Suspect arrested for vandalizing lamp post with marker

On April 23, at approximately 3:46 p.m. Officers were patrolling in the 600 block of Broadway observed the suspect, Daniel Conway, 43, homeless, vandalizing a street lamp post with a black marker. The suspect was not cooperative with officers and refused to provide his name. The suspect was placed under arrest and booked for misdemeanor... Read more →


LUVE initiative could submit signatures this week

Supporters of the LUVE initiative say they have gathered enough signatures to qualify the proposal for the November ballot and plan to submit signatures to the City Clerk in the coming days. LUVE will require voter approval for all development agreements, any development above the Tier 1 standard (about 32 feet) and any major... Read more →


Sandra Lyon stepping down as SMMUSD superintendent

Sandra Lyon is leaving the Santa Monica-Malibu school district at the end of the school year. The superintendent announced Monday that she has accepted an offer to become the top executive for the Palm Springs Unified School District starting July 1. The administrative shakeup comes as the district faces numerous key issues, including a... Read more →


How will Expo Line affect Santa Monica?

When Jeremy Stutes moved to Santa Monica from North Hollywood a few years ago, he landed an apartment within walking distance of Bergamot Station. It was an intentional choice. He knew the forthcoming Expo Line would soon provide him with another public transit option as he slowly distanced himself from the driving lifestyle, and this... Read more →


Workers’ comp claims rising at City Hall

Workers' compensation claims are rising and the City should prepare for additional costs according to a report recently presented to the City Council. Claims from the Big Blue Bus, Police Department and Fire Department are responsible for increasing frequency and severity of workers' compensation reports. Staff said if the current trends... Read more →


Santa Monica’s minimum wage law gets final approval

Revisions to Santa Monica's minimum wage law were met with maximum approval this week thanks to backing from a coalition of local residents, labor unions and business leaders. City Council formally adopted a $15 hourly minimum wage schedule in January, but several details were deliberately left vague with an expectation that a specially... Read more →


SMMUSD board has leaning on Santa Monica High campus plan

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education is feeling blue. Well, in a way. Presented with two options for the future of the Santa Monica High School campus, the local school district’s governing body favored the so-called Blue plan over the Gold plan as it assessed the merits of both during its meeting earlier this month. Rebecca... Read more →


Alleged drunk driver strikes parked cars in Santa Monica

On April 22 at approximately 10:13 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call regarding a vehicle striking several parked vehicles in the 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. An investigation of the driver for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage was performed. Arturo Parral Rodriguez, 20, of Los... Read more →


Two parks to be named for local veterans

A brief conversation capped two years of debate over naming two Pico Neighborhood parks this week. Council chose to name the newly constructed park adjacent to the Expo maintenance facility after George Ishihara, a World War II veteran and resident of the area. Council also directed staff to rename Stewart Street Park after Joe Gandara, a... Read more →

City Council

Criticism but no punishment for Councilwoman O’Connor

Councilwoman Pam O'Connor is unlikely to face any formal reprimand for her role in the Elizabeth Riel case following Council discussions of the issue at their April 26 meeting. The Council had the opportunity to discuss and comment on a recently released ethics report on Tuesday night. While several individual members took the opportunity to... Read more →


Former Samohi QB dies at 55

The passes found their way to Dennis Smith, a standout football player at Santa Monica High School some four decades ago. They landed in Smith’s hands as he earned CIF co-player of the year honors in 1976, giving him the foundation to continue his career at USC and eventually play in three Super Bowls. The balls were thrown by Kevin Wayne... Read more →