Local SMC grad pays education forward

Born, raised and educated in Santa Monica, early childhood educator Monica Delia is now helping to educate her home community's youngest learners. “How and what children learn during their pre-school years sets the foundation for how well they will learn and flourish in their later years,” said Delia, explaining why the work she does is... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of May 31, 2016

Here's a list of road closures and construction updates in Santa Monica for the week of May 31: COLORADO ESPLANADE For the Week of May 31, Construction work on Colorado Ave. will continue daytime Monday thru Friday. Pedestrian access is accommodated by use of temporary barricaded pathways marked with signage. Please use caution when... Read more →


Santa Monica landlords sue Rent Control Board  

A coalition of apartment owners has sued the Rent Control Board alleging the board's prohibition on charging tenants for water use is a violation of state vacancy decontrol laws. Representatives from the Rent Control Board said they had received the suit but had not had time to analyze or respond to the allegations. In Santa Monica, the... Read more →


Residential burglary suspect arrested

On April 21, 2016 a series of residential burglaries occurred in the City of Santa Monica. Following a complex investigation, on May 12, 2016, detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) presented evidence to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office identifying Schfuncell Whitley in connection with the residential... Read more →


Donation to SMMEF causes stir

A controversial donation from Franklin Elementary School’s parent teacher association to the local education foundation has led to the involvement of the state PTA and a call for increased transparency at the site level. The six-figure gift from the Montana Avenue school comes as the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation attempts to... Read more →


Stolen vehicle suspect arrested in Santa Monica

A suspect believed to be driving a stolen vehicle was arrested Thursday evening in Santa Monica, a sheriff’s official said. The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department was tracking a possibly stolen vehicle when the driver fled from deputies, according to Sgt. Covarrubias from the Malibu-Lost Hills station. It was not immediately clear... Read more →

City Council

Council approves more booze for Downtown restaurants

Based on last night's City Council meeting, City Hall wants you to relax, have a leisurely meal and maybe enjoy a glass of wine with the entrée. The council didn't specifically tell anyone to drink (although with the meeting lasting past midnight, many might have needed one) but it did increase the number of possible alcohol outlets... Read more →


Then / Now

Circa 1960: Santa Monica Boulevard at 4th Street, looking NE from 4th Street. 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 →


Santa Monicans preparing for Trump visit

Republican Presidential candidate Donald Trump will be in Santa Monica today for a private fundraiser. The Los Angeles Times obtained an invitation to a private fundraiser at the home of Tom Barrack scheduled for 6:30 p.m. on May 25. Barrack's Santa Monica based private equity firm, Colony Capital made news earlier this year when it sold... Read more →


Hits and misses for SMMUSD in AP classes

As far as the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is concerned, not enough students are being challenged with rigorous coursework or graduating from high school with Advanced Placement credit. That’s according to data on several metrics the district is using to gauge its performance on preparing students for college and beyond. The... Read more →