Posted Sep. 29, 2015, 9:58 am
In anticipation of the Santa Monica City Council vote tonight to match Los Angeles' $15-by-2020 minimum wage, the Los Angeles Times and a Washington, D.C., think-tank are calling out city leaders.
Posted Sep. 26, 2015, 6:00 am
“Both Venice, Santa Monica, and areas of West L.A. are hospitality-oriented communities,” she said. “So they have a very high concentration of bars and restaurants and liquor stores. And there are a lot of outcomes that can flow with that.”
Posted Sep. 22, 2015, 9:17 am
Hunter Hall, head of the Santa Monica Neighborhood Restaurant Coalition, states his concerns about issues concerning smaller restaurants in the local area.
Posted Sep. 15, 2015, 10:20 am
Share your experience and views on affordable housing in Santa Monica at the next Housing Commission meetings this month.
Posted Sep. 13, 2015, 8:29 am
In an effort to create better communication with the public, the Santa Monica City Council last Tuesday took action to improve and reorganize the Community and Government Relations Unit at City Hall.
Posted Sep. 3, 2015, 9:49 am
A proposal to allow backyard beekeeping in Los Angeles cleared a major hurdle Wednesday, with the Los Angeles City Council instructing city attorneys prepare a final ordinance to allow the activity.
Posted Aug. 28, 2015, 9:43 am
While many people in Southern California were out at the beach or hiking or playing sports on a hot summer day, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown and members of the city council spent Sunday in a special session to discuss the top issues and concerns facing the city today.
Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:13 am
Weed Maps, a way for medical marijuana patients to find collectives near them – a sort of Yelp for marijuana, where patients can look up prices and read reviews – shows that Santa Monica has almost 24 marijuana delivery services.
Posted Jul. 31, 2015, 10:00 am
Santa Monica City Council approved a handful of consent calendar items at its Tuesday, July 28 night meeting, including nail patrol and deckboard replacement at Santa Monica Pier, background check updates, bi-annual satisfaction surveys, and electrical and street lights.
Posted Jul. 24, 2015, 9:21 am
The item regarding the purchase of 14 KIA Soul electric vehicles stirred up an uncharacteristically long consent calendar discussion.
Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 10:00 am
Let’s begin with what is a lobbyist? How does one define a lobbyist? And how does one enforce lobbyist regulations? These were some of the Socratic questions that occupied the discussion of a first reading of a lobbyist ordinance at Tuesday’s City Council meeting.
Posted Jul. 17, 2015, 9:50 am
The consent calendar discussion at Tuesday’s City Council meeting was uncharacteristically long. The subjects moved from the consent items to poor vendor turnouts to larger questions about the city’s bidding process.
Posted Jul. 3, 2015, 6:00 am
The task of making appointments to the Santa Monica Planning Commission became heated at the City Council meeting on Tuesday, June 23 with Councilwoman Pam O’Connor almost storming out the meeting in dramatic fashion.
Posted Jun. 12, 2015, 10:00 am
With the Los Angeles City Council passing an ordinance earlier this week that will raise the minimum wage to $15 an hour by 2020, Santa Monica City Council is taking steps to follow suit.
Posted Jun. 12, 2015, 9:38 am
Santa Monica City Council approved a handful of consent calendar items at its Tuesday night meeting, including new stairs from the Pier to the beach, footwear for certain City employees, and an agreement to continue broadcasting City Council meetings on KCRW.
Posted Jun. 5, 2015, 11:50 am
At the end of the Santa Monica City Council's recent special meetings, which took place on the nights of May 27-28 for Biennial Budget Study Session presentations, Mayor Kevin McKeown introduced a motion to reconsider a small portion of the Zoning Ordinance.
Posted May. 29, 2015, 9:16 am
Here's an overview of the consent calendar approvals from Wednesday night's Santa Monica City Council meeting.
Posted May. 22, 2015, 9:40 am
Construction will begin soon on an approximately $1 million project that will improve the intersections, crosswalks, streets, signage, and bikeways around Santa Monica High School.
Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am
An ordinance prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income passed on Tuesday at Santa Monica City Council with a unanimous 7 to 0 vote with all members present.
Posted May. 8, 2015, 6:00 am
A crowd gathered before Tuesday’s Santa Monica City Council meeting in front of City Hall’s steps holding signs that matched the tenor of their shouts: “Too big! Too tall! Too much! Too big! Too tall! Too much!”
Posted Apr. 17, 2015, 8:00 am
Santa Monica City Hall hosted two evenings of heated study sessions this week, with public comment and Council discussion on the proposed Zoning Ordinance Update (ZOU) taking more than 10 hours.
Posted Mar. 27, 2015, 9:08 am
More than 300 people descended on Santa Monica City Hall Tuesday night as the much-debated issue of Santa Monica Airport (SMO) tenancies and land use hit City Council’s discussion agenda.
Posted Mar. 20, 2015, 9:09 am
Standing strong in net capital position and with $366 million as the City’s General Fund balance June 2014, it was announced Tuesday evening that Santa Monica received an independent auditor’s stamp of approval for its Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) financial year 2013-2014.
Posted Mar. 7, 2015, 9:04 am
We often anguish over decisions involving animals here in Santa Monica, such as the recent business involving pony rides at the Main Street farmer’s market.
Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:09 am
As the date for Santa Monica City Council to discuss the future of leases at Santa Monica Airport (SMO) fast approaches, anti-aviation proponents have began re-mobilizing the ranks in an effort to eventually cease airport operations altogether. Airport tenants are also preparing for battle in a push to save their businesses.