Public aid sought in two violent crime cases

  The Santa Monica Police Department is seeking the public's help with two violent crime investigations. Both incidents occurred on July 14, and witnesses of either crime are encouraged to contact SMPD. During the early morning hours of July 14 officers responded to a call for a possible assault on the 900 block of Olympic... Read more →


Ocean Ave closed due to bomb threat

A woman threatening to have a bomb triggered road closures and evacuations in Downtown Santa Monica on Thursday morning. Officers from the Santa Monica Police Department and Los Angeles Sheriff’s office said a woman drove up to a business on the 1500 block of Ocean Ave and announced she had a bomb in the car. Santa Monica Police... Read more →

City Council


Council debates Santa Monica lobbying rules

Lobbyists will eventually have to register with City Hall, but exactly who is a lobbyist, what lobbying is and who is responsible for reporting violations remain unclear. The City Council heard a first draft of a lobbying ordinance at their July 14 meeting and while councilmembers praised the concept of the proposed law, there were... Read more →


Santa Monica cited as model city for broadband

The City of Santa Monica was highlighted in a new policy agenda from Next Century Cities as a model of how best to develop a high-quality broadband network. “Connecting 21st Century Communities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders” cites the City of Santa Monica as an example of a city whose taken charge of its internal needs by... Read more →


Separation of SMMUSD under review

  Separation of the area school district into Santa Monica and Malibu factions seems to be turning into a "not if, but when" issue. At its meeting Wednesday night, the local Board of Education will hear reports from the district's Financial Oversight Committee on the fiscal ramifications of potentially splitting the Santa... Read more →


Los Angeles police shoot knife-wielding man in Venice

Los Angeles police shot a knife-wielding man outside a Rose Avenue coffee shop on July 13. According to a statement by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded to a radio call for a "disorderly suspect armed with a knife" in the 600 block of Rose Avenue at about 2 p.m. LAPD said the call indicated that the suspect... Read more →


Santa Monica Public Library presents dating program

The Santa Monica Public Library will present "500 Dates: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars" with Mark Miller on Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Comedian and writer Mark Miller welcomes special guests — online dating expert Julie Spira, media expert... Read more →


SMC appoints Gita Runkle Associate Dean of Emeritus College

Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced the appointment of Gita Runkle as Associate Dean of Emeritus College, SMC's widely praised program providing classes of interest to older adults in support of lifelong learning. Runkle stepped into the permanent position on July 8 after serving in an interim capacity since January 2014. Emeritus... Read more →


Shower shutoff will not impact Santa Monica beaches

Water will flow to showers on Santa Monica beaches throughout the summer despite an announcement by state officials last week that showers on state beaches would be turned off. In a July 7 release, California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat said all state parks and beaches would shut off outdoor rinse stations on July 15. “California... Read more →


Mayor, SMMUSD board member embroiled in funding feud

  The dealings of the city government and the local school district overlap on a regular basis. Teachers often request grant money from the City of Santa Monica for special trips, scholarships and other enrichment activities. The City and the school district have standing agreements for land use, such as an easement that will allow... Read more →