Neo-conservation is the focus of Matrix 2.0

Non-potable water everywhere, but not a drop you should drink. But you can use it for other things, and as of Tuesday, you should have a much better idea of how. On Feb. 16, representatives from several local, environmentally-minded organizations, government agencies and non-profits gathered at the Pico Branch Library to present a new... Read more →


Pier board welcomes new members

Santa Monica Pier is one of the most Instagrammed places in the world, visited by thousands of people every year. But not everything about the popular tourist destination is picture-perfect. Parking, pedestrian access, earthquake preparedness, event planning — they’re all ongoing issues for the local agency that is tasked with addressing... Read more →

City Council

Council revises bus advertising policy

Non-profit organizations are now allowed to purchase advertising on the Big Blue Bus following a decision at the Feb. 9 council meeting. Prior to Tuesday night, all advertising on buses was limited to commercial operations and about 90 percent was purchased by movies, television shows or health care services. The program generates about $2... Read more →


Facility issues come before SMMUSD board

Bond measures, facility projects, committee appointees, consultant agreements - they'll all get their time in the limelight at Thursday night's Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education meeting. The school board is scheduled to hear an update on projects funded by Measure ES, the $385-million bond for school improvements that voters approved in... Read more →


Legal Aid Foundation gets new Santa Monica leader

Karla Barrow has left her post as managing attorney of the Santa Monica office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). But she feels she’s left things in good hands — the hands of her longtime colleague, Ryan Bradley. Barrow recently accepted the position of chief operating officer at the Los Angeles Homeless Services... Read more →


Man passed out in car arrested on drug, vehicle charges

On Feb. 2 at approximately 10 a.m., paramedics from the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the 1500 block of 9th Street to check on a man who appeared to be passed out inside a car. Concerned that the man was possibly suffering from carbon monoxide poisoning, the paramedics called for police to assist. Paramedics were able to wake... Read more →


An effort to strike out DUI

Local products Tyler Skaggs and Lucas Giolito have hurled thousands of pitches during their respective baseball careers, but the ones they threw at Memorial Park earlier this month weren't aimed at a catcher's mitt behind home plate. These were pitches of the promotional variety, made not with baseballs but with brief messages to the Santa... Read more →


Know Before You Go: Week of Feb. 15, 2016

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of February 15, 2016, please note the following activities: 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... Read more →


Santa Monica teens access alcohol with ease, study shows

A new survey released this week shows that 86 percent of Santa Monica youth find it “somewhat” or “very” easy to obtain alcohol. The survey of underage drinking is part of the Westside Impact Project, an effort to reduce alcohol-related problems in Santa Monica, led by the Institute for Public Strategies (IPS). Through an... Read more →

Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College chemistry club honored

By Grace Smith What do you get when you put together a group of students and professors with a passion for one of the oldest scientific disciplines, and a desire to do good? It's a winning solution called the Santa Monica College (SMC) Chemistry Club. On March 13, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Education will recognize... Read more →


Homeless man threatens facility staffer with knife

On Feb. 4 at approximately 4 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer was dispatched to a facility in the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard in response to the report of an ex-client brandishing a knife and threatening employees. According to staff, the subject, later identified as Roger Kiskaden, 55-year-old transient, was trying to enter the... Read more →

City Council

Speed limits revised

A quick decision by the City Council reduced speed limits throughout the City at their Feb. 9 meeting. Council took 15 minutes to approve a package of speed limit alterations based on state mandated rules. Most of the changes resulted in lower speeds but an increase in speeds along Marine was a concern for the council and residents. Speed... Read more →


Road closures for the Los Angeles Marathon

Road closures have been announced for the Los Angeles Marathon. There will be road closures along the length of the course, several freeway ramps will be temporarily closed and there are additional city-specific closures related to race logistics. Freeway ramp closures Northbound 110, Hill St./Stadium Way, 3 - 9:35 a.m. Northbound 110, 110... Read more →