Briefs

DUI/CDL Checkpoint Planned for Friday, Sept. 9

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s Traffic Services Detail will be conducting a DUI/Driver License Checkpoint on Sept. 9, at an undisclosed location within the City of Malibu, between the hours of 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven resource in reducing the number of persons killed and... Read more →

Briefs

New Turn Restrictions Along 2nd and 4th Streets

As part of the City of Santa Monica’s efforts to reduce gridlock in the Downtown, delineators restricting left had turns out of Parking Structures 1 through 8 will begin this week. Delineators are being installed along 2nd Street with work expected to conclude on Thursday, restricting left turns into and out of Structures 2, 4, 6, and 8.... Read more →

Crime

Man arrested for destroying evidence

On August 24, at approximately 4:35 a.m. officers observed a bicyclist in the 2000 block of Santa Monica Blvd in violation of a municipal code. Officers detained the subject for the violation and discovered the subject was on felony probation for narcotics violations. During a search of the subject, the subject attempted to discard a clear... Read more →

Crime

Million-dollar verdict in excessive force complaint

A judge has awarded a Santa Monica man $1.1 million in a police brutality case. A federal judge rendered the verdict last week in favor of Justin Palmer, an African-American man who was arrested while charging his electric vehicle at Virginia Ave. Park. Palmer is a NYU grad and father of four with no criminal history and was at the... Read more →

Education

Test scores reiterate SMMUSD achievement gap

The numbers are new, but the problem remains the same. Vast achievement gaps linger along ethnic and socioeconomic lines in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, according to recently released results from last year’s state standardized tests. About 71 percent of SMMUSD students who took the California Assessment of Student... Read more →

News

Santa Monica police sergeant receives Hero Award

The topic of suicide remains an extremely uncomfortable one in American society but advocates are working to increase awareness including a recent award to a Santa Monica Police Officer. First responders are often on the front lines of suicide prevention. Earlier this year, Sergeant Austin Brown showed his skills in a situation involving a... Read more →

Briefs

Pico fitness crawl

Looking for a way to attract more customers to Santa Monica’s Pico Blvd., the Pico Improvement Organization needed an idea that would get people to explore the entire boulevard, from the 10 Freeway to the beach. Since Pico Blvd. is too spread out for a pub crawl or street fair, the PIO decided to produce LA’s first “Fitness... Read more →

Briefs

Teaching history as if Black Lives Matter

What do we know about our history? Too many textbooks used in US public schools are from an almost totally Eurocentric perspective. The September 11th Committee For Racial Justice workshop at Virginia Ave. Park will feature a panel of educators discussing the topic “Teaching History as if Black Lives Matter.” An update will also be... Read more →

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Crime

John Doe gets arrested and identified

On August 25, at about 7:22 a.m. officers responded to a radio call for service of a municipal code violation – encampment in the 2700 block of Ocean Park Blvd. Officers contacted a subject in the area. Officers attempted to identify the individual. The subject was evasive and provided several different names. The suspect provided the... Read more →

Crime

Shots fired during fight on Pico

The following information was provided by the Santa Monica Police Department in regards to an incident on Pico Blvd. last night. On September 5, 2016 at approximately 1834 hours, Santa Monica Police Department received multiple 911 regarding a fight involving several male subjects at 1865 Lincoln Blvd.   An investigation revealed, two... Read more →

News

City hopes new Owl system will gather local wisdom

  Santa Monica is turning to the virtual world to help residents understand a very real problem: climate change. City Hall will install a pair of digital viewfinders on the Santa Monica Pier this month that will project images of sea level rise and storm surge onto the Santa Monica Landscape. The devices, known as Owls because they... Read more →

Education

Santa Monica Classic adds High School Challenge

When the sold-out Santa Monica Classic returns to town this weekend, the race will feature a new event highlighting competition between a pair of local high schools. The High School Challenge offers runners from Santa Monica High School and Malibu High School a chance to run the 5K course in a head-to-head, co-ed challenge. The winning... Read more →

Public

Minor gains for SMMUSD on state tests

Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district made small improvements in the second year of new state standardized tests, according to recently released data. About 71 percent of SMMUSD students who took the California Assessment of Student Performance and Progress met or exceeded the standard in English and 60 percent passed the... Read more →

Crime

Woman steals $293 worth of merchandise from CVS

On Aug. 26 at about 3:48 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call for service regarding a theft occurring at CVS, 1411 Lincoln Blvd. Officers arrived and were met by several store employees in the parking lot. The employees pointed towards the suspect who was in the parking lot and indicated the suspect had taken... Read more →