Daughter of late Santa Monica firefighter receives scholarship

Santa Monica resident Hanna Hone, 21, has been selected to receive an ICMA-RC Public Employee Memorial Scholarship (ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship). The ICMA-RC Memorial Scholarship Fund Board of Directors presented 36 scholarships for the 2015-16 academic year to recipients from 17 different states. Hone will attend the University of... Read more →


Santa Monica student receives Fulbright scholarship

James Piacentini of Santa Monica has been offered a Fulbright U.S. Student Program grant to Italy in Urban Development & Planning, the United States Department of State and the J. William Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board has announced. Piacentini is one of over 1,900 U.S. citizens who will travel abroad for the 2015-16 academic year... Read more →


Oaks Initiative chopped down by legal questions

The Oaks Initiative, Santa Monica's anti-corruption law, is currently inoperative due to a lack of lawyers willing or able to prosecute alleged violations. Voters passed the law to prohibit elected officials from profiting from their positions. The law prohibits elected officials from accepting employment, gifts or other monetary benefits... Read more →



Malibu lawsuit clears SMMUSD challenge

The legal battle over chemicals at Malibu public schools rages on. A federal judge last week gave life to a lawsuit that seeks the removal of polychlorinated biphenyls at Malibu High and Juan Cabrillo Elementary schools. U.S. District Court Judge Percy Anderson denied a request by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to... Read more →

City Council

37 city appointments up for grabs

If all members of City Council are present at Tuesday’s meeting, perhaps we’ll see the cogs turning on Santa Monica’s political machine. Aside from the proposed $1.1-billion biennial budget and final adoption of the Zoning Ordinance update, council will consider 37 appointments to city boards and commissions. Council has an... Read more →


Santa Monica arts leaders honored

The Santa Monica Arts Foundation presented its third annual awards ceremony at Back on the Beach restaurant June 17 in recognition of the contributions of local leaders whose efforts support Santa Monica's artistic, creative, and cultural community, making the City an exceptionally vibrant place to live. Mayor Kevin McKeown presented awards... Read more →


PYFC plans protest march to City Hall

A coalition of concerned residents, parents, families, workers, organizations, churches and small businesses will be supporting the campaign to LET PYFC THRIVE and requesting that the City Council of Santa Monica invest in and fully fund the Pico Youth & Family Center for the 2015-2019 funding cycle. Supporters are asked to meet at... Read more →


Fundraiser springs up for injured dog

Santa Monica animal lovers are trying to rally the community around Neo, a 2-year-old dog recently attacked at his foster home. According to organizers, Neo is either a Min Pin or Chihuahua and he was bitten by a smaller dog on his back legs and head. He also had small tears on his ears and eyes. Neo has been in 24-hour vet care and... Read more →



Commission eyes more Santa Monica park land

With City Council scheduled to consider a $1.1-billion two-year budget on Tuesday, the Recreation and Parks Commission sent its recommendations. Surprise, surprise: More parks. They’re happy, they said in a letter to council, with the proposed allocation of funds to craft a plan for the 12-acre expansion of Airport Park but they have... Read more →


Santa Monica projects earn architecture awards

The 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, recognize the project teams responsible for the very best architecture in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Selected by a jury of notable design and building professionals, the winning projects encompass a wide range of building types, from... Read more →


‘Celebrate America’ at Santa Monica College

SMC's Independence Day festivities are held early each year. The free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” — Santa Monica College's popular star-spangled salute to our nation's independence — to be held Saturday, June 27. The celebration — the only one of its kind in Santa Monica — will feature a... Read more →


Local couple open studio in former YogaWorks location

Starting June 22, Goorus Yoga will begin offering regular yoga classes at 15327 Sunset Blvd., the site of the former YogaWorks studio. Goorus Yoga will offer a full range of classes from beginning to advanced, taught by experienced instructors. “Life is hectic, and finding a way to renew and replenish is important,” said Lightfoot, who... Read more →