Know Before You Go — Week of July 11, 2016

Here’s a list of Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of July 11: 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... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica anti-corruption laws amended

City Council approved several reforms to the anti-corruption laws at its June 28 meeting with the intent to seek voter approval in November. The precise language will return to council one more time but as currently proposed, the package of reforms presented to voters will include expanding the definition of “public official,” specifying... Read more →


Santa Monica workshop tackles racial profiling, police force

The July 10 Committee For Racial Justice (CRJ) workshop will have a report from the Santa Monica based Coalition for Police Reform (CPR has members from CRJ, NAACP, and the Unitarian church in Santa Monica). The presentation will include a 16-minute video that has excerpts from interviews done by the coalition with local residents who are... Read more →


Santa Monica vandalism believed to be gang-related

On June 30 at about 1:02 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of 2000 block of Virginia Avenue on a radio call for service of a vandalism occurring. The suspect was last seen riding a bicycle on Virginia. A possible suspect was located by officers in the 2200 block of Virginia. The suspect was positively identified by... Read more →


Lawsuit challenges California’s new vaccine requirements

A lawsuit has been filed seeking to overturn California's strict new law requiring mandatory vaccines for school children. The suit filed by a group of parents and the nonprofit Education 4 All was filed in San Diego federal court on July 1, the same day the new law took effect. It says that the law violates children's right to an... Read more →


Attack by homeless man sends victim to hospital

On June 28 at about 11:39 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 200 block of Broadway regarding an injured person requiring medical attention and was possibly victim to an assault and battery. A preliminary investigation revealed the victim was waiting for a bus in the 1500 block of 2nd Street. The victim saw a man yelling for... Read more →


Another hiccup in negotiations on SMMUSD split

Negotiations are moving forward on the possibility of splitting the Santa Monica-Malibu school district into two distinct entities, but not without a series of bumps in the road. The committee assigned by the local Board of Education to explore separation was scheduled to meet Tuesday, but the summit was canceled because the pro-separation... Read more →


Maintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Park

On June 29 at about 7:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service at the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding an assault and battery that had just occurred. The victim, a City of Santa Monica maintenance worker, was confronted by the suspect. The suspect was confrontational and challenged the victim to... Read more →


Expo Line rides are up; are thumbs up too?

More riders apparently equals more voices. As more commuters throughout the region get around on public transportation, more comments come in on the highlights and downsides of the light-rail system. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has seen a significant bump in Expo Line use since the opening of the extension... Read more →


Board member slams SMMUSD over legal fees

Silence fell over the public meeting room in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s headquarters as Craig Foster’s voice was transmitted through a laptop’s video chat software and broadcast with a nearby microphone. Participating from afar, the local Board of Education member didn’t sound happy. The school board on Wednesday... Read more →


Sidewalk cyclists found with burglary tools, stolen mail

On June 25 at approximately 12:10 a.m., a Santa Monica patrol officer was driving northbound on 20th Street from Delaware Avenue when he observed two men riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, a code violation. The officer was able to stop the first man, later identified as Jonathon Chacon, 27, of Los Angeles, while his friend continued... Read more →


What is Sandra Lyon’s legacy as SMMUSD superintendent?

There will probably be a rush to assess Sandra Lyon's legacy as superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. But, at least in the eyes of one Board of Education member, it's too soon to judge. “People will say, 'What did Sandy really accomplish?” Oscar de la Torre said during Wednesday's school board meeting, Lyon's last... Read more →


Westside Coalition enlists faith groups to help locals in need

When an elderly woman arrived recently at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, homeless and seeking help, officials at the Santa Monica congregation knew what to do. First they contacted Darci Niva of the Westside Coalition, an alliance of local nonprofits and social service organizations, to discuss the woman’s needs. Then they put the woman in... Read more →