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 →

Education

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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 →

Education

District studies following kid intuition

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A 4-year-old boy is picking up purple puff balls and slamming them down on his paper. He shifts them around in a way that seems completely erratic. Then he draws circles around them and counts all five. There’s madness to his method but — when this method is guided by teachers rather than squashed — he’s able to... Read more →

News

Businesses, Expo prepare for train noise

WORKING IT: Virgin Produced is among the businesses impacted by noise related to construction of the Expo Light Rail Line along Colorado Avenue. So far, they say it isn’t a bother. (Daniel Archuleta daniela@smdp.com) COLORADO AVE — Trains make noise. Businesses like silence. When IMAX, a film projection company known for its larger... Read more →

Government

Kuehl, Shriver secure endorsements in supervisor race

DOWNTOWN — Former State Sen. Sheila Kuehl has secured the support of the Teamsters while former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver, her chief rival in the race for county supervisor, has been endorsed by former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg. The Teamsters Joint Council 42 endorsed Kuehl because of her track record of “standing up for... Read more →

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 →