Fatal crash in the McClure Tunnel

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) is seeking the public’s assistance with any witnesses to a fatal traffic collision. On Aug. 19, at approximately 11:38 p.m., SMPD received multiple calls of a traffic collision in the 1500 block of Pacific Coast Highway (PCH). Officers responded to the location and discovered a motorcycle,... Read more →


$607,000 approved for SMMUSD arts education

Even in an uncertain financial climate marked by a massive budget deficit, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district doesn’t want to do away with arts education. The local Board of Education recently approved a contract of more than $607,000 for P.S. ARTS, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that brings a variety of arts programming... Read more →


Michigan fugitive arrested in Santa Monica

On Aug. 11 at about 5 p.m., a man entered the Santa Monica Animal Shelter to claim his dog. The shelter officer working the counter recognized the man as a wanted person from a previous internal police bulletin. The shelter officer called for assistance. When officers arrived, the man tried to escape by climbing a barbed-wire fence,... Read more →


Can SMMUSD make ‘real progress’ on equity?

Pedro Noguera stood on the Barnum Hall stage, addressing the employees of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district before the start of the school year. He gave an impassioned keynote speech about closing the achievement gap and coming up with strategies to prevent students’ demographic backgrounds from predicting how they’ll perform... Read more →


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 →