Ex-SMMUSD employee enters plea for grand theft

Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials were given a measure of closure Thursday following the arraignment of a former employee who stole about $40,000 worth of district technology equipment. Jorge Lopez Paredes, 27, pleaded no contest to grand theft during a hearing in Los Angeles Superior Court’s Airport Courthouse. He was... Read more →


Know Before You Go -Week of November 23, 2015

Week of November 23, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: 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. Testing will be ongoing along the entire... Read more →

City Council

Council keeps full taxi fleet in service

The City Council made minor revisions to the regulation of taxicabs last week but delayed significant reform for two years. Council approved a package of changes to Santa Monica's cab system but chose to make incremental changes to the system with an expectation that the industry would continue to evolve in the coming years due to increased... Read more →


Online essay reignites debate over race in Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Police Department is facing accusations of racism in an essay published online by The Washington Post. Santa Monica resident Fay Wells posted her account of an interaction with police on the Post's online forum “PostEverything” on Nov. 18 and the essay quickly rose to the most read story of the day across all of the... Read more →


SMMUSD separation gets closer look

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education has already been told that splitting the local school district is feasible. Now it’s time to delve a little deeper. During its meeting Thursday at district headquarters, the school board is prepared to discuss potential next steps for separating SMMUSD into Santa Monica and Malibu entities. The... Read more →


Garbage collective

It didn’t seem like a sound trade, and yet it sounded seamless. New Roads School music teacher Scott Roewe stepped onto the Moss Theater stage and gave up his shiny brass saxophone to a South American boy in exchange for a repurposed water pipe that had been fashioned with parts of food cans, spoons, coins and old bottle caps. Then Roewe... Read more →