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.
Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:03 am
The sprawling “circus” of individual exotic animal handlers that can be found near the Santa Monica Pier entrance in Palisades Park have been told to pack up and leave permanently after an ordinance to ban them from exhibiting their snakes, reptiles, birds, and non-human primates was passed Tuesday – despite pleas from animal handlers for the City to work with them on finding middle ground.
Posted Feb. 27, 2015, 9:01 am
Concept design on the interim use of the future Colorado/4th Street and Colorado/17th Street light rail station sites were approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday, with work expected to start in the near future.
Posted Feb. 26, 2015, 8:23 am
Santa Monica residents will face a nine percent price hike in their water bills from March 1, with a possible nine percent increase each year, for five years.
Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 9:13 am
With a total 38 operational guest rooms, and a sizeable staff, Santa Monica’s Palihouse is having its impact felt on surrounding streets. Street parking is backed up for blocks surrounding the boutique hotel, as guests and staff fill available spots, often double-parking until a space frees up.
Posted Feb. 20, 2015, 9:05 am
The unique ecosystem of birds and snakes in Palisades Park next to the entry of Santa Monica Pier is being endangered by a proposed ban on all wild and exotic pets from the Pier and its surroundings.
Posted Feb. 18, 2015, 9:47 am
"Brock on your Block" host Phil Brock discusses the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, which had its regular operations suspended by the City of Santa Monica in June 2013, due to the loss of State redevelopment funds needed to rehabilitate the facility.