Drama surrounds SMMUSD contract with mayor

The rift between Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre and Mayor Kevin McKeown is over. Or is it? De la Torre this month voted to approve a Santa Monica-Malibu school district consent calendar that included a payment to McKeown, but not before asking district officials about protocol for communicating with consultants, urging city... Read more →


Quibbles over cannabis

The approval of a June zoning ordinance that would allow for up to two medical marijuana dispensaries within city limits spurred the Santa Monica High School Parent Teacher Student Association (PTSA) to pass a resolution full of proposed requirements for the permitting process for said dispensaries. That resolution has since received several... Read more →


SMMUSD weighs new retirement benefits plan

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is considering joining a different trust fund for employee retirement benefits. Members of the local Board of Education earlier this month generally agreed with the Financial Oversight Committee’s recommendation to move funds into the California Employers’ Retiree Benefit Trust. The school board... Read more →


Car fire snarls traffic

A car fire at the corner of Lincoln and Pico on Oct. 26 slowed traffic during the evening commute and drew a crowd of onlookers from the nearby shopping centers. The car caught fire at about 6:30 p.m. and flames quickly spread throughout the vehicle despite an attempt from the driver to douse the fire with a bucket of water borrowed from the... Read more →


The Cheesecake Factory opens in Santa Monica

The Cheesecake Factory, known for its extensive menu, generous portions and desserts, has officially opened in Santa Monica at Santa Monica Place. The restaurant boasts more than 250 menu items including more than 50 lower calorie SkinnyLicious dishes, new “Super” Foods salads and more than 50 signature cheesecakes and... Read more →


Longtime Santa Monica PE teacher retiring

Jeri Dipley didn’t see a reason to give up on her childhood love of sports. So she turned it into her vocation. “I was a little gym rat,” she said. “Then you find out that there’s actually a career in it and you go, ‘Yeah.’ ... ‘I can play and get paid, too?’ It was just being in athletics and wanting to share that... Read more →

City Council

Council to study uses for property at 4th and Colorado

City Council will meet for the third time in three weeks Tuesday to discuss a mix of old business and some new items covering Santa Monica's perennial conversation points such as transit, development, historic preservation and government practices. The consent calendar includes multiple items previously debated by the council including an... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Oct. 26, 2015

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of October 26, please note the following activities: 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 power.... Read more →


SMMUSD board: Better student data needed

Is a student who attends summer school better off than one who is invited but doesn’t? That was one of the fundamental questions explored by the local Board of Education during its meeting earlier this month, when Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials discussed current summer school offerings and began discussing plans for next... Read more →