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.
Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 8:07 am
Bergamot Station Arts Center is one step closer to the planning with guidelines and an advisory committee approved by Santa Monica City Council Tuesday night.
Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 8:06 am
A quieter environment was on Santa Monica City Council’s agenda this week as councilmembers passed a new ordinance to change noise regulation in most of the city.
Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 8:04 am
Santa Monica’s new bikeshare system has a fresh identity, with “Breeze” topping the voting charts due to its light, bright implications.
Posted Feb. 13, 2015, 7:23 am
The remaining two residents living at Palihouse Santa Monica, formerly Embassy Hotel Apartments, are set to be evicted in May. The legality of such a process is under the spotlight after stark revelations reveal that the sudden classification of the building from multi-family residential to hotel, is dubious.
Posted Feb. 11, 2015, 9:23 am
"Brock on your Block" host Phil Brock discusses Palihouse Santa Monica with Laura Wilson who lives next to the property that was converted from a residential apartment building to a hotel in mid-2013.
Posted Feb. 6, 2015, 8:14 am
Recent outcries from angry neighbors surrounding the now boutique hotel Palihouse at 1001 3rd Street are raising serious questions in Santa Monica. With a surge in all-night noise, street parking, and outdoor parties, how did the residentially located apartment building become a fully operational hotel in mid-2013?
Posted Jan. 30, 2015, 9:18 am
A special joint meeting of Santa Monica City Council, the Housing Authority, and the Redevelopment Successor Agency was held Tuesday night during the City Council session, with a stable “probable” economic outlook predicted.
Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:21 am
A concerted effort by Santa Monica City staff to raise fees for local outdoor fitness instructors was shut-down by City Council Tuesday, as the majority of council members agreed that such an increase was unnecessary.
Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 9:19 am
Fines of up to $10,000 could face Santa Monicans who don’t toe the water-reduction line following Tuesday night’s City Council meeting where new citywide water-reduction policies were adopted.
Posted Jan. 16, 2015, 8:49 am
With the City of Santa Monica moving towards eliminating contract and as-needed workers, nine custodial beach workers have banded together in an attempt to secure their positions and livelihoods.
Posted Jan. 9, 2015, 9:26 am
Dear Editor, I’d gamble my teacher paycheck that every woman alive has experienced a feeling of dread walking into a public bathroom. Will it be clean? Will it be safe? Will the door lock? Will there be enough paper? The anxiety is enough to give a woman a stomachache.
Posted Jan. 2, 2015, 9:22 am
The wages of Santa Monica City construction workers will soon be in line with California Labor Code standards, with City Council moving to pass a motion Dec. 18 to enable the alignment.
Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:36 am
With an increase in the number of complaints of tenant harassment in Santa Monica regarding the strong-arm tactics of landlords hoping to get more money from their properties by ousting occupants, Santa Monica City Council passed two motions Tuesday night to increase renters’ rights in affordable housing units.
Posted Dec. 19, 2014, 9:06 am
In light of the opening of the Expo line in Santa Monica and the subsequent duplication of public transit options, Santa Monica City Council gave the go-ahead Tuesday to move forward with work on a totally revised Big Blue Bus transit integration plan.