A decade later, Santa Monica mourns death of slain teenager

Eddie Lopez was a popular student, a promising outfielder in Santa Monica High School’s baseball program and a loving son and grandson. He never got the chance to be more. Ten years ago this month, Lopez was shot and killed while walking with friends near Virginia Avenue Park. He was 15 years old. It’s been a difficult decade filled... Read more →


Man starts fire at mother’s Santa Monica residence

On Feb. 18 at approximately 1 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of Beverley Avenue in regards to a possible structure fire. Upon arrival, officers saw smoke coming from the front and top vent of the garage. Fire investigators also arrived on scene and began an arson investigation. Officers spoke to a witness,... Read more →


Educator spotlight: Malibu High School’s Adam Panish

Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the community. Malibu High School (MHS) teacher Adam Panish began his... Read more →


SMMUSD examines digital security

At its meeting last week, the local Board of Education reviewed possible new language about what the Santa Monica-Malibu school district should do after a potential digital security breach. But what started as a relatively straightforward agenda item turned into a conversation regarding stakeholders' worries about student data security and... Read more →


Expo will open on May 20

Get ready to ride the rails on Friday, May 20. Metro officially announced the opening day of the Expo Line at a press conference in Downtown Los Angeles on Thursday afternoon saying the line would be a boon to the region. The $1.5-billion, 6.6-mile light-rail project from Culver City to Santa Monica will have seven new stations: Palms,... Read more →


Council makes Santa Monica pedestrians a priority

Trains, planes and automobiles are the transportation cliché but City Hall wants human-powered transport to become the new normal. The council formally adopted the Pedestrian Action Plan at their Feb. 23 meeting, codifying and centralizing existing pedestrian friendly programs under a consistent organizational structure while also... Read more →


Bond-backed tech upgrades roll out in SMMUSD

Working in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district for more than 30 years, Ruthy Mangle has witnessed dramatic changes in the role of technology in education. Still, the information services director sounded genuinely awed by the improvements rolling out with money from Measure ES. “I didn't think I'd live to see this day,” she told... Read more →


Affordable housing exec to resign

Sarah Letts has announced her resignation from Community Corporation of Santa Monica, the city's largest affordable housing developer. Letts has served as the organization's Executive Director for five years and said she will take a similar job with the Hollywood Community Housing Corporation. Letts will work in Santa Monica full time... Read more →


Burglary suspect took shower in targeted home

At about 1:25 p.m. on February 17, A construction site manager working in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway called police to report a suspicious looking male trying the doors of several residences as he walked southbound. The suspect, described as a male, white, in his 40s, with long dark hair and wearing jeans, was last seen by the... Read more →