Crimewatch: Mail thief

On Nov. 15, at approximately 10:10 a.m. Patrol officers responded to investigate related reports of a suspicious person/mail thief at 1424 4th Street. According to a witness, the suspect was last seen carrying a package away from the building, east on Santa Monica Blvd. The witness, a security guard at the office building had been alerted... Read more →


Ed Foundation at $921K of $4MM goal

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is just under a quarter of the way to its $4 million fundraising goal after passing the midpoint of its 17-month campaign. The Vision for Student Success had raised more than $921,000 as of Oct. 30, Ed Foundation officials told the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District... Read more →

City Council


Council to consider changes to landmarks law

CITY HALL — In what will likely be a short pre-Thanksgiving meeting on Tuesday, City Council will consider reversing changes made to the city’s landmarks law in 2003. The proposed ordinance would, in theory, make it easier to create historic districts within the city. Historic districts are made up of numerous buildings that may not... Read more →


What’s Cookin at SMPL

LIBRARY LOWDOWN — I have a confession to make ... 10 years ago I didn’t know the difference between escargot and escarole. I’d never eaten a baby kale salad, savored a stinky wedge of Stilton or feasted on foraged mushrooms. I couldn’t make a béchamel, caramelize an onion or really even chop an onion without causing myself grievous... Read more →


Police looking for arson suspect

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — On Nov. 10, at approximately 5 p.m the Santa Monica Police Department and the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to the rear of 1410 Third Street Promenade regarding a portable toilet fire. A witness reported seeing a suspect go inside a portable toilet while carrying a cardboard box and then exiting without... Read more →


Suspensions continue to decline in schools

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Last school year, district officials got a call from one of their principals: One of her students had started a fire. She’d have to suspend the student, right? Not anymore. Instead, said Mark Kelly, Executive Director of Student and Professional Services, they talked about alternatives. They decided that the... Read more →



Chain Reaction supporters getting restless

MAIN STREET — City Council voted to “save” “Chain Reaction” back in February but the sculpture is still cordoned off awaiting repairs. The Landmarks Commission will consider issuing a certificate next month that would allow for testing in preparation for repairs. Because the mushroom cloud-shaped sculpture is a designated... Read more →


Expo construction 80 percent complete

CULVER CITY — Construction of the incoming Expo Light Rail is now 80 percent complete. Earlier this month, Phase 1 of the Expo line — which runs from Culver City to Downtown Los Angeles and opened in April of 2012 — was connected to Phase 2, which will end in Downtown Santa Monica. Crews tied together electrical component of Phase... Read more →



Election night results hold

Editor's note: This article reflects the results available as of Friday afternoon. CITYWIDE — Early in the morning following election day, after the election night ballots were counted, the smoke hadn’t completely cleared. A percentage point separated second through fifth place in a race for four Board of Education seats. Third and... Read more →