Briefs

Haggen announces store closures

Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, has announced that in order to continue to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position, it has decided to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction in which... Read more →

Education

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Noguera to confront inequity in SMMUSD

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District can tout the talents, accomplishments and college placements of its most successful students. But, as Pedro Noguera is quick to point out, the district's mission goes beyond that. “The real challenge for a school system is, 'How good are we with those who need us more?'” Noguera... Read more →

News

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City Manager outlines vision for Downtown

City Manager Rick Cole wants to see Downtown Santa Monica evolve towards a cultural and arts destination, while preserving the economic foundation that has driven development of the area. Cole spoke at Downtown Santa Monica Inc.'s annual report breakfast and the speech expanded on his previous comments regarding DTSM and provided the first... Read more →

Briefs

Bike-Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The police department identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that led... Read more →

Briefs

Kate Vernez Named to The Bay Foundation Board of Directors

Kathryn Vernez, longtime City of Santa Monica government and community relations leader, has been named to the Board of Directors of The Bay Foundation. Vernez' 35-plus years in urban planning and project management, first in New York City followed by 27 years in Santa Monica, required leading interdisciplinary teams in collaboration with... Read more →

Briefs

Dreams are Coming True for The Dream Orchestra

The Dream Orchestra has found itself a home, fulfilling a dream of Artistic Director/ Conductor Daniel Suk. Suk founded the orchestra in the fall of 2011, and since then it has performed in top concert halls all over Southern California including Walt Disney Concert Hall and Zipper Hall in downtown Los Angeles, the Barclay Center in... Read more →

Education

Vaccination rates low at several area schools

Personal-belief exemptions remain an issue for Santa Monica schools with the 2015-2016 school year getting started and the enactment of a new state vaccination law coming soon. The bill, co-authored by Santa Monica High alumnus and former SMMUSD board member Ben Allen and signed by Governor Jerry Brown in June, repeals California's... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go

Week of August 17, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →

Crime

Intoxicated suspects arrested for tagging truck

On August 6 at about 3:54 a.m. Patrol officers responded to a citizen call of two suspects spray painting the side of a large moving truck near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Bay Street.  The male suspect was still actively tagging the truck when the officers arrived.  The suspects, identified as Azusa residents Luis Arizmendi and... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica doubles luxury home sales in July

Sotheby's International Realty recently released its July 2015 Greater Los Angeles Market Update that revealed Santa Monica, up 107 percent from 2014, had the highest single-family home sales increase in the luxury sector ($3M and higher) in 2015 across the leading 33 markets. The report also showed that despite being down six percent from... Read more →