Teachers, parents fight to save Concord High

WILSHIRE BLVD — Parents and teachers at a Santa Monica private high school with a reputation for academic excellence are fighting to keep the educational institution alive after it filed for bankruptcy and laid-off faculty, putting the future of roughly 50 students and their teachers in jeopardy. Educators formerly employed by... Read more →

City Council

City pays $225K in bike accident case

CITY HALL — City Hall will pay a bicyclist who fell while riding on Ocean Park Boulevard $225,000 under a settlement agreement the City Council approved on Tuesday. The bicyclist, Robin Ratner, said in court documents a “misleveling of the pavement” of between 1-and-a-half inches and 2 inches in the bike lane caused her to... Read more →


Ruckus in the emergency room

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, Jan. 3, at 2:44 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2100 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Saint John’s Health Center... Read more →


VA tries housing-first model for homeless vets

DOWNTOWN — Homeless service providers at the Veterans Administration, Los Angeles County Department of Mental Health and several non-profits including Santa Monica-based OPCC are working on a new initiative aimed at housing the 60 most vulnerable, chronically homeless veterans on the Westside. The goal is to direct VA housing vouchers... Read more →

City Council

Council explores changing how mayor is selected

CITY HALL — A proposal by Councilman Bobby Shriver to let the people of Santa Monica directly select the mayor got a measure of preliminary support on Tuesday, with five out of the six members who were present voting to send the idea to city staff for further analysis. A final decision to undo the current system, under which the... Read more →


Friday’s top events

Enjoy the power of five, yep, five Samohi bands at once today at Barnum Hall. Samohi bands unite Santa Monica High School, Barnum Hall 601 Pico Blvd., 7 p.m. All five of Santa Monica High School’s bands will come together for a night of music at Barnum Hall. The finale will feature a rare combination of all five large... Read more →


Dude, where’s my car?

If you’ve ever been shopping in Downtown, it’s probably happened to you before. You’re loaded up with purchases and ready to head home, but there’s just one problem — you can’t find your car. Well those parking in the structures adjacent to Santa Monica Place now have a tool they can use to locate their... Read more →


City Hall wants fee increases for recreation programs

CITYWIDE — City Hall is proposing nearly across-the-board fee increases for recreation programs and permits to use city facilities — a move that officials say is needed to stave off cuts as financial projections show a growing budget gap despite a recently passed half percent sales tax hike. The proposed increases would... 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 →


Deasy picked to lead LAUSD

DOWNTOWN L.A. — John Deasy, chief deputy to Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Ramon Cortines, was appointed Tuesday to take over for Cortines when he retires this spring. Deasy has been with the district since August, serving as a top deputy to Cortines, 78. The LAUSD Board of Education announced the selection after a... Read more →


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 →


Drug arrests spike at Samohi

SAMOHI — A spike in drug arrests at Santa Monica High School this academic year is causing concern among parents and police officers and has prompted leaders of the school’s PTSA to call a meeting to address the issue. So far this school year there have been 35 drug arrests at Samohi, up from 17 during the entire previous... 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 →