Samohi valedictorian heading to Harvey Mudd

He’s a viola-playing, karate-kicking twin brother who wants to explore the connections between electrical engineering and neuroscience. Meet this year’s Santa Monica High School valedictorian. Christopher Ferrarin, who will continue his education at Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, was honored as the top student in the graduating... Read more →


SMMUSD board supports city tax

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education on Thursday voiced its collective support for a city tax that would support local public schools. Proponents have not yet hammered out the details of the tax, which is expected to appear before voters in the November elections, but the school board authorized Superintendent Sandra Lyon to write a... Read more →


Fraud suspected at Santa Monica car dealership

On June 16 at about 1:29 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the Chrysler-Dodge dealership at 3219 Santa Monica Blvd., for fraudulent activity. Upon arrival, officers spoke with dealership employees and the subject of the radio call. Officers discovered the suspect attempted to finance a vehicle using another person's identity.... Read more →


More candidates file for November election

Races for local elections are starting to take shape, with multiple candidates signaling they intend to run for City Council, Santa Monica-Malibu school board and Santa Monica College board. As of press time, the individuals filing paperwork with the City Clerk include three incumbents and one challenger for council, two incumbents for... Read more →


Suspected drunken driver had child in car

On June 10 at about 11:31 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service of a family disturbance at the 7-Eleven convenience store at 1600 Santa Monica Blvd. A man and woman were in an argument over the man locking their child in a vehicle and having driven the child while under the influence of an alcoholic... Read more →


Santa Monica High principal resigns

The top administrator at the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus will leave her post at the end of the month. Eva Mayoral resigned Thursday as Santa Monica High School principal after three years at the helm and 21 total years in the district, SMMUSD spokeswoman Gail Pinsker confirmed. In a message to the school... Read more →


Overtime pay looms large on Santa Monica books

A Santa Monica police sergeant with a salary of about $137,000 made more than double that amount last year after accounting for overtime. And that’s before factoring in benefits and other income. Indeed, overtime pay played a significant role in compensation packages for public employees in Santa Monica and across the county in... Read more →


PS1 teacher retiring after 43 years

The technological tools available to teachers today are dramatically different than they were 43 years ago. So are some parenting techniques. But as far as Abbie Perttula is concerned, students are building brainpower the same way they always have. “Now they use iPads, whereas before they used paper and pencil, but it’s the same... Read more →

City Council

Changes coming to Santa Monica’s ethics rules

City Hall is moving forward with a ballot measure to amend the city's anti-corruption laws. City Council gave direction to staff at its June 14 meeting to pursue a set of substantive revisions to the rules, known as the Oaks Initiative, that will require voter approval. While precise language for a ballot measure is still in the works,... Read more →


Naked man rolling around at Santa Monica park found with meth

On June 15 at about 4:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Airport Park, 3201 Airport Ave., regarding a subject “rolling around” in the nude. Upon arrival, officers discovered the suspect was completely nude and agitated. The suspect was taken into custody without incident. A search of the suspect's belongings and clothing... Read more →


Possible tax could benefit Santa Monica-Malibu schools

At a meeting during which the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is expected to name an interim superintendent, the local Board of Education will discuss the potential impact of a city tax on school funding. As the district prepares for Sandra Lyon’s departure June 30, it is also considering how a possible transaction and use tax could... Read more →


Stolen Bloomingdale’s merchandise worth $1,200

On June 9 at approximately 2:53 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a shoplifter in custody in Bloomingdale's at 315 Colorado Ave. Officers discovered the suspect concealed approximately $1,200 worth of merchandise in his clothing and had exited the store without paying. Adrian Morales, 20, of Montebello, was arrested and cited... Read more →