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 →


Then / Now

November 29, 1940: Newly constructed apartments, 837 12th St. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or... Read more →


Olympic High teacher Mark Suminski dies

Mark Suminski often saw potential where others didn’t. Whether improving the classroom experience for his students or making Halloween memorable for the children in his neighborhood, he found joy in the success and merriment of others. These days, Olympic High School feels a major void. Suminski, a teacher at the Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →


Money stolen from Menchie’s tip jar

On April 15 at approximately 12 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Menchie's at 732 Montana Ave., for a petty theft. The suspect, Molee Keita, 29, homeless, entered the store, took money from the tip jar and served himself a cup of frozen yogurt. The suspect exited the store and was followed by the store owner. The suspect... Read more →