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 →


Woman groped, man punched by suspect in Santa Monica

On Aug. 6 at about 12:51 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service in the 1500 block of Ocean Avenue regarding a battery that just occurred. Officers detained a suspect at the scene. Officers determined a male victim and female victim were walking in the 100 block of Colorado Avenue when, for unknown reasons,... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of Aug. 15, 2016

Here are Santa Monica road closure and construction updates for the week of Aug. 15: California Incline Bridge Replacement Project The California Incline will be closed until Summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current Incline... Read more →


There’s a big learning curve in SMMUSD — for teachers

The 50 or so new teachers who are joining the Santa Monica-Malibu school district this year have a lot to digest. There are a variety of new programs rolling out as officials attempt to close longstanding academic achievement gaps, a major focus following the release of a critical report by education reformist Pedro Noguera. New... Read more →


Santa Monica bike robbery suspect flees police on foot

On Aug. 5 at about 10:23 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service in the 2400 block of Michigan Avenue regarding a strong-arm robbery in progress involving a suspect attempting to take a bicycle from the victim. Upon arrival, officers contacted the victim. The victim pointed out the suspect, who was standing... Read more →


Candidate fields set for Santa Monica elections

Almost a dozen candidates will vie for City Council this year. Potential candidates had until 5 p.m. on Aug. 12 to file paperwork to run for local offices. In most cases, all the incumbents filed applications but the nomination period for school board will be extended to Aug. 17 because at least one incumbent did not file. CITY... Read more →


Attempted burglary suspect flees to Jack in the Box

On Aug. 5 at about 10:52 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of 24th Street regarding an attempted burglary that had just occurred at a residence. The reporting party followed the suspect as he left the location and walked into the Jack in the Box at 2423 Wilshire Blvd. Officers arrived in the area and detained the... Read more →


Attempted murder suspect arrested on Virginia Avenue

The Santa Monica Police Department arrested a man on Aug. 6 for attempted murder, attempted car jacking, assault with a deadly weapon and making criminal threats. Michael Witt, 47, of Santa Monica, was arrested at about noon on Aug. 6 near his Virginia Avenue apartment after threatening several victims with a butcher's knife. According to... Read more →


Is the SMMUSD achievement model working?

The local Board of Education on Wednesday evening will examine the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s strategies and programs for improving student achievement. Board members will take a look at the so-called Response to Instruction and Intervention, a framework that includes screening students, monitoring their progress and offering... Read more →


Planning Commission revisits zoning code

By Lea Yamashiro Daily Press Intern After hundreds of meetings spread across several years, Santa Monica updated its Zoning Ordinance in 2015. But apparently a planner's work is never done, and officials are returning to the issue this year to refine, revise and correct a list of pending problems. City Hall began the revision process... Read more →


Report: SMMUSD split could put new districts ‘at risk’

The reality of a $10-million operating deficit probably would have been hard enough for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district to swallow if it planned to stay together forever. But as a committee explores the possible separation of the district into separate entities, the financial portrait of the two theoretical districts appears to be... Read more →


Woman refuses to leave McDonald’s

On July 27 at about 7:01 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service at McDonald’s, 2712 Santa Monica Blvd., regarding a subject sleeping in a booth and refusing to leave. Upon arrival, officers determined the subject had not purchased anything from the restaurant and had her belongings strewn about the... Read more →