Drug arrests, suspensions down at schools

SAMOHI — Earlier this month a teacher allegedly reprimanded a student for having pot in the classroom at Santa Monica High School and a fight broke out. A cellphone video, which was widely circulated online and by media outlets, shows the teacher and a student fighting for about a minute. Details remain murky but the teacher/coach Mark... Read more →


Group to challenge Santa Monica Airport initiative effort

SMO — Everything involving Santa Monica Airport is getting challenged these days. A group of residents plan on filing a lawsuit contesting the legality of a recently submitted ballot initiative petition that will attempt to put the future of the controversial airport to a vote. Earlier this month, Santa Monica city officials posted... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Lincoln Boulevard 7-day street closure with 24-hour work shift for rail installation. For more information about this closure with a detour map, visit Northbound Lincoln Boulevard will be closed to through traffic at Colorado Avenue and will be... Read more →


UCLA Medical Centers serving antibiotic-free meat

Gabriel Gomez, executive chef, prepares antibiotic-free menu items at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. MID-CITY — I’ll have a burger with lettuce and tomatoes, hold the superbug. In an effort to stop the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria, UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica (along with the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in... Read more →

City Council

Senior transit tops hefty City Council spending

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming or recent Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Crime Watch: Suspect tries to okie-doke cops

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Friday, April 4, 1:32 p.m.   Officers saw a man sitting in the gazebo at Crescent Bay Park (2000 block of Ocean Avenue), drinking... Read more →


Brief: Water saving assist

Need a little help saving water during California’s current water crisis? Santa Monica-based nonprofit Sustainable Works is hosting a rain barrel sale event on Saturday, April 12, that can reduce your water usage and help the environment at the same time. After a one year hiatus from offering rain barrels, Sustainable Works hopes more... Read more →



City Hall wants appeal in airport suit

CITY HALL — It’s not over yet. City Council returned from its closed session Tuesday night and announced that City Hall would file a notice of appeal in its lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration over the future of Santa Monica Airport. City Hall sued the FAA last year, seeking to determine if and when they would have... Read more →

City Council

Quiet night in the council chamber

CITY HALL — A relatively short council meeting went by with many unanimous affirmative votes and little comment from the public. Mayor Pam O’Connor and Councilmember Bob Holbrook were absent from the meeting. City Hall got glowing reviews from outside auditors for its financial statements from fiscal year 2012-13, finding no... Read more →


Skateboarder hospitalized in hit-and-run

OCEAN PARK — A 20-year-old Santa Monica man is in the hospital after being stuck by a hit-and-run driver Saturday night, Santa Monica police said. The man was skateboarding at about 20 miles per hour down a hill on 17th Street with a friend following behind when, according to the friend, the man ran the stop sign at Marine Street. A... Read more →