Santa Monica police plan motorcycle safety patrols

In an effort to reduce deaths and injuries, the Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a specialized motorcycle safety enforcement operation Sunday, July 19, between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Extra traffic officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle collisions are prevalent.... Read more →


SMMUSD separation deemed ‘viable’

  Despite a variety of potential fiscal and legal obstacles, splitting the Santa Monica-Malibu school district into two separate entities is feasible, according to the district’s financial oversight committee. The committee did not analyze all criteria associated with dividing school districts and was not asked to determine... Read more →


Public aid sought in two violent crime cases

  The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public's help with two violent crime investigations. Both incidents occurred on July 14, and witnesses of either crime are encouraged to contact SMPD. During the early morning hours of July 14 officers responded to a call for a possible assault on the 900 block of Olympic... Read more →


Ocean Ave closed due to bomb threat

A woman threatening to have a bomb triggered road closures and evacuations in Downtown Santa Monica on Thursday morning. Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff’s office said a woman drove up to a business on the 1500 block of Ocean Ave and announced she had a bomb in the car. Santa Monica Police... Read more →

City Council


Council debates Santa Monica lobbying rules

Lobbyists will eventually have to register with City Hall, but exactly who is a lobbyist, what lobbying is and who is responsible for reporting violations remain unclear. The City Council heard a first draft of a lobbying ordinance at their July 14 meeting and while councilmembers praised the concept of the proposed law, there were... Read more →


Santa Monica cited as model city for broadband

The City of Santa Monica was highlighted in a new policy agenda from Next Century Cities as a model of how best to develop a high-quality broadband network. “Connecting 21st Century Communities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders” cites the City of Santa Monica as an example of a city whose taken charge of its internal needs by... Read more →


Separation of SMMUSD under review

  Separation of the area school district into Santa Monica and Malibu factions seems to be turning into a "not if, but when" issue. At its meeting Wednesday night, the local Board of Education will hear reports from the district's Financial Oversight Committee on the fiscal ramifications of potentially splitting the Santa... Read more →


Los Angeles police shoot knife-wielding man in Venice

Los Angeles police shot a knife-wielding man outside a Rose Avenue coffee shop on July 13. According to a statement by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded to a radio call for a "disorderly suspect armed with a knife" in the 600 block of Rose Avenue at about 2 p.m. LAPD said the call indicated that the suspect... Read more →