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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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Noguera to reveal SMMUSD equity findings

For weeks this fall and winter, Pedro Noguera and his team toured campuses in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. They interviewed educators, met with administrators and held student focus groups, all the while learning about issues regarding equity and access. Well, now what? Noguera, who was hired by SMMUSD to address longstanding... Read more →


Kean launches bid for SMMUSD board seat

Jon Kean is at it again. An active parent leader who has held several positions in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, Kean recently filed paperwork to run for a local Board of Education seat in November’s election. Kean is the first challenger to declare his candidacy in what could be a competitive race for three seats on a school... Read more →


Planning Commission debates Downtown parking prices

The Planning Commission will hold a study session at their April 6 meeting to debate the future of parking prices in the Downtown area. According to the staff report, City Hall is anticipating a change in parking demands based on the opening of Expo on May 20. In addition to Expo's opening recent changes to zoning documents, such as the Land... Read more →


Cyclist arrested in Santa Monica burglary hot spot

On March 23 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were conducting routine patrol in the area of 2nd Street and Washington Avenue due to numerous reported residential and vehicle burglaries when they observed a male riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the roadway and onto the sidewalk. Officers initiated a traffic stop... Read more →