Public

Another hiccup in negotiations on SMMUSD split

Negotiations are moving forward on the possibility of splitting the Santa Monica-Malibu school district into two distinct entities, but not without a series of bumps in the road. The committee assigned by the local Board of Education to explore separation was scheduled to meet Tuesday, but the summit was canceled because the pro-separation... Read more →

Crime

Maintenance worker assaulted at Palisades Park

On June 29 at about 7:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service at the 1500 block of Palisades Park regarding an assault and battery that had just occurred. The victim, a City of Santa Monica maintenance worker, was confronted by the suspect. The suspect was confrontational and challenged the victim to... Read more →

Transportation

Expo Line rides are up; are thumbs up too?

More riders apparently equals more voices. As more commuters throughout the region get around on public transportation, more comments come in on the highlights and downsides of the light-rail system. The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority has seen a significant bump in Expo Line use since the opening of the extension... Read more →

Public

Board member slams SMMUSD over legal fees

Silence fell over the public meeting room in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s headquarters as Craig Foster’s voice was transmitted through a laptop’s video chat software and broadcast with a nearby microphone. Participating from afar, the local Board of Education member didn’t sound happy. The school board on Wednesday... Read more →

Crime

Sidewalk cyclists found with burglary tools, stolen mail

On June 25 at approximately 12:10 a.m., a Santa Monica patrol officer was driving northbound on 20th Street from Delaware Avenue when he observed two men riding their bicycles on the sidewalk, a code violation. The officer was able to stop the first man, later identified as Jonathon Chacon, 27, of Los Angeles, while his friend continued... Read more →

Public

What is Sandra Lyon’s legacy as SMMUSD superintendent?

There will probably be a rush to assess Sandra Lyon's legacy as superintendent of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. But, at least in the eyes of one Board of Education member, it's too soon to judge. “People will say, 'What did Sandy really accomplish?” Oscar de la Torre said during Wednesday's school board meeting, Lyon's last... Read more →

News

Westside Coalition enlists faith groups to help locals in need

When an elderly woman arrived recently at Mt. Olive Lutheran Church, homeless and seeking help, officials at the Santa Monica congregation knew what to do. First they contacted Darci Niva of the Westside Coalition, an alliance of local nonprofits and social service organizations, to discuss the woman’s needs. Then they put the woman in... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go — Week of July 5, 2016

Here’s a list of Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of July 5: California incline bridge replacement project The California Incline will be closed until Summer 2016 while construction crews demolish the existing structure and build the new bridge and roadway. Construction crews are also utilizing the current... Read more →

News

Fourth of July parade returns to Main Street

By Camille De Beus Daily Press Intern The annual Santa Monica Independence Day Parade will take to the streets on the morning of July 4. The Ocean Park Association will host its 10th annual Fourth of July parade starting at 9:30 a.m. on Main Street. “I think it's special this year because we finally figured out the best theme for the... Read more →

Crime

Man, dog randomly attacked at Santa Monica market

On June 24 at approximately 2 p.m., a man and his dog were sitting in front of the AMPM market at 332 Pico Blvd. For no apparent reason, a suspect walked up to the man and began yelling and cursing at him. The suspect then lunged at the man and began punching him repeatedly in the face. The man's dog, a pit bull, stood up as his owner was... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD names two interim superintendents

At outgoing Superintendent Sandra Lyon’s last public meeting with the local school district, Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education members figured out who will be in charge for the next six months. The school board on Wednesday announced Chris King and Sylvia Rousseau as interim co-superintendents for the rest of the calendar year as it... Read more →

Crime

Burglary attempted at Santa Monica animal shelter

On June 21 at 7:25 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the city animal shelter regarding an attempted burglary. Animal Control officers discovered the padlock and clasp on one of the kennels was damaged and found a rock lying outside the gate. No entry to the kennel was made. A stray dog found the day before was still inside the... Read more →