Big Blue Bus awarded $6.9 million

Big Blue Bus has announced it will receive $6.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5307 discretionary fund to upgrade the agency's fleet and create bus stops for its new Expo-related service. Big Blue Bus was given $5.9 million to upgrade the agency's all-alternative fuel bus fleet. The funds will purchase nine... Read more →


Authorities warn against illegal use of fireworks

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Santa Monica police and fire departments are reminding everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica. This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used in Santa Monica even if they are legal in the city in which they are purchased. The... Read more →



How will SMMUSD fund career technical education?

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district will likely apply for grant funding to support its vocational and training programs, which are undergoing significant changes to meet new state standards for career technical education. The money would come in through the federal Perkins program and would be used for classes that are recognized by... Read more →



Woman lands in jail for repeatedly calling 911

On June 25 at approximately 5:35 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer was dispatched to a payphone in the 700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard to make contact with a female subject who had been using the phone to make dozens of 911 calls. The dispatcher who alerted the officer relayed to him via radio that the subject was currently speaking... Read more →



SMMUSD hires new Malibu High principal

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Brandon Gallagher as the new principal of Malibu High School at its June 29 special meeting. Dr. Gallagher come to SMMUSD from Pahoa, Hawaii, where he served as the principal of Keonepoko Elementary School since 2014. Prior to this position, Dr. Gallagher worked in the Briggs... Read more →


Malibu assistant principal announced

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Patrick Miller as the new assistant principal of Malibu High School working with the middle school program at its June 29 special meeting. Miller has been the assistant principal of A.E. Wright Middle School in Calabasas since 2013 and was previously a Spanish teacher for Malibu... Read more →


SMMUSD names new Lincoln Middle School administrator

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Stefanie Suffolk as the new assistant principal of Lincoln Middle School at its June 29 special meeting. Suffolk has served as a teacher and in a variety of leadership and administrative roles at Lincoln Middle School for the past 24 years. She is a National Board Certified Teacher... Read more →


Santa Monica synagogue welcomes new cantor

As the month of July begins, Beth Shir Shalom, a Reform Synagogue and Congregation in Santa Monica, California, known as the “Home of the Song of Peace,” welcomes Richard Bessman as he assumes the new role of Cantor and Religious Education Director. He is the successful candidate from a nationwide search that engaged American Conference... Read more →



Expo testing schedule revised

Santa Moncians can expect to see the Expo train physically running through town in the coming months. Testing has begun along the newly installed Expo tracks with a specially designed truck towing a rail car. The initial “clearance” test checks for hazards that could impede the train and the next phase will include a live train moving... Read more →


Santa Monica police plan DUI checkpoint

The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on July 2, at an undisclosed location within city limits. The operation will take place between the hours of Thursday at 7 p.m. to Friday at 3 a.m. Officials said the deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the... Read more →


Santa Monica launches commuter challenge

Santa Monica employers can now participate in the third modal competition of Santa Monica's 2015 Commuter Challenge: Public Transit Month. Individuals can participate in the Public Transit Month Challenge by visiting and registering with their employer network. Santa Monica residents employed outside of... Read more →



What’s next for Santa Monica Airport?

This is the way a key agreement over the future of Santa Monica Airport ends — not with a bang but with a barbecue. On Wednesday, a key agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and City Hall that dictates control over the Santa Monica Airport expires. Opponents of the airport have had the date circled on their... Read more →


Rick Cole takes his seat at City Hall

New City Manager Rick Cole has officially taken his seat at City Hall. The Daily Press spoke with Cole about his priorities, goals and plans. Daily Press: What projects, topics, or ideas do you hope to embark on that are not already under way in the City? Rick Cole: In addition to pursuing the City's ambitious policy goals and capital... Read more →



Candy company, arts center partner to support OPCC

Apparently, once you p.o.p., you can’t stop looking for ways to make a difference. A local candy company is partnering with a Santa Monica performing arts organization to help feed hundreds of people in need every day. The toffee treats that p.o.p. candy co. makes in small batches will soon be sold at Edgemar Center for the Arts on... Read more →