|Santa Monica Referendum Gathers More than 13,000 Signatures|
March 12, 2014 -- Opponents of a major development in Santa Monica’s industrial corridor submitted 13,440 signatures Tuesday, more than twice the number needed to put the controversial project before voters in November.
Convention and Visitors Bureau Sells Santa Monica to the World
March 12, 2014 -- With its luxury hotels, world-class dining and proximity to some of California’s most accessible beaches, Santa Monica draws more than seven million visitors a year from around the world, and most end up Downtown.
Eighth Annual Santa Monica Airport Art Walk Saturday
March 12, 2014 -- Culture, creativity and art will be on display during the 8th annual Artwalk at Santa Monica Airport Saturday from noon to 5 p.m.
Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City Announces Lawsuit to Halt Hines Development
March 11, 2014 -- Escalating the ongoing battle over development in Santa Monica, a local slow-growth group filed a lawsuit Monday to halt the embattled Bergamot Transit Village project, currently the subject of a referendum drive.
Survey Finds Downtown Santa Monica Balances Needs of Residents, Visitors
March 11, 2014 -- Downtown Santa Monica has become an internationally renowned visitor destination, but it remains the place where locals choose to work, play, dine and run errands.
Downtown Santa Monica Structures Get New Payment System, Elevators
March 11 2014 -- When Downtown Santa Monica’s Parking Structure #6 re-opened in December to much fanfare, it was a visible improvement over the building’s squat predecessor
Developer Settles Santa Monica Village Trailer Park Lawsuit for $2 Million
March 10, 2014 -- The owners of one of Santa Monica’s two remaining trailer parks have settled a lawsuit with its remaining tenants with a $2 million payout, The Lookout has learned.
The Face of Public Safety in Downtown Santa Monica
March 10, 2014 -- When Sgt. Candice Cobarrubias is on duty, she’s more than a police officer. She is an ambassador, an educator and a protector to those who visit Downtown.
Downtown Santa Monica Advertising Program Paying Off
March 10, 2014 -- Downtown Public Parking Structures are getting a sizable bump in revenue thanks to a new pilot program launched in September that allows advertisers to rent ad space.
Santa Monica’s State Assembly Representative Wants to End Orca Captivity
March 7, 2014 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who represents the bayside city in the State Assembly, announced Friday that he introduced a bill, that if passed, could end orca captivity in California.
Santa Monica State Assembly Representative Names Transgender Activist AD50 Woman of the Year
March 7, 2014 -- Former Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom, who represents the bayside city in the State Assembly, named transgender activist Desiree Jade Sol Assembly District 50’s Woman of the Year Thursday.
Santa Monica’s Hospitality Training Academy Touts Successes, Addresses Challenges
March 7, 2014 -- Santa Monica’s newest vocational training program, designed to get at-risk youth in their late teens and early twenties into skilled jobs, is off to a good start, officials said, but it’s facing some challenges.
Santa Monica City Clerk to Offer Passport Services
March 7, 2014 -- Getting a passport will become much easier Monday, after the City Clerk's Office announced this week that it has been designated a United States Passport Acceptance Facility.
Santa Monica City Councilmembers Back Ted Lieu for Congress
March 6, 2014 -- Three Santa Monica City Councilmembers Wednesday endorsed State Senator Ted Lieu in his bid to represent the bayside city in Congress.
New Program to Address Youth Violence off to a Good Start, Santa Monica Officials Say
March 6, 2014 -- A new program designed to curb youth violence in Santa Monica by addressing its root causes is off to a good start, according to an initial report by City officials released Wednesday.
LA Marathon Hits Santa Monica
March 6, 2014 -- For the fifth year in a row, the City of Santa Monica will host the finish line for the annual LA Marathon on Sunday, March 9.
Letter -- Clarifying Our Settlement with Santa Monica City
March 6, 2014 -- It was never Wilshire Skyline’s intent to inconvenience these tenants or otherwise give them the impression that they are not welcome to stay in their homes.
