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 By David Ganezer    News    May 28, 2021

Shocker: Kevin McKeown Announces His Retirement as Santa Monica City Councilman, Effective June 11

At tonight's Santa Monica City Council meeting, longtime City Council member Kevin McKeown announced that he would retire as of June 11, 2021. He cited his advancing age. "I know I don't look it, but...

 
 By Corva Corvax    News    May 28, 2021

A Law to Require Critical Race Theory "Ethnic Studies" Course a High School Requirement is Headed for a Vote in the California State Assembly

A law that would require a semester of "Ethnic Studies" to graduate high school in California is headed for its third reading in the California State Assembly. An earlier version of today's AB101,...

 

Violent attacks by the Homeless are Rising; Dozens of fire safety violations found at LAX; 5 DMV Workers Admit Taking Bribes and Other Stories: Monday Morning Memo

Courts & Rulings Supreme Court won't extend warrantless searches to people's homes Police can't enter someone's home without a warrant except in an emergency, the Supreme Court ruled Monday,...

 

Learn How to Help Stray Kittens at a virtual townhall on June 2 from 5:30-6:30 pm

Department of Animal Care and Control is partnering with Los Angeles County Supervisor Janice Hahn's office to hold a virtual Town Hall on how you can help stray cats and kittens in your...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 26, 2021

Wolfgang Knabe Appointed as Interim Santa Monica Fire Chief

Wolfgang Knabe has been appointed as Interim Santa Monica Fire Chief, city officials announced Friday. He will start his temporary post June 10. Knabe, a 40-year fire service veteran, will succeed...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 24, 2021

Venice Boardwalk Becomes One Big Homeless Encampment, and the World Begins to Notice

Venice residents are tired of seeing the once famous, though eclectic, boardwalk turned into one large homeless encampment. And they're talking to the media this week. For example, the UK Daily Mail...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 24, 2021

Fire in Pacific Palisades for Second Time This Month

UPDATE: From the Los Angeles Fire Department blog: CONTAINED: Firefighters have hand lines around the perimeter as helicopters continue to conduct water drops to assist with the efforts. The burn...

 

Get Vaccinated this Weekend Win Chance to Get Tickets to a Lakers Basketball Game

This weekend at all the County-run vaccination sites, the Department of Health Services vaccination sites, and the L.A. City vaccination sites, everyone 18 years and older coming to get their first...

 
 By SMPD PIO    News    May 21, 2021

Pistol Packing Mama: Fight between homeless couple over a stroller, ends in gunfire and criminal charges.

5/17: A fight between a homeless couple over a stroller, ended in gunfire and criminal charges for one woman. Just after noon, Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) Officers responded to a shooting...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 21, 2021

Palisades Fire at 66% Containment; Arson Suspect Arrested and Identified as 48-Year-Old Homeless Man

May 20, 2021 - The Los Angeles Fire Department announced last night that the Palisades brush fire that began on Friday, May 14, is at 66% containment. "Firefighters have turned the corner on this...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 20, 2021

Lyft, Veo, Spin Selected for Pilot Mobility Program in Santa Monica

Santa Monica this week selected Lyft, Spin and Veo to participate in its second Shared Mobility Pilot Program, slated to begin on July 1. The 21-month pilot program, approved by City Council in March,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 20, 2021

Stolen French Bulldog Reunited with Owner; Suspect Nabbed by CC Police

Culver City police arrested on Saturday a man who allegedly stole at gunpoint a 10-month-old French bulldog in Fox Hills earlier this week. "The French bulldog was located (unharmed) and returned to...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 20, 2021

City of Santa Monica Reaches Settlement Agreement with Landlords Accused of 'Wrongful Eviction'

Santa Monica has resolved another tenant-landlord dispute and banked $15,000. The City reached a settlement with Marshall Reddick Real Estate and Balthazar Investment Group – landlords of a...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 20, 2021

Evacuation Orders Lifted for Palisades Fire; Arson Suspect Arrested and Identified as 48-Year-Old Homeless Man

May 19, 2021 The Los Angeles County Fire Department lifted evacuation orders for residents of Pacific Palisades at 1:00 pm Tuesday afternoon. Earlier that day, they lifted evacuation orders for...

 

Where to Take Your Animals if You're Evacuating Palisades Fire

The Los Angeles County Department of Animal Care and Control (DACC) is providing safe sheltering for animals evacuated as a result of the Palisades Fire. Mandatory evacuation orders are in place for...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    May 18, 2021

Palisades Fire Grows to 1350 Acres; Threat to Homes; 100's of Homes Evacuated in Topanga and Pacific Palisades

The fire began Friday night at Michael Lane and Palisades Court. As the fire spread, people on social media wondered: Did some homeless guy (or gal) start the fire? Police are searching for an arson...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 18, 2021

'Whacky' is a Kind Word to Describe Santa Monica Demolishing Parking Structure Number 3 Downtown

In a move that appears calculated to kill what little retail life is left in the Third Street Promenade and downtown, city officials are asking the California Coastal Commission to approve their...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 18, 2021

Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker to Leave Post June 4

Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker announced on Tuesday he will be departing his post on June 4 to head up the City of Bedford Fire Department in Texas. A Southern California native, Walker has...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 18, 2021

Palisades Fire: Suspect Arrested and Fire 32% Contained as of Tuesday Morning

May 18, 2021 A fire that is suspected arson that started Friday night was 32% contained as of 9 am Tuesday morning, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department incident report. Evacuation...

 
 By Samuel Alioto    News    May 17, 2021

Palisades Fire is Visible from Santa Monica as it Burns Through Topanga State Park

Update 8:15 pm: Palisades brushfire doubled in size to 750 acres. It triggered the evacuation of some Topanga Canyon residents. Those live in east of Topanga Canyon Boulevard between Topanga community...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 17, 2021

LA County Not Ready to Let Us Take Off Our Masks: Vaccinated People and Unvaccinated Alike Must Continue to Wear Masks Inside Businesses and in Crowds

May 14, 2021 - On Thursday the Centers for Disease Control changed their guidelines regarding the wearing of masks for vaccinated people. As of yesterday, the nation's top disease authority announced...

 
 By Ian Thompson    News    May 17, 2021

LA Spent More on the Homeless During the Pandemic Than on Either Rental Assistance or Testing/Vaccinations

LOS ANGELES - L.A. Controller Ron Galperin today released an updated online COVID-19 Spending Tracker (https://lacontroller.org/data-stories-and-maps/covidspending/) for the City of Los Angeles...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 17, 2021

City Council Reviews Report on May 2020 Riots in Santa Monica

The City Council met this week to review the OIR Group's independent, after-action report on the events connected to the civil unrest in Santa Monica May 31, 2020. The Group's 116-page analysis does...

 
 By Alyssa Erdley    News    May 17, 2021

The Controversial Plaza Project Proposed at Arizona and 4th Street on Public Land is Dead

In an email sent by anti-development group Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City, victory was declared over the city's attempt to put a large mulit-use building on what is now mostly a...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 15, 2021

SM Main Public Library Reopens for In-Person Service June 1

The City of Santa Monica has announced that its Main Library will reopen for limited in-person service to the community on Tuesday, June 1.  The Main Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.,...

 

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