Death investigation on the Santa Monica beach

The Santa Monica Police Department has responded to a possible suicide on the Santa Monica Beach. Officers received a call at about 7:24 a.m. on June 2 reporting a body near Tower 8, north of the Incline. Officers said a witness reported seeing the victim shoot themselves in the head. The investigation into the circumstances around the death... Read more →


SMMUSD starts superintendent search

The search is on. A few weeks following the announcement that Sandra Lyon will step down as the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s superintendent, officials are getting the ball rolling on finding her successor. The district is paying Leadership Associates up to $27,000 to help conduct the search for a new superintendent, according to... Read more →


Suspect pulls knife on victims, takes food from their table

On May 25, at about 9:36 p.m. Officers responded to the area of Main Street and Ashland Avenue on a radio call for service regarding a robbery that just occurred. The victim stated the suspect pulled out a knife and took food from their table. The suspect was detained by officers in the area and a search of the suspect revealed a folding... Read more →


2 people shot and killed on UCLA campus, police say

Two people were shot and killed on the UCLA campus Wednesday, and it was possible one of them was the gunman, authorities in Los Angeles said. Officers were still searching for any other victims and suspects who could be on the loose, said James Herren, chief of the police department at the University of California, Los Angeles. The... Read more →


Maez raise approved by SMMUSD board

As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s chief financial officer, Jan Maez manages millions of dollars in government funds, tax revenues, voter-backed bonds. And she gets paid pretty well to do it. The local Board of Education last month approved a raise for Maez, who serves as the district’s associate superintendent of business and... Read more →


Local students commute by bike, eat eco-friendly lunches

At McKinley Elementary School, the site of students hopping out of minivan sliding doors in the morning isn’t as common as it used to be. Some ride bikes to the Mid-City campus, often with their parents cycling close behind. Others ride scooters and skateboards. Still others arrive on foot. Earlier this month the school community put... Read more →


Local SMC grad pays education forward

Born, raised and educated in Santa Monica, early childhood educator Monica Delia is now helping to educate her home community's youngest learners. “How and what children learn during their pre-school years sets the foundation for how well they will learn and flourish in their later years,” said Delia, explaining why the work she does is... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of May 31, 2016

Here's a list of road closures and construction updates in Santa Monica for the week of May 31: COLORADO ESPLANADE For the Week of May 31, Construction work on Colorado Ave. will continue daytime Monday thru Friday. Pedestrian access is accommodated by use of temporary barricaded pathways marked with signage. Please use caution when... Read more →


Santa Monica landlords sue Rent Control Board  

A coalition of apartment owners has sued the Rent Control Board alleging the board's prohibition on charging tenants for water use is a violation of state vacancy decontrol laws. Representatives from the Rent Control Board said they had received the suit but had not had time to analyze or respond to the allegations. In Santa Monica, the... Read more →


Residential burglary suspect arrested

On April 21, 2016 a series of residential burglaries occurred in the City of Santa Monica. Following a complex investigation, on May 12, 2016, detectives from the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) presented evidence to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office identifying Schfuncell Whitley in connection with the residential... Read more →