President to recognize three local police officers

  Three Santa Monica police officers will be recognized by the President Barack Obama next week for exhibiting "exceptional courage, regardless of personal safety, in the attempt to save or protect others from harm” when responding to the 2013 shooting at Santa Monica College. Santa Monica Police Officers Jason Salas and Robert... Read more →


Project connects local nonprofits, volunteers

As the director of a local nonprofit group that aims to alleviate hunger and poverty, Darci Niva doesn’t have gobs of money to spare. So when the Westside Coalition was in need of a new logo as part of a recent rebranding, she had to think of alternatives. “If we were to hire a design firm for a logo, we’d be looking at ten thousand... Read more →

City Council

Council greenlights exploration of new rent subsidies

The City Council wants new locally funded rent subsidies to be an option when considering affordable housing protections. At their May 10 meeting, the council approved a request from Mayor Pro Tem Ted Winterer and Councilmembers Sue Himmelrich and Kevin McKeown that staff explore expanding affordable housing policies to include a local... Read more →


Readers’ owner retires

After owning and operating Readers Fine Jewelers, 5th Generation, since 1972, Edward “Eddie” Guerboian has decided it is high time to close up shop. “The jewelry industry is rapidly changing, as well as the retail industry for brick and mortar stores,” Guerboian said. “Since our client base is changing and primarily requesting... Read more →


Samohi senior earns national honor

When Ben Ross heard the news, he felt faint. The graduating Santa Monica High School senior learned last week that he had been selected as one of this year’s U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, a national distinction he’s been eying since ninth grade. “It’s been my dream for as long as I’ve known about it,” he said. “When... Read more →


Unprovoked suspect swings knife at victim for unknown reasons

On May 4, at about 8:32 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service of a possible robbery at Lincoln Boulevard and Broadway. Officers spoke to the victim who stated he was walking along 700 Broadway when for unknown reasons and unprovoked the suspect began to yell aggressively at the victim. The victim walked away from the suspect.... Read more →


Second crash on Expo line

A train vs. car accident briefly closed the intersection of Lincoln and Colorado on May 11. The crash is the second on the tracks and comes just a week before the line is scheduled to open to the public. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, emergency responders received a call at about 7:30 p.m. of a train/car collision. Three... Read more →


Parking price hike could cost SMMUSD $225,000

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will have to create, and adhere to, a new transportation plan if they want to avoid a significant increase in the price of parking downtown. SMMUSD employees are a heavy user of monthly keycards at the Civic Center lot with about 200 monthly cards in use by the district, and Council approved... Read more →


SMMEF fundraiser stymied by Malibu

If parents in Malibu are trying to make a statement, then it's pretty clear they're not satisfied with the local school district. Families upset with Santa Monica-Malibu school district over a variety of issues in that city have shown sustained resistance to donating to the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation's annual fundraising... Read more →


Then / Now

 1905: Santa Monica Fire Department No. 2, 2528 2nd 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 →


SMPD organizes annual memorial caravan to Sacramento

Law enforcement is a dangerous profession and while on-duty deaths in Santa Monica are rare, local officers have maintained a decades long tradition to honor fallen officers statewide. For the past 26 years, Santa Monica officers have organized an annual memorial caravan from Los Angeles to Sacramento in May to allow officers from L.A. area... Read more →


SMMEF campaign enters home stretch

Note: This is the first of two stories about the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s fundraising campaign. With seven weeks left in the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s annual fundraising campaign, officials remain hopeful that they can raise the $770,000 still needed to prevent programming cuts in local schools. The... Read more →


Homeless suspect with outstanding warrant resists arrest

ON APRIL 26 AT APPROXIMATELY 10:15 P.M. Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 2200 block of 31st St. regarding a subject violating several municipal codes. Officers contacted the suspect, Kevin Chang, homeless, and determined that he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest from an outside agency. Chang became agitated and... Read more →

City Council

Oaks revisions come to council tonight

The City Council will debate revisions to its anti-corruption laws at tonight's meeting, following recommendations made in the recently released ethics report. The May 10 discussion will focus on one element of a larger report issued by attorney John Hueston and the discussion coincides with the city's rollout of a larger ethics awareness... Read more →


Loved ones commemorate late teen’s passing

This year, the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and 26th Street is teeming with life. There’s been construction on the forthcoming Expo Line, which will bring art enthusiasts to Bergamot Station’s galleries nearby. Across the way, outdoor renovations have been underway at the Water Garden office complex, where workers will chat over... Read more →