City Yards project moves forward with public input

Scott Wolf thought the first meeting about the revamp of the Santa Monica City Yards site solicited some great feedback — good enough to be incorporated into the plans his firm, Miller Hull, has for the overhaul of the site. That first “hopes and dreams” meeting in February included an explanation from public works director Martin... Read more →


Drunk-driving suspect refuses medical treatment

On March 11 at approximately 3 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a traffic collision at Wilshire Boulevard and Princeton Avenue. It was believed that the subject, later identified as Ariel Rock, 25, of Marina, was showing symptoms of intoxication. When officers made contact with Rock, she admitted that she was the... Read more →


Wine auction to raise money for SMMEF

While weighing ideas for a major Santa Monica-Malibu schools fundraiser, officials glanced about 12 miles down the coast and saw something worth emulating. The Manhattan Beach Education Foundation holds an annual wine auction that has been around for more than 20 years. Its roughly 2,000 guests raised more than $1.1 million last year... Read more →


Samohi grad finds niche as admissions counselor

During her time at Santa Monica High School, Jamie Black found a source of inspiration in the counseling office. It's where she met regularly with Laura Simone, not just to receive help with the college application process but also to pick her advisor's brain about careers in education. “I totally wanted to be a high school counselor,”... Read more →


Second newborn safely surrendered in March

Los Angeles County Supervisor Don Knabe is proud to announce that the County’s Safe Surrender Program celebrated success for the second time this month with the report of a safely surrendered newborn baby girl. This most recent Safe Surrender occurred on Monday, March 14 at a hospital in Santa Monica. A baby girl was also safely surrendered... Read more →


Gelson’s opens to the public

Residents lined up around the block to celebrate the opening of Santa Monica's latest grocery store on March 17. Gelson's held a grand opening at the newly branded store on Lincoln Boulevard, and while the first 200 customers received a $20 coupon, many more flocked to the newly opened retailer throughout the day. Gelson's is the third... Read more →


Airport lease policy advances without commission approval

The Santa Monica Airport Commission did not endorse a new leasing policy for the airport at its March 15 meeting after two commissioners were unable to get answers to their questions from airport advisor Nelson Hernandez. Hernandez came to the commission to preview a new airport leasing policy in advance of the City Council meeting on March... Read more →


Phone poll questions LUVE initiative

An anonymous phone poll is occurring throughout Santa Monica to gauge support for the Land Use Voter Empowerment (LUVE) Initiative and explore potential alternatives to the measure. LUVE would limit development by requiring voter approval for all development agreements, any development above Tier 1 and any major amendment/update to... Read more →


Samohi grad is comedic Gould

Regardless of what you ask Charles Gould, you’re bound to get a humorous response. Inquire about his time at Santa Monica High School, and you might get something like this: “Even though I probably should have gone to Crossroads for the connections,” he said, “I saved my family $120,000.” Try to find out about his long-term career... Read more →


Bias training coming to SMMUSD

One of the most difficult things to do as an educator, Sarah Braff said, is to recognize the limits of one's own perspectives. The president of the local Classroom Teachers Association announced this month that the Santa Monica-Malibu school district was one of four districts in the state chosen to conduct a pilot training program on... Read more →


Ocean search yields no clues in report of swimmer in distress

A multi-hour search of local waters failed to locate a potentially missing man from the Santa Monica pier on Sunday morning. A fisherman approached the Harbor Division office on the Santa Monica Pier at about 2 a.m. on Sunday morning to report a sighting of a man in the water. The officer on duty followed up with conversations with a second... Read more →


Paltrow bankrolls local school projects

As the STEM coordinator at Will Rogers Learning Community, Laura Simon wanted iPads to help students develop their coding skills as they learn to program robots. She announced a request for funding on, hoping that philanthropists and members of the community would chip in. Gwyneth Paltrow was right on cue. The... Read more →


Police operation targets adults purchasing alcohol for kids

The Santa Monica Police Department issued one citation during a recent “shoulder tap” operation that asked 53 individuals to purchase alcohol for a minor. SMPD officers visited four stores on March 12 using an underage decoy. The decoy stood outside of the retailers and asked adult customers to purchase alcohol on their behalf. “Decoy... Read more →