Education

Preparing students for what comes next

Earlier this year, Ariana Lopez stood in a crowded Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education meeting room to share how the local school district’s vocational training program impacted her. At the time, the recent alumna was urging board members to figure out a way to keep the district’s popular Regional Occupational Program intact. But... Read more →

Crime

Former PAL employee sentenced in molestation case

A former city employee who was arrested on child molestation charges earlier this year was sentenced this month in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Donald Condon, who worked in the Santa Monica Police Activities League, a city-backed nonprofit that serves area youth, accepted a plea deal during a Dec. 2 hearing at the Airport Courthouse... Read more →

Briefs

Airport association, fire department launch toy drive

Kicking off the holiday season, the Santa Monica Airport Association is excited to renew its charitable giving partnership with the Santa Monica Fire Department. The SMAA's continued participation enables the local drive to more than double the number of collection points and add hundreds of gifts for Santa Monica's neediest... Read more →

Briefs

Tony Vazquez named mayor

At Tuesday’s City Council meeting Tony Vazquez was installed as Mayor of Santa Monica and Councilmember Ted Winterer as Mayor Pro Tempore, positions which they will serve in for the next year. Mayor Tony Vazquez is a proud 30-year resident of Santa Monica, homeowner and longtime community advocate. He and his wife, Maria, have two grown... Read more →

Education

Measure ES funding upgrades in SMMUSD

A few weeks ago, the local Board of Education approved a purchase order of close to $3,000 for computer drives. This month, it will consider funding more than $65,000 in laptops and other classroom equipment. The expenditures are small examples of the improvements being funded by Measure ES, a $385-million bond that voters passed in 2012... Read more →

News

Taking precautions to prevent holiday fires

Last winter, firefighters rushed to a building in the 800 block of Wilshire Boulevard on reports of a fire. Flames had spread from a second-story apartment to an exterior patio. Smoke was emanating from the residence. One person suffered second-degree burns. Investigators later determined that the blaze, which was extinguished with the help... Read more →

News

Rift escalates over Santa Monica Little League board election

Tensions are flaring within the Santa Monica Little League over a board election that is being repeated following months of disputes over protocol and accusations of misconduct. The results of tonight's vote will replace those of the youth baseball organization's September election, when David Harris defeated Wes Terry for president. The... Read more →

Public

Bond shortfall hangs over SMMUSD projects

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is moving forward with facility upgrades as it attempts to deal with a bond shortfall, unresolved claim issues and concerns about student welfare. The local Board of Education last month received an update from Jan Maez, the district’s chief financial officer, on projects funded by two bond... Read more →

Crime

Witnesses take keys from DUI suspect who hit parked car

On Nov. 22 at about 4:03 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2800 block of Arizona Avenue to investigate a traffic collision. The comments of their call said that a white woman wearing black clothing and driving a white Toyota sedan steered into a parked vehicle. She then tried to leave the area on foot. Witnesses took the... Read more →

Transportation

Know Before You Go — Week of Dec. 7, 2015

Here are road closures and construction updates in Santa Monica for the week of Dec. 7: EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE For the week of Dec. 7, please note the following activities: Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and... Read more →

Homelessness

Santa Monica nonprofit secures pledge to help homeless

On any given night this year, it’s estimated that more than half a million people in the country are sleeping on the street or in homeless shelters. That figure includes some 115,000 people in California and more than 40,000 in Los Angeles County, including about 7,500 in families. In the eyes of the people who work for Upward Bound... Read more →