Affordable housing exec to resign

Sarah Letts has announced her resignation from Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city's largest affordable housing developer. Letts has served as the organization's Executive Director for five years and said she will take a similar job with the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation. Letts will work in Santa Monica full time... Read more →


Burglary suspect took shower in targeted home

At about 1:25 p.m. on February 17, A construction site manager working in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway called police to report a suspicious looking male trying the doors of several residences as he walked southbound. The suspect, described as a male, white, in his 40s, with long dark hair and wearing jeans, was last seen by the... Read more →


Water wasting fines begin next week

Water customers that couldn't find the time to save water might find themselves drowning in debt by the end of the month. The first round of fines for perpetual water wasters will hit the mail starting Feb. 29 and City Hall is expecting to send out up to 100 citations per month from here on out. Delinquent customers have three options for... Read more →


SMMUSD adds to Noguera’s contract

Pedro Noguera's contract with the Santa Monica-Malibu school district has increased 68 percent over its original amount. The local Board of Education on Thursday allocated an additional $25,000 for the work being done by the renowned educator and sociologist, who was hired last year to address longstanding achievement gaps in the... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Feb. 22, 2016

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of February 22, 2016, please note the following activities: 1. Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own... Read more →


Probation violator found with burglary tools

In the early morning on Feb. 9, members of the Santa Monica Police Department Crime Impact Team, working in conjunction with L.A. County probation officers, completed a probation compliance check in the 1500 block of 16th Street. During the check, a man matching the description of the targeted probationer was located in the backyard of the... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider suspending water rate increase

After several weeks of heavy hitting council agendas, the Feb. 23 meeting appears to be relatively benign, which in Santa Monica means there might be enough seats in the council chamber for all the protesters. A light agenda includes reduced water rates, analysis of the city's Pedestrian Access Plan and an administrative change to the... Read more →


Pro baseball: Local brothers enter spring training

There was a time when Tyler Heineman and Scott Heineman were just kids on the diamond, playing the sport they love in Santa Monica Little League. And they're still just kids on the diamond, to an extent, but now baseball is a business and the stakes are undoubtedly higher. The brothers, sons of former Santa Monica police lieutenant Steve... Read more →


SMASH teacher dies of breast cancer

Terry Davis always felt a sense of comfort when she brought her daughter to Santa Monica Alternative School House each morning. “Every day that I walked off campus after I dropped her off I thanked our lucky stars,” Davis said. Davis was grateful because she was leaving her child in the hands of Tamara Mugalian, a longtime teacher at... Read more →

City Council

Ballot initiative will limit development

Residocracy has filed a ballot initiative to limit growth in Santa Monica. Tricia Crane and Armen Melkonians, both members of the Residocracy Advisory Board, filed a Notice of Intent with the City Clerk on Feb. 18 to begin circulation of the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative. If successful, the measure would require voter... Read more →