Registration required to vote in primary elections

The drama around this year's presidential election could translate into a rare opportunity for California voters. For the first time in decades, the results of the California primary could significantly impact the parties' nominations for president; but to participate in the primary, voters must first complete their registration... Read more →


Family of Santa Monica residents safe after Brussels attack

International terrorist attacks might seem a world away but events like the Belgium bombing have international connections that spread worldwide, including to Santa Monica. Jay Johnson and his wife Rachel Sene are known to Santa Monicans as members of the local Democratic Club but their daughter, Clara Seneca, and her husband, Giacomo... Read more →


Emergency alert test scheduled for Tsunami Preparedness Week

The City of Santa Monica will test its emergency alert system on Wednesday, March 23 at 10:15 a.m. as part of National Tsunami Preparedness Week. The alert system will go out on television and radio stations. Officials want residents to know the morning test is only a test and no one should panic or overwhelm the 9-1-1 operators with... Read more →


Samohi to grow by 47 percent

Santa Monica High School is probably going to look very different in the coming decades. Officials are working on long-term plans for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus, a 26-acre facility that serves approximately 3,000 students. The local Board of Education’s facilities subcommittee recently met with... Read more →


City Yards project moves forward with public input

Scott Wolf thought the first meeting about the revamp of the Santa Monica City Yards site solicited some great feedback — good enough to be incorporated into the plans his firm, Miller Hull, has for the overhaul of the site. That first “hopes and dreams” meeting in February included an explanation from public works director Martin... Read more →


Drunk-driving suspect refuses medical treatment

On March 11 at approximately 3 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at Wilshire Boulevard and Princeton Avenue. It was believed that the subject, later identified as Ariel Rock, 25, of Marina, was showing symptoms of intoxication. When officers made contact with Rock, she admitted that she was the... Read more →


Wine auction to raise money for SMMEF

While weighing ideas for a major Santa Monica-Malibu schools fundraiser, officials glanced about 12 miles down the coast and saw something worth emulating. The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation holds an annual wine auction that has been around for more than 20 years. Its roughly 2,000 guests raised more than $1.1 million last year... Read more →


Samohi grad finds niche as admissions counselor

During her time at Santa Monica High School, Jamie Black found a source of inspiration in the counseling office. It's where she met regularly with Laura Simone, not just to receive help with the college application process but also to pick her advisor's brain about careers in education. “I totally wanted to be a high school counselor,”... Read more →


Second newborn safely surrendered in March

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is proud to announce that the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the second time this month with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby girl. This most recent Safe Surrender occurred on Monday, March 14 at a hospital in Santa Monica. A baby girl was also safely surrendered... Read more →


Gelson’s opens to the public

Residents lined up around the block to celebrate the opening of Santa Monica's latest grocery store on March 17. Gelson's held a grand opening at the newly branded store on Lincoln Boulevard, and while the first 200 customers received a $20 coupon, many more flocked to the newly opened retailer throughout the day. Gelson's is the third... Read more →


Airport lease policy advances without commission approval

The Santa Monica Airport Commission did not endorse a new leasing policy for the airport at its March 15 meeting after two commissioners were unable to get answers to their questions from airport advisor Nelson Hernandez. Hernandez came to the commission to preview a new airport leasing policy in advance of the City Council meeting on March... Read more →


Phone poll questions LUVE initiative

An anonymous phone poll is occurring throughout Santa Monica to gauge support for the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative and explore potential alternatives to the measure. LUVE would limit development by requiring voter approval for all development agreements, any development above Tier 1 and any major amendment/update to... Read more →