Briefs

Westside Ballet performs ‘The Nutcracker’

Lavish costumes and exuberant choreography mesmerize audiences in Westside Ballet of Santa Monica's rendition of this holiday classic. Take a trip with Clara to a magical world of dancing snowflakes, Spanish chocolate, and a dashing prince. From the Victorian-style party scene to the glittering Sugar Plum Fairy, it's the traditional... Read more →

Crime

Man shoots at cab before shooting himself

The night before Thanksgiving took a violent turn this year when a local man shot at a cab driver before turning the gun on himself. The Santa Monica Police Department received a call of gunshots on the 800 block of Bay Street late Wednesday night. When officers arrived on scene, they spoke to a cab driver who said said he had been shot at... Read more →

Education

Ex-SMMUSD employee enters plea for grand theft

Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials were given a measure of closure Thursday following the arraignment of a former employee who stole about $40,000 worth of district technology equipment. Jorge Lopez Paredes, 27, pleaded no contest to grand theft during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court’s Airport Courthouse. He was... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go -Week of November 23, 2015

Week of November 23, 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... Read more →

City Council

Council keeps full taxi fleet in service

The City Council made minor revisions to the regulation of taxicabs last week but delayed significant reform for two years. Council approved a package of changes to Santa Monica's cab system but chose to make incremental changes to the system with an expectation that the industry would continue to evolve in the coming years due to increased... Read more →