Providence Tapped to Take Over Santa Monica’s Saint John’s Hospital
May 20, 2013 -- The owners of Saint John’s Health Center announced Friday that they had entered into exclusive negotiations with Providence Health & Services to take over the Santa Monica institution.
Saint John's Hospital Says It Has Enough Parking
May 20, 2013 -- Saint John's Health Center rejected Santa Monica City officials' claim that it doesn't provide enough parking to meet the requirements of its Development Agreement (DA).
Santa Monica's Esplanade Gets Green Light
May 20, 2013 -- A $10.7 million plan to revamp Colorado Avenue west of Fifth Street to accommodate passengers at the future Expo Light Rail line terminal got the unanimous approval of the City Council last week.
Santa Monicans Get Rowdy at Miramar Redevelopment Meeting
May 17, 2013 -- A routine meeting erupted into chaos Thursday night when opponents of a proposed $225 million redevelopment project for the Fairmont Miramar Hotel demanded the floor to speak.
Santa Monica Council Approves Sidewalk Repairs
May 17, 2013 -- A $2.4 million contract to repair Santa Monica’s streets and sidewalks topped the consent calendar approved by the City Council Tuesday night, followed by a $234,433 contract to buy nine police motorcycles.
Police Apprehend Santa Monica College Student after Shooting Threat
May 17, 2013 -- Santa Monica College and two adjacent schools were placed on lockdown Thursday after a college student threatened to shoot up the school and kill himself, according to Santa Monica Police.
Saint John’s Foundation Endorses Bid by Los Angeles’ Richest Resident
May 16, 2013 -- The Saint John’s Health Center Foundation threw its weight Wednesday behind a bid by its largest donor to buy the 61-year-old center from the SCL (Sisters of Charity of Leavenworth) Health System.
Corporations Are Not People, Says Santa Monica City Council
May 16, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council voted Tuesday night to throw its weight behind a movement to deny corporations constitutional protections.
City Council OKs Free Rides for Santa Monica College Students
May 16, 2013 -- For the fifth year in a row, Santa Monica College (SMC) students and employees will ride the Big Blue Bus (BBB) for free, after the City Council approved a $1.3 million contract between the college and the bus company Tuesday.
Landmark Status for Santa Monica's Last Bowling Alley Could Block Development
May 15, 2013 -- With a four-story mixed use development poised to replace Santa Monica's last remaining bowling alley, the Landmarks Commission voted Monday to consider designating the 55 year-old building a landmark.
Santa Monica Wins Kudos for Bike Initiatives
May 15, 2013 -- Two major bicycle advocacy groups recognized Santa Monica this week for its efforts to get people pedaling in the beachside city.
Good Taste --Quelling My Craving for Awesome Mexican Food at Casa Martin
May 15, 2013 -- I missed my traditional Cinco De Mayo meal, due to an event I was managing that night that had nothing to do with the holiday. So last week, I was still craving something Mexican. A burrito, a couple of tacos, a quesadilla. Any of those would do.
Expo Line Takes Shape in Santa Monica
May 14, 2013 -- A little more than a year after construction started on Phase II of the Expo Line, Los Angeles' newest mass transit project is already making a visible impact on Santa Monica.
Expo Changes Real Estate Game in Santa Monica
May 14, 2013 -- With the coming Expo Light Rail, so too comes the promise of easier, traffic-free commutes from Downtown Los Angeles to Downtown Santa Monica.
Expo Construction Shuts Down Santa Monica Streets This Week
May 14, 2013 -- Major construction projects are paving the way for the Expo Light Rail line as it rolls closer to Santa Monica, and several construction projects will affect the flow of traffic this week, City officials said.
To Preserve Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Revise Specific Plan, Says Expert Panel
May 13, 2013 -- In order to save the Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica should develop the land around the 55 year-old venue to pay for the more than $50 million needed in repairs and upgrades.
Santa Monica Convention and Visitors Bureau Sees Global Gold
May 13, 2013 -- Nearly 60 percent of Santa Monica’s overnight guests last year were from foreign countries, and the number is growing thanks to the use of new tools and initiatives to tap a global market, officials at the 4th annual Travel & Tourism Summit said Thursday.
Santa Monica Women’s Commission Seeks Applicants
May 13, 2013 -- The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women -- which is actively implementing its 2010-2015 Strategic Plan -- is seeking applicants for openings starting July 1.
Santa Monica's Longest-Running Apartment Construction Still Stalled
May 10, 2013 -- In April 2012, Naren Desai, the owner of a small parcel in midtown Santa Monica, was hopeful that a construction project he started 15 years ago would move past the remaining hurdles necessary and that he would be finished.
City Council to Look at Revised Plans for Santa Monica Esplanade
May 10, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council will vote Tuesday whether to approve the final design of the Colorado Esplanade, which staff revised after the loss of redevelopment (RDA) money halved its funding.
