Education

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Field crowded to fill vacant Ed Board seat

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Eleven people have thrown their names in to be considered for the open Board of Education seat. The list of candidates, who have not yet been vetted for eligibility by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School district, includes a recently-ousted board member, a local real estate attorney, a district attorney, Santa Monica... Read more →

Crime

SMPD capture wanted bank robber

CULVER CITY — The scene played out like the opening of a TV drama. After hours of surveillance, undercover officers in an unmarked car saw the suspect enter his seedy hotel room. Once the suspect was inside, the nearby SWAT team took up positions surrounding any potential exits, officers hit the room with spot lights and Santa Monica Police... Read more →

Crime

Crime Watch: Homicide felon hides with knives

On December 8 at approximately 9:35 a.m. A Santa Monica Police officer saw the suspect sitting on the ground near the middle of the 1800 block of Alley 8 and began talking to him. When the officer asked the suspect if he was on probation or parole, the suspect admitted to being on probation. The suspect seemed nervous, so the officer also... Read more →

Government

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Polachek to serve as interim city manager

CITY HALL — When City Manager Rod Gould retires at the end of next month, Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek will take the reins, at least until Gould's replacement is selected. City Council voted unanimously to name Polachek to the position of interim city manager upon Gould's departure. Polachek, who has in the past served as Santa... Read more →

Transportation

Expo trains will hit tracks by March

COLORADO AVE — I hear the train a-comin’. The company tasked with constructing the incoming Expo Light Rail says that trains should be on the tracks for testing by March at the latest. “It's going to be in the first quarter of 2015,” said Skanska-Rados construction manager Robb Fonkalsrud. “Probably more towards the latter part of... Read more →

Education

Schools working against rising water usage

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Like everybody else in the city, school district officials are working to keep water usage down in the midst of this historic drought. The district’s water usage increased slightly last school year as it did the school year prior. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District used 51.6 million gallons of water in the... Read more →

Obituary

Former school administrator dies at age 88

Richard Bailey Wagnon, a 60-year Santa Monica resident, former director of the Santa Monica High School Band, and former Music Supervisor of the Santa Monica Unified School District, died on Nov. 25, 2014, from complications of a heart valve transplant.  He was 88. He enjoyed a long career with the Santa Monica schools.  He began as the... Read more →