City Council

Park list approved for county research project

Supporters of a multi-use sports facility found themselves on thin ice this week when Council excluded a potential ice rink from the first wave of park construction at Santa Monica Airport. The County of Los Angeles is conducting a study to assess park needs in all municipalities and unincorporated areas. The results of that study will be... Read more →


SMMUSD proposes new language coordinator

When Laurie Newman was a parent at Edison Language Academy, she was amazed by the school’s dual immersion program and its commitment to teaching students in English and Spanish. By the time her child had settled in at John Adams Middle School, though, she was left astounded by the lack of continuity in language education. “And in high... Read more →


Then / Now

1940: Whitman's Shoe Store, 1329 3rd St. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or... Read more →


Apartment fire on 3rd St.

An apartment fire on 3rd Street displaced an elderly resident but caused no damage to the surrounding area on March 23. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, firefighters responded to a call of smoke in an apartment at 938 3rd St. at about 6:38 on Wednesday evening. Upon arrival, firefighters found a 2nd floor unit, of a three... Read more →

City Council

Council approves airport leasing policy

Approving a new leasing policy for the Santa Monica Airport left the council literally speechless Tuesday night. After months waiting and an hour of community input, the City Council unanimously approved a new leasing policy for the Santa Monica Airport without a word of debate or comment at their March 22 meeting. The unusually taciturn... Read more →


Registration required to vote in primary elections

The drama around this year's presidential election could translate into a rare opportunity for California voters. For the first time in decades, the results of the California primary could significantly impact the parties' nominations for president; but to participate in the primary, voters must first complete their registration... Read more →


Family of Santa Monica residents safe after Brussels attack

International terrorist attacks might seem a world away but events like the Belgium bombing have international connections that spread worldwide, including to Santa Monica. Jay Johnson and his wife Rachel Sene are known to Santa Monicans as members of the local Democratic Club but their daughter, Clara Seneca, and her husband, Giacomo... Read more →


Emergency alert test scheduled for Tsunami Preparedness Week

The City of Santa Monica will test its emergency alert system on Wednesday, March 23 at 10:15 a.m. as part of National Tsunami Preparedness Week. The alert system will go out on television and radio stations. Officials want residents to know the morning test is only a test and no one should panic or overwhelm the 9-1-1 operators with... Read more →


Samohi to grow by 47 percent

Santa Monica High School is probably going to look very different in the coming decades. Officials are working on long-term plans for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus, a 26-acre facility that serves approximately 3,000 students. The local Board of Education’s facilities subcommittee recently met with... Read more →


City Yards project moves forward with public input

Scott Wolf thought the first meeting about the revamp of the Santa Monica City Yards site solicited some great feedback — good enough to be incorporated into the plans his firm, Miller Hull, has for the overhaul of the site. That first “hopes and dreams” meeting in February included an explanation from public works director Martin... Read more →


Drunk-driving suspect refuses medical treatment

On March 11 at approximately 3 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at Wilshire Boulevard and Princeton Avenue. It was believed that the subject, later identified as Ariel Rock, 25, of Marina, was showing symptoms of intoxication. When officers made contact with Rock, she admitted that she was the... Read more →


Wine auction to raise money for SMMEF

While weighing ideas for a major Santa Monica-Malibu schools fundraiser, officials glanced about 12 miles down the coast and saw something worth emulating. The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation holds an annual wine auction that has been around for more than 20 years. Its roughly 2,000 guests raised more than $1.1 million last year... Read more →