What’s the future of ethnic studies in SMMUSD?

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series about the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap. As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district attempts to close longstanding achievement gaps, perhaps it should look to Garfield High School for inspiration. Yes, the one in East Los Angeles. That was... Read more →


City hires new Fire Chief

Bill Walker has been hired as Santa Monica’s new Fire Chief according to a statement released by the City on Thursday night. Walker will start work on May 2 overseeing the departments 108 responders and 15 civilian staff. His annual salary will be $257,988. The announcement caps a year of vacancy at the Fire Chief position following... Read more →

City Council

Council comments expected on ethics report

A recently released ethics report will take center stage at City Council next week. City Hall received the report by attorney John Hueston this week and the April 26 meeting will be the first opportunity for councilmembers to publicly comment on the findings/recommendations. Hueston was hired to examine two related issues, the... Read more →


Theater production supports Samohi teacher

When the Santa Monica High School community found out that one of its teachers had been diagnosed with breast cancer, it responded with an outpouring of encouragement and financial support. And when the school's theater company wrapped up its recent spring performance, that vein of generosity was tapped again. Samohi Theatre finished its... Read more →


Suspect holds knife to victim’s throat over traffic matter

On April 15, 2016 at approximately 7:57 p.m. Officers were flagged down regarding a fight at the Pier Deck Parking Lot. Officers determined a verbal altercation ensued over a traffic matter which led to the suspect threatening several people with a knife. The suspect, Mouad Sifessalam, 21, of Stanton, held a knife to the victim’s throat... Read more →

City Council

Housing talks abound at City Council

Affordable housing occupied a significant slice of last week's City Council meeting. Council moved forward with the potential sale of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park, modified municipal code relating to tenant protections, and authorized the creation of a new position that will aid renters facing the loss of their homes. City to seek... Read more →


Ethics report identifies shortfalls in City procedures

An independent investigation into the City of Santa Monica's ethical procedures has determined Santa Monica officials experienced “lapses in judgment” in relation to the Elizabeth Riel case and that the City can enforce its anti-corruption laws. City Hall hired John Hueston last year to address concerns about the way the city has... Read more →


Felon arrested for possession of pocket knife, pepper spray

On April 6, 2016 at approximately 4:20 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the front lobby of the Public Safety Facility on the 300 block of Olympic Drive in regards to a disturbance. Upon arriving, officers confronted a male, later identified as Nyquon Green, 30 year old transient, as the subject was making statements about guns and... Read more →


Samohi entrepreneurs compete for cash

The creators of a tracking app, a solar technology startup and a cosmetics business are all vying for cash to support their entrepreneurial efforts. And no, they’re not going on “Shark Tank.” The people behind the fledgling companies are Santa Monica High School students, and they’re participating in a competition organized by a... Read more →


Time of transition at Early Years School

For decades the Early Years School has facilitated transitions for others, helping children learn about the world around them and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. These days, the Santa Monica preschool is going through a transition of its own. Co-founders and longtime directors Tama Taub and Joy Siegel are retiring at the end... Read more →