Former Samohi principal to serve on state ed board

Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday selected former Santa Monica High School Principal Ilene Straus to serve on the state Board of Education, according to reports. Straus, who oversaw Samohi’s transition to the House System, which broke up the campus into six small learning communities, is currently an assistant superintendent in the Beverly... Read more →


Small quakes occur under Santa Monica Bay

HERMOSA BEACH — Several small earthquakes have jiggled the ocean floor off Southern California. A magnitude-3.1 quake at 8:52 a.m. Tuesday was the closest to the mainland, occurring under Santa Monica Bay four miles west of Hermosa Beach. The U.S. Geological Survey’s community reporting system indicates it was felt lightly along... Read more →


O’Connor gets new term on Metro board

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica City Councilwoman Pam O’Connor has been re-elected to serve on the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority board, a post she’s held since 2001. O’Connor was unanimously chosen to serve a third four-year term on Thursday by representatives from the 20 Westside and Southbay cities... Read more →


Trio of local residents elected Dem delegates

DOWNTOWN — As the state and county Democratic parties make endorsements and shape their platforms over the next two years, three additional Santa Monicans will have the chance to weigh in. At a meeting on Sunday, Genise Schnitman, Ben Allen and Chris Braun were elected to two-year terms as delegates to the California Democratic Party... Read more →

City Council

Council to formally deny land use appeal

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Green for going green

Forget the big bills for water and gardeners. City Hall is offering big bucks to homeowners who choose to replace grass with sustainable, drought-resistant plants. Homeowners who make the transition are eligible for up to $5,000 in rebates. Removing grass in a parkway can net up to $1,000. Upgrading a sprinkler system can be worth a $500... Read more →


JCPenney gives big to Boys & Girls Club

More Santa Monica students will be able to participate in after-school programs at the local Boys & Girls Club thanks to a $7,500 grant from retail giant JCPenney. The grant is part of a larger $5 million grant distribution benefiting the YMCA of the USA, Boys & Girls Clubs of America, National 4-H and FIRST (For Inspiration and... Read more →


Local couple to study plastic pollution in the Pacific

SMC — A married couple with a love of the ocean are embarking on a journey across the South Pacific, all in an effort to document the damage done by plastic. Santa Monica College biology professor Dr. Garen Baghdasarian and his wife Sara Bayles, a writer/blogger and environmental activist, will set sail in March on the 5,000-mile... Read more →


Bluefin tuna an endangered dish

Dear EarthTalk: Are Atlantic bluefin tuna really about to go extinct? What are the contributing factors and what is being done to try to head off this tragedy? — Edward Jeffries, Norwalk, Conn. According to many marine biologists, Atlantic bluefin tuna, one of three closely related bluefin tuna species, are in danger of going... Read more →


Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super

DOWNTOWN Deasy expected to become LAUSD Super Former Santa Monica-Malibu public school chief John Deasy is expected to become the next superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District, the Los Angeles Times reported on Friday. Deasy, who became a deputy superintendent at LAUSD, the nation’s second largest public school... Read more →


Lost laptop finds its way home to Tokyo

THIRD STREET — If you lose a laptop on the Third Street Promenade, and then six months go by, most people would say you might as well consider it gone. Especially if you’ve long since returned to your home in Japan. So imagine Tokyo business man Tetsuo Fukuda’s surprise last month when he learned his long-lost computer,... Read more →


Motorcycle cop injured in traffic collision

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica police officer is in stable condition following a traffic collision on Broadway and Sixth Street on Thursday evening. According to witnesses, the motorcycle officer was traveling westbound on Broadway when a black SUV attempted to make a left on to Sixth Street while heading eastbound. A police spokesman said... Read more →


Peeved over peeing in public

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. Monday, Dec. 27, at 2:40 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2700 block of 11th Street regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. When... Read more →