||Have a Safe
4th of July
|The Declaration of Independence, 1776
By issuing the Declaration of Independence, adopted by the
Continental Congress on July 4, 1776, the 13 American colonies
severed their political connections to Great Britain.
Anti-Gang Group in Santa Monica Starts Layoffs, Pay Cuts After Losing City Funding
July 3, 2015 --- The Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) has begun scaling back and scrambling for funding after failing to win a City grant for the first time in nearly two decades, center officials said.
Referendum Launched to Overturn Vaccination Law Co-Sponsored by Santa Monica Legislator
July 3, 2015 -- The day after California’s tough new school vaccination law was signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, it is being challenged in a proposed statewide referendum.
Two Santa Monica Parks Up For Prestigious Global Design Award
July 3, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square are finalists for the Urban Land Institute’s 2015 Open Space Award, one of a handful public space projects selected from around the world, City officials announced this week.
Santa Monica Residents Back on Track in Water Savings
July 2, 2015 -- Water used by residents in Santa Monica was down last month, according to new state figures Wednesday showing Californians for the first time collectively exceeded Gov. Jerry Brown's mandatory 25 percent cut statewide.
Santa Monica Group Claims Gas Price Rigging over Holiday
July 2, 2015 -- As an estimated 2.4 million Southern Californians hit the roads this Fourth of July holiday weekend, a Santa Monica consumers’ group is ramping up its war on alleged price rigging at the gas pump by oil companies.
Black Collegians Group at Santa Monica College Turns 25
July 2, 2015 -- Inspired in part by the end of apartheid in South Africa, a Santa Monica College program created to help black students succeed is turning 25 this year, SMC officials announced.
Santa Monica's Much Debated Development Standards Take Effect this Month
July 1, 2015 -- After sparking dozens of meetings and hundreds of comments, Santa Monica's new zoning standards – which will dictate the height and density of developments for the next two decades – will go into effect this month.
Extra Police and Fire Officials Will Be on Watch for Fourth of July Holiday
July 1, 2015 -- As far as enforcing Santa Monica's ban on illegal fireworks goes -- including so-called “safe and sane” sparklers -- police and fire officials have a relatively easy time of it on the Fourth of July, apart from the occasional tourists unfamiliar with local ordinances, a fire marshal said.
Governor Signs Vaccination Legislation Co-Sponsored by Santa Monica State Senator Ben Allen
July 1, 2015 -- Gov. Jerry Brown Tuesday signed legislation mandating that nearly all children receive vaccinations for such illnesses as measles before entering public or private school, making California only one of three states with such stringent requirements.
Consumer Group Calls on Santa Monica Assemblyman Bloom to Drop Filing Fee Bill
June 30, 2015 -- Santa Monica-area state Assemblyman Richard Bloom should drop his bill to hike the fee for filing a state ballot initiative to $2,500, after the California Attorney General’s Office tossed out a proposal that triggered the bill, a local consumer’s group said.
Historian Says Activist Misinterpreting Santa Monica City Hall Mural as Racist
June 30, 2015 -- A local activist who attacked a mural at City Hall as a depiction of conquered Native Americans is misinterpreting what artist Stanton MacDonald-Wright meant by the scene, said a Santa Monica Conservancy official.
Neighbors Worry about Santa Monica Day Care Center Expansion
June 30, 2015 -- It’s 7:30 a.m. and parents are already pulling up in SUVs and other cars in front The Activity Place, double-parking and pulling into private driveways to make U-turns in search of a precious space along the curb.
Santa Monica Rejects Man's Excessive Force Claim Against Police
June 29, 2015 -- A local man who says he was roughed up while being arrested at a Santa Monica park could file a civil lawsuit as early as this week, after the City denied an excessive-force claim filed against two police officers, his attorney said Friday.
Vaccine Bill Co-Authored By Santa Monica State Sen. Allen Headed To Governor
June 29, 2015 -- After slogging through several heated debates in the state Legislature and enduring emotional pleas from parents on both sides of the issue during public hearings, a controversial vaccination bill co-authored by Santa Monica state Sen. Ben Allen is now two steps away from becoming law in California.
First Big Test of Expo Line Set
June 29, 2015 -- Dignitaries including L.A. Mayor Eric Garcetti will get a preview of the Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica next week at the newly completed station in Palms, just east of the Mar Vista community in Los Angeles.
Veteran Educator Named to Lead Santa Monica School
June 26, 2016 -- Educator Jezelle Fullwood, a 20-year veteran teacher and administrator, will become the new principal at Grant Elementary School next month, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District announced.
Santa Monica OKs New Bike Share Fee
June 26, 2015 -- When Santa Monica launches its “Breeze” bike-share program later this year, the “bike-friendly city” will charge riders a fee that is among a raft of new or increased user-charges in the fiscal budget City Council members adopted this week.
Summer's Music Set for Santa Monica Pier Concerts
June 26, 2015 -- Morris Day & TheTime will transport funk music lovers back to the days of “Purple Rain” with live performances of “Jungle Love,” “The Bird” and other hits when the band kicks off this summer's Twilight Concerts Series at the Santa Monica Pier.
Activist Calls City Hall Mural of Kneeling Native Americans Santa Monica's Confederate Flag
June 25, 2015 -- A City Hall mural depicting Spanish Conquistadors standing before kneeling indigenous people is “the Santa Monica Confederate Flag,” said a local Latino activist and founder of a service center now in survival mode after Council members slashed its funding by $190,000.
US Conference Of Mayors Honors Santa Monica For Protecting Climate
June 25, 2015 -- Santa Monica’s solar initiative, which has helped residents and business owners convert to solar power, has been singled out for praise at the recent U.S. Conference of Mayors, City officials announced Wednesday.
Catch a Meteor Shower At Santa Monica College Planetarium
June 25, 2015 -- Last summer, clouds from a rare monsoon storm obstructed views of the night sky, but officials at the John Drescher Planetarium at Santa Monica College are hoping for better luck for next month’s Persied meteor shower.
Santa Monica Youth Center Denied Grant after Final Plea for Funding
June 24, 2015 -- Waving signs and chanting “Si Se Puede,” more than 200 boisterous supporters of the beleaguered Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC) marched to Santa Monica City Hall on Tuesday to protest a cut in City funding.
Santa Monica State Sen. Allen Named to Committee Investigating Refugio Oil Spill
June 24, 2015 -- Santa Monica-area state Sen. Ben Allen will be part of a committee investigating last month's oil spill at Refugio State Beach that killed dozens of animals and resulted in ugly tar balls washing up on South Bay beaches miles away.
Conservancy Tour Brings Downtown Santa Monica’s Hidden History to Light
June 24, 2015 -- Finding the potent artifacts of Santa Monica's past begins by looking up.