Public

More tech upgrades approved by SMMUSD board

Voter-backed technology and infrastructure improvements continue rolling out across the Santa Monica-Malibu school district. The Board of Education recently approved up to $825,091 for wireless access points, telephone and other technological infrastructure. It’s anticipated that installation will begin in the fall of the upcoming school... Read more →

Briefs

SMC Emeritus College celebrating 40th anniversary

Santa Monica College's Emeritus College is celebrating its 40th Anniversary with events ranging from an open house and art exhibition and reception, to a silent benefit and a special tribute to Retired Emeritus College Associate Dean Maggie Hall. “Throughout the past four decades, Emeritus College has survived and thrived because of the... Read more →

Briefs

Workshop series tackles racial justice

Organizers say old-style racism may be dead — or at least too embarrassing to confess to — but a new ideology has arisen to take its place. The function of this new ideology is to justify the racially unequal and inequitable status quo. Dr. Robert Gordh will dissect this misleading new set of rationalizations at the May 3 workshop... Read more →

City Council

Council pushes to honor war hero at Expo station

Supporters of Joe Gandara are making up for lost time. City Council voted unanimously on Tuesday to send a letter to the Metro Board requesting that an Expo Light Rail station be dedicated in honor of the World War II hero and Pico Neighborhood resident who was originally passed over for a Medal of Honor because of his Mexican... Read more →

News

Memorial service to honor fallen public safety officers

The Santa Monica police and fire departments are inviting residents to participate in a memorial ceremony to honor the fallen police officers and firefighters. The annual event will be held on May 4 at 9:30 a.m. in the Memorial Plaza of the Public Safety Facility located at 333 Olympic Drive. “City Hall's flag will be flying at... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica names interim fire chief

Dennis Downs has been appointed by Interim City Manager Elaine Polachek to serve as Interim Fire Chief of the Santa Monica Fire Department. Downs, a retired fire chief and veteran firefighter, comes to Santa Monica with more than 37 years of public safety experience. His background includes the areas of administration, emergency disaster... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica hosting climate action forum

Climate Action Santa Monica is arranging the first opportunity for people to attend a public forum on Community Choice Aggregation (CCA) and learn how Santa Monica in combination with other cities is working toward creating a new power authority. The new authority will ensure power in Santa Monica is mostly or all renewable at a price... Read more →

News

Nativity scene advocates lose appeal

Unattended nativity scenes, a more than five-decade staple of the Santa Monica Christmas season, are not coming back to Palisades Park. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld City Hall’s ordinance, which bans unattended displays of any kind at the park. The law had been challenged by advocates of the nativity scenes,... Read more →

Transportation

Big Blue Bus fare, service increases move forward

The Big Blue Bus pitch to expand service and increase fares in anticipation of the incoming Expo Light Rail got largely positive feedback from council Tuesday night. City Council agreed unanimously to move forward with the proposed changes, which will be up for a final vote likely next month. Several members of the public, and... Read more →