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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    February 18, 2019 

Police Chief on upgraded Homeless Liaison Program: The Cannots and Will Nots

by Alyssa Erdley In a video released on Wednesday, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud informed the public of the steps being taken by her department regarding the homeless on the street. The...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    February 18, 2019 

Downtown Los Angeles Men's Jail to be Replaced by Mental Hospital

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted on Tuesday, February 12, to change a plan to rebuild the Men's Central Jail into a plan to build at least one mental health treatment facility. The...

 

LA County to Build One or More Units of Affordable Housing Over Next Two Years (Seriously)

On Monday, the Los Angeles County Homeless Initiative awarded $4.5 million to five different organizations in a contest to propose "game-changing creative and scalable permanent housing solutions for...

 

California Voting Rights Act Upheld in Federal Court After Gerrymandering Lawsuit

A San Diego politician lost his federal lawsuit challenging California's Voting Rights Act. Don Higginson, former mayor of Poway, a city in San Diego County, had sued in 2017, claiming the drawing of...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    February 4, 2019

As Crime Increases 8.8% in Santa Monica, California Liberalizes Shoplifting Laws and Releases Felons

In a video address to citizens on Facebook on Wednesday, January 29, Police Chief Cynthia Renaud explained the 8.8 percent increase in Part 1 Crime in 2018. Part I crimes range from murder through...

 

We Can't House All the Homeless, But At Least we can Count Them

On Wednesday night, volunteers in Santa Monica and across Los Angeles County conducted the annual Greater Los Angeles Homeless Count. From 10:30 pm until 2:30 am, volunteers in teams canvassed the...

 

Council Appoints Ana Maria Jara to Fill Vacancy on Santa Monica City Council

To the surprise of no one, the Santa Monica City Council appointed longtime resident and community activist Ana M. Jara to fill the city council seat vacated by Tony Vazquez. Vazquez resigned in...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 19, 2019

Men Really Can Chase Women in Santa Monica, Police Say. Even With Weapons

A news story in the SM Daily Press about the arrest of Alfonso Flores, 45, in the early hours of January 12 has sparked a firestorm on social media platforms Nextdoor and Facebook regarding actions...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 19, 2019

Innovative Third Street Promenade Can't Imagine Building a Ross Dress for Less There

In response to our article of December 26, (In the Face of E-Commerce, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade Struggles to Remain Relevant), we were contacted by Downtown Santa Monica, Inc., the...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 7, 2019

Judge Rules Santa Monica City Council Should be Elected by Districts

A Superior Court judge ruled Wednesday that the City of Santa Monica should hold a special election and all future elections for council members by district rather than at large. The hearing...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 7, 2019

Top Ten Stories of 2018. Here's our take on the biggest local stories of 2018.

For a relatively small metropolis, Santa Monica has more than its fair share of national headlines. We're the little city that can...make news. Here's our take on the biggest local stories of 2018....

 

Law Limiting medium-term Rentals: The Latest Battle in Santa Monica's War on AirBNB

In an effort to preserve true, rent-controlled housing, the Santa Monica City Council directed staff on Tuesday, December 18, to draft a law that would restrict the ability to sublet units to corporat...

 

In the Face of E-Commerce, Santa Monica's Third Street Promenade Struggles to Remain Relevant

While the exponential growth of e-commerce is shuttering storefronts across the nation, Downtown Santa Monica, Inc.(DTSM), the nonprofit organization that promotes Downtown Santa Monica, is...

 

12 Story Building Proposed for 4th Street and Arizona Goes to Planning Commission

A draft environmental impact report has been released for a controversial mixed-use project proposed for the corner of 4th Street and Arizona Avenue in downtown Santa Monica. The project is somewhat...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    Travel    August 8, 2017

Getting Away From it All Loews Coronado Bay Resort San Diego, California

San Diego is a critical distance from Los Angeles: just far enough away from to feel as though you've escaped the rat race. Coronado Island, across the bay from San Diego via a high, arched bridge,...

 

Ignore The Push Polls: Santa Monica measure LV Isn't Complicated

What is Measure LV? ​A great deal of information is being distributed regarding local measure LV, much of it via "push polls" over the telephone. A push poll is when the 'researcher' claims to be...

 

Why School Board Members Should Stand During the Pledge of Allegiance

Oscar, I adore you. I think you're a great guy. I've voted for you to serve on the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District Board every time you have run for that office because I think you are...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 10, 2014

Referendum Petition a Success

On Tuesday members of Residocracy, a local activist group, submitted 13,400 signatures to City Hall on a referendum petition opposing the development of the 767,000 square foot Bergamot Village...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 3, 2014

Why Sign the Anti-Hines Petition

A petition is currently circulating for Santa Monica residents that would effectively halt or suspend approval for the proposed 767,000 square foot mixed-use development at 26th and Olympic known as...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    January 27, 2014

Council Cowardly Postpones Hines Vote

The Santa Monica City Council on Tuesday made the predictable move of voting to postpone deciding the fate of the much-opposed Hines mixed-use "Bergamot Transit Village" project at 26th Street and...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    November 4, 2013

Don't Blame Mr. Dell

We have received yet another slick flier from the Miramar Plan people. Illustrated is a beautiful colored rendering of the proposed new 21-story hotel (I won't insult you by calling it a renovation)....

 

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