4 key issues facing SMMUSD as 2016-17 begins

Do you know what the Santa Monica-Malibu school district did this past summer? While students have been out of school, traveling, attending camps and pursuing their interests, local education officials have been busy addressing a variety of academic and non-classroom matters in recent months. As the 2016-17 school year begins, the Daily... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of Aug. 22, 2016

Here are Santa Monica road closures and construction updates for the week of Aug. 22: California Incline Bridge Replacement Project The California Incline will be closed until Summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current Incline... Read more →


Fatal crash in the McClure Tunnel

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public’s assistance with any witnesses to a fatal traffic collision. On Aug. 19, at approximately 11:38 p.m., SMPD received multiple calls of a traffic collision in the 1500 block of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Officers responded to the location and discovered a motorcycle,... Read more →


$607,000 approved for SMMUSD arts education

Even in an uncertain financial climate marked by a massive budget deficit, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district doesn’t want to do away with arts education. The local Board of Education recently approved a contract of more than $607,000 for P.S. ARTS, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that brings a variety of arts programming... Read more →


Michigan fugitive arrested in Santa Monica

On Aug. 11 at about 5 p.m., a man entered the Santa Monica Animal Shelter to claim his dog. The shelter officer working the counter recognized the man as a wanted person from a previous internal police bulletin. The shelter officer called for assistance. When officers arrived, the man tried to escape by climbing a barbed-wire fence,... Read more →


Can SMMUSD make ‘real progress’ on equity?

Pedro Noguera stood on the Barnum Hall stage, addressing the employees of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district before the start of the school year. He gave an impassioned keynote speech about closing the achievement gap and coming up with strategies to prevent students’ demographic backgrounds from predicting how they’ll perform... Read more →


Artwork to adorn Santa Monica utility boxes

Utility boxes in the Lincoln, Montana and Ocean Park areas are going to get an exterior upgrade thanks to a pilot program that brings local art to the once-drab facilities. Council approved a program in November 2015 to cover civic utility boxes in local art. Staff have provided an informational update to City Hall on the status of the... Read more →


Suspect chased out of PCH home in Santa Monica

On Aug. 13 at about 7:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in response to a report of an attempted burglary that occurred in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Officers met with a victim and the suspect. Officers separated the two parties and spoke with the victim. The victim... Read more →


Lifeguards busy amid summer surge at Santa Monica beaches

The beach is all fun and games — unless you’re a lifeguard, of course, in which case it’s a locale with almost as many safety concerns as grains of sand. The lifeguard division of the L.A. County Fire Department is preparing for a busy Labor Day weekend, the unofficial cap on a summer season that has drawn millions of people to Santa... Read more →


Man struck by zooming car in Santa Monica beach parking lot

On Aug. 9 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of the beach boardwalk regarding a hit-and-run investigation. Officers spoke with the victim and discovered the suspect had fled the scene. The victim said he was standing next to the parking booth talking to the attendant about parking... Read more →