City Council

Advisor hired to help restore public trust

The Santa Monica City Council has hired an attorney to review best practices for interactions between council and staff. The Council authorized hiring an independent advisor to address concerns about the way the city has handled ethics complaints related to the Oaks Initiative and the hiring/firing of Elizabeth Riel. In both cases, local... Read more →


Safety at a crossroads

Every school day, Beth Leder-Pack prepares for chaos. It's what she's come to expect on the roads surrounding Santa Monica High School as drivers, cyclists, skateboarders and pedestrians head to the campus in droves in a frantic morning frenzy. “It's very stressful, and it feels very unsafe,” said Leder-Pack, the mother of a Samohi... Read more →


Victim attacked after placing ad for date on Craigslist

On October 14 at about 9 p.m., a Santa Monica victim placed an ad on Craigslist looking for a female companion for a date. At about 5 a.m. the next morning, a young woman answered the ad and agreed to meet at the victim's home. When the woman arrived she demanded money in exchange for the date. The victim refused to give her any money and... Read more →


Santa Monica Auctions holds its 32nd anniversary auction

Andy Warhol, John Baldessari, Keith Haring, Raymond Pettibon, Robert Rauschenberg, Jeff Koons, John Lennon are just a few of the iconic artists whose work will be auctioned off on Sunday Nov. 15, when Santa Monica Auctions holds its 32nd year anniversary auction from 12 to 5 p.m. at its B-7 space at Bergamot Station. Santa Monica Auctions... Read more →


Schools trying to curb gun violence

On Dec. 14, 2012, a young man killed 26 children and adults at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut using semi-automatic weapons from his mother's home. On June 7, 2013, another young man went on a shooting rampage at Santa Monica College after killing his father and brother at home. Just last month, a student killed nine people at... Read more →


SMFD assists on PCH brushfire

The Santa Monica Fire Department assisted on the response to a brushfire that broke out Tuesday morning northwest of city limits. One local engine carrying four firefighters and a deputy fire chief were on the scene off Pacific Coast Highway east of Temescal Canyon Road for about an hour, according to battalion chief John Nevandro. No... Read more →


The power of a partner

Six-year-old Bella couldn't make the letter “B” face the correct direction. Using bendable craft sticks, she tried several times to shape that elusive “B” on her desk, but every time it came out facing to the left. It was then that Bella's reading partner, Shannon Hart, 26, said, “Right, bite.” Bella smiled and instantly... Read more →


Harvard professor talks STEM at New Roads

Lisa Randall is a theoretical physics professor at Harvard, her work is often cited in the science community and her name was once included on Time magazine's list of the 100 most influential people. And yet there have been times when Randall, who discusses the interconnectedness of the universe in her new book, “Dark Matter and the... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Nov. 8, 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 alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →