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 By Jack Simon    News    December 22, 2021

Santa Monica City Council Waives Outdoor Dining Fees through June 2022

At the urging of local restaurants and business groups, the Santa Monica City Council this week voted to waive outdoor dining permit and license fees for the next six months. At its Tuesday night's...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    December 6, 2021

Quick-Thinking Guard Thwarts 'Potential Smash and Robbery' at Santa Monica Place

A quick-thinking security guard has thwarted a "potential smash and grab robbery" at Santa Monica Place on Black Friday, said local police who are on high alert due to the recent spate of "flash mob...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    December 6, 2021

SMMUSD Now Offering Free Online Tutoring Service to Students

A free, online tutoring service is now available to students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District SMMUSD announced this week announced it will continue its partnership with Paper, a...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 22, 2021

Pico Branch Library Reopens for In-Person Services December 1

The Pico Branch Library will reopen for in-person services beginning Wednesday, December 1, city officials announced this week. "We couldn't be more thrilled to reopen our beloved branch in the Pico n...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 22, 2021

Santa Monica Seeking Volunteers to Count the Homeless in January

Santa Monica is looking for a few hundred volunteers to count the homeless people in their city. City officials announced this week that the annual Santa Monica homeless count will be held on January...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 8, 2021

Santa Monica Council to Adopt Anti-Nepotism Policy Next Week

Santa Monica City Council members will no longer consider appointing family members to city boards, commissions or task forces. The City Council is expected to approve at its upcoming Tuesday meeting...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    November 5, 2021

SMC Picked to Compete for Prize Recognizing College Excellence

SMC was among 150 institutions selected by the Aspen Institute this week to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence, a recognition of high achievement and performance a...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 5, 2021

SM Extends Local Emergency, Tenant Protections to January 31

The city of Santa Monica has extended its remaining local emergency orders to January 31, 2022, including tenant protections against eviction. The 41st Emergency Supplement, signed October 29,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 5, 2021

Homeless in Brentwood Veteran's Row, Westchester Park Moving Indoors

Nearly 100 homeless people have decided to move from their encampment along San Vicente Boulevard in Brentwood and from their tents in Westchester Park to temporary housing, Los Angeles city and count...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 2, 2021

City Council Receives Upbeat Report on Santa Monica Fiscal Health

The Santa Monica City Council this week received an upbeat update on the city's fiscal health and made small revisions to the 2021-2022 budget to reflect increases in revenues. The 2020-21 year-end...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    November 2, 2021

SM City Council Approves New Organics Recycling Mandate

In an effort to achieve Santa Monica's "zero waste goal by 2030," the City Council this week adopted a new mandatory recycling ordinance for organic materials.  The new ordinance fulfils the city's...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    October 31, 2021

SMMUSD Board Delays Action on Vaccine Mandate

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is apparently waffling about a proposal to mandate vaccines for all eligible students. The SMMUSD Board of Education met last Thursday to discuss a...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    October 29, 2021

SMMUSD to Present Environmental Impact Report for Malibu Middle and High School Project

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the findings of the Draft Environmental Impact Report for the Malibu Middle and High School (MMHS) specific plan project at a virtual and...

 

City Council to Focus on Methane Gas Levels at Former Landfill

Is the former Santa Monica landfill underneath Gandara Park and the Municipal City Yards emitting high levels of methane gas? That's what the Santa Monica City Council will focus on next Tuesday...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 25, 2021

Santa Monica Building New Bikeway, Safety Enhancements Near 17th Street Metro Expo Line

Citing an increase in crashes involving people on scooters and bikes near Metro Expo Line 17th Street, the city of Santa Monica has started construction on a new bikeway and other safety enhancement...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    October 25, 2021

SMMUSD Now Offering Free Meals to All Students

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has announced it is participating in the federal program offering free meals to all public school students, regardless of their family's income. School...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    October 21, 2021

SMMUSD Ponders Vaccine Mandate for Eligible Students

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is on the verge of mandating vaccines for all eligible students. The local School Board will discuss a COVID-19 vaccination requirement for all...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 18, 2021

Ramon Batista Named New Santa Monica Police Chief

Ramon Batista, Jr., a 35-year law enforcement veteran, has been appointed as the new Santa Monica Police Chief, city officials announced on Thursday. He starts his new post with an annual salary...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 18, 2021

Santa Monica to Start Major Pico Blvd Street Resurfacing Project October 18

Traffic may heavy and possibly brutal on the west side of town for the next four weeks. Between Monday, October 18, and November 12, the city of Santa Monica contractor, Excel Paving, will grind out...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 18, 2021

SM City Council Approves Revised 2021-29 Housing Element Update

The Santa Monica City Council this week adopted the revised 2021-2029 Housing Element Update, which "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic discrimination and...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 15, 2021

New State Law Will Free 'Blood Slave' Donor Dogs

California has passed a new law that will phase out the inhumane practice of keeping "blood slave" donor dogs in captivity. Over the weekend, Gov. Gavin Newsom signed a law, AB1282, which lets...

 

Firm that Analyzed the May 2020 Riots to Serve as Inspector General of SM Civilian Oversight Panel

The OIR Group, the consulting firm that analyzed and issued a detailed report on the events connected to the civil unrest in Santa Monica, of May 31, 2020, will soon become the first Inspector General...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 11, 2021

E-bikes Operator Settles Consumer Protection Lawsuit with Santa Monica, Los Angeles

Santa Monica and Los Angeles has settled a jointly-filed, consumer protection lawsuit with Wheels Labs, a shared mobility company that operates a fleet of e-bikes.  Wheels Labs agreed to pay $300,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    October 11, 2021

Reusable Glass Bottles to Make Comeback in California

Californians will soon see the return of glass beverage bottles to their supermarkets. Governor Gavin Newsom this week signed a bill, AB 962, which paves the way for reusable glass bottles to flow...

 

Lawsuit contends landlords unlawfully converted rent-control building into complex for vacation rentals

The city of Santa Monica has sued a local landlord for allegedly converting a rent-controlled apartment building on 10th Street into a complex mostly used for "unlawful vacation rentals," thereby viol...

 

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