City of Santa Monica Reaches Settlement with Owner of Century Old Downtown Building
March 5, 2014 -- The City of Santa Monica has reached a 10-year settlement agreement with the owners and managers of a 49-unit building Downtown that would resolve alleged harassment and privacy complains filed by low-income tenants, some of them formerly homeless.
Downtown Santa Monica Could Get Neighborhood Group
March 5, 2014 -- While Downtown Santa Monica has experienced a housing boom, residents of the area have yet to organize their own neighborhood group.
Santa Monica’s Deputy City Manager to Retire this Summer
March 5, 2014 -- After nearly 30 years in Santa Monica City Hall, Deputy City Manager, Kate Vernez, will retire this summer.
City Officials Finalize Design for Santa Monica’s New War Memorial
March 4, 2014 -- When City Hall began collecting the names of Santa Monica veterans who died during overseas conflicts for a new war memorial, Councilmember Bob Holbrook was surprised by what officials found.
Top Army Surgeon Vies to Represent Santa Monica, Southbay in State Senate
March 4, 2014 -- When Colonel Vito Imbasciani, the State Surgeon of the California Army National Guard, rounds out nearly 30 years of military service in June, he hopes to go to Sacramento.
Santa Monica Nail Salons Commended for Sustainable Practice
March 4, 2014 -- Santa Monica on Monday became the first city in Southern California to recognize local nail salons for their efforts to protect the health of consumers, employees and the environment.
Letter -- Bergamot Transit Village is not up to Santa Monica’s Standards
March 4, 2014 -- The Hines project provides too little housing, but worse, unacceptably too little housing at truly affordable prices. The last-minute minor change on rent levels nibbled gently around the edges. It was a love bite to the developer, not a substantive improvement that genuinely addressed our serious housing needs.
Santa Monica Sounds Off on New Survey Results
March 3, 2014 -- Weighing in at 637 pages, Santa Monica’s latest survey and report intended to gauge residents’ attitudes toward development reveals a community divided over whether the city is heading in the right direction.
Santa Monica College Hosts Concerts in March
March 3, 2014 -- From jazz to classical to contemporary Lithuanian music, Santa Monica College's Music Department will showcase an eclectic set of concerts in March.
Santa Monica Library Hosts Women in Nanotechnology
March 3, 2014 -- The Santa Monica Public Library this month will celebrate the contribution of women scientists in the new field of nanotechnology with a panel discussion consisting of the nation's foremost authorities on the subject.
Letter -- Bergamot Transit Village Project Will Strengthen Santa Monica
March 3, 2014 -- I support the Bergamot Transit Village approved by City Council because I believe it will improve the lives of Santa Monicans. The benefits provided by this project will strengthen the spirit of community in Santa Monica and improve our standing in the region.
Santa Monicans Divided About Height, Support Bergamot Arts District Development, Survey Shows
February 28, 2014 -- Santa Monicans are divided over the future of development in the bayside city, according to the results of a City-commissioned survey released Thursday.
Record Number of Santa Monica Businesses Receive Award for Sustainability
February 28, 2014 -- A record number of Santa Monica businesses have been nominated this year for Santa Monica's annual award ceremony recognizing environmentally-friendly practices.
Santa Monica's Olympic High School Gets Top Honor from State
February 28, 2014 -- Santa Monica's Olympic High School, which helps students struggling to graduate, received top honors from State officials Thursday.
Santa Monica’s Shotgun House Comes Home
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February 27, 2014 -- Over the last 16 years, a century-old beachside cottage, known as Santa Monica’s “shotgun house,” has been nearly demolished twice, moved, abandoned and moved again.
Santa Monica Shoppers React to CVS Tobacco Ban
February 27, 2014 -- Shoppers at a Santa Monica CVS store Wednesday had mixed reactions to the news that the country's most profitable drug store chain will stop selling tobacco products by October.
Santa Monica’s State Assembly Representative Leads Fight for Drought Relief
February 27, 2014 -- Santa Monica's representative in the State Assembly is leading the fight for drought relief in California.
