Education

SMMUSD security officer retiring

As a campus security officer at Lincoln Middle School, Charles Martin had to be ready for anything. In 2008, the campus was placed on lockdown after authorities received a call about the possibility of a dangerous person in the area. Later determined to be a prank, the call prompted school officials to escort students to a staging area and... Read more →

Crime

Suspect steals item from property under construction

On May 3, at about 6:34 p.m. Officers monitored a radio call for service of a prowler in the area of 300 Ocean Avenue. While officers were checking the area in the 300 block of Adelaide Avenue, officers observed a suspect on a property under construction and enclosed by a fence. The suspect removed an item from the property and walked away.... Read more →

News

Twilight Concert Series lineup announced

The Twilight Concert Series has announced the dates and lineup for its 32nd annual season, presented by Snapchat. The popular free concerts will return to the Santa Monica Pier from July 7 through Sept. 8 from 7 - 10 p.m. The lineup this year is: July 7: R&B/Soul Mayer Hawthorne & Alina Baraz July 14: Indie Rock/Pop BØRNS &... Read more →

City Council

Council seeking rules for vacant buildings

City Hall wants property owners to keep their vacant buildings clean, safe and fully built. At the May 10 Council meeting, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich and Mayor Tony Vazquez asked staff to return with proposals for regulating vacant buildings including registering vacant buildings, regulating the maintenance of vacant buildings, and... Read more →

City Council

Council tweaks anti-corruption rules 

Step by step, City Hall is working toward a clearer, stronger, more robust set of anti-corruption laws. Council approved clarifications and guidelines for its rules as their May 10 meeting and previewed some of the more substantial changes that will likely become a ballot initiative this November. The May 10 decision adopted proposals... Read more →

Education

PCB lawsuit heads to trial

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district and environmental activists are going to trial, opening a new chapter in a protracted and bitter dispute over chemical testing and cleanup at Malibu schools. A lawsuit filed against the district by two advocacy groups last year is expected on Tuesday to reach the U.S. District Court for the Central... Read more →

Transportation

Will Expo Line extension drive up ridership?

If you built it, they will come. Or will they? With the Expo Line’s extension from Culver City to Santa Monica set to open May 20, it remains to be seen how many people will use the new trains in a region known for its clogged freeways and traffic-jammed commutes. Metro officials project that the light-rail route from Downtown Los... Read more →

Crime

President to recognize three local police officers

  Three Santa Monica police officers will be recognized by the President Barack Obama next week for exhibiting "exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm” when responding to the 2013 shooting at Santa Monica College. Santa Monica Police Officers Jason Salas and Robert... Read more →

News

Project connects local nonprofits, volunteers

As the director of a local nonprofit group that aims to alleviate hunger and poverty, Darci Niva doesn’t have gobs of money to spare. So when the Westside Coalition was in need of a new logo as part of a recent rebranding, she had to think of alternatives. “If we were to hire a design firm for a logo, we’d be looking at ten thousand... Read more →

City Council

Council greenlights exploration of new rent subsidies

The City Council wants new locally funded rent subsidies to be an option when considering affordable housing protections. At their May 10 meeting, the council approved a request from Mayor Pro Tem Ted Winterer and Councilmembers Sue Himmelrich and Kevin McKeown that staff explore expanding affordable housing policies to include a local... Read more →

News

Readers’ owner retires

After owning and operating Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation, since 1972, Edward “Eddie” Guerboian has decided it is high time to close up shop. “The jewelry industry is rapidly changing, as well as the retail industry for brick and mortar stores,” Guerboian said. “Since our client base is changing and primarily requesting... Read more →

Education

Samohi senior earns national honor

When Ben Ross heard the news, he felt faint. The graduating Santa Monica High School senior learned last week that he had been selected as one of this year’s U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, a national distinction he’s been eying since ninth grade. “It’s been my dream for as long as I’ve known about it,” he said. “When... Read more →

Crime

Unprovoked suspect swings knife at victim for unknown reasons

On May 4, at about 8:32 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service of a possible robbery at Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway. Officers spoke to the victim who stated he was walking along 700 Broadway when for unknown reasons and unprovoked the suspect began to yell aggressively at the victim. The victim walked away from the suspect.... Read more →

Transportation

Second crash on Expo line

A train vs. car accident briefly closed the intersection of Lincoln and Colorado on May 11. The crash is the second on the tracks and comes just a week before the line is scheduled to open to the public. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, emergency responders received a call at about 7:30 p.m. of a train/car collision. Three... Read more →

News

Parking price hike could cost SMMUSD $225,000

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will have to create, and adhere to, a new transportation plan if they want to avoid a significant increase in the price of parking downtown. SMMUSD employees are a heavy user of monthly keycards at the Civic Center lot with about 200 monthly cards in use by the district, and Council approved... Read more →