City Council

Funding for schools includes special ed focus

CITY HALL — Following the conclusion of an 18-month standoff in which the City Council withheld more than $800,000 in financial assistance to the schools because of concerns about special education, district officials are anticipating an increase in funding. A contingent of representatives from City Hall and the Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →

City Council

Clarifying their role

<i>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... Read more →


Community Briefs

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY PCH crash the result of hit-and-run Police believe the driver of a black SUV is responsible for a pileup on Pacific Coast Highway that left one victim dead and five others injured. Investigators with the Santa Monica Police Department are asking for the public’s help in identifying and locating a vehicle that... Read more →


Where did they go?

Dear EarthTalk Are elephant populations stable these days? Reuben Perrin Hartford, CT Far from it. The double whammy of poaching (illegal hunting) and habitat loss has led to a dramatic decline in populations of both African and Asian elephants in recent decades. In 1930, there were between five and 10 million wild African elephants,... Read more →


Edison project could involve home acquisitions

VIRGINIA AVENUE — For more than half a century, an old single-family house has remained in the possession of the Maruyama family, a home that for the past five decades has seen many changes in the neighborhood, including perhaps the most dramatic of them all, the construction of the I-10 Freeway right at its doorstep. Another big change... Read more →


Surfers save the ocean

OCEAN PARK BEACH — Actress Tanna Frederick remembers the first time she got up on a wave. She was learning to sail and decided on a whim to try surfing as well — one less thing between her and the “amazing playground” the native Iowan had found in the ocean. “It’s weird because it’s... Read more →


District focuses on communication

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District might be one of the best organizations of its kind in the state but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t use some help in communicating that assessment. That’s according to a recent audit of the district’s communication practices, techniques and... Read more →


Businesses brave financial storm

OCEAN PARK BLVD — The skyrocketing unemployment rate and the increasingly growing presence of going-out-of-business signs and bankruptcy filings all crossed Ingrid Morgan’s mind when she decided to start a restaurant. But for the British native, who opened the Sunset Cafe in February, starting a business was a life-long dream.... Read more →


Expo board in favor of Colorado alignment

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Officials with the Exposition Construction Authority on Thursday got the green light from its board of directors to continue pursuing Colorado Avenue as the route the light rail will take through Santa Monica. The authority will now spend the next several months responding to the roughly 3,000 pieces of communications... Read more →


Shoplifting, drugs occupy officers’ time

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. Friday, March 27, at 11:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on patrol in the 1100 block of 10th Street stopped a man who matched the description of a... Read more →