City Council

School board to increase class sizes

CITY HALL — The fallout from the defeat of five major budget propositions from the special election became apparent on Thursday when district officials outlined the first in a series of spending cuts expected for the upcoming school year. Included in the initial round, which was presented to the Board of Education during its meeting,... Read more →

Crime

Food fight for roommates

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. Sunday, May 17, at 5:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of Ocean Park Boulevard regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.... Read more →

News

Congressman encourages FAA, City Hall to play nice

WASHINGTON — While the Federal Aviation Administration’s legal battle continues with City Hall over its controversial jet ban at Santa Monica Airport, one local congressman hasn’t given up hope that the two parties can work out their differences outside of court. Congressman Henry Waxman, D-Los Angeles, on Thursday added an... Read more →

City Council

Schools continue to perform well

CITY HALL — Students in Santa Monica and Malibu public schools continue to perform well compared to their peers across the state, according to a report on 2008 test scores released by the California Department of Education on Thursday. Based on the 2007-08 state test scores, nearly all schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School... Read more →

News

City recognized for its dealings with bicycles

CITYWIDE — Boasting nearly 16 miles of bike lanes and a popular valet program catering to those who use pedal power, Santa Monica was recently recognized for being a bicycle friendly community by a national organization advocating on behalf of cyclists. The League of American Bicyclists, which represents the interests of the... Read more →

News

Dealing with cliques in elementary school

MONTANA AVENUE — The alliances, bullying and teasing — it’s not just a plot straight out of the teen hit “Mean Girls,” but a normal occurrence in elementary schools. That’s what a group of parents learned on Tuesday night at Franklin Elementary School where Dr. Dorli Burge, a clinical psychologist and... Read more →

Environment

Poor water quality may have better days ahead

DOWNTOWN — There is finally some good news to come out of Heal the Bay’s 19th Annual Beach Report Card for the Santa Monica Pier. While the beach is still among the dirtiest in the state, making the top 10 “Beach Bummers” list and earning an F for water quality once again, the outlook is positive for a better grade... Read more →

News

Saint John’s nurses claim intimidation

MID-CITY — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center who want to unionize have filed a third complaint with the National Labor Relations Board, claiming hospital managers threatened to arrest nurses who spoke about patient care at a recent City Council meeting. Registered nurses held a news conference near Saint John’s on... Read more →