Artwork to adorn Santa Monica utility boxes

Utility boxes in the Lincoln, Montana and Ocean Park areas are going to get an exterior upgrade thanks to a pilot program that brings local art to the once-drab facilities. Council approved a program in November 2015 to cover civic utility boxes in local art. Staff have provided an informational update to City Hall on the status of the... Read more →


Suspect chased out of PCH home in Santa Monica

On Aug. 13 at about 7:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard in response to a report of an attempted burglary that occurred in the 1300 block of Pacific Coast Highway. Officers met with a victim and the suspect. Officers separated the two parties and spoke with the victim. The victim... Read more →


Lifeguards busy amid summer surge at Santa Monica beaches

The beach is all fun and games — unless you’re a lifeguard, of course, in which case it’s a locale with almost as many safety concerns as grains of sand. The lifeguard division of the L.A. County Fire Department is preparing for a busy Labor Day weekend, the unofficial cap on a summer season that has drawn millions of people to Santa... Read more →


Man struck by zooming car in Santa Monica beach parking lot

On Aug. 9 at approximately 9:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to the 2000 block of the beach boardwalk regarding a hit-and-run investigation. Officers spoke with the victim and discovered the suspect had fled the scene. The victim said he was standing next to the parking booth talking to the attendant about parking... Read more →


Santa Monica homeless man refuses to leave Palihouse

On Aug. 4 at about 8:05 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Palihouse at 1001 3rd St., regarding a person trespassing at the hotel. The suspect had been at the hotel for over an hour and was asked to leave several times by hotel staff. Officers arrived and located the suspect. Officers asked the suspect to leave, but the suspect... Read more →


FAA upholds 2023 date for airport operations

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has reiterated its ruling that the City of Santa Monica is required to keep Santa Monica Airport open through 2023. In a ruling released Monday, the FAA denied an appeal of an earlier decision and maintained the City is required to keep the airport open due to the acceptance of grant... Read more →


Pier jumper found downtown

  An unidentified man jumped from the Santa Monica Pier Sunday triggering a search and rescue response from local authorities. The man was ultimately found unharmed but not before officers launched a significant search. According to the Santa Monica Police Department, Harbor officers and several witnesses saw a man jump from the... Read more →


Equity emphasized in SMMUSD superintendent search

With the 2016-17 school year around the corner, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district continues its search for a superintendent who will help close longstanding academic achievement gaps. The emphasis on equity was made clear in the job description for Sandra Lyon’s long-term replacement, which was recently posted on the SMMUSD website.... Read more →


Woman groped, man punched by suspect in Santa Monica

On Aug. 6 at about 12:51 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service in the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue regarding a battery that just occurred. Officers detained a suspect at the scene. Officers determined a male victim and female victim were walking in the 100 block of Colorado Avenue when, for unknown reasons,... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of Aug. 15, 2016

Here are Santa Monica road closure and construction updates for the week of Aug. 15: California Incline Bridge Replacement Project The California Incline will be closed until Summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current Incline... Read more →


There’s a big learning curve in SMMUSD — for teachers

The 50 or so new teachers who are joining the Santa Monica-Malibu school district this year have a lot to digest. There are a variety of new programs rolling out as officials attempt to close longstanding academic achievement gaps, a major focus following the release of a critical report by education reformist Pedro Noguera. New... Read more →


Santa Monica bike robbery suspect flees police on foot

On Aug. 5 at about 10:23 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service in the 2400 block of Michigan Avenue regarding a strong-arm robbery in progress involving a suspect attempting to take a bicycle from the victim. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim. The victim pointed out the suspect, who was standing... Read more →