Crime

Cash stolen from Santa Monica bike shop

On June 3 at approximately 11:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on uniformed bike patrol in the 1700 block of Ocean Front Walk when flagged by an employee of a local bicycle shop who stated that two suspects on foot had stolen his tip jar. The victim stated that he was working at the counter when both suspects approached the... Read more →

Government

How a state bill could bypass Santa Monica zoning rules

In response to the state's affordable housing crisis, California lawmakers are working on a potentially controversial plan proposed by Gov. Jerry Brown that would bypass local zoning restrictions. Known as “by right” construction, the rules would supersede local zoning processes and guarantee developers the ability to build new housing... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica pursuit of stolen car nets two arrests

On June 3 at approximately 5:20 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer was patrolling the 3100 block of Main Street when he identified and followed a black Jeep Compass traveling southbound. The vehicle had been fraudulently rented using the credit card and driver's license of an unsuspecting victim of identity theft. The car had been... Read more →

Crime

Man’s screams prompt Santa Monica police response

On June 2 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1000 block of 27th Street regarding a radio call of unknown trouble. The caller stated that he heard a man screaming about God and the devil and that the yelling was coming from a vacant apartment unit in the building. Upon arrival, officers saw and... Read more →

News

Santa Monica updating historic inventory

Standing on 20th Street in the Pico neighborhood is a white two-story building with bow windows on both sides of the recessed entryway and light-green shutters flanking the matching windows on the upper floor. The Colonial Revival-style structure was designed in 1937 by acclaimed architect Paul Williams and commissioned by Marcus Tucker, the... Read more →

Education

Timeline set for SMMUSD superintendent search

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district is still months away from naming a new superintendent, but its search for Sandra Lyon’s successor now looks much clearer. In a special meeting Saturday morning, the local Board of Education crafted a timeline for the hiring process that will bring a full-time replacement to the district by... Read more →

Government

Sanders will spend Election Night in Santa Monica

By Associated Press writers CATHERINE LUCEY & LISA LERER Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders will hold his California Primary election night rally in Santa Monica. The event will be held at the Barker Hanger, 3021 Airport Ave. According to the Sanders Campaign, the event is closed to the public and available only to... Read more →

Education

Eligible to graduate, but not ready for college

Many students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district are eligible to apply for college. But are they ready? The percentage of SMMUSD students who complete college-entrance requirements far outstrips the percentage of students who are considered prepared for higher education and beyond. The discrepancy came to light during the local... Read more →

Education

Two local students earn college cash as caddies

Nine years ago, when Kezia Setiawan moved with her family from Indonesia to Southern California, her parents were hoping to provide her with a solid education. It appears she’s getting that and then some. The recent St. Monica Catholic High School graduate will go to college on a full scholarship that she earned through her work as a... Read more →

News

Santa Monica beach parking lot repairs, upgrades under way

Work has begun to repair and re-pave the southern half of Beach Parking Lot 4S at the intersection of Ocean and Hollister avenues. The work includes access and circulation improvements to reduce pedestrian, bicycle and vehicle conflicts. Beach administrator Judith Meister said as part of the construction of the new restroom at 2400 Ocean... Read more →

Public

Santa Monica High teacher launching new Steinbeck program

By Katie Osaki Santa Monica High School could initiate a new national youth program focused on the works of John Steinbeck. Samohi English teacher Pete Barraza is a member of the National Endowment for the Humanities Steinbeck Institute and has spent the past year preparing to start a Steinbeck youth summer institute that is inspired... Read more →