Brief: Water saving assist

Need a little help saving water during California’s current water crisis? Santa Monica-based nonprofit Sustainable Works is hosting a rain barrel sale event on Saturday, April 12, that can reduce your water usage and help the environment at the same time. After a one year hiatus from offering rain barrels, Sustainable Works hopes more... Read more →



City Hall wants appeal in airport suit

CITY HALL — It’s not over yet. City Council returned from its closed session Tuesday night and announced that City Hall would file a notice of appeal in its lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration over the future of Santa Monica Airport. City Hall sued the FAA last year, seeking to determine if and when they would have... Read more →

City Council

Quiet night in the council chamber

CITY HALL — A relatively short council meeting went by with many unanimous affirmative votes and little comment from the public. Mayor Pam O’Connor and Councilmember Bob Holbrook were absent from the meeting. City Hall got glowing reviews from outside auditors for its financial statements from fiscal year 2012-13, finding no... Read more →


Skateboarder hospitalized in hit-and-run

OCEAN PARK — A 20-year-old Santa Monica man is in the hospital after being stuck by a hit-and-run driver Saturday night, Santa Monica police said. The man was skateboarding at about 20 miles per hour down a hill on 17th Street with a friend following behind when, according to the friend, the man ran the stop sign at Marine Street. A... Read more →


Samohi student pleads not guilty in tussle with teacher

Blair Rodrick Moore (Courtesy SMPD) LAX COURTHOUSE — One of two Santa Monica High School students arrested after an alleged fight with a teacher plead not guilty to five misdemeanors Tuesday, according to the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office. Blair Moore, 18, is accused of, among other things, using violence as retaliation... Read more →



Pony ride advocates strike back

A woman protests against the pony rides and petting zoo at the Farmers’ Market on Main Street on Sunday morning. (Paul Alvarez Jr. editor@smdp.com) FARMERS’ MARKET — Pony ride advocates are bringing in the cavalry. An online petition to ban pony rides and petting zoos in Santa Monica has fewer signatures than an online petition... Read more →


Man killed in scooter versus cop car collision Saturday

PICO BLVD — A 28-year-old Highland Park man was killed Saturday morning after his scooter collided with a Santa Monica Police Department patrol car, according to the California Highway Patrol. The identity of the man has not yet been released pending notification of his family. The police cruiser was driving on Fourth Street... Read more →

City Council

Downtown could grow; zoning ordinance delayed

CITY HALL — Downtown is getting a little big for its borders. On Tuesday night, City Council will consider heading in the direction of expanding the boundaries that define the Downtown. The area, as defined by the property and business improvement district, runs roughly from Ocean Avenue to Seventh Court and Wilshire Boulevard to the... Read more →



Santa Monica teacher on leave after student fight

SAMOHI — A Santa Monica High School teacher has been placed on leave after cellphone videos showed a fight with a student. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon sent a letter to parents Friday notifying them about the classroom confrontation. In the letter, Lyon says the videos were "utterly... Read more →