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 →


Banking program coming to SMC

Santa Monica College is joining forces with an area nonprofit to offer a career-focused training series through its extension program. Campus officials are working with JVSLA to bring the organization's existing BankWork$ program to the local community college by May. The 8-week program, one of several job training and workforce development... Read more →


SMMUSD outlines preschool plans

Imagine a world in which children go to preschool at the neighborhood elementary campus they plan to attend. The Santa Monica-Malibu school district already has. District officials last month unveiled a proposed early learning pathway and introduced a pilot program that would include preschool programming at two SMMUSD sites this coming... Read more →


Electrical fire closes Santa Monica Blvd.

A transformer fire prompted the evacuation of a local store on Sunday and while several firefighters were taken to the hospital, no serious injuries are reported. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, four engines, a ladder truck, a hazardous materials team and a battalion chief responded to multiple calls of black smoke emanating... Read more →


Local, state laws taking effect in 2016

With the first month of 2016 behind us, several new laws have already taken effect in the state of California, and right here in Santa Monica, that will change how we go about our day-to-day lives. And there are more to come. On the state level, starting this year it will be illegal to wear earbuds or headsets in both ears while driving a... Read more →

City Council

What’s at stake in a jam-packed City Council meeting

If you watch a Big Blue Bus drive slowly past the Civic Auditorium while walking toward City Hall to pay for a permit, you'd pretty much have covered every topic at the Feb. 9 City Council meeting. According to the agenda, Council will adjust several speed limits, begin deliberation about the future of the Civic Auditorium site, revise the... Read more →


Man kicks Comfort Inn light fixture until it breaks

On Jan. 26 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on patrol in the 2800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard observed two men walking down the sidewalk kicking traffic cones. As the two continued walking, one man, later identified as Jace Mastel, 25, of Lake Arrowhead, began to kick the light fixtures in front of the Comfort... Read more →


At Samohi, making AP courses more inclusive

Teachers and administrators at Santa Monica High School had seen it happen far too often: A student they believed was qualified to take an Advanced Placement class signs up and then quits or they decide not to enroll altogether. It was just another troublesome facet of the longstanding academic achievement gap between minority students and... Read more →


Bands at the Broad to fund Samohi ensemble trip

Last spring, the Santa Monica High School wind ensemble had the opportunity of a lifetime to perform at Carnegie Hall in New York. Later this month, the students will travel to San Jose to play at the California All-State Music Education Conference. Trips like these help to put the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's music programs on... Read more →


Santa Monica reports record setting water savings

Santa Monica has hit its goal of water self-sufficiency … for 19 days in January. The City wants permanent water independence by 2020 but conservation efforts prompted by the drought have nudged the City into self-sufficiency, albeit temporarily, several times in the past few months. Santa Monica hit a couple of records in Dec. 2015. The... Read more →


Park plans advancing at Santa Monica Airport

The City of Santa Monica is eliminating 73 aircraft tie-downs in a six-acre parcel of the Santa Monica airport to make way for a potential expansion of Airport Park. Only 32 of the 73 tie-downs, essentially parking spots for aircraft, are currently in use and current tenants will be offered space in other parts of the airport where space is... Read more →