Toward $15 Minimum Wage in Santa Monica Begins Friday
June 28, 2016 -- Some workers
in Santa Monica will receive a raise on Friday when the first phase of
the new local minimum wage law goes into effect.
to Comb $90 Million in Santa Monica Tax Receipts
June 28, 2016 -- The City of Santa
Monica is expected Tuesday to hire outside auditors to comb through receipts
for an estimated $90 million in taxes collected from hotels, businesses
licenses and through public and private parking fees.
The Pharmaceutical Industry's Misinformation Campaign
June 28, 2016 -- Thank you for your coverage of the LA County Board
of Supervisors failure to support an industry-funded pharmaceutical and
sharps take-back program.
Monica Council to Consider LUVE Alternative for Ballot
June 27, 2016 -- Countering a
November ballot initiative that generally requires voter approval for
building projects taller than 32 feet, the City Council on Tuesday will
discuss placing a competing measure before voters this fall.
Monica’s LUVE Initiative Not Unique Concept in California
June 27, 2016 -- If voters approve
Santa Monica’s LUVE initiative in November, it would radically change
the local development process, but it would not be a unique moment in
Monica Schools Lose and Gain a Principal
June 27, 2016 -- It has been an
eventful past several days in Santa Monica’s public schools with
changes at the top levels.
Monica Mayor Likely Running for Re-Election
June 24, 2016 -- It appears Santa
Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez will attempt to do something in November that
he failed to do more than two decades ago -- win a second consecutive
Monica Streets Getting Busier, Police Chief Says
June 24, 2016 -- Santa Monica’s
streets are getting busier, with new visitors alighting from Expo trains
downtown and drivers so frustrated with gridlock that they are spilling
onto quiet side streets as an alternative.
Monica Tongva Park Summer Series Offers Music, Dance
June 24, 2016 -- Ancient music
from the Americas, traditional Japanese drumming and dance music that
will get feet -- both young and old -- moving will be featured this summer
at Tongva Park.
Monica Ranks Third in County for City Employee Compensation Costs, Survey
June 23, 2016 -- Pay and benefits
for Santa Monica City employees were the third-highest in Los Angeles
County last year, averaging $152,050 annually for the municipality’s
full-time workforce, a new survey has found.
Monica Ballot Could Feature Three Tax Measures
June 23, 2016 -- Santa Monica
voters will face a large number of decisions at the federal, State and
local levels in November, including possibly three tax measures.
Monica Planning Commissioner Announces Council Bid
June 23, 2016 -- Planning Commissioner
Jennifer Kennedy, who made an unsuccessful bid for City Council two years
ago, announced Tuesday that she would run again for a seat in November.
Monica Malibu School Board to Consider $171 Million Budget
June 22, 2016 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu
School board on Wednesday will consider a general fund budget of approximately
$171 million for the coming school year that includes a 10 percent increase
in district-paid health care benefits, raises for teachers and other employees
and a projected fund balance of nearly $21 million.
Monica Asks for Help Updating Landmarks Inventory
22, 2016 -- From Santa Monica’s old Rapp Saloon on Second
Street, built in 1875 as a beer garden, to the lavish Spanish Colonial
Revival/ Art Deco-inspired Charmont Apartments, constructed on California
Avenue for the 1920s rich and famous, Santa Monica has more than a
century’s worth of modern history tallied and saved.
Monica International Teen Film Festival to Be Held Next Month
June 22, 2016 -- Films by students
in local schools will be among the three dozen shorts screened at The
11th Annual Santa Monica International Teen Film Festival next month,
event officials announced.
Monica Welcomes First Day of Summer with Big Beach Crowds
June 21, 2016 -- The first day
of summer 2016 arrived Monday for Santa Monica with bigger- than- usual
crowds at the beach, as inland Southern California fled the final baking
blast of yet another heat wave, this one breaking new records.
Monica Project Named Finalist for Global Award
June 21, 2016 --
Ocean Avenue South, a mixed-use housing complex that met stiff opposition
when it was approved a decade ago, is a finalist in the 2016 Urban
Land Institute (ULI) Global Awards for Excellence.
