Voter turnout a lowly 48 percent in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — In a city that’s traditionally extremely politically engaged, less than half of Santa Monica’s registered voters cast ballots last month. Only 48.18 percent of the city’s registered electorate voted in this year’s election, according to the Los Angeles County Registrar, which completed its final canvas on Monday. It was... Read more →



Ed Board hoping to fill Allen’s seat by Feb

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Board of Education will be down a member for at least the next couple months. Ben Allen resigned from the Ed Board last month in order to join the State Senate. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has begun the process of filling his vacant seat. Two years remain on his Ed Board term. The application for... Read more →



Subway still years from the sea

MID-WILSHIRE — The so-called “subway to the sea” could still make it to the shore, but funding has yet to be identified for any part of the purple line extension project beyond the current planned Westwood/VA Hospital stop. A groundbreaking ceremony on November 7 officially kicked-off phase one of the three-section purple line plan.... Read more →


Some city vehicles go dirty for drought

CITY HALL — About one in six city vehicles are in the midst of a 60-day dirty period. Last month, City Council voted unanimously to leave 117 vehicles in its roughly 750-vehicle fleet unwashed for two months in an effort to conserve water and raise awareness about water usage during this drought. Los Angeles Waterkeeper's “Go Dirty for... Read more →


Santa Monica leaders give thanks

CITYWIDE Thanksgiving is a uniquely American holiday that is characterized by gratitude for food, family and friends. In homes all across the country people are coming together to sit down and offer up warm meals and warm smiles. We asked a few prominent Santa Monica community leaders to share what they are thankful for this holiday... Read more →


Ed Board wants more progress toward ES projects

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — As school district money from one bond measure wanes and another waxes, Ed Board members discussed how best to get some envisioned projects rolling. Measure ES, passed by voters in the 2012 election, permitted the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to issue $385 million in bonds. Two years later, some members of... Read more →


Crimewatch: Mail thief

On Nov. 15, at approximately 10:10 a.m. Patrol officers responded to investigate related reports of a suspicious person/mail thief at 1424 4th Street. According to a witness, the suspect was last seen carrying a package away from the building, east on Santa Monica Blvd. The witness, a security guard at the office building had been alerted... Read more →


Ed Foundation at $921K of $4MM goal

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is just under a quarter of the way to its $4 million fundraising goal after passing the midpoint of its 17-month campaign. The Vision for Student Success had raised more than $921,000 as of Oct. 30, Ed Foundation officials told the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District... Read more →

City Council


Council to consider changes to landmarks law

CITY HALL — In what will likely be a short pre-Thanksgiving meeting on Tuesday, City Council will consider reversing changes made to the city’s landmarks law in 2003. The proposed ordinance would, in theory, make it easier to create historic districts within the city. Historic districts are made up of numerous buildings that may not... Read more →


What’s Cookin at SMPL

LIBRARY LOWDOWN — I have a confession to make ... 10 years ago I didn’t know the difference between escargot and escarole. I’d never eaten a baby kale salad, savored a stinky wedge of Stilton or feasted on foraged mushrooms. I couldn’t make a béchamel, caramelize an onion or really even chop an onion without causing myself grievous... Read more →


Police looking for arson suspect

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — On Nov. 10, at approximately 5 p.m the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the rear of 1410 Third Street Promenade regarding a portable toilet fire. A witness reported seeing a suspect go inside a portable toilet while carrying a cardboard box and then exiting without... Read more →


Suspensions continue to decline in schools

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Last school year, district officials got a call from one of their principals: One of her students had started a fire. She’d have to suspend the student, right? Not anymore. Instead, said Mark Kelly, Executive Director of Student and Professional Services, they talked about alternatives. They decided that the... Read more →