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 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 11, 2019

Sustainable Plastic - All We Need is a Nudge

We dutifully separate our recyclables and put them in a separate container for the waste trucks to pick up, but the fact is that little of that material is currently getting recycled. "In California,...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 4, 2019

Santa Monica City Council Doesn't Want to Hear From You

A proposal by the Santa Monica City Council to halve public speaker time from two minutes to one minute has roused vigorous criticism. The current Rules of Order for council meetings allows a speaker...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 4, 2019

City of Santa Monica to Demolish a House of God to Build Unaffordable Housing

2/28/19 This month, Community Corp. of Santa Monica was awarded a $10.7 million-dollar 'loan' from the Santa Monica Housing Trust Fund to acquire property at 1819 Pico Boulevard, across the street...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    March 1, 2019

Homeless Encampment Near Whole Foods Market in Venice, Lives On Legal Limbo

Directly to the West of the Whole Foods Market on Lincoln and Rose lies a strip of land that looks like a sidewalk. A rather wide sidewalk, crowded with a dozen or so tents pitched, and homeless peopl...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    March 1, 2019

Residents Want Less Traffic and More Parking. SMPD Wants to Talk Traffic Safety, However

In a video released on Thursday, Santa Monica Police Chief Cynthia Renaud promised to discuss traffic and what the police department is doing about it. However, Renaud - understandably - shied away...

 

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...

 

Widespread Direct TV Outage Affecting Los Angeles Users

TV Screens went dark Monday night, February 18 (President's day) throughout Los Angeles, during the 6 o'clock news programs. No information about the outage was available on the company's website as...

 

Video: #Geyser on #PCH as Truck Shears Fire Hydrant Early Wednesday Morning in Santa Monica

Pacific coast highway was closed in both directions in Santa Monica on Wednesday morning. Traffic accident just south of the California incline and caused a 200 foot Kaiser to appear above Palisades...

 

Fire Scorches Apartment Unit at the Santa Monica Shores So Tower

The greatest concentration of population anywhere in Santa Monica is the Santa Monica shores, at 2800 Nielson Way. Built in the 1970's the apartments start at around $5000 a month for two bedrooms....

 

California Department of Corrections & Rehabilitation Programs Documented to be Total Failure

You won't find much disagreement that it is good public policy to offer rehabilitation programs for inmates to increase the odds that they will be law-abiding citizens after they're released. Good...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 29, 2019

Mudslide Closes California Ramp in Santa Monica Tuesday Morning

A small mudslide onto the California Ramp has closed the road to traffic on Tuesday morning. The City sent out the following general e mail at 7 am Tuesday morning: "The City of Santa Monica is...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 25, 2019

Tragic Stabbing in Sunset Park, say Santa Monica Police. Tranquil Neighborhood Stunned

Three members of one Santa Monica family were stabbed by another family member in their Sunset Park home on Thursday morning. Neighbors said the family's son had stabbed 3 other family members,...

 
 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 Dana Polk    News    January 19, 2019

Trader Joes Applies for Alcohol Permit at New 23rd and Wilshire Location

Trader Joe's has pulled a permit to sell alcohol at a new location it intends to open at 23rd Street and Wilshire Blvd in Santa Monica. When the car wash at that location was torn down in May, the...

 
 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...

 

Pedestrian Dragged 3 Blocks In Horrific Fatal Expo Line Accident Tuesday Morning

The 17th Street Expo line station was the scene of a fatal accident on Tuesday. Police have not yet identified the victim. It was unclear whether the pedestrian was chasing after the train, or just...

 
 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....

 
 By Sarah Storkin    News    January 4, 2019

New Year's Day Power Outage In Santa Monica East of 11th St, North of California Ave

Update 8pm: power has been restored to affected areas of Santa Monica. A morning transformer explosion dimmed lights in Santa Monica North of California Avenue and East of 11th Street, residents...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    January 1, 2019

Two Guatemalan Children Died in ICE Custody of Influenza, Medical Records Reveal

Two children have died in ICE custody in a month, after crossing the border illegally with a parent. It appears that both children, a 7 year old girl and an 8 year old boy, died of a particularly...

 

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...

 

Video: Watch as a Tsunami wipes out a Concert Stage on an Indonesian Beach

As a local pop band concludes a set, a wave lifts them into the audience, killing most of the band members and 222 others. While the Tsunami was only 4 feet high at the beach, it was enough to drag...

 
 By Stan Greene    News    December 22, 2018

Major Water Main Break Floods Wilshire Blvd & Masselin Street in Los Angeles Miracle Mile

A major water main break at Wilshire Boulevard and Masselin flooded streets in mid Wilshire Thursday morning at 10 AM. LAFD units responded and blocked off the street, but then departed. This is the...

 

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...

 

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