SMMUSD adds to Noguera’s contract

Pedro Noguera's contract with the Santa Monica-Malibu school district has increased 68 percent over its original amount. The local Board of Education on Thursday allocated an additional $25,000 for the work being done by the renowned educator and sociologist, who was hired last year to address longstanding achievement gaps in the... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Feb. 22, 2016

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of February 22, 2016, please note the following activities: 1. Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own... Read more →


Probation violator found with burglary tools

In the early morning on Feb. 9, members of the Santa Monica Police Department Crime Impact Team, working in conjunction with L.A. County probation officers, completed a probation compliance check in the 1500 block of 16th Street. During the check, a man matching the description of the targeted probationer was located in the backyard of the... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider suspending water rate increase

After several weeks of heavy hitting council agendas, the Feb. 23 meeting appears to be relatively benign, which in Santa Monica means there might be enough seats in the council chamber for all the protesters. A light agenda includes reduced water rates, analysis of the city's Pedestrian Access Plan and an administrative change to the... Read more →


Pro baseball: Local brothers enter spring training

There was a time when Tyler Heineman and Scott Heineman were just kids on the diamond, playing the sport they love in Santa Monica Little League. And they're still just kids on the diamond, to an extent, but now baseball is a business and the stakes are undoubtedly higher. The brothers, sons of former Santa Monica police lieutenant Steve... Read more →


SMASH teacher dies of breast cancer

Terry Davis always felt a sense of comfort when she brought her daughter to Santa Monica Alternative School House each morning. “Every day that I walked off campus after I dropped her off I thanked our lucky stars,” Davis said. Davis was grateful because she was leaving her child in the hands of Tamara Mugalian, a longtime teacher at... Read more →

City Council

Ballot initiative will limit development

Residocracy has filed a ballot initiative to limit growth in Santa Monica. Tricia Crane and Armen Melkonians, both members of the Residocracy Advisory Board, filed a Notice of Intent with the City Clerk on Feb. 18 to begin circulation of the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative. If successful, the measure would require voter... Read more →


Neo-conservation is the focus of Matrix 2.0

Non-potable water everywhere, but not a drop you should drink. But you can use it for other things, and as of Tuesday, you should have a much better idea of how. On Feb. 16, representatives from several local, environmentally-minded organizations, government agencies and non-profits gathered at the Pico Branch Library to present a new... Read more →


Pier board welcomes new members

Santa Monica Pier is one of the most Instagrammed places in the world, visited by thousands of people every year. But not everything about the popular tourist destination is picture-perfect. Parking, pedestrian access, earthquake preparedness, event planning — they’re all ongoing issues for the local agency that is tasked with addressing... Read more →

City Council

Council revises bus advertising policy

Non-profit organizations are now allowed to purchase advertising on the Big Blue Bus following a decision at the Feb. 9 council meeting. Prior to Tuesday night, all advertising on buses was limited to commercial operations and about 90 percent was purchased by movies, television shows or health care services. The program generates about $2... Read more →


Facility issues come before SMMUSD board

Bond measures, facility projects, committee appointees, consultant agreements - they'll all get their time in the limelight at Thursday night's Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education meeting. The school board is scheduled to hear an update on projects funded by Measure ES, the $385-million bond for school improvements that voters approved in... Read more →


Legal Aid Foundation gets new Santa Monica leader

Karla Barrow has left her post as managing attorney of the Santa Monica office of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA). But she feels she’s left things in good hands — the hands of her longtime colleague, Ryan Bradley. Barrow recently accepted the position of chief operating officer at the Los Angeles Homeless Services... Read more →