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29 Dec  

Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section to focus on different driving behaviors

City of Santa Monica Police Department
Timothy J. Jackman, Chief of Police
Press Release

The Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section will focus on different driving behaviors each month that are primary causation for traffic collisions.  In January, motor officers will target drivers talking or texting on cell phones.

Chief Timothy J. Jackman wants to remind drivers that it’s against the law in California to talk on a hand-held cell phone, and to write, send or read text-based communications on a cell phone or smartphone or other electronic wireless device while driving.

The California law on handheld cell phones, one of the first in the nation, went into effect in 2008.  The ban on texting followed in 2009.


  • A person (of any age) holding a cell phone in his/her hand and using the speaker phone, or as is most commonly seen, holding the cell phone to the ear (whether on speaker phone or not), would constitute a violation of 23123(a).
  • Juveniles are not allowed to use cell phones at all while driving with or without an ear piece, and whether or not on speaker phone.
  • “Write, send, or read a text-based communication” means using an electronic wireless communications device to manually communicate with any person using a text-based communication method, including, but not limited to, communications referred to as a text message, instant message, or electronic mail. Scrolling for a name or phone number in a cell phone or entering a phone number does not constitute texting.

For more information, please contact Sergeant Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Enforcement Section at 310-458-4847, or Lieutenant Jay Trisler at 310-458-8471.

23 Dec  

The Divine Seas

By Randi Parent

Rainbow Serpent, by Jose Ponce

Otis College of Art students, in partnership with the Santa Monica Pier Aquarium, researched mythological creatures to show how different cultures – ancient and modern – used these creatures to create meaning in the sea as well as foster inspiration and conservation. You can join the students of Otis College of Art and Design as they discuss “The Divine Seas,” an exhibition of illustrations and mythological stories of sea creatures.

The exhibition is the culmination of a 15-week course, “Beasts of Myth and Fancy,” taught by Professor Flores-Pena.  The exhibition shows how differently each culture treats the ocean, with a goal  to bring the ocean to life, instilling an ancient cultural level of respect in people of the modern world. Come check out the artwork, learn about these mythical creatures and connect with the modern day creatures of the Santa Monica Bay on exhibit at the Aquarium.

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13 Dec  

Active Parents + Kids

By Karen Jashinsky


I love how parents play such a positive influence in the lives of many kids in the community. They lead by example by being physically active as well as being active in the schools and communities their kids live in. I love living here and being a part of it all.


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