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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →


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 →

City Council

Council approves city’s largest historic district

The Santa Monica City Council has approved a new historic district along San Vicente Blvd. The district is the third and largest area established in Santa Monica. It is the first created under newly streamlined rules that allow districts to be formed without a vote by property owners. Under the new rules, the San Vicente district will... Read more →


Know Before You Go — Week of Dec. 21, 2015

Here are Santa Monica closures and construction updates for the week of Dec. 21: EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE For this week, please note the following activities: Train Testing This Week - 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... Read more →


Santa Monica bike theft suspect found with meth

On Dec. 10 at approximately 4 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer from the Homeless Liaison Program was patrolling the downtown area and traveling southbound in the 1200 block of 3rd Court when he saw a backpack on the ground near the mouth of the alley at Arizona Avenue. As the officer got closer, he saw the suspect kneeling down next to... Read more →


Affordable housing list will open twice in 2016

Community Corporation of Santa Monica doesn't need the New Year's prompt to commit to self-improvement and officials have already announced plans to increase the quality of its outreach efforts. The organization will increase the number of opportunities to qualify for its housing list and step up education with a new website in... Read more →


Dog’s welfare at center of assault at McDonald’s

On Dec. 9 at approximately 6:45 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were dispatched to McDonald's located on the 2800 block of Lincoln Boulevard in response to an assault and battery call. Upon arriving, officers spoke with the victim who stated the following: He had his dog with him when his bike fell on the dog. The suspect, later... Read more →


SMMUSD mulls costs, benefits of career education

Members of the local Board of Education and other school officials have plenty of ideas for how to prepare students for life after graduation. What they need to figure out soon, though, is how they’re going to pay for it. The long-term financial stability of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s career technical education program... Read more →

City Council

New fences coming to Expo track

Days after a semi-truck collided with an Expo train, the City Council took up the issue of Expo safety this week - and approved fencing to keep pedestrians from walking on the tracks because apparently Santa Monicans can't tell the difference between a rail line and a sidewalk. The Dec. 15 item was agendized before last week’s derailment... Read more →