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After More than 20 Years, Barnes & Noble on Third Street Promenade to Close

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Barnes & Noble on the Third Street Promenade appears poised to close its doors early next year after more than two decades at the location. Barnes & Noble did not respond to multiple requests for...

Santa Monica’s Main Street on Track to Get Parklets This July

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In November 2015, the Santa Monica City Council voted to approve plans for parklets at three locations on Main Street. According to a recent staff report, those parklets should be ready by July this...

Gruber : Where to build housing and where not

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This article first appeared on The Healthy City Local. I ended my blog last week about Santa Monica’s housing policies with some good news, namely that a lot of housing was either under construction in the city...

City Approves Plan to Dramatically Increase Airport Park

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While the battle over how much control the City of Santa Monica has over the leases and operations of its airport continues in court and the newspapers; the city announced it has selected a...

Photos: Santa Monica Firefighters Rescue Dog from Apartment Fire

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Santa Monica firefighters managed to put out a kitchen fire in an apartment building Tuesday afternoon while saving the life of a dog that had become unresponsive due to heat and smoke exposure. At about 4...

EXTRA: Metro Takes Control of Expo Line to Begin Pre-Revenue Service

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Friday marked an important milestone in the progress of Expo Phase II. The Expo Construction Authority officially handed over control of the Expo Phase II track to L.A. Metro for the county transit agency to...

City Proposal Would Leave Dockless Bike and Scooter Operations in Hands of Ride Hail...

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City staff from the Santa Monica Planning and Community Development Department released today its recommendations for granting four exclusive shared mobility permits. The somewhat surprising results, if adopted by the Director of Planning and...

New Plans Revealed for Santa Monica’s Fairmont Miramar Hotel Redesign Project

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Owners of the Santa Monica Fairmont Miramar hotel revealed revamped plans for an ambitious overhaul of the historic property Thursday. The new plans for the property at Wilshire Boulevard and Ocean Avenue would see a...

Downtown Santa Monica to Get Pedestrian Scrambles at 11 Intersections

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Officials are planning to install pedestrian scrambles at 11 intersections in Santa Monica's bustling downtown district this year (Update: City officials said that they plan to have the scrambles finished by the end of June). Pedestrian...

Who Needs A Border Wall When We Have Exclusionary Zoning?

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As we watch our brave politicians compromise to build a ‘barrier’ in lieu of a border wall, it’s a good time to remember we have a weapon that’s far more effective at keeping the...

Santa Monica Brings Civic Hacking Home with Big Blue Bus Realtime Data

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The city of Santa Monica and the Chamber of Commerce are hosting a "Hack the Beach" meetup this Saturday, where the city will formally open up new datasets to the public, including real-time bus arrival information. Saturday's...

Santa Monica Extends Pioneering E-Scooter Pilot Program

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Earlier this week, the Santa Monica City Council approved extending the city's initial 16-month e-scooter program through May 2020. In September 2017, the first app-based shared electronic scooters appeared in Santa Monica. The initial Bird...

Santa Monica City Council to Consider Divesting from Wells Fargo over Dakota Access Pipeline

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Update: The City Council voted 5-to-0 to support divesting Santa Monica from Wells Fargo. Councilmembers Sue Himmelrich and Pam O'Connor were not present for the vote. Himmelrich recused herself from the vote because she...

Man Killed After Being Struck by Expo Line Train in Santa Monica Sunday Night

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Late Sunday night a man was killed in Santa Monica after being struck by an Expo line train, according to authorities. Around 11 p.m. on November 5, the police received a call about a pedestrian...

Santa Monica Next Releases Endorsement Matrix for Local Ballot Propositions

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Data on endorsements compiled from press releases or organization websites. The SMArT endorsement is based on their column in the Santa Monica Mirror.
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