Crime

Suspect holds knife to victim’s throat over traffic matter

On April 15, 2016 at approximately 7:57 p.m. Officers were flagged down regarding a fight at the Pier Deck Parking Lot. Officers determined a verbal altercation ensued over a traffic matter which led to the suspect threatening several people with a knife. The suspect, Mouad Sifessalam, 21, of Stanton, held a knife to the victim’s throat... Read more →

City Council

Housing talks abound at City Council

Affordable housing occupied a significant slice of last week's City Council meeting. Council moved forward with the potential sale of the Mountain View Mobile Home Park, modified municipal code relating to tenant protections, and authorized the creation of a new position that will aid renters facing the loss of their homes. City to seek... Read more →

Government

Ethics report identifies shortfalls in City procedures

An independent investigation into the City of Santa Monica's ethical procedures has determined Santa Monica officials experienced “lapses in judgment” in relation to the Elizabeth Riel case and that the City can enforce its anti-corruption laws. City Hall hired John Hueston last year to address concerns about the way the city has... Read more →

Crime

Felon arrested for possession of pocket knife, pepper spray

On April 6, 2016 at approximately 4:20 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the front lobby of the Public Safety Facility on the 300 block of Olympic Drive in regards to a disturbance. Upon arriving, officers confronted a male, later identified as Nyquon Green, 30 year old transient, as the subject was making statements about guns and... Read more →

Education

Samohi entrepreneurs compete for cash

The creators of a tracking app, a solar technology startup and a cosmetics business are all vying for cash to support their entrepreneurial efforts. And no, they’re not going on “Shark Tank.” The people behind the fledgling companies are Santa Monica High School students, and they’re participating in a competition organized by a... Read more →

Education

Time of transition at Early Years School

For decades the Early Years School has facilitated transitions for others, helping children learn about the world around them and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. These days, the Santa Monica preschool is going through a transition of its own. Co-founders and longtime directors Tama Taub and Joy Siegel are retiring at the end... Read more →

Education

SMC, Uber partner on carpool service

Santa Monica College and Uber have announced a new partnership to promote carpooling as a viable method of transportation for students, staff and faculty. The new partnership has created dedicated drop-off/pick-up locations on campus, provided financial incentives to try the program and is contributing to a new environmental studies... Read more →

News

Then / Now

November 28, 1940: Hoffman Realty, 1515 Oak St. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or... Read more →

City Council

Council backs muted noise ordinance 

Local unions made some noise about free speech regulations at this week’s City Council meeting. The council was scheduled to discuss the broad enforcement of Santa Monica’s noise ordinances in commercial zones, but the debate quickly focused on an ongoing and specific protest outside a hotel on Ocean Avenue. The First Amendment... Read more →

Environment

Mountain frog population on the rebound 

If it were a children’s mystery story, it might have been called “The Santa Monica Mountains and the Curious Case of the Disappearing Red-Legged Frog.” Except it wasn’t a children’s story. And it wasn’t a mystery. Ecologists knew that habitat loss and invasive species were contributing to the decline of what had been one of... Read more →