News

Home fire on 22nd Street

The Santa Monica Fire Department responded to a structure fire on 22nd St. at about 5:20 p.m. on May 20. According to Dale Hallock SMFD PIO/Administrative Captain, firefighters were called to the 500 block of 22nd St. and found that one room in a two-story, single family home was on fire. Four Fire Engines, one Ladder Truck, a Hazardous... Read more →

Transportation

Long-anticipated Expo Line arrives in Santa Monica

A passenger train rolled into Santa Monica for the first time in decades Friday morning, breaking through a banner. Dignitaries posed with a surfboard to mark the occasion. And what an occasion it was. After years of anticipation, the Expo Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica became part of the region's growing transportation... Read more →

Crime

Homeless man arrested near Santa Monica freeway

On May 10 at about 10:02 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were on patrol checking an area along the 1900 block of the eastbound Interstate 10 freeway. Officers contacted a suspect for several municipal code violations. The suspect was previously warned about similar violations. Officers discovered the suspect had a warrant for his... Read more →

Transportation

Good people, high tech built the train

As of noon today, the Expo Line is open to the public and the people behind the actual construction of the tracks said the successful delivery of the project was due to excellent employees with access to cutting edge technology. Phase 2 of the Expo Light Rail line is a $1.5 billion project that covers about 6.6 miles from Culver City to... Read more →

Transportation

Station parties open to the public on May 21

Expo's opening celebration includes free rides along the length of the line to encourage exploration of the new system and several stations are hosting daylong parties on Saturday, May 21. Station celebrations will be from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Downtown Santa Monica, 17th St/SMC, 26th St/Bergamot, Expo/Bundy and Palms. The Culver City... Read more →

Transportation

Community organizing wins the day

Behind the May 20 opening of the Expo Line to Santa Monica lies the untold story of dozens of dedicated volunteers who worked for decades and made this line happen. In 1989 Santa Monica city officials convened a group of citizens to advocate for the purchase of a former Red Car right-of-way from downtown Los Angeles to Santa Monica. They... Read more →

Transportation

City campaign GoSaMo promotes mobility

The colorful ads will be displayed on Big Blue Bus panels, affixed on light poles in Santa Monica and shared across social media. “Rush hour can be happy hour.” “Go almost anywhere for $1.75.” “Explore like never before.” The messages are the backbone of GoSaMo, a new city-backed marketing campaign to promote mobility that is... Read more →

Education

Lawsuit hangs over SMMUSD board

The school year is drawing to a close, but the battle over chemical cleanup in Malibu rages on. The local Board of Education is scheduled to spend half an hour of its closed session before Thursday’s meeting discussing with counsel the lawsuit brought against the Santa Monica-Malibu school district by parent groups and environmental... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD security officer retiring

As a campus security officer at Lincoln Middle School, Charles Martin had to be ready for anything. In 2008, the campus was placed on lockdown after authorities received a call about the possibility of a dangerous person in the area. Later determined to be a prank, the call prompted school officials to escort students to a staging area and... Read more →

Crime

Suspect steals item from property under construction

On May 3, at about 6:34 p.m. Officers monitored a radio call for service of a prowler in the area of 300 Ocean Avenue. While officers were checking the area in the 300 block of Adelaide Avenue, officers observed a suspect on a property under construction and enclosed by a fence. The suspect removed an item from the property and walked away.... Read more →

News

Twilight Concert Series lineup announced

The Twilight Concert Series has announced the dates and lineup for its 32nd annual season, presented by Snapchat. The popular free concerts will return to the Santa Monica Pier from July 7 through Sept. 8 from 7 - 10 p.m. The lineup this year is: July 7: R&B/Soul Mayer Hawthorne & Alina Baraz July 14: Indie Rock/Pop BØRNS &... Read more →

City Council

Council seeking rules for vacant buildings

City Hall wants property owners to keep their vacant buildings clean, safe and fully built. At the May 10 Council meeting, Councilmember Sue Himmelrich and Mayor Tony Vazquez asked staff to return with proposals for regulating vacant buildings including registering vacant buildings, regulating the maintenance of vacant buildings, and... Read more →

City Council

Council tweaks anti-corruption rules 

Step by step, City Hall is working toward a clearer, stronger, more robust set of anti-corruption laws. Council approved clarifications and guidelines for its rules as their May 10 meeting and previewed some of the more substantial changes that will likely become a ballot initiative this November. The May 10 decision adopted proposals... Read more →

Education

PCB lawsuit heads to trial

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district and environmental activists are going to trial, opening a new chapter in a protracted and bitter dispute over chemical testing and cleanup at Malibu schools. A lawsuit filed against the district by two advocacy groups last year is expected on Tuesday to reach the U.S. District Court for the Central... Read more →