SMMUSD bond projects up for approval

At a meeting that could yield a pathway for negotiations on splitting the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, the Board of Education this evening is expected to approve a wide variety of facility upgrades at campuses throughout the district. The school board appears set to authorize a $1.43-million contract for the construction of a... Read more →


Santa Monica’s voting system challenged

Activists threatening legal action are urging the City of Santa Monica to discard its current at-large voting system in favor of district-based elections. Pico neighborhood organizer Oscar de la Torre and his wife, Maria Loya, led a small rally Tuesday morning on the steps of City Hall in an effort to change how Santa Monica residents are... Read more →


Affordable housing list open through December

Community Corporation of Santa Monica opened its doors to new applicants earlier this month, kicking off the long, competitive process for affordable housing for low to moderate income households. The multi-step system begins with applicants picking up an appointment card at 502 Colorado Ave. (from the Community Room). That card will... Read more →


Newborn safe after being surrendered at local hospital

A newborn child was safely surrendered in Santa Monica last week thanks to the County’s Safe Surrender Program. The baby boy was surrendered at a local hospital on Dec. 8. The same day, a baby boy was also surrendered at a hospital in Whittier. The double drop-off was unusual and officials said they couldn’t remember another instance... Read more →


Los Angeles school closures do not impact Santa Monica

Santa Monica schools remain open today and officials say no threat has been made against local children. The Los Angeles Unified School District, the second largest in the nation, closed all campuses today after receiving threat against multiple school sites. Police officers are searching every LAUSD school site and parents were asked... Read more →


Residents demand district-based elections

Local political activists have announced plans to challenge Santa Monica’s at-large voting system. Maria Loya will hold a press conference in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. on December 15 to demand a transition to a district-based system. “As a mother, former city council candidate and resident of the Pico Neighborhood I want to... Read more →


Lieberman keeps SMMUSD board presidency

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education played musical chairs Thursday night, although there was no music and there were no chairs removed. At its annual organization meeting, the local school district's board re-elected Laurie Lieberman as president and chose Ralph Mechur to serve as vice president. Their titles take effect immediately... Read more →


Olympic student preparing for Speedo Sectionals

Cathy Gomez knows exactly what to do when she's feeling anxious or when things in her daily life aren't going well. She jumps into the pool. “It's very therapeutic,” she said. “Swimming really relaxes me. I forget about anything bad that happened in my day. It lets me forget about everything. It's really helped me a lot.” But... Read more →


Fire at residential building near Pier on Saturday night

At 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 12 the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at 1605 Ocean Front Walk. The first arriving units on the scene found the second story of an apartment building fully involved with fire and smoke. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, an aggressive attack helped to contain and... Read more →


STEM skills on display in Santa Monica students’ arcade

The best shooters in basketball are sometimes said to be “lighting it up,” and the phrase was taken quite literally this week at Will Rogers Learning Community. Using little more than cardboard and tape, fourth-graders Daniel Acosta, Jessica Padilla and Darragh Flanders built a scaled-down basketball hoop for a special science expo.... Read more →