Slew of State Housing Bills Will Make Little Dent in Santa Monica
March 15, 2019 -- A series of housing bills introduced in the State Assembly Thursday will likely have little impact on Santa Monica's skyrocketing rental market, although one of them could pave the way for a local voter initiative.
||Santa Monica Review Launches Spring Issue with Literary Party
March 15, 2019 -- Works in a wide range of genres will be featured in the upcoming issue of Santa Monica Review, the only nationally distributed literary magazine published by a U.S. community college. The works will be showcased at a launch party Sunday, March 31.
Superior Court Judge Rejects School District's Motion to Dismiss "Free Education" Lawsuit
March 14, 2019 -- A Superior Court Judge this week rejected a motion by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) to dismiss a lawsuit charging it violates a student's right to a free education.
Santa Monica Police to Conduct DUI Checkpoint Friday
March 14, 2019 -- The prescription drug a driver is taking may be legal, but driving impaired under its influence can result in a DUI, police are reminding Santa Monica motorists this week.
Appeals Court Affirms Santa Monica's Right to Regulate Online Homesharing Platforms
March 13, 2019 -- In a ruling City officials called "a big win," a California Appeals Court on Wednesday affirmed Santa Monica's right to penalize online platforms for booking short-term rentals of properties not licensed under the city's strict home-sharing law.
Attorney Who Filed Complaint Against City, PAL Has Won High Profile Cases
March 13, 2019 -- The attorney respresenting the plaintiffs in a sex abuse case against the City of Santa Monica and the Police Activities League (PAL) has a record of winning high profile cases against public institutions.
Six of Uller's Alleged Sex Abuse Victims File Claim Against City, PAL
March 13, 2019 -- Six alleged victims of former City employee Eric Uller filed a claim Monday against the City and the Police Activities League (PAL) claiming they failed to protect them as children from sexual abuse.
County Supervisors Tout Santa Monica's Wage Law Enforcement
March 12, 2019 -- The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday recognized Santa Monica for its successful efforts to enforce its minimum wage law by collecting more than $43,000 in back wages for 75 local employees.
||Santa Monica Prepares for Marathon Crowds
March 12, 2019 -- On Sunday, March 24, Santa Monica will once again be the finish line for the Los Angeles Marathon and that means a boon for local businesses and, for residents, finding different ways of getting around town.
City Asks Appeals Court to Allow Council Members to Serve After August 15 Prohibition
March 11, 2019 -- The City on Friday asked a California Appeals Court to stay an order in the voting rights lawsuit that would prohibit sitting Council members from serving after August 15.
OPINION -- Local 11’s Anti-Environment Track Record Doesn’t Bode Well for City’s Climate Agenda
March 11, 2019 -- Santa Monica's Climate Action Plan can only succeed if everyone plays their part, but for years, Unite Here has fought against hotel policies that encourage guests to “go green,” writes Charlyce Bozzello from the Center for Union Facts.
|Council Approves $525,000 for City Hall Annex "Light Paintings"
March 8, 2019 -- When Santa Monica's cutting-edge City Services Building opens early next year, it will feature a series of nature-inspired "paintings" composed of light, after the City Council on Tuesday approved a $525,000 contract with Los Angeles-based artist Susan Narduli.
Santa Monica Seeks Input on Future of Parks
March 8, 2019 -- Santa Monica residents have a chance weigh in on the future of the city's public parks at a Community Open House Saturday from 10 a.m. to noon at Tongva Park across from City Hall.
Photo Exhibit Exhibit Captures Santa Monica's Past
March 8, 2019 -- The work of seven photographers who captured Santa Monica's past in memorable images will be the subject of an exhibit at the Santa Monica Public Library that kicks off Saturday.
|| Coastal Commission Approves Civic Center Playing Field
March 7, 2019 -- After a struggle that began with a request a quarter century ago and gained momentum a dozen years later, Santa Monica residents will finally get a Civic Center sports field a quarter mile from the beach.
Santa Monica Wins Three Homesharing Cases
March 7, 2019 -- Three defendants were convicted Tuesday of violating Santa Monica's homesharing ordinance, marking the third such court victory for the City in the past three weeks, resulting in a total of 29 rental units being returned to the market.
LETTERS -- Districts Give All Voters a Voice
March 7, 2019 -- I felt lower than a gopher’s ears when I read Former Mayor Paul Rosenstein's letter to the editor in the Lookout that distorts the facts in the voting rights case so much.
Judge Palazuelos Denies City's Request for A Stay in Voting Rights Order
March 6, 2019 -- Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos on Thursday denied the City's request to allow Council members not elected by districts to serve after August 15 while the voting rights case is appealed.
City Officials Won't Reveal Cost of Voting Rights Lawsuit Until Case is Closed
March 5, 2019 -- Santa Monica taxpayers will have to wait until the voting rights lawsuit ends to learn what the City has spent fighting the nearly three-year-old case.
California Supreme Court Upholds Death Sentence for Gang Members Arrested in Santa Monica
||March 4, 2019 -- The California Supreme Court last week upheld the death sentence for two gang members engaged on a 2000 crime spree that ended with a tense hostage takeover and shootout with police on the Santa Monica Pier. Before his 2005 sentencing, Oswaldo Amezcua (left) said his mission was "to kill as much people as I could."
Council Hopes to Boost Bike Share Sponsorship as Program Falters
March 4, 2019 -- As it struggles to keep the Breeze Bike Share program from falling further in the red, the City Council Tuesday is expected to extend a commission-based agreement with the company that secured the program's sponsorship with Hulu.
LETTERS --Supporters of District Elections Should Beware of What They Seek
August 4, 2019 -- Superior Court Judge Yvette M. Palazuelos' order for district elections is undemocratic and a version of voter suppression, writes former Paul Rosenstein.
LETTERS -- It's Time to Break SMRR's Iron Grip
March 1, 2019 -- Throughout history, power has never been given away, it's always been taken, writes former Rent Board Commissioner Robert Kronovet.
Santa Monica Council Tweaks Public Input Rules
February 28, 2019 -- Worried about curtailing public testimony, the City Council on Tuesday rejected any major changes to its public input polices. Instead, it unanimously voted to allowed speakers who cut their comments from 2 minutes to 1 to choose to speak first on an item.