Education

District exceeding state goals

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is exceeding most of California’s goals for students learning English as a second language but according to state standards, some students are not advancing quickly enough. Terry Deloria, assistant superintendent of educational services, briefed the Board of Education on... Read more →

City Council

Feinstein announces for council

Former mayor Michael Feinstein has announced his intention to run for City Council. Feinstein will gather with supporters in front of City Hall at 5 p.m. on June 17 for an official campaign kickoff. The event, to be held in Tongva Park, will include a 5:45 p.m. press conference to be followed by a community dinner at the picnic area... Read more →

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Santa Monica Fire Department responds to explosion

  Two men were injured, one seriously, in an electrical explosion on Ocean Ave. on June 10. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, firefighters responded to a report of an explosion at 1725 Ocean Ave. at about 11:48 a.m. Deputy Chief Tom Clemo said firefighters were on scene within three minutes of dispatch and found two... Read more →

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Pro-airport group files signed petitions

Backers of a pro-Santa Monica Airport initiative that would allow voters to decide the future of the facility deliver petitions to City Hall on Tuesday. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) CITY HALL — Proponents of the Santa Monica Airport handed city officials 15,700 signatures Tuesday afternoon, supporting their attempt to put its... Read more →

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Firefighters establish fund for crash victims

A fatal accident closed the I-10 Freeway on June 6. (Matthew Hall matt@smdp.com) CITYWIDE — Santa Monica firefighters have established a fund to support the Looney family during their recovery following the loss of their son in a car crash on June 6. The Las Vegas family was traveling to the beach on June 6 when their minivan was... Read more →

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Brief: Local completes 80-day wilderness expedition

Santa Monica resident Thompson Gilhuly, 19, recently completed an 80-day wilderness expedition in New Zealand with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). Gilhuly and eight other NOLS students embarked on the 80-day wilderness expedition in New Zealand in 2013. The trip was free of modern conveniences like cell phones, video games... Read more →

City Council

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Buses top $11M consent calendar

Editor's note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city's expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →

Government

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Riel to sue city on First Amendment grounds

CITY HALL — City Hall will likely be sued over a recent controversial employment decision. An attorney representing Elizabeth Riel, whose job offer for a top city position was rescinded last month, said he will file a lawsuit against City Hall in the next week. Riel was offered the job of Public Affairs and Communications Officer last... Read more →

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Gambling boats off the coast in history

Photo courtesy the Museum of Gaming History THE HISTORY BOOKS — It was a rough month for Santa Monica journalists a century ago. There was the woman knocked out by an assailant on the rails. She came to right as the train approached. There was the order by the Police Commission that all “tangoing, ragging, and fancy dancing stopped... Read more →

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Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fifth and 18th Streets: Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and 18th streets will have limited access at... Read more →