City Council

Council backs muted noise ordinance 

Local unions made some noise about free speech regulations at this week’s City Council meeting. The council was scheduled to discuss the broad enforcement of Santa Monica’s noise ordinances in commercial zones, but the debate quickly focused on an ongoing and specific protest outside a hotel on Ocean Avenue. The First Amendment... Read more →

Environment

Mountain frog population on the rebound 

If it were a children’s mystery story, it might have been called “The Santa Monica Mountains and the Curious Case of the Disappearing Red-Legged Frog.” Except it wasn’t a children’s story. And it wasn’t a mystery. Ecologists knew that habitat loss and invasive species were contributing to the decline of what had been one of... Read more →

Education

Two plans drafted for Samohi campus

Two paths for Santa Monica High School diverge in a meeting room. Which one will the local Board of Education travel by? The school board on Thursday evening will consider two distinct plans for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus, which has been targeted for major renovations in the coming decades. The upcoming... Read more →

Obituary

Local entertainment exec, 63, dies in Vietnam

George Goldey grew up on the East Coast, traveled extensively and was recently living in Vietnam with his wife to teach aspiring entrepreneurs. But for the bulk of his life he was anchored in Santa Monica, whether he was working as an entertainment and publishing executive or hanging out at UnUrban Coffee House on Pico Boulevard. Goldey, a... Read more →

City Council

City sued over at-large election policy

Santa Monica and Malibu activists have filed a lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica to try to force the city to move to district-based elections. According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, the Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA), Maria Loya, and Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) filed the suit in the Los Angeles... Read more →

News

Baby boy surrendered at local hospital         

  County officials have announced a newborn baby boy was safely surrendered at a Santa Monica hospital on April 10. This is the second safe surrender in Santa Monica year and the third in recent months. A baby girl was given to a local hospital on March 14 and a local hospital also received a baby boy in December of 2015. Under... Read more →

Education

Culture shift needed to close SMMUSD achievement gap

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a multi-part series about the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap. Pedro Noguera spoke of personnel turnover, passive learning environments and a lack of teacher support. He said the Santa Monica-Malibu school district needs better customized instruction and more... Read more →

Environment

How will Santa Monica handle rising sea levels?

Tom Ford would struggle to describe Southern California without mentioning its beaches. More than 17 million people visited Santa Monica’s shores alone in 2014, according to county data, and the recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike often seem as plentiful as the sand. But when the executive director of the Santa... Read more →

Crime

Woman threatens to kill friend with knife

On April 1 at approximately 6:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue in response to a radio call of a possible assault with a deadly weapon. The victim and suspect were friends. While arguing, the suspect produced a knife and placed it on the victim’s throat, stating that she could kill him... Read more →

Parking

Price hike possible for parking in Santa Monica

Minor price revisions are coming to Downtown parking lots in the near-term but drivers could experience a radically different parking landscape in the coming years as City Hall prepares to potentially overhaul the entire downtown system. Staff approached the Planning Commission this week with a set of minor revisions for most Downtown lots... Read more →

News

Then / Now

Feb. 22, 1945: Wilson & Vallely Service Station, 1001 Arizona Ave. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or... Read more →

Crime

Murder on 5th Street

A man was stabbed to death on 5th Street yesterday and investigators are asking any potential witnesses to step forward to assist in the case. Officers responded to a homicide call at Step Up on 5th (1548 5th St.) at about 4:30 a.m. on April 5. An unidentified adult male was found inside an apartment with a stab wound to the... Read more →