Volunteers canvass neighborhoods to reduce teen drinking

THE MESSAGE: Sarah Blanch was out Friday handing out flyers hoping to curb underage drinking during St. Patrick's Day. (Kevin Herrera NOMA — Are you thinking about throwing a party to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day? If so, make sure to keep an eye on your alcohol and keep it out of the hands of minors. That was the... Read more →


Brief: Deputy city attorney earns nod

Barbara C. Greenstein, deputy city attorney (now retired), has been named one of this year’s California Lawyer of the Year award recipients for her work in successfully arguing Harris v. City of Santa Monica before the California Supreme Court in 2013. The CLAY Awards are given annually by the California Lawyer magazine. The award... Read more →


Brief:Safe on two wheels

If you ride a motorcycle in Santa Monica you should be careful to follow the law on March 29. That’s when the Santa Monica Police Department will hit the streets in force to catch rule breakers hoping to make the streets safer. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes... Read more →


Brief: Speedy Internet for free at City Hall

Visitors to City Hall will get a chance to test the city’s network of broadband Internet for the next month. Starting this week, the “Gig Test” gives the public a taste of the high-speed offered to local businesses for years. The “Gig Test” is the latest project from CityNetTM, Santa Monica’s broadband initiative committed... Read more →


Crime Watch: Smoking leads to uprooted plants

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Saturday, March 8, at 5 p.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to the 2800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a vandalism that... Read more →


Brief: Street closure planned for light rail work

The intersection of Colorado Avenue and 17th Street will be closed for 11 days starting March 22 for the installation of train tracks for the forthcoming Expo Light Rail Line. The closure will be in effect until April 2 at a.m. The road will be blocked starting at 1 a.m. on March 22. A similar closure took place at the corner of Fifth... Read more →


Brief: Zahler new SMC director of community relations

The Santa Monica College Board of Trustees selected Wendy Zahler to serve in an interim capacity as the college’s director of community relations. Zahler was appointed to the position by the board at its regular meeting on March 4. Zahler stepped into her new post at SMC on March 5. “It is a great pleasure to welcome Wendy to the... Read more →


Historic post office, promenade building landmarked

BLAST FROM THE PAST: Opening day of the Fifth Street post office in 1938. (Photo courtesy City of Santa Monica) DOWNTOWN — The historic Downtown post office, which served Santa Monicans from 1938 until it was shuttered by the feds for cash in June of last year, is now a city landmark. The New Deal-era building, noted for its... Read more →



City Hall: Saint John’s has enough parking

MID-CITY — Saint John’s Health Center has enough parking spaces to satisfy City Hall. In a letter to the hospital, which has been sold to Providence Health System for more than $125 million, Santa Monica Planning Director David Martin signs off on their latest parking study, which shows the medical facility has 1,375 parking spaces... Read more →


Brief: New Roads students noted for achievements

New Roads High School sophomores Amanda Gorman and Alex Thorland have both earned high-profile accolades that will take them all the way to New York City this spring; Gorman for her student leadership, and Thorland for his acting prowess. Gorman, founding member of the New Roads’ chapter of Girls Learn International (GLI), was selected... Read more →