SMC theater show to fund festival trip

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present a benefit performance to help send students to the regional competition of the prestigious 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The benefit will be held Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa... Read more →


Santa Monica College president to retire this year

Dr. Chui L. Tsang has announced his impending retirement from Santa Monica College. Tsang notified staff of his decision Tuesday night by email. “I am writing to let you know that after much consideration, I have made the decision to retire as President and Superintendent of Santa Monica College at the end of this academic year,” he... Read more →

City Council


City Hall seeks to regulate ride-sharing apps

Popular ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft may face regulation in Santa Monica. City officials plan to ask City Council to address the regulation of vehicles-for-hire when council discusses the expiration of the taxi franchise system later this year, City Hall's Business Operations Manager Salvador Valles said last week. “Currently,... Read more →


ROP courses, teachers on chopping block

When she started high school, Ariana Lopez couldn't envision giving a presentation in an English class, let alone being on stage in front of hundreds of people. Her involvement in the Regional Occupational Program's (ROP) dance class helped her out of her shell. “Dance was my escape, my therapy, my safe zone,” she said. For the recent... Read more →


Beloved Santa Monica video store Vidiots saved by donors

A beloved Santa Monica video store will remain open for the foreseeable future thanks to a last-minute rally by donors to avoid its closure. The legendary Vidiots is getting a donation from film producer Megan Ellison and longtime customer Dr. Leonard Lipman. "This all this just happened, and we are beyond thrilled," said co-owner Cathy... Read more →


Topics announced for Ocean Park Association meeting

Join organizers Monday, Feb. 9, for the monthly meeting of the Ocean Park Association. They will be meeting from 7-9 p.m. at Joslyn Park, 633 Kensington Rd. Topics of interest will include: Peter James from the city will give a LiNC Plan Update and Joe Trujillo will talk about Code Compliance. There will be a conversation with Armen... Read more →


Los Angeles Clarinet Choir to perform in Santa Monica

Join organizers for the Los Angeles Clarinet Choir in concert on Saturday, Feb. 7 at 3 p.m. in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. The Los Angeles Clarinet Choir is a group of 16 accomplished adult clarinetists performing on soprano, sopranino, alto, bass and contrabass clarinets. The group... Read more →


‘Rolled Sleeves Bandit’ arrested

Multiple bank robbers have been arrested and charged federally, announced David Bowdich, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI's Los Angeles Field Office, and Stephanie Yonekura, the United States Attorney in Los Angeles. In one case, a Newport Beach man was arrested for bank robbery after being identified as the suspect in a series of... Read more →

City Council

Union, residents, chief clash over new fire jobs

It wasn’t a heated exchange, but Santa Monica firefighters publicly disagreed with their chief over how many new positions should be added to the force. City Council ultimately sided with Fire Chief Scott Ferguson, voting unanimously to add a new two-person rescue ambulance rather than a four-person engine. The new rescue ambulance slots... Read more →


Grant Elementary augmenting SMMUSD tech initiative

Grant Elementary School students in grades K-2 will soon have access to new computer equipment, the result of a site-level decision to supplement ongoing technological upgrades throughout the district. The school’s Parent Teacher Association is furnishing money for 36 new Apple iMacs — three each for the 12 total kindergarten and first-... Read more →


Big Blue Bus seeks input on redesigned stop seats

You'd think the Big Blue Bus would be sick of feedback about the new bus stops by now. But no, they want more. BBB officials are asking residents to try out two proposed redesigns of the new bus seats and fill out an online survey. The alternative seat options were designed in response to the outpouring of complaints about new seats that... Read more →


How an Olympic High student won Super Bowl tickets

The bright lights and television cameras were already some 375 miles east of Santa Monica, diehard football fans converging on the host city, players augmenting the spectacle with headline-grabbing sound bites, coaches preparing for America's most prominent sporting event. The action was at Olympic High School. A white envelope was... Read more →