Community mourns late skateboarder

Skateboarding was more than a hobby for Tyrone Ramsey Jr. He first hopped on a board when he was about 9 years old, and he became a proficient rider over the next two decades. And he didn’t have a driver’s license, so his skateboard was his travel tool when he wasn’t riding the bus. “That was his mode of transportation,” said... Read more →


SMMUSD staffers recognized for 40 years of service

Jaime Jimenez never envisioned staying at Santa Monica High School this long. But when he takes stock of his job as a social studies teacher, he can’t come up with any good reasons to leave. “It has been easy to stay at Samo — first of all, a great faculty and staff,” he said. “The daily interaction of students, hearing their... Read more →


Samohi Alumni Assn. to host all class picnic and awards

The Santa Monica High Alumni Association will help celebrate the 125th anniversary of Santa Monica’s only public high school with its All Class Reunion Picnic on Sept. 17. All alumni, family and friends are welcome. The event is free and runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Samohi Quad. A highlight of the day will be the presentation of... Read more →


Man arrested for fraudulent identification

On August 31, at approximately 5:40 a.m. while on patrol, an officer conducted a traffic stop at the 1800 block of Lincoln Blvd for a traffic violation. The driver provided the officer with an identification. After conducting a computed check, the officer determined the driver’s license was fraudulent. The driver was taken into custody... Read more →


DUI Checkpoint

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/Driver’s License Checkpoint on Sept. 16, at an undisclosed location within the City of Malibu, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and... Read more →


Santa Monica wins RWJF Culture of Health Prize

Santa Monica has been named one of seven winners of the 2016 RWJF Culture of Health Prize awarded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. The Prize honors communities for their efforts to ensure all residents have the opportunity to live longer, healthier, and more productive lives. Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez joined City Manager Rick... Read more →


Prop 55 attracts local support

During the recession, Chancy Jones saw the impact of state budget cuts on employee workflow at Santa Monica High School. The campus security officer said staffing reductions led to longer cafeteria lines, dirtier classrooms and task backlogs, among other problems. “Any special project — even just a light bulb changed — had to be put... Read more →


Bail denied for homeless man in possession of meth

On August 30, 2016 at about 10:51 a.m. officers responded to the 2600 block of 34th Street regarding a suspicious person loitering in the area. The reporting party indicated they were recently victim of a burglary and was concerned the subject had returned. Officers contacted the subject at 34th Street and Ocean Park Blvd. Officers... Read more →


SMMUSD Financial Oversight Committee accepting applications

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s Financial Oversight Committee (FOC) is seeking qualified candidates who will bring a depth of business and/or financial expertise to the committee. It is anticipated that a vacancy on the committee will result from the Nov. 8, 2016 election. Application forms are available through the... Read more →


Construction begins along PCH to prevent slope erosion

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will begin applying steel fiber-reinforced sprayed concrete (shotcrete) to an ocean-side slope near Big Rock Road along Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) to prevent additional erosion to the slope supporting the highway and to help protect utility lines. Work is expected to start on Wednesday,... Read more →


Minimum wage agreement with Los Angeles County

The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors has voted to approve an agreement between the County's Department of Consumer and Business Affairs (DCBA) wage enforcement program and the city of Santa Monica. The DCBA wage enforcement program will provide wage enforcement services to the City of Santa Monica to ensure that businesses are... Read more →


Homeless man attempts to steal from Apple store

On Sept. 1 at about 4:40 p.m. Santa Monica police officers responded to the Apple store on Third Street Promenade regarding a shoplifting suspect in custody. An investigation revealed that the store’s loss-prevention staff observed the suspect enter the location and select merchandise from the sales floor. The suspect concealed the... Read more →