Powerful thunderstorms rage throughout California

Powerful thunderstorms raged throughout California on Monday, walloping the Sierra Nevada with blizzard conditions and briefly knocking out power at the Los Angeles airport. Damage in Santa Monica was limited to a handful of isolated power outages, some minor flooding and a few traffic accidents. According to the Santa Monica Fire... Read more →


State budget encouraging for SMMUSD

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district's budget appears relatively secure, at least for now. Although Gov. Jerry Brown has highlighted the risk of another economic downturn, local officials said the state's latest financial projections contain positive signs for public schools. The rosy outlook is due in part to general economic growth,... Read more →


Know Before You Go

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of March 7, 2016, please note the following activities: 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.... Read more →


Santa Monica High wins Ocean Bowl regional

The question came to Rhys Gaida in the heat of competition, a victory for Santa Monica High School at stake: What are the three polyp types that make up the Portuguese man o’ war, a venomous sea organism? Gaida furnished the correct answers — gonozooid, dactylozooid and gastrozooid — to cap a convincing victory for Samohi at the... Read more →


Grand theft auto suspect claims car was borrowed from friend

On Feb. 27 at approximately 3:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were driving an ALPR-equipped vehicle, which sends an alert when a stolen vehicle is in the area, in the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue when they received a hit. Officers followed the vehicle and called for backup after confirming it was in fact reported stolen. The driver,... Read more →


6 questions about Santa Monica’s downtown plan

The City of Santa Monica is currently engaged in finalizing its Downtown Community Plan (DCP). This Specific Plan is generally bounded by Lincoln Boulevard, the Interstate 10 freeway, Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard and is supposed to govern development in this area till 2030. SMa.r.t. (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible... Read more →


High surf advisory issued for Santa Monica beaches

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for Southern California coastal areas through the weekend. The advisory calls for an extended period of high surf conditions into early next week with potential damaging surf and moderate coastal flooding by Monday. A long period west swell has spread through Ventura and Los... Read more →


City worker punched in the face at Palisades Park

On Feb. 25 at approximately 8:40 a.m., a city worker was staffing the Senior Center at the 1400 block of Palisades Park and saw the suspect approaching a cordoned-off area. The worker told the suspect he could not be there and asked him to leave. As the suspect began walking past the worker, he suddenly struck the worker's face with his... Read more →


Then / Now

Fisher-Swartz Lumber Company. Location: 1601 Colorado Avenue 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 →

City Council

Lobbying rules to begin in the fall

Time is running out for nefarious lobbyists seeking private backroom deals with the City Council. Be warned: you have six months to peddle your influence without reproach. City Council passed new rules for lobbying local government at their March 1 meeting but the rules will not take effect for at least six months to allow staff time to... Read more →


Legal fees top SMMUSD expense list

At its meeting Thursday night, the local Board of Education is expected to approve another payment for legal fees in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s ongoing battle with activists over the testing and cleanup of chemicals at Malibu school sites. The $500,000 payment to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP adds to legal counsel... Read more →


City has a million reasons to pursue old fines

Delinquent businesses owe the City of Santa Monica about a million dollars for unpaid fees, fines and permits. According to the city's finance department, the city is owed at least $257,000 for lapsed business licenses and another $811,000 for unpaid utility bills, fire inspection fees, CUPA and certain other miscellaneous fees. Business... Read more →


City reports results of 2016 Homeless Count

The City of Santa Monica conducted its annual Homeless Count on the night of January 27, 2016. The results were presented at the City Council meeting on March 1st. Homeless counts are mandated every two years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Santa Monica counts annually to rapidly identify and respond to changing... Read more →