Know Before You Go

Week of August 17, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →


Intoxicated suspects arrested for tagging truck

On August 6 at about 3:54 a.m. Patrol officers responded to a citizen call of two suspects spray painting the side of a large moving truck near the intersection of Ocean Avenue and Bay Street.  The male suspect was still actively tagging the truck when the officers arrived.  The suspects, identified as Azusa residents Luis Arizmendi and... Read more →


Santa Monica doubles luxury home sales in July

Sotheby's International Realty recently released its July 2015 Greater Los Angeles Market Update that revealed Santa Monica, up 107 percent from 2014, had the highest single-family home sales increase in the luxury sector ($3M and higher) in 2015 across the leading 33 markets. The report also showed that despite being down six percent from... Read more →


Stingrays Spotted at Los Angeles County Beaches

Warm ocean temperatures and calm seas are attracting more stingrays than usual to Los Angeles County beaches. On Thursday and Friday alone, Los Angeles County lifeguards treated more than a dozen people who were stung by stingrays. “We have seen countless stingrays throughout the Santa Monica Bay, with several causing stingray hits,”... Read more →


Measure BB impact felt across SMMUSD

In November 2006, voters passed a $268-million bond measure to modernize facilities throughout the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. And over the last nine years, funds from Measure BB have covered dramatic improvements at local schools. The district used the money to repair and replace old equipment, improve seismic safety... Read more →



Auction items sought for Boys & Girls Clubs gala

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica (SMBGC) is seeking the help of individuals and businesses to donate items for auction for its upcoming 40th annual Great Futures Gala to be held at 5:30 p.m. on Nov. 13th at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, 101 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica. This year's event honors Jim Jonassen,... Read more →


Witness helps Santa Monica police nab grand theft suspect

On August 8, at approximately 5:15 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to the 1400 block of Marguerita Avenue in regards to an unknown trouble. Upon arriving, officers found a witness screaming in an attempt to wake the victim up to notify her that someone had stolen her car tire. The witness went on to state that the... Read more →


Day of dialogue on future of policing

  Join the Committee For Racial Justice for an interesting evening of discussion about the future of policing. The co-sponsors for this August 16 Day of Dialogue will be the Human Relations Council of Santa Monica, NAACP Santa Monica/Venice chapter, African American Parent/Student/Staff Support Group, and the Church in Ocean... Read more →


Santa Monica tourism CEO wins industry award

  The Los Angeles County Museum of Art (LACMA) and Misti Kerns, president & CEO of Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (formerly Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau) have been selected to receive top honors from the Travel & Tourism Marketing Association of Southern California (TTMA) at its upcoming annual TTMA awards... Read more →



Residents sue former city manager

Three residents have filed a civil suit against former City Manager Rod Gould alleging his current employment by Management Partners, Inc. is a violation of Santa Monica's anti-corruption law. The law, known as the Oak's initiative, is supposed to prevent public officials from reaping personal gains based on their time working for the... Read more →


City begins minimum wage outreach

The wheels are in motion to bring Santa Monica's minimum wage in line with neighboring Los Angeles with outreach forums to provide information about the subject and an active request from city staff for input into the process. Santa Monica is considering local rules that would raise the minimum wage in a way similar to a recently passed... Read more →