Crime

Shoplifting and possession of narcotics in Downtown

On March 23, at about 5:06 p.m. Officers responded to Sears – 302 Colorado Avenue regarding two suspects that stole merchandise from the store and fled the location. Officers met with Loss Prevention staff and determined the suspects entered the store and selected merchandise from the sales floor.   The suspects concealed the... Read more →

News

Sales tax goes up in Santa Monica

  An affordable housing and school tax passed by voters in Santa Monica went into effect this week, raising the sales tax by half a percent to 9.75 percent. Measures GSH raises money for affordable housing, reducing homelessness, school repairs and improvement, education and other general fund services. When proponents placed the... Read more →

Crime

Local woman is fifth pedestrian killed by a car this year

A Santa Monica resident was killed early Monday morning when she was struck by a car at the intersection of Santa Monica Blvd. and 18th St. The accident is the fifth time a pedestrian has been killed by a car in under a month. According to Lieutenant Saul Rodriguez from the Santa Monica Police Department, a woman in her 60’s was... Read more →

News

Gonzaga’s Mathews An Impact Player, On and Off the Court

SANTA MONICA, California - When it comes to sports, Santa Monica High School basketball coach James Hecht and art teacher Amy Bouse are on opposite ends of the spectrum. Hecht, who also teaches algebra at “Samohi,” is a pillar in the athletic program. He has coached basketball at his alma mater for 23 years and believes that the gym,... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD revisits Ethnic Studies

    Boardmember Oscar de la Torre believes Santa Monica High School (Samohi) is one of the most diverse schools in the nation. Which could be the reason why the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) revisited the topic of providing Samohi students with American Culture and Ethnic Studies classes at their... Read more →

Crime

Homeless woman resist arrest

On March 21, at about 6:07 p.m. While patrolling the 200 block of Broadway, officers saw a subject pushing a shopping cart in violation of a municipal code. The cart contained personal belongings and officers detained the subject to issue her a citation. The subject was uncooperative and did not provide any identifiable information. The... Read more →

Education

Tragedy brings action to SMMUSD

    For parents, it can be difficult to imagine your child or someone you know in high school could be on drugs. However, high school is a time of growth and for many students it is also an experimental time. Sadly, last month Santa Monica High School Freshman, Andre Zuczek passed away as a result of drug use. He fell from... Read more →

Briefs

Spring Break 3D Design Workshop for Teens

Main Library Teens in grades 8 to 12 are invited to attend a 3D design workshop at the Santa Monica Public Library this Spring Break. During the workshop teens will create a character or scene from a favorite book or story using the 3D design software Tinkercad and the Library’s 3D printer. Once printed, the designs will be on display... Read more →

News

Yarn Crawl draws close-knit community

  Grab your hooks and needles - about two thousand like-minded “fiber artists” are about to descend on Southern California Thursday for the 2017 LA County Yarn Crawl. The event comes at a time old-school crafts like knitting and crochet are experiencing a resurgence. “You start and you cannot stop,” Teri Artinyan said,... Read more →

News

Wilshire buildings gets Landmark status

Some love it, some hate it – the forty-foot surfside sunset mosaic at 26th and Wilshire Boulevard is here to stay. On Tuesday, the Santa Monica City Council officially declared the former Home Savings of America branch office a City Landmark, overriding a technical denial by the Landmarks Commission.  The decision ended half a decade of... Read more →

Education

Educator Spotlight

The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community.   Sandra Kim, McKinley Elementary School Sandra Kim... Read more →

Briefs

A New Vision for Achieving Equity in Our Schools

Virginia Ave Park On Sunday evening, April 2, Committee For Racial Justice will bring Dr. Ben Drati, new District Superintendent of Santa Monica/Malibu United School District (SMMUSD), to speak at the monthly workshop at Virginia Ave. Park. He will share his vision of how to change the structure and functioning of our school district in... Read more →

Briefs

Día Celebration (Children’s Day/Book Day)

Citywide Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) will present its 2nd annual Día Celebration! El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, books, and diversity that culminates yearly on April 30. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that advocates the... Read more →