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 →

City Council

Council approves values foundation for code of ethics

City Hall has adopted a new values based ethics system that will guide employee actions as part of a broader ethics debate citywide. At their Nov. 24 meeting, Council formally approved a values based system of behavior that will be incorporated into multiple city documents. The action is the result of a Council request to bring Santa Monica... Read more →

Crime

Arrest made after fire started at apartment on Euclid St.

Around 1:10 a.m. on Sunday, Nov. 29 police officers responded to a call regarding an explosion and subsequent fire at an apartment building at 1827 Euclid Street. According to the SMPD, when they arrived they found a man standing outside the unit that was on fire. Because there was reason to believe the man caused the fire, he was... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go – Week of Nov. 30, 2015

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: 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 power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →