Santa Monica Assemblymember Authors Bill to Hike Cost of Proposed Ballot Measures
March 27, 2015 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor and current Democratic Assemblymember Richard Bloom has proposed a bill calling for a significant rise in the price tag for ballot measure proposals.
Santa Monica Schools Struggling To Meet Fundraising Goals
March 27, 2015 -- Just three months short of their deadline, fundraisers have collected only half of the $4 million they have targeted to pay for everything from arts to science projects for the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District.
Santa Monica On The Way To Becoming Movie-Going Mecca
March 27, 2015 -- Santa Monica is moving closer to becoming a movie-going mecca, with major theater chains from ArcLight to smaller operations like Laemmle’s finishing building plans and blueprints for state-of-the-art movie houses.
Santa Monica Pier Ferris Wheel Goes Dark as Part of Earth Hour
March 27, 2015 -- The lights on the Santa Monica Pier’s world-famous Ferris wheel will go mostly dark for an hour on Saturday night as it joins in the international Earth Hour celebration, Pacific Park officials said.
Santa Monica Council OKs New Lease Terms for Airport Tenants
March 26, 2015 -- Wary of triggering new legal challenges from the federal government, Santa Monica City Council members this week approved several measured steps aimed at giving the City a bit more control over Santa Monica Airport.
Council Appoints Slow-Growth Foe to Santa Monica Planning Commission
March 26, 2015 -- Santa Monica residents who call themselves slow-growth activists celebrated in November after an election that they said gave them control of the City Council. But this victory did not help in getting someone from their ranks to fill the highly sought seat on the Planning Commission.
Residocracy to Launch Ballot Measures to Control Santa Monica Development
March 26, 2015 -- Residocracy.org, the Santa Monica internet-based slow-growth organization, will launch efforts to halt the City’s proposed new zoning ordinance and replace it with a law that turns development decisions over to the residents, the group’s founder said Wednesday.
Santa Monica Police Arrest Drivers at DUI Checkpoint
March 26, 2015 -- Santa Monica police screened hundreds of drivers and arrested two motorists on suspicion of DUI during a recent overnight sobriety and driver’s license enforcement operation.
Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Continues Debate on Holiday Recognition
March 25, 2015 -- Abraham Lincoln’s birthday will be celebrated two months after the actual date in 2017, at least it will in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD).
Library to Screen Film About Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood
March 25, 2015 -- When filmmaker Michael W. Barnard set out in 1999 to document the history of the Pico area of Santa Monica, he wanted to provide audiences with a window into the changing face of a neighborhood where he’d lived on and off for years.
Santa Monica Physician Leads Mission to Africa
March 25, 2015 -- West Africa’s Ebola outbreak had just begun its deadly march from rural villages to the capital cities of Freetown in Sierra Leone and Monrovia in Liberia when Santa Monica pediatrician Dr. Bob Hamilton decided -- reluctantly -- to pull the plug on his missionary clinic treating villager in Guinea Bassau on the continent’s west coast.
Test of Tsunami Warning System to Be Broadcast Wednesday in Santa Monica and other Coastal Cities
March 25, 2015 -- A test of the tsunami warning communications system will be broadcast Wednesday along the coastal communities of southern and central California, including Santa Monica, which is more prepared for such a potential disaster than most of its counterparts, officials said Tuesday.
Santa Monica Airport Advocates, Opponents Hope for Big Crowd at Council Meeting
March 24, 2015 --If you are planning to attend the Santa Monica City Council meeting this week on Tuesday, you should arrive early if you want to get a seat.
Santa Monica Resident and RAND Researcher Kevin Farley McCarthy Dies
March 24, 2015 -- Kevin Farley McCarthy, a longtime Santa Monica resident and a RAND Corp. researcher whose work included books on such divergent subjects as U.S. immigration policy and the impact of technology on the performing arts, has died.
New Plan Proposes Fare Hike for Santa Monica Buses
March 24, 2015 -- Fully aligning Santa Monica’s Big Blue Bus service with the coming Expo Light Rail Line will cost millions of dollars, increase the number of bus riders, and require a fare increase of 25 cents, local transit officials said in a report to the City Council.
Santa Monica Council Set to Formally Ban Exotic Animals From Parks
March 24, 2015 -- An ordinance barring monkeys, snakes, birds and other exotic animals from the Pier, the Pier Ramp, Ocean Front Park, Third Street Promenade, and the Transit Mall is scheduled to go to the Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday night for a second reading formally adopting the ban into local law.