Briefs

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 →

Crime

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 →

Briefs

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 →

Briefs

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 →

Public

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School board examines achievement gap

Black and Hispanic students in Santa Monica-Malibu schools rank behind their peers on a variety of achievement measures, and officials say they are working to narrow gaps that are mirrored in districts across the country. The Board of Education recently reviewed data showing academic disparities among segments of the student population,... Read more →

City Council

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Council to revisit development standards

A miniature furor erupted among the urban planning wonks in the city last week after the mayor put forth a suggestion to revisit a small portion of the Zoning Ordinance. City Council agreed unanimously, among the five members present, to discuss development standards in an area on Colorado Avenue and the south side of Broadway east of 20th... Read more →

Crime

Man knocks Santa Monica cyclist to the ground (crime watch)

On May 22 at about 9:27 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of a battery that just occurred in the area of Ocean and California avenues. The victim told officers that while riding her bicycle she was thrown to the ground. She was unable to explain why the attack happened but said her attacker had been running in and... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica College student wins federal language scholarship

Santa Monica College student Courtney Kelley has been awarded a U.S. Department of State Critical Language Scholarship to study abroad this summer in Suzhou, China. She is one of only 550 students selected from 200 colleges and universities across the nation for the CLS program — a U.S. government effort to expand dramatically the number of... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica resident wins national poetry contest

The Trustees of the Robert Frost Farm in Derry, New Hampshire, and the Hyla Brook Poets today announced that the winner of the 5th Annual Frost Farm Prize for metrical poetry is Kevin Durkin of Santa Monica, for his poem, "Meteor Crater." The prize was judged by prize-winning poet Josh Mehigan. Durkin receives $1,000, publication in The... Read more →

City Council

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PYFC faces total funding cut

It's budget time, so that means it's also time for drama surrounding the future of the Pico Youth & Family Center. This time around, City Council is considering completely cutting the funding for the nonprofit youth organization run by Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre. At the start of the current fiscal year, council... Read more →

News

In Haiti, a humbling experience for Santa Monica volunteer

Sleeping with a mosquito net in a facility with no air conditioning was an unusual experience for Leonard Anderson. It was also a reminder. Anderson has a place to live comfortably in Santa Monica. He has a job in finance in Century City. He has access to medical care. He doesn’t have to worry about his next meal. But in Thomazeau,... Read more →