$55M Innovation Building unveiled at Samohi

When Dean Chien started as a freshman at Santa Monica High School three years ago, plans were already in motion for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district to construct a new science and technology building on campus. But the finished product still made a powerful impression on Chien, who is now a senior and the school's student body... Read more →



Alzheimer’s legislation signed by governor

Governor Jerry Brown has signed legislation authored by California Senator Ben Allen (D - Santa Monica) that will improve diagnosis, treatment and care for people with Alzheimer's disease and dementia. The bill, Senate Bill (SB) 613, requires the California Department of Public Health to update guidelines used by physicians to reflect changes... Read more →


Sheriff deputies lead effort to save scuba diver’s life

On Oct. 7 at approximately 9 a.m., Marina Del Rey deputies working the patrol duty boat received an emergency call over a marine radio frequency indicating a civilian diver was having difficulty breathing after he returned to the surface from a recreational dive out in the open water of Santa Monica Bay. Marina Del Rey Station boat deputies,... Read more →


Shore Hotel operating without required permits

The Shore Hotel is currently operating without a valid permit from the Coastal Commission and owners are relying on a pair of court cases to determine the hotel's future. Without a valid permit the best-case scenario for the hotel could be millions of dollars in fines, or at worst, the hotel could be shutdown until the commission is... Read more →


SMMUSD working to address concerns over classroom temps

The heat isn't going away, and neither is the issue of uncomfortable classroom temperatures. With warm weather extending well into October across Southern California, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is trying to provide relief amid ongoing complaints from teachers, students and parents about learning conditions. The district is... Read more →


Healing crusade set for Santa Monica

A Miracle Healing Crusade with international evangelist Wayman Mitchell will take place at 7 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 10, at the Lincoln Middle School auditorium, 1501 California Ave. The free, one-night-only event will feature prayers for healing the sick. Mitchell, a minister of the gospel for more than 40 years who is pastor of The Potter's... Read more →


Tribute to director/producer/dancer Herbert Ross

Santa Monica College is pleased to host a tribute to renowned director, producer and dancer Herbert Ross at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 10. The tribute includes a free screening of the classic film "The Turning Point." Ross' niece and SMC board of trustees vice-chair, Louise Jaffe, will introduce the film. Jaffe will talk about - and share photos of -... Read more →


Long time Big Blue Bus director Hutchison dies

John F. "Jack" Hutchison a long-time leader of Santa Monica's Big Blue Bus and Santa Monica resident has passed away at age 85. Hutchison served as director of transportation of the Big Blue Bus from 1967 to 1995. During that time he worked to make the agency a national model for high quality fixed route transit. Hutchison prided himself on... Read more →



At Samohi, a ‘lessen’ on language barriers

In a short message to Santa Monica High School families last year, district Superintendent Sandra Lyon weighed in on the implementation of California's new academic system. "There is much discussion in the education world and many local communities right now about the Common Core State Standards," she wrote. "Are they bad? Good? Designed to... Read more →


Santa Monica receives cash for bulletproof vests

Congressman Ted W. Lieu has announced that the City of Santa Monica was awarded funds under the Department of Justice's (DOJ) bulletproof vest program. The total award is in the amount of $9,296.38 and will support the purchase of 21 vests. "The Santa Monica Police Department is pleased to receive this supplemental funding earmarked for... Read more →