Manhattan Beach Mayor Makes Bid to Represent Santa Monica, Southbay in State Senate
February 26, 2014 -- After more than a decade in local politics, Manhattan Beach Mayor Amy Howorth wants to take her experience to Sacramento.
Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” Will Stay, Says City Council
February 26, 2014 -- Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” sculpture will stay standing after the City Council Tuesday voted to fully fund repairs to the 20-year-old artwork.
Santa Monica College Personnel Commission Replaces Long-Time Activist
February 26, 2014 -- Santa Monica College announced last week that attorney Lawrence Leone would replace former City Councilmember Dolores Press, a long-time tenant and union activist, on the College’s Personnel Commission.
Santa Monica Referendum Organizers to Hire Professional Signature Gatherers
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February 25, 2014 -- With exactly two weeks to go to collect the signatures required to put the recently-approved Bergamot Transit Village on the November ballot, opponents of the development will likely hire professional signature gatherers.
Downtown Santa Monica Sees Major Decline in Overnight Homeless Population, Annual Count Shows
February 25, 2014 -- Santa Monica’s annual homeless count showed dramatically fewer people sleeping on the streets of the bayside city’s Downtown district, officials reported Monday.
Santa Monica-based RAND Releases Report to Protect Coastal Communities
February 25, 2014 -- Should a coastal community undertake a marsh-building project now or in the future? And how will the project fare against different rates of rising sea levels over time?
Letter -- The Question Before Us
February 25, 2014 -- This weekend many of you saw petitioners asking for a referendum on our City Council decision regarding the former Papermate factory, now owned by Hines. Like many decisions affecting our future, it has generated a broad community discussion.
Shriver Opens Campaign Headquarters in Santa Monica for County Supervisor Bid
February 24, 2014 -- Bobby Shriver, candidate for L.A. County Supervisor and former Santa Monica mayor, opened the doors to his new campaign headquarters Saturday.
New Poll on the Future of Santa Monica Airport Alarms Activists
February 24, 2014 -- Recent phone calls to local households asking about the future of Santa Monica Airport has opponents of the century-old airfield worried.
Registration Opens for Santa Monica's First “People's Academy”
February 24, 2014 -- The bedrock of any democratic government is civic participation. Without a well informed, active citizenry, government cannot or will not do its job.
Referendum Drive about Bigger Change to Santa Monica Politics, Supporters Say
February 21, 2014 -- With about three weeks to go to collect the 6,100 signatures required to put the recently-approved Bergamot Transit Village on the November ballot, supporters of the referendum have stepped-up their efforts.
Water, Traffic Improvements Top Light List of Expenses for Santa Monica City Council
February 21, 2014 -- Improvements to Santa Monica’s traffic and water systems are the two most expensive items on a list of routine expenses the City Council will consider Tuesday.
Twin Brothers Sentenced in Santa Monica Stabbing
February 21, 2014 -- Identical twin brothers were sentenced this week in the stabbing of a Santa Monica man near the eastern edge of the city last summer.
Anthony and Conrad Sowash, 27, each pleaded guilty at the LAX Courthouse Monday to one count of assault with a deadly weapon. The victim suffered multiple stab wounds but survived.
Santa Monica May Raise Property Transfer Tax to Stave off Affordable Housing Drought
February 20, 2014 -- With all pending affordable housing projects expected to be complete by 2015 and scarce resources available to finance more, Santa Monica will consider raising its tax on real estate transfers.
Santa Monica Steps Up for the Homeless
February 20, 2014 -- Santa Monica will start a new project Friday designed to provide housing to homeless people as a first step towards getting their lives together.
Santa Monica Celebrates Women's History Month
February 20, 2014 -- The City of Santa Monica and the Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) will be celebrating women of character, courage and commitment during Women's History Month in March.
A Slow Start to Santa Monica’s Recent Referendum Effort
February 19, 2014 -- The headquarters for the powerful tenants’ group, Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR), was mostly empty Saturday morning save for a few scattered chairs and a make-shift work station where Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy sat hunkered over her computer.