Santa Monica College Seeks Applicants for Bond Committee
May 10, 2013 -- Santa Monica College is seeking applicants for the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee that oversees the implementation of three bond measures that are funding capital improvement projects at the college.
The vacancies are specifically for representatives of the local business communities of Santa Monica and Malibu, although applications for additional members are encouraged.
OPINION: Santa Monica Council Should Oppose “Absurd” and “Dangerous” Constitutional Amendment
May 10, 2013 -- “How can the City achieve and maintain its goal to be “business friendly” or promote economic growth if, at the same time, it is encouraging the adoption of a constitutional amendment denying business owners basic constitutional rights? How can it claim to be a progressive and open society while supporting the suppression of robust public discussion?”
Santa Monica Council Could Lobby to Change Tax Law
May 9, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council will weigh-in Tuesday on whether the State should close a tax loophole that is saving the Fairmont Miramar $1 million a year in property taxes.
Santa Monica College Wins Sustainability Award
May 9, 2013 -- Santa Monica College won the statewide annual Energy and Sustainability Awards competition for its efforts to make its facilities and operations more green, college officials announced Wednesday.
Good Taste -- E-Bike Showcase in New Beachfront Space Next to Mariasol
May 9, 2013 -- It was raining when I woke up. Pouring. Bummer. I was invited to an event at the Santa Monica Pier that involved lunch and a launch of a new E-Bike -- the first of its kind in the U.S. -- and I was worried that event would be cancelled, due to the rain. It was still sprinkling when I was driving the 405 South from Los Angeles, heading to Santa Monica.
How Santa Monica's Rent Control Agency Spends Its Money
May 8, 2013 -- As Santa Monica's Rent Control Board considers a 15 percent hike in registration fees to avoid a looming $500,000 deficit, some are concerned about where that money is going.
Santa Monica to Offer Citizens Academy to Boost Civic Participation
May 8, 2013 -- One day after more than 350 residents packed a spirited public meeting to discuss height and density guidelines for Santa Monica’s Downtown, City officials announced a new program to increase community involvement.
Free Pic and Ride for Mom Sunday at Pacific Park
May 8, 2013 -- On Sunday, the first 1,000 moms to arrive at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will get a free family photo and Ferris wheel ride to make their 2013 Mother’s Day something to remember.
Residents Air Worries Over Height in Downtown Santa Monica
May 7, 2013 -- The mood was emotional -- and at times confrontational -- Monday night as residents filled the east wing of the Civic Center to weigh in on the future of development in Downtown Santa Monica.
LUCE Won't Fix Santa Monica's Housing Imbalance, Neighborhood Activist Says
May 7, 2013 -- Valerie Griffin, the former chair of the Wilmont Neighborhood Coalition, released an analysis of Santa Monica's Land Use and Circulation Element Wednesday that claims the plan fails to address the City's jobs-housing imbalance, especially in the Bergamot Area.
British Invade Downtown Santa Monica
May 7, 2013 -- Downtown Santa Monica took on a decidedly British bent last weekend as it held its first-ever Spring Jubilee to celebrate BritWeek.
Herb Alpert Sculptures to Become Signposts to Santa Monica’s Future
May 6, 2013 -- During the 1960s, Herb Alpert was world renown for his Tijuana Brass. Now, the trumpeter, composer and band leader is making a splash with his bronze sculptures.
Santa Monica Rent Control Board to Talk Fee Increase
May 6, 2013 -- Facing a $500,000 annual deficit, the Santa Monica Rent Control Board this week will continue to explore raising registration fees and having landlords for the first time pick up half of the cost.
New Formula Allows One Percent Rent Hike for Santa Monica Landlords
May 6, 2013 -- Beginning July 1, Santa Monica landlords can raise rents on controlled units by one percent as part of the annual General Adjustment (GA) approved by the Rent Control Board last month.
Santa Monica Bike Center Stays a Steady Course
May 3, 2013 -- After 18 months, Santa Monica's Bike Center - - the largest in the country - - is holding strong with more than 200 members using the facility on a regular basis.
Santa Monica Goes Bike Crazy in May
May 3, 2013 -- As part of National Bike Month, Santa Monica is challenging workers and residents to ditch their cars, including City staff, who are competing with Bike Center members and employees to see who can ride their bikes more.
Live Dan Brown Broadcast at Santa Monica Library
May 3, 2013 -- “What’s live in time but still not here where clocks chime three hours in arrears?” Answer: a live broadcast of author Dan Brown in New York at the Santa Monica Main Library.
Council Raises Landing Fees, Explores Partial Closure of Santa Monica Airport
May 2, 2013 -- After four hours of public comment and deliberation, the City Council voted unanimously to raise fees on planes landing at Santa Monica Airport (SMO), which the City currently subsidizes with General Fund money.
SMC Symposium Tackles Youth in Foster Care
May 2, 2013 -- Urban youth living in foster care will be the focus of a four-day symposium sponsored by the Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute, college officials announced Wednesday.
