Judge orders release of teacher’s personnel file

DOWNTOWN LA — Officials with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have been ordered to release the personnel file of a high school teacher who sexually harassed a 13-year-old female student at Santa Monica High School. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Ruth Kwan ruled Thursday that parents who requested the information had a... Read more →

City Council

City Hall pays man $24K for bus injury

CITY HALL — City attorneys reached a $24,000 settlement with an elderly man that was injured when a Big Blue Bus driver allegedly pulled away from a stop abruptly, causing him to fall. According to a complaint filed on March 10, 2010 in Los Angeles Superior Court, Steven Overoye boarded the BBB line 2 at approximately 7 p.m. on New... Read more →


Santa Monica coast under tsunami watch

LOS ANGELES — The U.S. West Coast is under a tsunami watch following an 8.9-magnitude earthquake off northeastern Japan. The West Coast and Alaska Tsunami Warning Center says a watch is in effect for Alaska, Washington, Oregon, California and British Columbia. The center says people in coastal communities should be on alert and... Read more →


Tsunami warning forces closure of pier, beach lots

SM BEACH — The Santa Monica Pier and beach parking lots were closed for several hours Friday morning as residents and public safety officials braced for a possible tsunami following a magnitude 8.9 earthquake that struck Japan. Small surges of ocean water hit the Southern California coast, but no significant damage was reported. SMPD... Read more →


Rocker Axl Rose sues Activision over ‘Guitar Hero’

DOWNTOWN — Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose will get his day in court, a Los Angeles Superior Court Judge ruled Thursday. Rose is suing Santa Monica-based video game giant Activision Blizzard Inc. for $20 million for using a Guns N’ Roses song in its hit franchise “Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock” video game.... Read more →


Plane out of SMO goes down in Thousand Oaks

THOUSAND OAKS — Authorities say a small plane that departed from Santa Monica Airport has gone down in a Thousand Oaks landfill injuring two people on board. Federal Aviation Administration spokesman Ian Gregor says the Piper Arrow reportedly had a loss of engine power and crashed into the landfill at about 6:15 p.m. Thursday. Gregor... Read more →


Whopper with a side order of meth

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Saturday, March 5, at 10:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were advised by an undercover officer that a hand-to-hand sale of drugs just went down at... Read more →


L.A. officials’ proposal may force flights over SM

SMO — Two Los Angeles City Council members upped the ante in opposition to the Santa Monica Airport Wednesday by moving to make it official policy to pursue a change in the departure path at the airport as well as close six flight schools. Councilmembers Janice Hahn and Bill Rosendahl brought the matter before the L.A. City Council at... Read more →


Council members approve water sustainability plan

CITY HALL — Santa Monica seems to have a plan for everything, from bike paths to land use, and at its meeting Tuesday, the City Council approved the process for one more — a plan to make Santa Monica completely self-sufficient in water supply by 2020. “I have to present a plan to make a plan,” joked Gil Borboa,... Read more →


Dig in to a winning partnership

It’s no secret that the benefits of gardening are many, from mental to physical to environmental. But in a city of 94,000 people in just 5 square miles, not everyone has room to grow. Santa Monica property owners in need of help with their garden, can list their space with the city’s Garden Sharing Registry. Once listed, they will... Read more →


Heal the Bay wants help to clean dead fish

Santa Monica’s Heal the Bay is looking for volunteers who don’t mind the smell of a few million dead sardines. With the massive fish kill in Redondo’s King Harbor earlier this week, the most pressing issue now is the clean-up, officials with the environmental watchdog said Wednesday. It’s critical that all the dead... Read more →


Major changes ahead for Downtown parking

CITY HALL — Parking in Santa Monica will get a facelift between now and 2014 with several major structures going off-line, the creation of temporary parking facilities throughout town and a slew of incentives to encourage locals to park further from Downtown. The City Council approved measures that allow staff to study and adapt to... Read more →


Diving into Santa Monica’s history

There are not many places like Santa Monica. It’s both an international destination and a sleepy beach town. It’s a haven for innovation and invention while also proudly keeping true to its small-town roots. I have been involved in this community since I arrived in 1990 and have become fascinated by this city and its rich,... Read more →


School district, Malibu parents working toward peace

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials and Malibu-area parents are working together to strengthen bonds of communication between the two groups, which have found themselves at odds in recent years. Superintendent Tim Cuneo and three school board members met with Malibu parents last Wednesday to talk about... Read more →