From Russia, With Swords

Wushu - the Chinese term for martial arts - is both an art form, and a full-contact sport which comprises largely of traditional Chinese martial arts. "It's not just about the physical. It's mental. It's how you think, how you live, how you deal with life. Wushu made me who I am today," 25-year-old Amina Materukhina says as she strolls... Read more →


LA County libraries getting much faster internet access

Wireless internet connections are about to get a lot faster at Los Angeles County libraries, thanks to a $5 million federal grant. City News Service reports Tuesday that current library Wi-Fi averages a measly 10 to 20 megabits per second. Officials say after this year's upgrade, wireless internet users will see speeds up to a hundred... Read more →


UCLA guard Kris Wilkes to skip NBA draft, return to school

UCLA guard Kris Wilkes will skip next month's NBA draft and return to school for his sophomore season. He averaged 13.7 points and 4.9 rebounds — both second-best on the team — last season. The Indianapolis native was named to the Pac-12 All-Freshman team. Coach Steve Alford said Tuesday that Wilkes knows he'll have a bigger role... Read more →


Crime Watch

On May 17, at about 9:20 a.m. While patrolling the area of Casa Del Mar – 1910 Ocean Way, officers saw a subject walking out of hotel matching the description of an earlier radio call for service of a subject attempting to break into an apartment. The subject was detained for an investigation. As officers searched the suspect, they... Read more →


Dr. Vivian Choi Appointed Samohi House Principal

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Vivian Choi as a new Santa Monica High School house principal at its May 17 regular board meeting. Choi joins SMMUSD from Beckman High School in the Tustin Unified School District where she has served as assistant principal since 2013. In her... Read more →


Toxic pesticide use rising at illegal California pot farms

Researchers and U.S. authorities are finding what they say is an alarming increase in the use of a powerful banned pesticide at illegal marijuana farms hidden on public land in California. The pesticide residue is showing up in about 30 percent of the plants themselves, researcher Mourad Gabriel told The Associated Press. U.S. and state... Read more →


Trump turns heads at The Pier

Santa Monica is not exactly Trump Country. Back in 2016, only about 7,000 locals voted for then-candidate Donald Trump, not enough to even put him on the City Council. City leaders have denounced the president’s policies on immigration, written letters about climate change and filed briefs to fight Trump’s travel ban. Yet lately... Read more →


Visitor spending funds new attractions in Marina Del Rey

Locals know Marina Del Rey as a recreation destination, the county-owned facility is also a significant economic engine for the region. The marina is the second largest source of revenue for the county and tourism continues to be an important element to the Marina’s growth. The Marina del Rey Convention & Visitors Bureau released its... Read more →


Samohi performing arts nominated for Jerry Awards

Samohi usually has plenty to be proud of, with their famous alumni and their penchant for producing National Shakespeare competitors and actors, but the high school and its performing arts department can hold their heads even higher knowing their orchestra and performing arts programs have recently earned Jerry Herman award... Read more →


Council amends rules to allow bigger ADUs

The City Council increased the maximum allowable size for Accessory Dwelling Units on large lots Tuesday, increasing the allowable floor area from 650 square feet to 800 square feet on lots larger than 6,000 square feet. The Council also removed a 250 square foot restriction for second floor ADUs to allow homeowners to build apartments above... Read more →