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 By Jack Simon    Lifestyle    June 25, 2022 

City of Santa Monica Blames Bird Poop for Pollution Problem at Santa Monica Pier

6.23.22: The City of Santa Monica released statement after Heal The Bay named Santa Monica Pier #3 polluted beach in California. They blamed bird poop for the problem. The Statement reads: "The City...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    June 25, 2022 

City Council Okays Plan to Construct 9,000 More Units Under Santa Monica Housing Element

6.23.22: The Santa Monica City Council this week approved revisions to the city's 6th Cycle Housing Element Update which will be resubmitted to the California Department of Housing and Community...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 20, 2022

City Council Approves New Restrictions on Outdoor Watering in Santa Monica

Santa Monica residents will be limited to two-day per week outdoor watering schedules starting next month as part of the city's effort to conserve water amid a historic drought in California. At its...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 17, 2022

Father Sues Brentwood School, Alleges Curriculum Became Divisive After George Floyd Murder

6.10.22: The father of a Brentwood School student has sued the institution, alleging that the curriculum became "racially divisive" after the 2020 death of George Floyd and the climate turned hostile...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    June 6, 2022

LA City Council Wants to Ban Homeless Encampments 500 Feet from Schools

The Los Angeles City Council this week supported a proposal by five council members to amend the city's law against homeless encampments in certain areas of the city to extend to within 500 feet of...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    June 3, 2022

Two Men Charged With Stealing 10,000 Postal Money Orders Worth $5.1 Million

U.S. Postal Service employee Dewayne Morris Sr. and his son and namesake were charged in federal court with multiple felony counts of bank fraud and conspiracy in connection with the theft of $5...

 
 By Jack Simon    Health    April 29, 2022

'Fraudulent' Covid-Testing Company Agrees to Refund Clients in Los Angeles County

Sameday Health, a Venice-based COVID-19 testing company, allegedly falsified and forged test results, according to a complaint released by the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office, which reached a...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    April 13, 2022

Homeless Man Sentenced to Life in Prison For Sexually Assaulting Santa Monica Woman in 2018

A homeless man who was convicted of raping a Santa Monica woman in her Ocean Park apartment in 2018 was sentenced on Friday to 100 years to life in state prison. Dylan James Jensen, now 44, was found...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    April 5, 2022

SMMUSD Wants to "Preserve Tradition" of Electing At-Large School Board Members

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and City of Santa Monica have filed a lawsuit against the Los Angeles County Committee on School District Organization County Committee, challenging...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    March 29, 2022

Santa Monica Agrees to Pay $1.75 Million to Settle Officer-Involved Shooting Lawsuit

The city of Santa Monica has finalized a settlement with a 31-year-old man who was struck in the head by a gunshot fired by a former Santa Monica Police Department officer, officials announced this...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    March 27, 2022

Susan Cola Appointed New Interim Santa Monica City Attorney

Santa Monica has hired a new Interim City Attorney while the long search for a permanent chief counsel continues. At its Tuesday night meeting, the City Council appointed Deputy City Attorney Susan...

 
 By Jack Simon    Crime    March 6, 2022

Arson Investigators Seeking Firebug Who Set String of Trash Fires in Venice

Authorities are seeking the public's help in finding a man who allegedly set a series of trash fires in the Venice area last Saturday. The suspect is described as a Black man between ages 25 and 35,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    February 28, 2022

100 Families Apply for SM Program Prioritizing Housing for Historically Displaced Households

More than 100 families have applied to a pilot program that gives priority on Santa Monica's affordable housing waitlist to the households who were displaced by the Civic Auditorium or I-10 Freeway...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    February 17, 2022

Homeless Crisis Is Now The Top Issue for Los Angeles County Voters

Los Angeles County voters have "a complete lack of faith" in the city of Los Angeles and their county to address the homelessness crisis. That's the consensus of six focus groups, according to a...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    February 1, 2022

Danny Alvarez Named New Santa Monica Fire Chief

Danny Alvarez has been appointed as the new Fire Chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department, city officials announced on Thursday. Alvarez comes to Santa Monica from fellow ISO Class 1-rated...

 
 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...

 

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