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 By Jack Simon    News    May 18, 2021 

Lyft, Veo, Spin Selected for Pilot Mobility Program in Santa Monica

Santa Monica this week selected Lyft, Spin and Veo to participate in its second Shared Mobility Pilot Program, slated to begin on July 1. The 21-month pilot program, approved by City Council in March,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 18, 2021 

Stolen French Bulldog Reunited with Owner; Suspect Nabbed by CC Police

Culver City police arrested on Saturday a man who allegedly stole at gunpoint a 10-month-old French bulldog in Fox Hills earlier this week. "The French bulldog was located (unharmed) and returned to...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 18, 2021 

Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker to Leave Post June 4

Santa Monica Fire Chief Bill Walker announced on Tuesday he will be departing his post on June 4 to head up the City of Bedford Fire Department in Texas. A Southern California native, Walker has...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 17, 2021

City Council Reviews Report on May 2020 Riots in Santa Monica

The City Council met this week to review the OIR Group's independent, after-action report on the events connected to the civil unrest in Santa Monica May 31, 2020. The Group's 116-page analysis does...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 15, 2021

SM Main Public Library Reopens for In-Person Service June 1

The City of Santa Monica has announced that its Main Library will reopen for limited in-person service to the community on Tuesday, June 1.  The Main Library, located at 601 Santa Monica Blvd.,...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 12, 2021

Over 50% of Students at SMMUSD Return to Campus

More than half of the students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District have returned to campus for in-person instruction and the percentage is increasing daily, school officials said on...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 10, 2021

SM-UCLA, St. Johns, Westside Hospitals Get Mixed Grades from Health Care Watchdog

Are Santa Monica-area hospitals doing a great job protecting patients from preventable errors, accidents, injuries, and infections? UCLA Santa Monica Medical Center is acing that assignment but not...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 7, 2021

Vehicle Kills Disoriented Woman at Cloverfield On-Ramp Sunday Night, May 2nd

An apparently disoriented woman was struck and killed by a vehicle Sunday night as she walked down a 10 Freeway on-ramp in Santa Monica, local authorities said. The incident occurred at 10:33 p.m. on...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 7, 2021

Santa Monica High and Malibu High Get Top Rankings in Best Schools Report

Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are now among the top 150 high schools in California. Santa Monica was ranked 98 while Malibu placed 146 among more than 2600 public high schools in the Golden...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 5, 2021

Former LAX Police Chief, Ex-Councilman Named to New SM Oversight Commission

Eleven local residents – including one former councilmember, a retired Los Angeles Airport Police Chief, two current city commissioners and two young adults – have been appointed to serve on...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 3, 2021

City Council Ponders Plan to Close Main Street on Summer Weekends

The City Council this week gave serious consideration to a pilot program calling for the closure of portions of Main Street during the summer weekends and it also entertained a proposal for...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    May 1, 2021

SM Council Approves Making Boards and Commissions More Woke

The City Council this week approved notable changes to Santa Monica's boards, commissions and task forces to "increase their effectiveness, attract diverse representation from the community and align...

 
 By Jack Simon    Business    May 1, 2021

Santa Monica Public Counter to Offer In-Person Services by Appointment Starting May 3

The City of Santa Monica has announced its public counter will offer in-person permit services by appointment on select days beginning next Monday, May 3. The Permit Services' public counter in the...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 27, 2021

SMMUSD Forgoes State-Mandated Assessments, Will Use Local Tests

Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District won't be required to take the federal and state-mandated assessment tests this school year. But they will have to take local standardized...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 25, 2021

New Fire Training Center, Street Closures in Summer to Highlight Next Council Meeting

A proposed new Fire Training Center, renovations in Tongva and Palisades parks and temporary closures of Main Street during summer weekends will top the agenda at the April 27 meeting of the Santa...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 21, 2021

SMMUSD Tells Panel Separation Petition Would Cause 'Irreparable Harm' to Kids

Representatives from the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and the local community argued at Saturday's hearing on the City of Malibu's separation petition that splitting the district would...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    April 21, 2021

SM Council Votes to Use Federal Stimulus for Rent Abatement for City's Commercial Tenants

Commercial tenants in city-owned properties who have been financially impacted by the pandemic will soon be getting some rent relief from their landlord. At its Tuesday night's meeting, the Santa...

 
 By Jack Simon    Politics    April 21, 2021

Motion to Ban Items That Can be 'Weaponized' at Protests Fails at City Council Meeting

In light of the recent demonstrations nationwide, where "violence erupted between demonstrators and counter-demonstrators and violence against law enforcement personnel," the Santa Monica City...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 16, 2021

School Board Rejects Malibu's 'Best and Final Offer' Ahead of April 17 'Breakup' Hearing

Like any messy divorce in California, the splitting of Santa Monica and Malibu into two separate independent school districts will come down to money, specifically "alimony" for SMMUSD. Last...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 13, 2021

SM City Council to Ponder Ban of Items That Can be 'Weaponized' at Protests

The Santa Monica City Council will consider at its April 13 meeting an emergency ordinance which would ban certain items that "can be weaponized" at public assemblies and community events. "There is...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 11, 2021

Santa Monica Ranked Among Top 5 Beach Towns in the U.S.

Santa Monica may not be as renowned as Hollywood and Beverly Hills but a report from Stacker has revealed the home to Third Street Promenade, the Pier and a sun-drenched coastline was one of the top...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 5, 2021

Santa Monica City Council 'Prioritizes Affordable Housing in City-Owned Land'

The Santa Monica City Council met this week to discuss affordable housing plans for its "Housing Element" update that "prioritizes 100% affordable housing in city-owned land" and "addresses historic...

 
 By Jack Simon    News    April 3, 2021

'Safety Ambassadors' to Begin Patrolling Downtown Santa Monica April 1

Downtown Santa Monica (DTSM) has announced it is expanding its Ambassador Program to include safety-related services in addition to the hospitality, custodial and homeless outreach efforts. Beginning...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    April 2, 2021

SMMUSD Will Fully Reopen Elementary Schools April 19, Secondary Schools April 26

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has just announced it will officially reopen its campuses for full-time, in-person instruction on April 19 for elementary students and on April 26 for...

 
 By Jack Simon    Schools    March 29, 2021

SMMUSD Preparing to Fully Reopen All Schools After Spring Break, says Santa Monica Malibu Schools Superintendent

All the students in Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District may fully return to their physical classrooms as early as April 12. SMMUSD Supt. Ben Drati made it clear this past weekend that the...

 

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