Mechur to run for SMMUSD board re-election

Ralph Mechur plans to campaign to keep his seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education. The architect and longtime Santa Monica resident, whose term expires in December, told the Daily Press last week that he intends to run for re-election. Mechur said he's motivated by the local school district's ongoing attempts to close academic... Read more →


Then / Now

1940: El Reposo, home of Mrs. Nelson Gerda, masseuse. 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 visit... Read more →


Downtown Santa Monica has evolved some DNA

A group of residents have formed a new neighborhood organization, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) to represent the voice of residents who were previously excluded from one of the existing neighborhood groups. Santa Monica has several groups that represent local neighborhoods including Friends of Sunset Park, North of Montana... Read more →


The geopolitics of preschool

With momentum building for early childhood education locally and across the country, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is in the process of expanding pre-kindergarten programming. But during a recent Board of Education meeting, when SMMUSD officials unveiled long-term plans to have children go to preschool at the elementary sites in... Read more →


Burglary suspect touches victim in her sleep

On February 24 at approximately 4:30 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call of a burglary in the 700 block of Palisades Beach Road. According to the call, a male had just jumped out of the window and possibly run toward the beach. Upon arriving on scene, officers spoke to one of the victim's who stated that she was asleep in bed with two of... Read more →


Court temporarily evacuated

A suicidal man prompted the temporary evacuation and closure of the Santa Monica Courthouse this morning. The Santa Monica Police Department issued an alert at 8:53 a.m. announcing the closure of the Courthouse and road restrictions on Main Street between Olympic and Pico. The suicidal man had driven his truck onto the lawn in front of the... Read more →


Powerful thunderstorms rage throughout California

Powerful thunderstorms raged throughout California on Monday, walloping the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions and briefly knocking out power at the Los Angeles airport. Damage in Santa Monica was limited to a handful of isolated power outages, some minor flooding and a few traffic accidents. According to the Santa Monica Fire... Read more →


State budget encouraging for SMMUSD

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district's budget appears relatively secure, at least for now. Although Gov. Jerry Brown has highlighted the risk of another economic downturn, local officials said the state's latest financial projections contain positive signs for public schools. The rosy outlook is due in part to general economic growth,... Read more →


Know Before You Go

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of March 7, 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 power.... Read more →


Santa Monica High wins Ocean Bowl regional

The question came to Rhys Gaida in the heat of competition, a victory for Santa Monica High School at stake: What are the three polyp types that make up the Portuguese man o’ war, a venomous sea organism? Gaida furnished the correct answers — gonozooid, dactylozooid and gastrozooid — to cap a convincing victory for Samohi at the... Read more →