Briefs

Bike-Pedestrian Safety Enforcement 

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will conduct a Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement efforts 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... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD audit finds student tracking error

A misinterpretation of enrollment in discounted school lunch programs led to an error in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's bookkeeping. The error was discovered in an audit of SMMUSD finances by Christy White Associates, an accounting firm hired by the district to examine its coffers. The finding was considered minor with a fiscal... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD vaccine rules amended

With California's new vaccine law now in effect, the school board on Thursday approved changes to the district's policies and regulations for immunizations. Senate Bill 277, which was co-authored by former SMMUSD board member Ben Allen, bans personal-belief exemptions for students in public and private schools. But, as assistant... Read more →

Education

Local student wins regional DECA marketing title

As an incoming freshman at Santa Monica High School, Alex Spanos was shy and easily overwhelmed by large groups of people. Public speaking was out of the question. He was interested in business and entrepreneurship, though, and a friend introduced him to the campus DECA club. “Before I knew it, I was competing and making new friends,”... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go: Week of Jan. 25, 2016

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of January 25, 2016, please note the following activities: 1. Train Testing This Week - 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... Read more →

Transportation

More testing on Metro Expo Line before opening day

The next wave of Expo testing is underway with trains traveling the tracks in anticipation of a spring 2016 opening. Metro recently took control of most of the Expo line and officials sent out notice this week announcing train testing and operator familiarization on the track. “These activities are necessary as we lead up to full... Read more →

Crime

Driver found with brass knuckles, outstanding warrant

On Jan. 13 at about midnight, Santa Monica police officers on patrol observed a vehicle with a broken rear tail light in the 2500 block of Lincoln Boulevard. They stopped the car to contact the driver for the violation. The driver's wallet, ID, and vehicle registration were in the trunk of the car. Officers had the driver exit the vehicle... Read more →

News

Broken gas main prompts Santa Monica road closures

Construction crews inadvertently ruptured a Santa Monica gas main Friday morning, prompting responses from several agencies and snarling traffic in the area. A gas main in the 1600 block of Cloverfield Boulevard, between Olympic Boulevard and Colorado Avenue, was accidentally broken at about 10:15 a.m. The line in question is approximately... Read more →

Education

Art exhibit spotlights work of New Roads School alumni

Growing up as a Jewish-American, African-Brazilian woman, Lukaza Branfman-Verissimo became interested in mixed identity and the relationship between individuals and society. She delved into those concepts as a student at New Roads School, and she has continued exploring them as an artist since graduating in 2011. “My stories are... Read more →

News

Gridlock on the PCH

Traffic has slowed to a crawl on the Pacific Coast Highway due to temporary lane closures between Santa Monica and Malibu. Caltrans is conducting roadside work to trim trees along the road and the California Highway Patrol is managing traffic along the path. CHP officers are conducting temporary closures of the road to allow work to continue... Read more →

News

Recommendations for Civic Auditorium site released

Final recommendations have been released for the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium and City Council will debate the issue at its Feb. 9 meeting. A draft of the report was released last year and the final version adheres closely to those recommendations. The Civic Working Group recommends an entertainment/arts complex with a... Read more →