Education

School board inks environmental consultant contract

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — A contract with the new firm set to oversee the Malibu High School clean-up was approved at the Board of Education meeting Thursday night. The costs for the next steps in a process on which the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has already spent at least $400,000 are still unknown and the hourly rates for the... Read more →

Environment

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Bloom speaks up for the whales

GATHERING: Assemblymember Richard Bloom introduces a bill Friday on the Santa Monica Pier that would end whale shows. (Brandon Wise brandonw@smdp.com) SM PIER — Former Santa Monica Mayor, Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) introduced a bill on Friday that would end whale shows in California. The proposed bill, which Bloom... Read more →

Crime

Brief: Cops need help keeping trespassers out

The Santa Monica Police Department is asking business and property owners to give them permission to keep trespassers off private property. This applies to doorways, storefronts, back entrances, parking lots, and anywhere else that is considered private property. During the hours your business is open, continue to call SMPD dispatch at... Read more →

News

Brief: History event rescheduled

Due to road closures associated with Sunday’s Los Angeles Marathon, the city’s Commission on the Status of Women and the Santa Monica History Museum have rescheduled an installment of the Discover the History program. The event will now take place March 16 at 2 p.m. at the Santa Monica History Museum. The event, in honor of... Read more →

Crime

Police investigating bank robbery

MID-CITY — Santa Monica detectives are on the hunt for a homeless man they say robbed a bank this morning, getting away with an undisclosed amount of cash after threatening that he had a gun. Police said the robbery at the US Bank located at 2221 Santa Monica Blvd. took place at 10:21 a.m. The suspect is described as an... Read more →

News

High surf warning at local beaches

SM BEACH — Larger waves will pound the shores of local beaches and strong rip currents are expected to threaten swimmers starting tonight and last through Friday evening, National Weather Service forecasters said. Gusty winds are also expected to whip across Southern California through at least Friday morning, the result of “a... Read more →

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Pilots: Don’t starve us, work with us

CLOSER LOOK: (L-R) Kim and Brian Davidson inspect a plane at their repair shop at SMO. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) SMO — Pilots and aviation workers are skeptical of the Airport Commission’s recent recommendation to effectively starve out pilots at the Santa Monica Airport. Last month, the commission voted 4 to 1 to send a... Read more →

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How youth are being served post shootings

CITYWIDE — Public youth programs introduced after last year’s violent June in which 7 people were killed are making “positive progress” for entire families but are also facing challenges, according to a recent report from City Hall. One family of 12 was living in a two-bedroom apartment in Santa Monica before the landlord stopped... Read more →