Education

Can SMMUSD eliminate pesticide use?

Can Santa Monica-Malibu schools function without using any pesticides? The district's policy on pest control now includes that stated goal, a lofty aspiration in the aftermath of a flea infestation at a local elementary campus that required an army of chemicals to eradicate. SMMUSD is aiming to follow through on its commitment by... Read more →

News

Annual Homeless Count needs volunteers

Volunteers are needed to help conduct the annual Homeless Count in Santa Monica on Jan. 27. The Point-in-Time Homeless Count and Survey is a national undertaking mandated by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development for all communities that receive federal funds for homelessness programs. The results have a direct impact on the... Read more →

News

New year brings gender shift to service club leadership

Since she was 3 years old, Jessica Handy has been convinced that she could one day become president. And her mission has materialized, although not in the exact manner she was hoping for as a toddler. Handy was recently inducted as the new head executive of the Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica, which she doesn't feel is a particularly noteworthy... Read more →

Education

Interest growing in new SMC bachelor’s degree

With the inaugural application phase open for less than two more weeks, officials at Santa Monica College are busy putting the finishing touches on the school's first-ever bachelor's degree. The local community college is accepting applications until Jan. 15 for the interaction design program that will launch in the fall, a pathway aiming to... Read more →

Public

Santa Monica students await SpaceX rocket re-launch

As several Santa Monica students have learned, getting to space isn't an easy endeavor. About six months ago, the SpaceX rocket carrying their science experiment to the International Space Station exploded shortly after launch from Cape Canaveral, Florida. It was an unexpected learning experience to be gained from the Student... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica homeless man throws bottles at pedestrians

On Dec. 16 at approximately 3:18 p.m., Santa Monica police officers assigned to the downtown area monitored a call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon. The suspect was removing bottles from the trash and throwing them at passersby. A witness saw the suspect almost hit two women in the head with bottles. The described suspect was... Read more →

Public

SMMUSD tweaks food menus

Before devouring homemade gingerbread cookies and gnawing on candy canes over winter break, students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district were likely noticing changes in their campus cafeterias. New chicken cutlets replaced ground chicken patties on sandwiches. Different chicken tenders were served. There was even a fajita day with... Read more →

Crime

Suspect jumps onto car, claims he was hit and demands money

On Dec. 17 at about 5:09 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to a possible vehicle burglary in the 1000 block of Broadway. The suspect was described as wearing dark clothing and having dreadlocks. When officers arrived, they saw the suspect walking away from a business with two people following. The officers asked the people... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica restaurant patron punched in face upon entry

On Nov. 14 at approximately 12:05 a.m., a woman left an event at the Santa Monica Place mall and walked over to the Ma'kai Restaurant at 101 Broadway. As soon as the victim entered, the suspect approached her and asked if she was “hitting on her man.” Before the victim could respond, the suspect punched her just above the nose. The... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica ethics review will cost $420,000

You could argue that ethics and morality are priceless qualities, but for the City of Santa Monica an independent review of its ethics rules will cost $420,000 plus a 5-percent contingency. The City Council approved a scope of work by attorney John Hueston at its Dec. 15 meeting with an expectation that the work will be completed with 90... Read more →

Public

New panel could guide SMMUSD bond projects

As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district uses millions of dollars in bond money to upgrade its campuses, it’s probably going to need community input. That’s where a new facilities panel could come in. The local Board of Education could soon approve a new committee that would guide the district on projects backed by the... Read more →

Public

Rules set for SMMUSD separation talks

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is ready to explore a potential pathway to separation in arguably a more concrete manner than ever before. The local Board of Education on Thursday approved detailed guidelines for upcoming negotiations between representatives from both cities as they attempt to overcome obstacles to a split. The... Read more →