Two local students earn college cash as caddies

Nine years ago, when Kezia Setiawan moved with her family from Indonesia to Southern California, her parents were hoping to provide her with a solid education. It appears she’s getting that and then some. The recent St. Monica Catholic High School graduate will go to college on a full scholarship that she earned through her work as a... Read more →


Santa Monica beach parking lot repairs, upgrades under way

Work has begun to repair and re-pave the southern half of Beach Parking Lot 4S at the intersection of Ocean and Hollister avenues. The work includes access and circulation improvements to reduce pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle conflicts. Beach administrator Judith Meister said as part of the construction of the new restroom at 2400 Ocean... Read more →


Santa Monica High teacher launching new Steinbeck program

By Katie Osaki Santa Monica High School could initiate a new national youth program focused on the works of John Steinbeck. Samohi English teacher Pete Barraza is a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities Steinbeck Institute and has spent the past year preparing to start a Steinbeck youth summer institute that is inspired... Read more →


Suspect found at wheel of stolen vehicle in Santa Monica

On May 25 at approximately 1:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were patrolling in the area of the 1700 block of Appian Way when they conducted a license-plate inquiry of a vehicle parked at Pacific Terrace just west of Appian Way. Through the license-plate inquiry, officers determined the vehicle was reported stolen by the Los Angeles... Read more →

City Council

Third candidate declares for City Council

Local firefighter Dominick Bei has filed paperwork to run for City Council. Bei is the first non-incumbent to file the initial paperwork and joins current councilmembers Gleam Davis and Ted Winterer as declared candidates. Incumbents Terry O’Day and Tony Vazquez have yet to file. Bei said he was excited to open an exploratory... Read more →


SMMUSD separation talks resume

The Santa Monica and Malibu factions of the school district’s separation committee are like teenage lovers: They’re back together to talk about breaking up. The two sides have resumed discussions about the creation of a Malibu-only district following a break sparked by the filing of a lawsuit that Santa Monica negotiators believed was... Read more →


Suspect arrested for petty theft in Denny’s parking lot

On May 26, at about 7:39 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at the Denny's parking lot, 1560 Lincoln Blvd., regarding a vehicle burglary. The victim was notified by restaurant employees of a suspect in the victim's vehicle. The victim walked outside and noticed her vehicle appeared to be rummaged through, with several items... Read more →


Death investigation on the Santa Monica beach

The Santa Monica Police Department has responded to a possible suicide on the Santa Monica Beach. Officers received a call at about 7:24 a.m. on June 2 reporting a body near Tower 8, north of the Incline. Officers said a witness reported seeing the victim shoot themselves in the head. The investigation into the circumstances around the death... Read more →


SMMUSD starts superintendent search

The search is on. A few weeks following the announcement that Sandra Lyon will step down as the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s superintendent, officials are getting the ball rolling on finding her successor. The district is paying Leadership Associates up to $27,000 to help conduct the search for a new superintendent, according to... Read more →


Suspect pulls knife on victims, takes food from their table

On May 25, at about 9:36 p.m. Officers responded to the area of Main Street and Ashland Avenue on a radio call for service regarding a robbery that just occurred. The victim stated the suspect pulled out a knife and took food from their table. The suspect was detained by officers in the area and a search of the suspect revealed a folding... Read more →


2 people shot and killed on UCLA campus, police say

Two people were shot and killed on the UCLA campus Wednesday, and it was possible one of them was the gunman, authorities in Los Angeles said. Officers were still searching for any other victims and suspects who could be on the loose, said James Herren, chief of the police department at the University of California, Los Angeles. The... Read more →


Maez raise approved by SMMUSD board

As the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s chief financial officer, Jan Maez manages millions of dollars in government funds, tax revenues, voter-backed bonds. And she gets paid pretty well to do it. The local Board of Education last month approved a raise for Maez, who serves as the district’s associate superintendent of business and... Read more →


Local students commute by bike, eat eco-friendly lunches

At McKinley Elementary School, the site of students hopping out of minivan sliding doors in the morning isn’t as common as it used to be. Some ride bikes to the Mid-City campus, often with their parents cycling close behind. Others ride scooters and skateboards. Still others arrive on foot. Earlier this month the school community put... Read more →