Minimum wage proposal comes to council

Santa Monica's minimum wage proposal will go before City Council on Sept. 29. The proposed rules closely mirror rules established by the City of Los Angeles, however staff said there are a few Santa Monica specific issues to be debated Tuesday night. "The draft Santa Monica ordinance matches the Los Angeles wage levels and schedule, and its... Read more →


Samohi students up for Merit Scholar status

Of the more than 1.5 million U.S. students who took the Preliminary SAT last year, about 16,000 are in the running for the prestigious Merit Scholar designation. And of those 16,000 students across the country, four represent Santa Monica High School. The local quartet is part of a talented batch of semifinalists whose high PSAT scores put... Read more →


College summit joins SMMUSD, SMC boards

In a landmark joint meeting, the governing boards of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district and Santa Monica College brainstormed ideas for improving college access and success while setting the stage for future collaboration. Building on an ongoing partnership between the district and the college, the study session came last week amid... Read more →


SMMUSD announces new John Muir Elementary principal

Paula Lytz was confirmed Thursday as the new principal of John Muir Elementary School during the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education meeting last week. Lytz, a bilingual educator who arrives after a short stint as assistant principal at Lincoln Middle School, had previously served as an assistant principal at K-8 school in Marin... Read more →



Phone and email scams target Santa Monicans

The Santa Monica Police Department has issued a warning to residents to be aware of email and phone scams. Several residents have reported scam attempts recently and some have found the ploys so convincing that they have sent cash to the scammers. Joanna Bloem, an elderly, thirty-year Santa Monica resident, recently fell victim to a... Read more →



Pondering process in SMMUSD

It started as a routine agenda item as the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education prepared to hear from district advisory committee representatives about their goals for the school year. But it quickly turned into a prolonged philosophical debate as school board members discussed the role the committees should play in shaping policy for the... Read more →


Know Before You Go

Week of September 21, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: 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. Testing will be ongoing along the entire... Read more →



SMMEF fundraiser off to strong start

Hoping for a fast start to its annual fundraiser, the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation ramped up its outreach efforts at the start of the school year. And the results have been promising, executive director Linda Greenberg said. The Santa Monica-Malibu school district's nonprofit fundraising arm has made encouraging strides in the... Read more →


Tsunami advisory includes Santa Monica

A tsunami advisory took effect Thursday for Santa Monica beaches and a large swath of the Southern California coastline following a pair of high-magnitude earthquakes in Chile. Santa Monica emergency management officials, local lifeguards and other authorities across Los Angeles County were monitoring coastal waters and urging local... Read more →


Beloved auto repair shop closing after 93 years

Beneath a clear covering on the front desk at Santa Monica Radiator are dozens of cards and notes from customers thanking the business owners and staff for their extensive knowledge, unwavering dedication and friendly service. But very soon, those and hundreds of other customers will have to find another auto repair shop. After 93 years,... Read more →


A ‘sweet sixteen’ fit for a foodie

The famed fig tree inside the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows can expect a larger crowd than usual congregating under its branches this Sunday night, as Angeleno's 13th Annual Live & Dine LA guests will be noshing on ceviche, gazpacho and spit-roasted lamb during a night celebrating all the best the Los Angeles food scene has to... Read more →

City Council

Activists consider anti-development ballot measure

Residocracy, the group that spearheaded a voter referendum against what was then the Hines Project, has posted a new e-petition online to see if there is enough support for a ballot initiative that would limit development in Santa Monica. Based on the description online, a potential ballot initiative would require voter approval for... Read more →


SMMUSD, SMC boards to hold joint meeting

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district and Santa Monica College have worked together for years on a variety of education initiatives, but the partnership will enter unusual territory Thursday night when the two governing boards hold a joint meeting. College readiness and dual enrollment are among the topics for discussion at the meeting,... Read more →