How will Santa Monica handle rising sea levels?

Tom Ford would struggle to describe Southern California without mentioning its beaches. More than 17 million people visited Santa Monica’s shores alone in 2014, according to county data, and the recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike often seem as plentiful as the sand. But when the executive director of the Santa... Read more →


Woman threatens to kill friend with knife

On April 1 at approximately 6:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2400 block of Virginia Avenue in response to a radio call of a possible assault with a deadly weapon. The victim and suspect were friends. While arguing, the suspect produced a knife and placed it on the victim’s throat, stating that she could kill him... Read more →


Price hike possible for parking in Santa Monica

Minor price revisions are coming to Downtown parking lots in the near-term but drivers could experience a radically different parking landscape in the coming years as City Hall prepares to potentially overhaul the entire downtown system. Staff approached the Planning Commission this week with a set of minor revisions for most Downtown lots... Read more →


Then / Now

Feb. 22, 1945: Wilson & Vallely Service Station, 1001 Arizona Ave. 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 →


Murder on 5th Street

A man was stabbed to death on 5th Street yesterday and investigators are asking any potential witnesses to step forward to assist in the case. Officers responded to a homicide call at Step Up on 5th (1548 5th St.) at about 4:30 a.m. on April 5. An unidentified adult male was found inside an apartment with a stab wound to the... Read more →


Noguera to reveal SMMUSD equity findings

For weeks this fall and winter, Pedro Noguera and his team toured campuses in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. They interviewed educators, met with administrators and held student focus groups, all the while learning about issues regarding equity and access. Well, now what? Noguera, who was hired by SMMUSD to address longstanding... Read more →


Kean launches bid for SMMUSD board seat

Jon Kean is at it again. An active parent leader who has held several positions in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, Kean recently filed paperwork to run for a local Board of Education seat in November’s election. Kean is the first challenger to declare his candidacy in what could be a competitive race for three seats on a school... Read more →


Planning Commission debates Downtown parking prices

The Planning Commission will hold a study session at their April 6 meeting to debate the future of parking prices in the Downtown area. According to the staff report, City Hall is anticipating a change in parking demands based on the opening of Expo on May 20. In addition to Expo's opening recent changes to zoning documents, such as the Land... Read more →


Cyclist arrested in Santa Monica burglary hot spot

On March 23 at approximately 12:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were conducting routine patrol in the area of 2nd Street and Washington Avenue due to numerous reported residential and vehicle burglaries when they observed a male riding a bicycle on the wrong side of the roadway and onto the sidewalk. Officers initiated a traffic stop... Read more →


Santa Monica’s minimum wage law could change

Santa Monica will make minor revisions to its minimum wage law in April following recommendations from a local working group. When City Council passed the local minimum wage law in January, it specifically asked for additional discussion on a handful of details. The recommendations that will come before council on April 26 reflect that... Read more →


Santa Monica panhandler arrested at Interstate 10 off-ramp

On March 23 at about 6:20 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer responded to a call of a subject yelling at vehicles and pedestrians in the 1600 block of 4th Street. The officer was unable to locate the subject, but noticed a man standing nearby panhandling with a sign that read, “On the road please help god bless.” The subject, later... Read more →


Student drowns over Easter weekend

A Los Angeles student rescued from a Santa Monica beach last weekend has died. Los Angeles Unified School District Superintendent Michelle King released a statement regarding the incident today. “The L.A. Unified family is deeply saddened by the accidental drowning of a Bravo Medical Magnet High School student during a beach cleanup... Read more →