City Council

Ethics report overshadows busy City Council agenda

Public attention at the April 26 council meeting will likely center on discussions of the recently released ethics report, but Council has a full agenda in addition to the flagship item. Council will revisit past decisions on tenant rights, solar energy, and the minimum wage. New business includes business participation for Expo... Read more →

News

Santa Monica names new fire chief

Bill Walker has been hired as Santa Monica's new fire chief, according to a statement released by the City on Thursday night. Walker will start work on May 2, overseeing the department’s 108  responders and 15 civilian staff. His annual salary will be $257,988. The announcement caps a year of vacancy at the fire chief position... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica man starts fire, locks himself in apartment

On April 16 at approximately 9:34 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon and arson in the 2300 block of 14th Street. The suspect, later identified as Jeremy Giovani Hansbrough, 23, of Santa Monica, placed a small rug on a stove top and lit it on fire. The suspect then locked... Read more →

Education

What’s the future of ethnic studies in SMMUSD?

Editor’s note: This is the fourth installment of a multi-part series about the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap. As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district attempts to close longstanding achievement gaps, perhaps it should look to Garfield High School for inspiration. Yes, the one in East Los Angeles. That was... Read more →

News

City hires new Fire Chief

Bill Walker has been hired as Santa Monica’s new Fire Chief according to a statement released by the City on Thursday night. Walker will start work on May 2 overseeing the departments 108 responders and 15 civilian staff. His annual salary will be $257,988. The announcement caps a year of vacancy at the Fire Chief position following... Read more →

City Council

Council comments expected on ethics report

A recently released ethics report will take center stage at City Council next week. City Hall received the report by attorney John Hueston this week and the April 26 meeting will be the first opportunity for councilmembers to publicly comment on the findings/recommendations. Hueston was hired to examine two related issues, the... Read more →

Education

Theater production supports Samohi teacher

When the Santa Monica High School community found out that one of its teachers had been diagnosed with breast cancer, it responded with an outpouring of encouragement and financial support. And when the school's theater company wrapped up its recent spring performance, that vein of generosity was tapped again. Samohi Theatre finished its... Read more →

Crime

Suspect holds knife to victim’s throat over traffic matter

On April 15, 2016 at approximately 7:57 p.m. Officers were flagged down regarding a fight at the Pier Deck Parking Lot. Officers determined a verbal altercation ensued over a traffic matter which led to the suspect threatening several people with a knife. The suspect, Mouad Sifessalam, 21, of Stanton, held a knife to the victim’s throat... Read more →

City Council

Housing talks abound at City Council

Affordable housing occupied a significant slice of last week's City Council meeting. Council moved forward with the potential sale of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park, modified municipal code relating to tenant protections, and authorized the creation of a new position that will aid renters facing the loss of their homes. City to seek... Read more →

Government

Ethics report identifies shortfalls in City procedures

An independent investigation into the City of Santa Monica's ethical procedures has determined Santa Monica officials experienced “lapses in judgment” in relation to the Elizabeth Riel case and that the City can enforce its anti-corruption laws. City Hall hired John Hueston last year to address concerns about the way the city has... Read more →