Education

New superintendent officially named by SMMUSD board

The Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District board has officially hired Dr. Ben Drati as the district’s new Superintendent. The district announced plans to hire Drati in October and the board made the decision official at their Nov. 3 meeting. Drati has worked for the Santa Barbara Unified School District since 2012 and said he... Read more →

Crime

Woman steals from Victoria Secret and endangers child

On October 26 at about 1:05 p.m. Officers were flagged down by citizens saying they believed a kidnapping had just occurred in the 1300 block of 4th St. A female pushing a baby stroller was seen running from a man chasing her. When the officers arrived they determined the female had entered Victoria’s Secret on the promenade and... Read more →

Transportation

KBUG

Know Before You Go Wastewater Main Replacement Project For the week of November 7, the contractor will continue with replacement of the sewer main on Alta Pl. N. between 4th Street and 7th Street.  During these operations, traffic control will be set up.  Please use alternate routes when possible. Please use alternate routes when... Read more →

Crime

Maintenance personnel, robbed by homeless man

On October 29, at about 6:48 a.m. An officer responded to the 1400 block of Ocean Avenue regarding an “irate subject” creating a disturbance. Officers were advised the subject had taken a rake belonging to maintenance personnel for the park. Upon arrival officers observed the subject in the 1500 block of Palisades Park with a rake on... Read more →

Politics

SANTA MONICA POLLING PLACES

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Politics

The Price of a Vote

The Price of a Vote By Elizabeth Van Denburgh and Laurence Eubank Democratic elections are decided by a simple equalitarian equation: one person, one vote. The most votes win, whether for a candidate or a measure. But the price of one vote? Now that’s a very different equation, as the 2016 Santa Monica election makes clear. One... Read more →

News

Political Commotion on Ocean

While hordes of tourists and walked to and from the Pier and around Downtown Santa Monica this Saturday, the intersection of Ocean Ave. and Colorado Blvd. was transformed into a flurry of outspoken political opinions and anti-government protests, among other random figures. On the north side of the street that leads down into the pier, a... Read more →

Airport

City moves to evict airport businesses

BY MATTHEW HALL   Santa Monica pursuing legal action to force a pair of airport businesses to vacate airport property. The action follows some legal maneuvering by the businesses, the FAA and the City related to the ongoing fight over control of the airport property. City Hall has outlined a series of actions designed to... Read more →

News

Huge Success for Westside Food Bank’s Hunger Walk

Huge Success for Westside Food Bank’s Hunger Walk Last Sunday’s Hunger Walk was a big success for Westside Food Bank! More than 600 walkers participated in the walk along Santa Monica Beach and the event set a new fundraising record for the food bank by bringing in more than $110,000 in donations. The event featured dance performances... Read more →

Crime

Homeless carry syringes filled with methamphetamine

On October 29, at approximately 7:25 p.m. Public Service Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department were patrolling Tongva Park and heard what sounded like two people inside one of the male public restrooms. The officers asked the subjects to open the bathroom door, but they refused. Police officers arrived shortly afterward to... Read more →

Crime

Checks stolen from local business

On October 26, at about 10:30 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the area of Ocean and Colorado regarding a group of subjects fighting and throwing things into the street. When officers arrived, there were several subjects walking away from the area. Two officers contacted one of the subjects who was seen walking with a large stick. He was... Read more →

Crime

Letter to the Editor

Dear Editor: It is time to join most modern countries and abolish the death penalty in California by voting No on Prop 66 and voting Yes on Prop 62. The United States is the only country in the Western Hemisphere that legally executes their own citizens. We frequently seek to impose our version of what we consider acceptable “human... Read more →