Bike-Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations with focused enforcement efforts on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The police department identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent, along with the violations that... Read more →


Affordable Housing discussion

The City of Santa Monica Housing Commission invites the Santa Monica Community to its next two meetings: 1) The regular monthly meeting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17, 2015 2) A special meeting from 10:30 to 1:30 on Saturday, September 26, 2015. Both meetings will be held in the Multipurpose Room of the Santa Monica Main Library,... Read more →

City Council


Council supports labeling of gas pumps

The City of Santa Monica wants you to know that gasoline causes climate change and it wants you to hear that message every time you hit the pump. City Council reaffirmed support for mandatory labeling on gas pumps at their Sept. 8 meeting despite a staff report that said such action would likely be ineffective, potentially costly and... Read more →


Santa Monica garden morphing into monarch waystation

In an effort to save the monarch butterfly population and raise awareness of the protracted decline of the species, the City of Santa Monica is working to turn one of its community gardens into a welcoming habitat. City representatives and many of the local residents with plots at the Main Street garden are planting several different kinds... Read more →


Gunfire startles Main Street residents

Police arrested a man on Main Street this weekend after he drunkenly fired a gun into the air. According to police, Andrew Conway discharged a gun six times while standing in the alley behind 2908 Main St. at 2 a.m. on Sept. 12. Police said there are several multi-story apartment buildings adjacent to the area and at the time of the... Read more →


Minor Decoy Operation

On Wednesday, Sept. 9, the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) conducted an undercover minor decoy operation. The program uses supervised individuals under the age of 20 who attempt to purchase alcohol at licensed retail establishments. Any sale of alcohol to a minor decoy by a licensee subjects the employee and the licensee to criminal and... Read more →


SMC and SMMUSD governing boards to hold special joint meeting

The governing boards of the Santa Monica Community College District (SMCCD) and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) will hold a special joint meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17 in the Board Room at the SMMUSD headquarters, 1651 16th Street, Santa Monica. This meeting, the first of its kind in recent decades,... Read more →


Santa Monica CPK undergoes redesign

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has announced an expanded menu, featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, inventive main plates, hand-crafted cocktails and customizable Lunch Duos, to its Santa Monica location. Along with a new look, the Santa Monica restaurant is among the first in the country to feature CPK's “Next Chapter” menu and dining... Read more →

City Council

Council revises water waster fines

Water wasters will get a break on initial fines this year thanks to an update to Santa Monica's water shortage response plan. At their Sept. 8 meeting, the City Council approved modifications to the plan that codified formulas for setting water allowances, restructured fines for overages, allowed for an exemption to the first fine under some... Read more →



Mixed bag for SMMUSD on new state tests

Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district outperformed their peers on California's new academic aptitude tests, but officials stressed that the results are merely a baseline for the future and that more work must be done to close achievement gaps. About 68 percent of SMMUSD students who took the California Assessment of Student... Read more →


Know Before You Go

For the Week of Sept. 14, 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... Read more →


SMC announces fall 2015 Global Connections Lectures

Santa Monica College has announced the lineup of the Fall 2015 Global Connections Lecture Series starting Sept. 22 with “Selling Vacuum Cleaners in Tokyo and Shampoo in Paris: Adventures of a Female Engineering Graduate,” by Sarah Bloomfield. The lecture series is free and seating is on a first-arrival basis. All lectures are at 11:15... Read more →


Santa Monica College presents fall jazz concerts

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present this year's Fall Jazz Concerts, featuring pianist Theo Saunders, saxophonist Tom Luer, and saxman/pianist Don Reckard. The series begins with Theo Saunders and the Jassemblage Band on Friday, Sept. 25. All concerts are held at 7 p.m. in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing... Read more →