City Should Immediately Boost Annual Pension Payments, Top Finance Official Recommends
April 23, 2019 -- Facing an unfunded pension liability of some $448 million that could "balloon," the City should immediately escalate the payments it currently makes using general fund money, Santa Monica's top finance official said Monday
SMC Launches "Micro-Scholarship" Program to Aid Transfer Students
April 23, 2019 -- Santa Monica College (SMC) students can start adding to their scholarship fund as early as their first semester under a new program announced by school officials last week.
Santa Monica Lawmaker's Sugary Drinks Tax Delayed Until Next Year
April 22, 2019 -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom's bill that would levy a 2-cent-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks to fight obesity has been shelved until next year, the former Santa Monica Mayor annouced Monday.
Development Plan for Downtown Santa Monica Spurring Housing, Report Says
April 22, 2019 -- A total of 1,762 units have been proposed under the Downtown Community Plan (DCP) approved two years ago, which foresees 2,500 new multi-family units built through 2030, according to a status report from planning staff..
Owner of 2 Apartment Units Faces Tenant Harassment Charges
April 22, 2019 -- The City Attorneys office last week filed a criminal complaint charging the owner of a two-unit rent-controlled apartment with five counts of tenant harassment.
Council Set to Endorse New Mission Statement for Planning Commission
April 8, 2019 -- In a sign of the times, the Planning Commission likely will have an updated mission statement the City Council is expected to endorse Tuesday night.
Santa Monica Opens New Transit Center
April 18, 2019 -- On Monday, public transit passengers and motorists began heading to the City's new transit center in Downtown Santa Monica to purchase everything from bus passes to parking permits.
City Program Gives Unlicensed Santa Monica Businesses Chance to Register
April 17, 2019 -- Santa Monica businesses that have been operating without a license can have the lion's share of their penalties reduced under the City's Business License Compliance Assistance Program (CAP).
|SMC Debate Team Wins National Championship
April 17, 2019 -- There's no debating it, the Santa Monica College (SMC) Speech and Debate Team is the best in the nation. Team captain Shaindi Schwebel (center) took first place in International Public Debate at the Phi Rho Pi national speech and debate tournament in Reno, Nevada this month.
Santa Monica Arts Foundation Announces Leadership Award Winners
April 16, 2019 -- Six local arts leaders will be recognized by the Santa Monica Arts Foundation next week for their support of the city's "vibrant" cultural scene.
Sustainable Quality Awards to Recognize Santa Monica Businesses, School District
April 15, 2019 -- A popular beach cafe and a local online peer-to-peer resale marketplace are the winners of the 24th annual Sustainable Quality Awards grand prizes this year.
Santa Monica Lawmaker's "Granny Flat" Law Getting Update
April 12, 2019 -- A 2016 law authored by Santa Monica Assemblymember Richard Bloom that makes accessory dwelling units (ADU), or "granny flats," easier to build is headed for some updates.
Man Leaps to His Death from Downtown Parking Structure
April 12, 2019 -- A man jumped to his death from a public parking structure in Downtown Santa Monica early Friday morning, marking the third such suicide in less than a year.
Santa Monica Launches Dashboard to Gauge Progress Toward Goals
April 12, 2019 -- It takes Santa Monica police an average of 4 minutes and 37 seconds to respond to a call for service, and 39 percent of the city's seniors have a library card. These are some of the statistics that can be found on Santa Monica's new online dashboard.
Santa Monica City Council Paves Way for New Sidewalk Vending Program
April 11, 2019 -- By the time the busy summer season rolls around, street vendors will be peddling their goods on Santa Monica sidewalks that were previously off limits.
Santa Monica's Annenberg Beach House to Celebrate 10th Anniversary
|| April 11, 2019 -- It braved an earthquake that shook the foundation of what was left of the storied beach estate and legal threats from wealthy neighbors wary of its rebirth. On Sunday, April 28, the Annenberg Community Beach House will kick off its 10th anniversary celebration with “Have a Beach Ball.”
Santa Monica to Replace Downtown Parking Structure with Affordable Housing
April 10, 2019 -- The site of a public parking structure Downtown will be used to provide affordable housing for Santa Monica's homeless and live-work spaces for artists.
Santa Monica Lawmaker's Tax on Sugary Drinks Passes Key Committee
April 10, 2019 -- Assemblymember Richard Bloom's bill taxing sugary drinks was approved by the Health Committee Tuesday, nearly four years after the same committee soundly defeated a similar measure by the former Santa Monica mayor.
City Wins Conviction Against "Flagrant and Persistent Violator" of Vacation Rental Laws
April 10, 2019 -- A Santa Monica landlord who illegaly rented more than a dozen housing units as vacation rentals was convicted Friday of violating the City's homesharing laws.
Santa Monica Set to Expand 30-Year-Old Sidewalk Vending Program
April 8, 2019 -- The City Council on Tuesday is expected to expand Santa Monica's sidewalk vending program to conform to a state law meant to boost economic opportunities for immigrant and low-income communities.
OPINION -- Rents in Santa Monica: The Other Side of the Coin
April 8, 2019 -- A considerable portion of our rental units are owned by individuals and small enterprises, and Santa Monicans for Renters' Rights (SMRR) has stolen their wealth to pass it on to others, says Kip Dellinger, a prominent tax analyst.
||Santa Monica to Hold First SaMo PRIDE Celebration in June
April 5, 2019 -- Miles of Santa Monica streets will light up with rainbow colors in June as the city holds its first SaMo PRIDE, a month-long celebration of the LGBTQ+ community. The festivities and programmingc celebrate "individuality, empowerment, and inclusivity within Santa Monica," organizers said.
Man Charged in Santa Monica Residential Robbery
April 5, 2019 -- A man who robbed a Santa Monica resident at gun point in his Sunset Park home was charged on Friday with residential robbery, police said.
Santa Monica Firefighters Extinguish Heavy Flames at Coogie's Cafe
April 5, 2019 -- Coogie' s Cafe -- a local staple in the Mid City neighborhood and one of Santa Monica's last affordable old-fashioned diners -- was damaged by fire Thursday night.
Santa Monica Businesses to Begin Receiving 100 Percent Green Energy
April 4, 2019 -- Starting next month, Santa Monica businesses will begin receiving 100 percent green power through the city's new default energy provider, City officials said Thursday.
City to Remove Excess Pavement from Santa Monica Airport Runway
April 4, 2019 -- After meeting with some turbulence from pilots, the City Council last week paved to way to convert the pavement left after the Santa Monica Airport runway was shortened to hydroseed.