Ed Board considers major tech upgrades

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — The Board of Education could spend up to $34.4 million to upgrade technology across the district. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District officials presented a rough sketch of the types of technological improvements that are needed and provided a liberal estimate of what the first phase might cost. The cash would come... Read more →


Letters: Measure H

Feeding the Beast Editor: Ballot time is around the corner and once again Santa Monica property owners are being asked to foot the bill for a project meant to benefit the entire community. This time it is for a program by the city council to develop more “affordable housing,” apparently indefinitely. The term “affordable housing”... Read more →

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Pony rides to disappear from Farmers’ Market

CITY HALL - Avoiding the use of idioms about dead horses being beaten, we will note that it was after 1:30 a.m. on Wednesday morning when City Council voted to move away from allowing pony rides and petting zoos at the Main Street Farmers' Market. In a 4 to 0 vote, council asked City Hall to pursue a non-animal related vendor at the market... Read more →


Experience and enthusiasm define SMPD’s Beat 2

BEAT 2 — The Santa Monica Police Department's Beat 2 is an area of juxtapositions. Heavily residential in population, it also contains two of the city's busiest business streets (Pico and Lincoln). It has the longest border with L.A., increasing the number of transients moving through neighborhoods populated by longtime and deeply rooted... Read more →


Crime Watch: Brawling in the streets

On September 7 at 3:50 a.m. Officers were dispatched to the 2500 block of Pico Blvd. for a fight call involving 10-12 subjects. A witness reported the subjects were fighting and then fleeing the area. Officers detained two subjects as they were running away. One of them stopped running when directed, but the other was confrontational. This... Read more →



Dealing with the facts

YOUR COLUMN HERE — Santa Monica voters want to deal with facts when they are deciding on ballot issues but it seems to me that anti-airport people are either not aware of the true facts or are purposely obscuring them. Two examples: The first is the attempt to cast the pro-airport Measure D as being a tool of outside forces (those dreaded... Read more →



Police searching for arson suspect

Police are searching for a suspected arsonist responsible for the destruction of several vehicles at the Santa Monica BMW Dealership. Authorities were notified of the fire at about 10:40 p.m. on Sept. 10. Police officers and firefighters responded to the scene within minutes. Witnesses gave a description of the suspect and provided a... Read more →


Fall preview

CULTURE WATCH — A quick trip to Portland last week prevented me from seeing anything local this week, but my inbox is overflowing with news about the arts around Santa Monica and the Westside, so let me share a few must-see events. The Broad Stage opens its new season with “The Magic Flute.” And while you might think this is just... Read more →


Assault, robbery, auto theft hit 50 year low in 2013

CITYWIDE — The number of violent crimes in the city last year was the lowest since 1963, according to data provided by the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD). Property crimes were up thanks to a spike in the number of larcenies, according to the data. Until 2011, SMPD released annual reports including all crime data. To align with City... Read more →