Homelessness

Santa Monica nonprofit secures pledge to help homeless

On any given night this year, it’s estimated that more than half a million people in the country are sleeping on the street or in homeless shelters. That figure includes some 115,000 people in California and more than 40,000 in Los Angeles County, including about 7,500 in families. In the eyes of the people who work for Upward Bound... Read more →

Briefs

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl to benefit Westside Food Bank

The 7th annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl returns Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. More than 30 local bars and restaurants from across the city will come together to raise money for those in need through a partnership with the Westside Food Bank. Last year, nearly 6,000 crawlers celebrated the season at the city's most cherished holiday event by... Read more →

Crime

Woman threatens store employee, kicks police officer

On Nov. 25 at about 11:40 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call at a business in the 1400 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A female transient (later identified as Elizabeth Migwi) entered the store and threatened the employee. When the first officer arrived, he was flagged down by the employee outside the back entrance.... Read more →

City Council

Council supports Lincoln upgrades

Lincoln Boulevard could get medians, dedicated bus lanes and a business improvement district after all three concepts received unanimous support from City Council last week. Council was asked for feedback on the trio as part of the ongoing work on the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor (LiNC) plan. LiNC calls for substantial upgrades to 17 blocks... Read more →

News

Suspicious package reported at courthouse

Santa Monica’s courthouse was temporarily closed Wednesday morning as authorities responded to a report of a suspicious package. The Santa Monica Police Department received a call at about 7:30 a.m. regarding a suspicious package at the courthouse, according to Sgt. Rudy Camarena. The information was forwarded to the Los Angeles County... Read more →

Education

Crossing guards added outside Samohi

There appears to be some relief for motorists and pedestrians around Santa Monica High School during drop-off and pick-up times, at least for now. Following an outpouring of frustration by parents regarding traffic and safety issues, the City of Santa Monica assigned four part-time crossing guards to work the congested intersection of... Read more →

Briefs

Library Superheroes Panel! on Dec. 12

Santa Monica Public Library is pleased to present Library Superheroes Panel! on Saturday, Dec. 12 at 1:00 p.m. in the Main Library's Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Celebration of Santa Monica Public Library's 125th anniversary is underway with a variety of fun events. The Library Superheroes Panel! will appeal to library fans,... Read more →

Public

New figures complicate SMMUSD separation debate

Well, not so fast. The already arduous process of possibly separating the local school district appeared to hit another snag last month as officials and community members debated the implications of new budget projections. After analyzing data that reflected changes in state aid, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's financial... Read more →

City Council

Council advances water neutrality rules

When new development increases water use, the City Council wants small projects to pay for the cost (literally, with cash) and large projects to offset their use with water reductions in other locations. Council discussed a new water neutrality proposal last week and directed staff to pursue a hybrid approach that will balance the need for... Read more →