Union Pickets Santa Monica Hotel over Alleged Labor Abuses
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February 19, 2014 -- Workers from the Doubletree Suites Hotel in Santa Monica picketed Tuesday, claiming that management denied them legally-mandated breaks.
Fire Causes Evacuation of Downtown Santa Monica Building
February 19, 2014 -- The Santa Monica Fire Department (SMFD) is investigating the origins of a fire that forced the evacuation of a mixed-use building Downtown early Monday.
Letter -- Clarifying the Ruling on the Future of Santa Monica Airport
February 19, 2014 -- Judge Walter made it quite clear that he was not ruling on the merits of the City’s claim to control the land after expiration of the 1984 Settlement Agreement.
Improved Santa Monica Budget Forecast Shows “Probable” $3 Million Shortfall
February 18, 2014 - - Santa Monica will no longer be in the red $9 million by 2017 thanks to increased tax revenue and lower-than-expected personnel costs, City officials told the City Council Tuesday.
Fight to Close Santa Monica Airport “Far from Over,” Local Activists Say
February 18, 2014 -- Activists against the Santa Monica Airport are undeterred after a federal judge Thursday said he would not hear a lawsuit by the City to wrest control of the century-old airfield from the FAA.
Santa Monica Launches Seismic Retrofit Program
February 18, 2014 -- In California, where earthquakes are a fact of life, preventing the damage they cause is a number one priority.
Letters -- City Council backs the PNA on the MANGo
February 18, 2014 -- The City Council listened carefully to public comments regarding the Michigan Avenue Neighborhood Greenway and voted unanimously to support the PNA's position which was "Yes on the MANGo - No on traffic diverters." Thus the MANGo project passed Council WITHOUT the inclusion of traffic diverters and barricades.
Letters -- Ask Before You Sign – Or Think Before You Ink
February 18, 2014 -- Recently, supporters of a referendum on a development in Santa Monica have hit the streets to gather signatures to get their issue on the ballot.
Judge Tosses Santa Monica Lawsuit Against FAA
February 14, 2014 -- A federal judge Thursday dismissed Santa Monica’s lawsuit against the FAA that would have given City Hall control over the future of the bayside city’s airport.
Santa Monica Files Lawsuit Against National Gold Dealer
February 14, 2014 -- For the third time in three years, the City of Santa Monica is taking a national gold dealer to court for fraud.
SMRR, Neighborhood Groups Rally for Anti-Development Referendum
February 14, 2014 -- Some 250 people turned out Wednesday night to mark the official start to the effort to overturn Santa Monica City Council’s approval of a major mixed-use development in the city’s arts district.
Bikes, Peds Get Major Boost from Santa Monica City Council
February 13, 2014 -- The City Council approved two plans Tuesday that will make it easier to get around Santa Monica’s Pico Neighborhood on foot or on bike.
Parks and Rec Chair Announces Bid for Santa Monica City Council
February 13, 2014 -- The Chair of Santa Monica’s Parks and Recreation Commission became the second person to announce he would run for City Council Wednesday.
Big Blue Bus to Host Expo Community Workshop
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February 13, 2014 -- Big Blue Bus riders on Thursday will have a third chance to weigh in on how best to connect the bus system to the Expo Light Rail Line expected to reach Downtown Santa Monica by 2016.
Election Season Kicks Off in Santa Monica
February 12, 2014 -- Election season in Santa Monica got off to an early start Tuesday when political newcomer Ken Robin announced his bid for City Council.
Fund to Save Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” Sculpture Tops $100,000
Santa Monica Urges Residents to Buy Local During Jamzilla
February 12, 2014 -- Supporters of Santa Monica’s “Chain Reaction” sculpture announced Tuesday that they had raised more than $100,000 to help pay for repairs to the artwork.
February 12, 2014 -- From the transportation agencies that brought you "Carmaggedon" and "Carmaggedon II" comes "Jamzilla."