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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


Yelp sales tactics cause for concern among businesses

FOURTH STREET — An intriguing phone call came one day to Roll House Sushi last spring, sparking some interest in its owner about advertising opportunities on a business review Web site that was quickly growing in popularity. “You have a lot of hits on your page and the reviews are great,” restaurant owner Charlie Paratunya... Read more →

City Council

City Hall looks for different rail yard locations

CITY HALL — After hearing a flood of concerns from residents in the Pico Neighborhood over the proposed placement of a light rail maintenance yard near homes, Santa Monica city officials will begin exploring alternative locations. City Hall said on Thursday that it plans to hire a real estate consultant who will be tasked with... 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 →

City Council

SMPD recognizes exemplary work

CITY HALL — Tales of outstanding service and uncommon valor were hardly uncommon at the Santa Monica Police Department award ceremony Thursday morning, and there was no shortage of stand outs. “It wasn’t my first time in a dangerous situation, but we have a job to do and sometimes things get messy,” said Officer Cain... Read more →


Court says man can sue Long Beach

PASADENA — A Santa Monica man who was wrongfully convicted of rape 21 years ago can sue the city of Long Beach and a police officer for allegedly fabricating incriminating evidence used in the sexual assault case, according to a federal court. The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday reversed a lower court’s dismissal of... Read more →


Report: Rape kits go untested

DOWNTOWN — More than 12,000 rape kits — the physical evidence collected after a sexual assault — have yet to be tested in Los Angeles County, with 485 in the custody of the Santa Monica Police Department, according to a report by Human Rights Watch. The 68-page report, “Testing Justice: The Rape Kit Backlog in Los... Read more →