Drivers License Bill Passes State Assembly Panel
21, 2016 -- State legislation to stop the automatic suspension of
driver’s licenses for people with minor traffic offenses who fail
to appear in court or to pay initial fines that snowball into huge financial
burdens passed a key committee Monday.
Could Come to Santa Monica in 2024
June 20, 2016 -- Don’t go
looking for tickets quite yet because it’s a long way from being
official, but at least three Summer Olympic events could take place in
Santa Monica in 2024.
Monica Group Says County’s Decision on Syringe Policy a "Setback"
June 20, 2016 -- The Los Angeles
County Board of Supervisors’ decision last week not to institute
a major drug and syringe (also known as “sharps”) take-back
program funded by pharmaceutical companies has angered various organizations,
including Santa Monica-based Heal the Bay.
of Santa Monica's California Incline Delayed
June 20, 2016 -- The reopening
of Santa Monica's newly reconstructed California incline has been delayed
until the end of summer, City officials announced last week.
Permits Approved for Santa Monica Brewery, Movie Theater
June 17, 2016 -- In a rare short
Santa Monica Planning Commission meeting that finished in a little over
15 minutes, two local businesses received the permits they requested to
serve alcohol to customers.
Monica Emergency Response Improves, Officials Say
June 17, 2016 -- A consolidated
dispatch system begun last year has improved emergency response in Santa
Monica, Communications Administrator Chris Herron told the City Council
Monica College Awards Fourth Annual Transfer Scholarship
June 17, 2016 -- A Santa Monica
College (SMC) student who is the first in his family to go to college
has been awarded fourth annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship, SMC
officials announced this week.
Monica's Big Blue Bus Ushers in Major Changes
June 16, 2016 -- Those out on
the town this weekend can hop a Big Blue Bus cab to or from the 17th St./Santa
Monica College Expo Station as part of a new on-demand service that kicks
off Friday night.
Monica-Malibu School District Starts Search for New Superintendent
June 16, 2016 -- With weeks left
before the superintendent's departure, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified
School District is seeking public imput on a replacement at two sessions
Arrest Suspect in Santa Monica's Second Homicide of Year
June 16, 2016
-- Police on Tuesday reported the arrest of a member of the U.S. Navy
in the beating and stabbing death of a Santa Monica resident this weekend.
Monica Council Orders Study of LUVE Initiative
June 15, 2016 –- Faced
with a November 8 ballot measure that places most new development in Santa
Monica in the hands of voters, the City Council on Tuesday rejected calls
to adopt the LUVE initiative and instead ordered a 28-day study of the
on the Menu for Santa Monica Planning Commission Meeting
June 15, 2016 -- Two unrelated
Santa Monica businesses will be asking the Planning Commission on Wednesday
for the right to serve customers alcohol.
Pleads not Guilty in Santa Monica Weapons Case
June 15, 2016 -- A 20-year-old
Indiana man arrested Sunday on a Santa Monica street with an arsenal in
his car pleased not guilty to three felony counts and one misdemeanor
count on Tuesday, District Attorney's officials said.
Monica Rent Board Wants Study on Ellis Act Eviction “Predictors”
June 14, 2016 -- Nicole Phillis,
chair of Santa Monica’s Rent Control Board, said nobody knows for
sure how measures such as the LUVE Initiative, likely going before voters
in November, and the Downtown Community Plan, currently under review,
will affect the future of the City’s rent-controlled units.
Raises Push Many Santa Monica Employees Well into Six-Figure Salaries
Monica Gets Ready to Celebrate Independence Day
June 14, 2016 -- From the head
of Santa Monica’s cemetery to its bike-share coordinator, librarians,
civil engineers and lifeguards, many Santa Monica City employees could
get raises that would make six-figure salaries the norm for many workers.
14, 2016 -- Can’t wait to party on the Fourth of July? No problem.
Santa Monica will start celebrating early again this year.