Know Before You Go — Week of May 31, 2016

Here's a list of road closures and construction updates in Santa Monica for the week of May 31: COLORADO ESPLANADE For the Week of May 31, Construction work on Colorado Ave. will continue daytime Monday thru Friday. Pedestrian access is accommodated by use of temporary barricaded pathways marked with signage. Please use caution when... Read more →


Santa Monica landlords sue Rent Control Board  

A coalition of apartment owners has sued the Rent Control Board alleging the board's prohibition on charging tenants for water use is a violation of state vacancy decontrol laws. Representatives from the Rent Control Board said they had received the suit but had not had time to analyze or respond to the allegations. In Santa Monica, the... Read more →


Residential burglary suspect arrested

On April 21, 2016 a series of residential burglaries occurred in the City of Santa Monica. Following a complex investigation, on May 12, 2016, detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) presented evidence to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office identifying Schfuncell Whitley in connection with the residential... Read more →


Donation to SMMEF causes stir

A controversial donation from Franklin Elementary School’s parent teacher association to the local education foundation has led to the involvement of the state PTA and a call for increased transparency at the site level. The six-figure gift from the Montana Avenue school comes as the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation attempts to... Read more →


Stolen vehicle suspect arrested in Santa Monica

A suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle was arrested Thursday evening in Santa Monica, a sheriff’s official said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was tracking a possibly stolen vehicle when the driver fled from deputies, according to Sgt. Covarrubias from the Malibu-Lost Hills station. It was not immediately clear... Read more →

City Council

Council approves more booze for Downtown restaurants

Based on last night's City Council meeting, City Hall wants you to relax, have a leisurely meal and maybe enjoy a glass of wine with the entrée. The council didn't specifically tell anyone to drink (although with the meeting lasting past midnight, many might have needed one) but it did increase the number of possible alcohol outlets... Read more →


Then / Now

Circa 1960: Santa Monica Boulevard at 4th Street, looking NE from 4th Street. 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 →


Santa Monicans preparing for Trump visit

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Santa Monica today for a private fundraiser. The Los Angeles Times obtained an invitation to a private fundraiser at the home of Tom Barrack scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 25. Barrack's Santa Monica based private equity firm, Colony Capital made news earlier this year when it sold... Read more →


Hits and misses for SMMUSD in AP classes

As far as the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is concerned, not enough students are being challenged with rigorous coursework or graduating from high school with Advanced Placement credit. That’s according to data on several metrics the district is using to gauge its performance on preparing students for college and beyond. The... Read more →


Campaign for elected Santa Monica city attorney disbands

The City Attorney Accountability Initiative will not appear on the November ballot following a statement that supporters of the proposal to make the City Attorney an elected position are abandoning their efforts. It's technically possible for the measure to be revived for a future election but based on a statement issued last week,... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica sprucing up sections of parkland

A pair of existing open spaces will get a face lift in the coming months. Five small parcels of land on Ocean Park Boulevard are being improved and added to the City's existing park program while a busy section of Palisades Park will be refurbished into water wise garden. Palisades Park The Southern entrance to Palisades Park will be... Read more →


Santa Monica theft suspect leaves Sephora without paying

On May 10, at about 2:48 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Sephora, 1244 3rd Street Promenade, regarding a theft suspect in custody. Officers determined the suspect entered the store and selected merchandise from the display cases. The suspect concealed the merchandise in a shopping bag and purse. The suspect exited the... Read more →