Santa Monica’s Top Items of 2021

From COVID-19 and evolution to crime and politics, 2021 was a busy year on the Santa Monica news cycle. The year is drawing to a close, here are the top stories from each month.

Tensions at the Santa Monica City Council meeting

Jan 28, 2021 – During a debate over whether councilor Oscar de a Torre could participate in a lawsuit related to a voting process initiated by his wife against the city, lawmakers were among the legislators at the Santa Monica City Council meeting earlier this week Tensions have flared and clear allegations have been made. Full article here.

Santa Monica teen dies of fentanyl overdose after being contacted by a retailer on Snapchat

February 11, 2021 – “Please take care of your children,” says the Santa Monica mother of a 16-year-old who recently died of a fentanyl overdose after a drug dealer contacted her son – a straight student who disagreed prepared for college – via Snapchat. Full article here.

All Santa Monica schools will reopen in April

March 30, 2021 – All Santa Monica Public School students have the option to return to the classroom in April. Full article here

Elon Musk supports new Tesla charging station in Santa Monica

April 11, 2021 – A new Tesla charging station led by billionaire Elon Musk could soon head to Santa Monica. Full article here.

Councilor Kevin McKeown abruptly announces his resignation

May 26, 2021 – Longtime Santa Monica City Councilor Kevin McKeown abruptly announced his resignation during a meeting this week. Full article here.

Santa Monica City Council approves Main Street closure over the weekend

June 15, 2021 – Santa Monica legislature last week approved a pilot program to close a section of Main Street to traffic on select weekends throughout the summer. Full article here.

Water near the Santa Monica Pier remains in question as beach closings were lifted following the discharge of sewage

July 15, 2021 – Beach closings were lifted after 17 million gallons of raw sewage were discharged into Santa Monica Bay, but some beaches – including those near Santa Monica Pier – may currently contain high levels of bacteria from the spillage. Full article here.

Editorial: Unprofessionalism and racial insensitivity in Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. leaves a lot to be desired

Aug. 20, 2021 – A recent incident in which a downtown Santa Monica, Inc. executive carelessly used the events of the Holocaust to advance the organization’s agenda begs the question: is it time for a new leadership at DTSM? Full article here.

Santa Monicans are frustrated after receiving a ticket to return to the weekly street sweeping

September 2, 2021 – Many Santa Monica residents express frustration after being hit with $ 73 worth of parking tickets, saying they were not informed that the weekly street sweep has returned to town this week. Full article here.

Former Mesa PD chief will lead Santa Monica Police Department

October 15, 2021 – Ramon Batista, Jr., former Mesa, Arizona police chief, has been selected to head the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD). Full article here.

A Santa Monica city council music store was robbed for the second time this year

November 30, 2021 – Santa Monica councilor Laura Negrete is a co-owner of the Santa Monica Music Center, a family business and the store has been robbed for the second time in three months. Full article here.

New LA County District for Santa Monica more conservative

December 20, 2021 – Last week, a new map for the LA County Board of Supervisors counties went into effect with changes to make the Santa Monica county more conservative. Full article here.

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