bill introduced Thursday by State Sen. Ben Allen that would phase out the sale and distribution of single-use plastics by 2030.
OPINION -- One Councilmember We Can Trust Is Better than Seven We Can’t
February 21, 2019 -- History will show that Santa Monica’s fake liberal establishment pursued an ego-driven legal adventure that failed in thwarting a positive change in our election system, writes Oscar de la Torre.
LETTERS -- Santa Monica Needs to Appeal Voting Rights Decision
February 21, 2019 -- Santa Monica has changed and creating a gerrymandered district won't remedy last century’s discrimination, writes former Rent Board member Joel Koury.
Santa Monica Councilmembers' Political Futures Could be Shaped by Thursday's Vote
February 20, 2019 -- When the City Council votes Thursday on whether to appeal the voting rights lawsuit against the City, the decision could help determine some of the members' political futures.
||Santa Monica Hires New Criminal Chief
February 20, 2019 -- Santa Monica has hired a criminal prosecutor from LA to head the City Attorneys Criminal Division, which prosecutes a wide variety of crimes, City officials announced this week.
Man Pleads Not Guilty of Stabbing Mother to Death in Santa Monica Home
February 20, 2019 -- A 42-year-old man pleaded not guilty Wednesday in the fatal stabbing of his mother and the stabbing of his father in their Sunset Park home last month.
City Likely Faces Uphill Battle in Voting Rights Case, Experts Say
February 19, 2019 -- (UPDATED) The City of Santa Monica faces an uphill battle if the Council votes on Thursday to appeal last week's Superior Court decision in the voting rights case filed by Latino plaintiffs, election experts told the Lookout.
|Santa Monica Police Make Major Bust
February 19, 2019 -- A drug dealing investigation that began in Santa Monica led to the arrest last week of three suspects and the seizure of a large cache of weapons, drugs and cash, police said Tuesday.
Council Could Decide Thursday on Appeal in Voting Rights Lawsuit
February 19, 2019 -- The City Council could decide at a special meeting on Thursday whether to appeal last week's Superior Court ruling in a voting rights case filed by Latino plaintiffs.
||Judge Orders Special District Elections for Council in Final Ruling
February 15, 2019 -- In her final ruling, the judge in the voting rights lawsuit against the City has ordered a special district-based election on July 2 for all seven council seats. Candidates not elected through district-based elections "are prohibited from serving" after August 15.
Santa Monica's Tourism Industry Recognized with Economic Excellence Award
February 15, 2019 -- Santa Monica's booming tourism industry -- which pumped $66 million in bed taxes alone into the City's coffers last year -- has been recognized with an Economic Excellence Award from the Chamber of Commerce.
Santa Monica Big Blue Bus System Offers Free Wi-Fi, Improved Stops
February 15, 2019 -- Passengers aboard 19 Santa Monica buses can now access free Wi-Fi service that will soon be available on all of the fleet's newest 40-foot buses, agency officials announced Thursday.
Man Charged with Attempted Murder in Brutal Beating of Girlfriend
February 14, 2019 -- The Los Angeles District Attorney's office has filed attempted murder charges against a man suspected of beating his girlfriend unconscious in a Santa Monica apartment last week.
Santa Monica Police To Crack Down on Traffic Violations that Endanger Pedestrians, Bicyclists
February 14, 2019 -- Police will conduct operations on Friday and again on Monday to enforce traffic laws that help keep pedestrians and bicyclists safe.
Santa Monica Coalition Pauses Political Activities
February 13, 2019 -- The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) -- which helped usher in a slow-growth movement more than a decade ago -- has terminated its political action committee.
City Council Quickly Dispatches Low-Key Agenda
February 13, 2019 -- In a swift meeting with no hot-button issues, the City Council on Tuesday cast a series of unanimous votes that drew little or no public testimony.
Challengers Easily Outspend Incumbents in Santa Monica Council Race With Mixed Results
February 12, 2019 -- Two challengers outspent the three incumbents by more than $60,000 in a relatively quiet race for three open seats on the Santa Monica City Council November 6.
Man Arrested for Attempted Murder of Girlfriend in Santa Monica Apartment
February 12, 2019 -- A man was arrested Friday for attempted murder after brutally beating his girlfriend in an apartment in Santa Monica's Wilmont Neighborhood, police said.
Transportation Funding, Bed Taxes Help Offset Revenue Decreases, Finance Officials Say
February 11, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to tweak its midyear budget to reflect an estimated net increase of $800,000 in expenditures, according to a Finance Department report.
Major Santa Monica Developer Tries to Get Properties Back
February 8, 2019 -- Neil Shekhter and his affiliated companies will ask a Santa Monica Superior Court judge to rescind the 2016 sale of nine NMS properties claiming the buyers “were not bona fide purchasers,” his attorney said.
Santa Monica Poised to Allow Free Meter Parking for CAVs with Expired Decals
February 8, 2019 -- Santa Monica could become the first California city to extend free metered parking to Clean Air Vehicles (CAVs) with decals that have expired.
Federal Judge Dismisses Voting Rights Claim Charging Racial Gerrymandering
February 7, 2019 -- A federal judge this week rejected a challenge to the California Voting Rights Act (CVRA) filed by the former mayor of Poway, one of the cities that switched to district elections after being threatened with a lawsuit.
Scaled-Down Pier Concert Series Needs to Grow, Staff Says
February 7, 2019 -- Santa Monica's down-scaled "Twilight on the Pier" concerts may have been too successful in drawing smaller crowds last year and need a schedule change, according to City officials who manage the series.
OPINION -- 'Shaping a Changing World'
February 7, 2019 -- In her State of the City Address Wednsday night -- "Shaping a Changing World" -- Mayor Gleam Davis looked at Santa Monica's immediate and long-term future.
City Resolves 11 Section 8 Income Discrimination Complaints
February 6, 2019 -- City prosecutors announced Wednesday they have resolved eleven housing discrimination complaints filed by tenants who were turned down because they were using Section 8 vouchers.
Santa Monica Lawmaker Introduces Bill Lifting Restrictions on Animal Blood Banks
February 6, 2019 -- Under a bill proposed by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom, animal blood banks would no longer have to rely on confined dogs and cats.
LETTERS -- Alternative 'Facts' About Voting Rights Case 'Truly Dangerous'
February 6, 2019 -- In his most recent letter to the editor Joel Koury attempts to create an alternate reality by proclaiming what he calls “facts,” writes plaintiffs' attorney Kevin Shenkman.