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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


An opportunity for outreach

When it rains, more homeless people seek cover at Santa Monica shelters. But that doesn’t necessarily mean there’s space for them. “It’s not like we have a bunch of empty beds waiting for winter rains,” said John Maceri, executive director of OPCC. “The need always outstrips the availability of beds.” But where some might... Read more →


Teams picked for SMMUSD separation talks

The local Board of Education will consider approving the list of three people chosen by Superintendent Sandra Lyon to represent the Santa Monica-Malibu school district in talks with Malibu advocates about issues related to possible separation. Lyon nominated Tom Larmore, Debbie Mulvaney and Paul Silvern to participate in negotiations... Read more →