Franklin Elementary dedicates bench to Jeffrey Hughes

Those who knew Jeffrey Hughes Jr. spoke of his love of Legos and all things Star Wars, of his strong spirit, of his enthusiasm for life. But the friends and family members who shared their memories of the late Franklin Elementary School student also highlighted his friendly personality and how it saddened him to see other children playing... Read more →


Santa Monica surgeon seeks to repair bodies, restore spirits

Maybe there’s someone who was bullied as a child for being heavy, dropped the weight later in life and now wants to get rid of excess skin. Perhaps there’s a woman who had breast cancer and is now seeking an update to previous surgery that isn’t covered by insurance. Michael Zarrabi believes these kinds of operations can be... Read more →


Burglary suspects found with key to stolen BMW (crime watch)

On May 23 at about 4:35 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a residential burglary in the 500 block of Alta Avenue. A witness to the burglary saw three male Hispanic subjects wearing dark clothing entering and leaving the residence. About an hour later, an alert citizen called the Santa Monica Police Department to report... Read more →


SMC’s Drescher Planetarium announces June events

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites you to enjoy an evening of magnificent deep-sky images, including star clusters, planetary nebulae, and even a bright supernova remnant. The planetarium's June schedule also offers an opportunity to gaze at the Moon and Saturn through telescopes. The feature shows and the evening... Read more →


SMC musical theater group presents ‘Comedy Tonight!’

The Santa Monica College Musical Theatre Workshop class will present not one, but two highly entertaining “Comedy Tonight!” shows June 5-7. Each show will be a musical theater revue showcasing some of the finest musicals from the late 19th century to the present. The workshop, a co-production of the SMC Theatre Arts and Music... Read more →


St. Matthew’s Music Guild season finale set

On Friday, June 5, at 8 p.m., St. Matthew's Music Guild concludes its 2014-15 season in Pacific Palisades with a program featuring The Chamber Orchestra at St. Matthew's in Mendelssohn's Suite from the Incidental Music for Shakespeare's “Midsummer Night's Dream.” The program also includes two choral masterpieces: Franz Joseph Haydn's Te... Read more →


Rusty’s fundraiser to benefit Church in Ocean Park

Forty-three years ago, Reverend Jim Conn, went to the United Methodist Bishop and made a deal. The historic church building at the corner of 2nd and Hill was a sorry place indeed. The congregation had been dying off for years and it was a mere skeleton of a church. Conn cut a deal with the Bishop who guaranteed two years' salary to get... Read more →


Serial sexual assault suspect arrested

Local police agencies are looking for potential victims of a recently arrested sexual assault suspect. On May 17, around 11:30 p.m., officers responded to a 911 call of a screaming woman near the intersection of Beverly Boulevard and Croft Avenue. The victim described a man who attacked her while she was out walking her dog. Officers... Read more →


Fundraising bicycle ride comes to Santa Monica

On April 19, 57-year old grandfather Eric McIntyre left the comfort of his home in New Orleans and to ride his bike 75 miles a day, over 7,000 miles, for a 3-month journey in tribute to his wife Liz and her ongoing battle with pancreatic cancer. McIntyre's journey throughout the United States is a fundraiser for the Lazarex Cancer... Read more →


Santa Monica building wins award from HUD

Two model affordable housing developments in California and Vermont are the recipients of the 2015 HUD Secretary's Housing and Community Design Award, each recognized for excellence in affordable housing design. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the American Institute of Architects (AIA) selected Step Up on 5th in... Read more →

City Council

Ambulance program delayed until fall

The implementation of an ambulance pilot program, which drew some strife between the fire union and the chief, has been delayed until the fall, according to a recent report from the Santa Monica Fire Department. In January, City Council accepted then-Chief Scott Ferguson’s request to add six new paramedics — rather than the 12... Read more →