Crime

Crime Watch: Trio arrested with lots of pot

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Tuesday, March 25, at 9:35 p.m., Santa Monica Police officers traveling on Lincoln Boulevard saw a driver make an unsafe lane change, causing... Read more →

Briefs

Brief: Teens can earn volunteer credit in a snap

Local teens can get up to two hours of volunteer credit between April 7 and April 30 just by submitting their photographs of Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Public Library wants to see the bay city through the eyes of teens and are encouraging youth to take photos that mean something to them. In addition to the volunteer credit, photos... Read more →

Environment

Brief: Be careful where you swim

Because of current rainfall, the county health officer is cautioning residents who are planning to visit beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter... Read more →

Education

School district cited for pesticide violation

MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL — Amid controversy over environmental issues at Malibu High School, the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner of Weights and Measures cited the school district for a pesticide violation. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon said that they were cited because the district failed... Read more →

Briefs

Brief: BBB Transit Store on the move

Big Blue Bus riders will have to travel to a new location to get their bus passes. The current Transit Store location will close its doors at the end of the business day on Monday, April 14. Doors will reopen at its new location on Tuesday, April 15. Visit the new counter located only a block away on Fourth Street and Broadway. The... Read more →

Education

Brief: Save by signing up early

A summer filmmaking camp for young people is among several themed camps being offered by SMC. (Photo courtesy Santa Monica College) Santa Monica College Community Education is offering a 10 percent Early Bird Discount on a wide range of summer camps for youth and teenagers through May 16. Camps are being offered in technology,... Read more →

Environment

Save the oceans, have an adventure

DOWNTOWN — The 5 Gyres Institute, the group leading legislation banning cosmetics containing tiny plastic beads, has launched an online video contest for those who want to experience a high seas “plastic garbage patch” firsthand. One winner will be chosen to join 5 Gyre’s sailing expedition to study plastic pollution density in the... Read more →

Crime

Cops: Drivers, put the phone down

Drivers better put their phones down when behind the wheel. Throughout the month of April the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section will focus on drivers who are talking or texting on cell phones. Every month traffic officers focus on different driving behaviors that are the primary causes of traffic... Read more →

News

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Effort underway to ban pony rides, petting zoos

MAIN STREET — Some residents are calling for a ban on pony rides and petting zoos in the city by the sea. No, this is not the Daily Press’ April Fools’ Day edition. A child rides a pony at the Sunday Main Street Farmers' Market. Some want to ban it. (Photo courtesy blocksnap.com) Marcy Winograd, a resident and former... Read more →

Government

Gearing up for the library of the future

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK — Soon, possibly this month, the first new  neighborhood library in the city in more than 50 years will open at Virginia Avenue Park. The Pico Branch of the library is undergoing the finishing touches and filling out its 25,000-item collection. City librarians hope to see the space soft open later this month with an... Read more →