BBB fare changes go into effect Jan. 10

The much talked about Big Blue Bus fare adjustments will go into effect on Sunday, Jan. 10. Among the changes BBB is making are: the adjustment of the base fare cash price from $1 to $1.25, offer a new 7-day pass for $14, and reduce the prices of many passes, like the drop of a Youth 30-day pass from $40 to $28, and the reduction of a regular... Read more →


What’s next for Samohi wellness center?

After failing to secure $100,000 through a regional grant program, leaders hoping to improve wellness in Santa Monica are looking for other ways to fund a holistic health center at Santa Monica High School. Although Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials, City of Santa Monica staffers and other members of the Cradle to Career... Read more →


Plaintiffs sanctioned in PCB lawsuit

Sanctions have been imposed on Malibu activists in their lawsuit over the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s handling of chemical testing and cleanup at Malibu schools. The penalties, handed down by U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson in a Dec. 21 hearing, added to the ongoing legal battle between the plaintiffs and the district... Read more →

City Council

Minimum wage rules return on January 12

Santa Monica's proposed minimum wage will get a second chance at a first reading on Jan. 12. Council took a first pass at the rules in September of 2015. At that time, council identified several outstanding issues and asked for staff to return with a revised ordinance. That discussion picks up Jan. 12 with refined rules governing hotel... Read more →


Working to improve process in SMMUSD

Although the school year isn't new, the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education is taking the start of 2016 as an opportunity to reflect, review and revise. During a special meeting at 4 p.m. Thursday at district headquarters, school board members and other district administrators will work with a facilitator “to discuss board and... Read more →


Drivers should brace for more wet commutes

El Nino arrived in Santa Monica yesterday bringing several hours of rain but sparing the city from the kind of damage experienced in other parts of the county. Flooding was reported in sections of Los Angeles and several roadways were clogged during the first significant El Nino event of the season. Boulders fell onto the PCH in Malibu... Read more →


SMMUSD updates policy on PCBs

Amid ongoing concerns stemming from the discovery of chemicals at Malibu schools, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is working to adjust its approach to hazardous materials and environmental safety. The local Board of Education last month discussed changes to district policies and best practices, including specific references to... Read more →


How Santa Monica residents can prepare for El Nino

Forecasters have predicted a wave of wet weather will hit the region this week and whether or not the rain actually hits Santa Monica, local officials are taking the opportunity to educate residents on basic emergency preparedness. Santa Monica's Office of Emergency Management has an El Nino preparation brochure available on its website... Read more →


Can SMMUSD eliminate pesticide use?

Can Santa Monica-Malibu schools function without using any pesticides? The district's policy on pest control now includes that stated goal, a lofty aspiration in the aftermath of a flea infestation at a local elementary campus that required an army of chemicals to eradicate. SMMUSD is aiming to follow through on its commitment by... Read more →


Annual Homeless Count needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help conduct the annual Homeless Count in Santa Monica on Jan. 27. The Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey is a national undertaking mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for all communities that receive federal funds for homelessness programs. The results have a direct impact on the... Read more →


New year brings gender shift to service club leadership

Since she was 3 years old, Jessica Handy has been convinced that she could one day become president. And her mission has materialized, although not in the exact manner she was hoping for as a toddler. Handy was recently inducted as the new head executive of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, which she doesn't feel is a particularly noteworthy... Read more →


Interest growing in new SMC bachelor’s degree

With the inaugural application phase open for less than two more weeks, officials at Santa Monica College are busy putting the finishing touches on the school's first-ever bachelor's degree. The local community college is accepting applications until Jan. 15 for the interaction design program that will launch in the fall, a pathway aiming to... Read more →