Good Taste: Ye Olde King's Head -- My Own Celebration of Brit Week
May 2, 2013 -- In celebration of Brit Week this week, I visited a Santa Monica Institution, Ye Olde King's Head, for drinks and appetizers. A place for all things British, this authentic pub, restaurant and gift shop is a quaint and cozy spot to hang out.
Feds Investigate of Plane Crash, Santa Monica Airport Opponents Air Concerns
May 1, 2013 -- Federal officials are investigating a fatal mid-air collision Monday afternoon between two single-engine planes, one of which took off from Santa Monica Airport, that left two people dead and three injured.
Police Looking for Suspect in Marine Beating
May 1 , 2013 -- Police are looking for a man who punched and knocked out a U.S. Marine dancing at a Downtown Santa Monica nightclub shortly before midnight on February 22.
Santa Monica Businesses Need to Fix Their Signs, Officials Say
May 1, 2013 -- Santa Monica officials launched an education campaign last week to let local businesses know how their signs might be violating an ordinance that has been on the books since 1985 and that critics say has gone largely unenforced.
City Council to Discuss Future of Santa Monica Airport, Higher Landing Fees
April 30, 2013 -- The Santa Monica City Council will tackle a wide-range of issues surrounding the City's local airport Tuesday, including increased landing fees to help the airport carry its own weight.
Santa Monica “Chain Reaction” Fund Up to $15,000, Fundraisers Say
April 30, 2013 -- Saturday’s benefit to help save Santa Monica’s iconic “Chain Reaction” sculpture drew more than 100 supporters and raised $1,500, bringing the total raised to date to approximately $15,000.
Santa Monica College Paper Wins Top Awards
April 30, 2013 -- The Corsair, Santa Monica College’s student newspaper, won 14 awards at the 2013 state convention of the Journalism Association of Community Colleges, including General Excellence for online journalism.
Santa Monica Gets Down to Downtown Specifics
April 29, 2013 -- What should be the maximum height of buildings in Downtown Santa Monica? What changes need to be made to spur walking and bicycling? And how do you encourage motorists to ditch their cars or park them away from the Downtown center?
Building Caps Downtown Will be Subject of Santa Monica Meeting Next Week
April 29, 2013 -- When the community meets to discuss the controversial Downtown Specific Plan next week, the focus will likely be on major projects at “opportunity sites.”
Former Teen Idol Comes to Santa Monica
April 29, 2013 -- Iconic pop singer and songwriter Paul Anka will be in Santa Monica next week to discuss and sign his new autobiography, “My Way,” and his CD, “Duets,” at the Main Library.
Santa Monica’s $8 Million Pier Replacement Project Underway
April 26, 2013 -- The City began replacing a large swath of the iconic Santa Monica Pier Thursday that will make the 100-year-old structure longer lasting and more structurally sound.
Santa Monica Goes Brit
April 26, 2013 -- Get ready to cultivate the British in you when the Santa Monica Spring Jubilee celebrates BritWeek on the Third Street Promenade and Santa Monica Place May 4 and 5. Think “Downton Abbey” meets “Gidget.”
Santa Monica to Get Lastest Scoop from Mars
April 26, 2013 -- It may not grab frequent headlines, but the story and pictures are literally other-worldly. A rover has been crawling across the Martian landscape for nine months, snapping pictures and taking soil samples.
Santa Monica to Overhaul Urban Forestry Program after Allegations Funds Were Misused
April 25, 2013 -- The City of Santa Monica will restructure its urban forestry division and revisit its contract with it arborist after an internal investigation found there was room for improvement, top City officials told the Urban Forest Task Force Wednesday night.
Santa Monica Prepares for the Future
Second of two parts: Upcoming Public Projects
April 25, 2013 -- It will be easier to get in and out of Santa Monica, thanks to several major public projects slated to be started over the next three years in the beachside City.
Santa Monica Seeks Public Input for Commemorative Wall
April 25, 2013 -- The City is seeking the names of Santa Monica veterans who died while on active duty during war time to be included on a commemorative wall at Woodlawn Cemetery.
Santa Monica Prepares for the Future
First of two parts: Current Public Projects
April 24, 2013 -- Over the next five years, construction crews will be busy in Downtown Santa Monica paving the way for the future. It is a future that includes a new rail line and station, an esplanade, a state-of-the-art parking structure and two new bridges – one leading on to the pier, the other down to PCH.
Supporters of Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” to Hold Fundraiser Saturday
April 24, 2013 -- Supporters of Paul Conrad's “Chain Reaction,” which is in danger of being dismantled, will hold a fundraiser Saturday night to help pay for repairs that would save the iconic 26-foot-tall sculpture.
Good Taste: My Introduction to Real Food
April 24, 2013 -- A few weeks ago, I met with an interesting potential client -- a chiropractor, healer and book author. He also did not eat meat and ate only raw and/or organic food.