Education

Lyon leaves, SMMUSD achievement gap lingers

One of the obstacles to closing the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s academic achievement gaps, Pedro Noguera says, is personnel turnover. Changes in staff and administration, the education reformist argues, make it harder for the district to establish a culture that is conducive to helping the neediest students without sacrificing... Read more →

Crime

Suspect arrested for never returning U-Haul rental

On April 20, at approximately 8:25 a.m. Officers were patrolling the 1200 block of 9th Street and determined an unoccupied vehicle parked on the street was reported stolen. The vehicle was rented at U-Haul, 1747 Lincoln Blvd., and never returned. Further investigation revealed the suspect, Randy Birchall, 54, resided in the area. Officers... Read more →

Government

Increased support for rental subsidies

As the cost of housing continues to increase, Santa Monica's most at-risk renters got a little help from the Federal Government last week. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) agreed to significantly increase the value of housing subsidies under the Housing Choice Voucher program, formally known as Section 8, that... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go – Week of May 2, 2016

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to open on May 20, 2016. COLORADO ESPLANADE: Construction work on Colorado Ave. will continue daytime Monday through Friday. Pedestrian access is accommodated by use of temporary barricaded pathways marked with signage. Please use caution... Read more →

Briefs

An Art Festival for the Whole Family

On Saturday, May 7 from 12 - 4 p.m., Art in the Afternoon, A Window Between World's popular annual art festival, will be held at the Venice Skills Center, 611 5th Avenue.  Hosted by G Hannelius, known for her starring role in "Dog with a Blog" and co-emceed by Beth Littleford, best known as a correspondent on "The Daily Show," this event... Read more →

Crime

Suspect arrested for vandalizing lamp post with marker

On April 23, at approximately 3:46 p.m. Officers were patrolling in the 600 block of Broadway observed the suspect, Daniel Conway, 43, homeless, vandalizing a street lamp post with a black marker. The suspect was not cooperative with officers and refused to provide his name. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for misdemeanor... Read more →

Briefs

LUVE initiative could submit signatures this week

Supporters of the LUVE initiative say they have gathered enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the November ballot and plan to submit signatures to the City Clerk in the coming days. LUVE will require voter approval for all development agreements, any development above the Tier 1 standard (about 32 feet) and any major... Read more →

Public

Sandra Lyon stepping down as SMMUSD superintendent

Sandra Lyon is leaving the Santa Monica-Malibu school district at the end of the school year. The superintendent announced Monday that she has accepted an offer to become the top executive for the Palm Springs Unified School District starting July 1. The administrative shakeup comes as the district faces numerous key issues, including a... Read more →

Transportation

How will Expo Line affect Santa Monica?

When Jeremy Stutes moved to Santa Monica from North Hollywood a few years ago, he landed an apartment within walking distance of Bergamot Station. It was an intentional choice. He knew the forthcoming Expo Line would soon provide him with another public transit option as he slowly distanced himself from the driving lifestyle, and this... Read more →

Government

Workers’ comp claims rising at City Hall

Workers' compensation claims are rising and the City should prepare for additional costs according to a report recently presented to the City Council. Claims from the Big Blue Bus, Police Department and Fire Department are responsible for increasing frequency and severity of workers' compensation reports. Staff said if the current trends... Read more →

News

Santa Monica’s minimum wage law gets final approval

Revisions to Santa Monica's minimum wage law were met with maximum approval this week thanks to backing from a coalition of local residents, labor unions and business leaders. City Council formally adopted a $15 hourly minimum wage schedule in January, but several details were deliberately left vague with an expectation that a specially... Read more →

Public

SMMUSD board has leaning on Santa Monica High campus plan

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education is feeling blue. Well, in a way. Presented with two options for the future of the Santa Monica High School campus, the local school district’s governing body favored the so-called Blue plan over the Gold plan as it assessed the merits of both during its meeting earlier this month. Rebecca... Read more →