Education

SMMUSD begins budget cut discussions

  School District officials have begun their budget process with a workshop last week that focused on the local ramifications of the state budget. The Santa Monica - Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) Board held a Budget Workshop on Tuesday, Jan. 24. The Budget Workshop was presented by Associate Superintendent, Businesses... Read more →

Airport

Closure date set for Santa Monica Airport

The City of Santa Monica has negotiated the authority to close the Santa Monica Airport on Dec. 31, 2028. At a special meeting on Jan. 28, the council announced a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration and the United States government that dissolves all pending legal disputes between the agencies and sets a date for closing the... Read more →

News

New Santa Monica Mayor attends National Conference

  Santa Monica’s mayor is almost always the new guy at the annual US Conference of Mayors in Washington, D.C. While some city leaders across the country may serve for decades, Santa Monica’s City Council rotates the mostly ceremonial title of “mayor” among themselves every year or two, meaning when he or she steps into the... Read more →

Education

Educator Spotlight

Rachel Mauck, Grant Elementary School   The Educator Spotlight recognizes those who contribute to the education of local students. Educators were chosen by consulting with site PTA, student government organizations and staff. Educators were chosen for their reputations with students, staff, parents and the... Read more →

Crime

Apple LP restrains suspect

On January 21, at about 8:10 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Apple Store – 1415 3rd Street Promenade regarding a subject fighting with the store’s Loss Prevention staff. The suspect was placed in handcuffs when officers arrived. Officers spoke with the Loss Prevention Staff. Loss Prevention observed the... Read more →

News

12-hour window to apply for Section 8 vouchers

Individuals that want to receive federal housing subsidies will have a 12-hour application window beginning on Tuesday, Jan. 31. Santa Monica will open applications for the Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher Program next week but this year’s system will accept fewer individuals and implement more stringent qualification... Read more →

Crime

Arrested for battery on an officer

On January 21, at about 4:19 p.m. Officers while patrolling to the rear of Walgreens-1911 Lincoln Blvd officers observed several subjects. Officers contacted the subjects and noticed one of the subjects was drinking an alcoholic beverage. The subject was combative and began yelling expletives towards the officers. The subject displayed... Read more →

Crime

Attempted murder near Palisades Park

On January 16, at about 11:27 p.m. Officers responded to an assault call in the 1200 block of Palisades Park. Santa Monica Fire Paramedics also responded and rendered aid to a man found to be suffering from significant injuries. The victim was transported to a local hospital for treatment to his wounds and remains there in stable... Read more →

News

Letter to Editor

Million Woman March The Million Woman March was a historical event. It happened all over the world, from places like Los Angeles all the way to Nairobi, Kenya, on January 21, 2017. People who got really upset during the election decided to stand up for what they believed in and held protests. Women from all around California came to the... Read more →

Airport

Private Jet CEO sees huge business opportunity at SMO

    Despite the City’s intensifying legal fight to evict airline operators and effectively shut down Santa Monica Airport, Alex Wilcox sees SMO as the perfect stop for his new private jet business. “We see huge market opportunity,” said the CEO of JetsuiteX, the commercial jet service which will start taking off out... Read more →

News

New pitch for soccer field to be heard in February

    City Hall will make another play for a sports field next to the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium in the coming weeks. After initial proposals to build a temporary field came in at more than double the proposed budget, staff solicited new bids for the project and have said Council will be presented with a recommended... Read more →

Homelessness

Outpouring of Support for City Homeless Count

    For the first time in its history, the Santa Monica Homeless Count had to close registration early because of a flood of volunteers who wanted to help with the annual count that takes place on Wednesday. The City had no problem recruiting 250 people to count the homeless well before the Jan. 18 deadline to sign up. “I... Read more →

Crime

Woman hits jail staff

On January 10, at about 4:30 a.m. Officers responded to the rear of the Santa Monica Main Library – 601 Santa Monica Blvd regarding a complaint from library staff of a group of people camping overnight. Officers contacted a female subject and attempted to identify her to be issued a citation. The subject refused to identify herself and... Read more →