News

Rift escalates over Santa Monica Little League board election

Tensions are flaring within the Santa Monica Little League over a board election that is being repeated following months of disputes over protocol and accusations of misconduct. The results of tonight's vote will replace those of the youth baseball organization's September election, when David Harris defeated Wes Terry for president. The... Read more →

Public

Bond shortfall hangs over SMMUSD projects

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is moving forward with facility upgrades as it attempts to deal with a bond shortfall, unresolved claim issues and concerns about student welfare. The local Board of Education last month received an update from Jan Maez, the district’s chief financial officer, on projects funded by two bond... Read more →

Crime

Witnesses take keys from DUI suspect who hit parked car

On Nov. 22 at about 4:03 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2800 block of Arizona Avenue to investigate a traffic collision. The comments of their call said that a white woman wearing black clothing and driving a white Toyota sedan steered into a parked vehicle. She then tried to leave the area on foot. Witnesses took the... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go — Week of Dec. 7, 2015

Here are road closures and construction updates in Santa Monica for the week of Dec. 7: EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE For the week of Dec. 7, please note the following activities: Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and... Read more →

Homelessness

Santa Monica nonprofit secures pledge to help homeless

On any given night this year, it’s estimated that more than half a million people in the country are sleeping on the street or in homeless shelters. That figure includes some 115,000 people in California and more than 40,000 in Los Angeles County, including about 7,500 in families. In the eyes of the people who work for Upward Bound... Read more →

Briefs

SANTA Monica Pub Crawl to benefit Westside Food Bank

The 7th annual SANTA Monica Pub Crawl returns Saturday, Dec. 12, at 5 p.m. More than 30 local bars and restaurants from across the city will come together to raise money for those in need through a partnership with the Westside Food Bank. Last year, nearly 6,000 crawlers celebrated the season at the city's most cherished holiday event by... Read more →

Crime

Woman threatens store employee, kicks police officer

On Nov. 25 at about 11:40 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call at a business in the 1400 block of Wilshire Boulevard. A female transient (later identified as Elizabeth Migwi) entered the store and threatened the employee. When the first officer arrived, he was flagged down by the employee outside the back entrance.... Read more →

City Council

Council supports Lincoln upgrades

Lincoln Boulevard could get medians, dedicated bus lanes and a business improvement district after all three concepts received unanimous support from City Council last week. Council was asked for feedback on the trio as part of the ongoing work on the Lincoln Neighborhood Corridor (LiNC) plan. LiNC calls for substantial upgrades to 17 blocks... Read more →

News

Suspicious package reported at courthouse

Santa Monica’s courthouse was temporarily closed Wednesday morning as authorities responded to a report of a suspicious package. The Santa Monica Police Department received a call at about 7:30 a.m. regarding a suspicious package at the courthouse, according to Sgt. Rudy Camarena. The information was forwarded to the Los Angeles County... Read more →

Education

Crossing guards added outside Samohi

There appears to be some relief for motorists and pedestrians around Santa Monica High School during drop-off and pick-up times, at least for now. Following an outpouring of frustration by parents regarding traffic and safety issues, the City of Santa Monica assigned four part-time crossing guards to work the congested intersection of... Read more →