News

Gridlock on the PCH

Traffic has slowed to a crawl on the Pacific Coast Highway due to temporary lane closures between Santa Monica and Malibu. Caltrans is conducting roadside work to trim trees along the road and the California Highway Patrol is managing traffic along the path. CHP officers are conducting temporary closures of the road to allow work to continue... Read more →

News

Recommendations for Civic Auditorium site released

Final recommendations have been released for the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and City Council will debate the issue at its Feb. 9 meeting. A draft of the report was released last year and the final version adheres closely to those recommendations. The Civic Working Group recommends an entertainment/arts complex with a... Read more →

Homelessness

An opportunity for outreach

When it rains, more homeless people seek cover at Santa Monica shelters. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s space for them. “It’s not like we have a bunch of empty beds waiting for winter rains,” said John Maceri, executive director of OPCC. “The need always outstrips the availability of beds.” But where some might... Read more →

Public

Teams picked for SMMUSD separation talks

The local Board of Education will consider approving the list of three people chosen by Superintendent Sandra Lyon to represent the Santa Monica-Malibu school district in talks with Malibu advocates about issues related to possible separation. Lyon nominated Tom Larmore, Debbie Mulvaney and Paul Silvern to participate in negotiations... Read more →

Education

Ex-SMMUSD principal inspecting schools in Dubai

For years, Janie Gates heard from friends about their work as evaluators of international schools. They would tell her about their travels, their visits to different campuses and their in-depth examinations of the various academic environments. “It just sounded like a great adventure,” she said. Now that Gates is retired from her post... Read more →

News

Community mourning loss of Santa Monica High grad, 18

Those who knew Carter Reilly Irwin recalled his artistic talents, his friendly personality and his strong ties to his neighborhood. But this past week, the people who had spent time with the recent Santa Monica High School graduate are mourning and grieving, trying to understand what led him to take his own life. Irwin committed suicide... Read more →

City Council

Council comments now posted online

Residents submitting written comments to the City Council are being warned that a new system will post those messages online, including any personal information provided by the writer. Starting with the Jan. 12 meeting, written comments including letters, emails and faxes are now being posted online. The material will not be redacted, and... Read more →

Obituary

Beach memorial to honor late artist Warren Long

Warren Long couldn’t get enough of the beach. He spent hours surfing waves, painting from a studio overlooking the water and meeting art lovers at his Ocean Avenue gallery in Santa Monica. “I’ve never lived out of sight of the ocean,” he once wrote, “and that’s where I derive most of my inspiration.” Long, a local artist whose... Read more →

Obituary

Samohi alumna, 30, dies of cancer

A Santa Monica High School graduate died early Thursday morning after a 26-month battle with cancer. Lily Meza, 30, was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Inglewood when she passed away, according to childhood friend Cynthia Juarez. “Remember Lily as the beautiful girl with a glowing smile, kind heart and caring soul,”... Read more →

Environment

Santa Monica spared by El Niño — so far

Count Judith Meister as among those thankful for Santa Monica’s lengthy beaches. The city beach administrator noted that the expansive swaths of sand serve as a buffer between the ocean and local infrastructure, sparing the area of El Niño-related damages that have hit other parts of Southern California this winter. “I think we... Read more →

News

Santa Monica High alumna, 30, dies of cancer

A Santa Monica High School graduate died early Thursday morning after a 26-month battle with cancer. Lily Meza, 30, was surrounded by family and friends at her home in Inglewood when she passed away, according to childhood friend Cynthia Juarez. “Remember Lily as the beautiful girl with a glowing smile, kind heart and caring soul,”... Read more →