Know Before You Go – Week of Oct. 5, 2015

Week of October 5, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →


Suspect arrested for disturbing the peace at OPCC

On September 23, at approximately 11:50 p.m. An officer responded to OPCC on the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard regarding a disturbance of the peace radio call. Upon arrival, staff from the community center stated that a female, later identified as Alejandra Everett, 52, of Santa Monica, was threatening another client, and he wanted her... Read more →


“Read to the Rhythm” summer reading program rocks

In Santa Monica, kids and teens read. At the Santa Monica Public Library, the "Read to the Rhythm" (for kids) and "Play, Dance, Read!" (for teens) summer reading themes kept the reading stats rocking. Despite the temporary closure of the Fairview Branch, participation continued to be strong. The library's 2015 summer reading program for... Read more →


Tribute lawn bowl tournament to be held in Douglas Park

Jack Beckley, an avid and enthusiastic lawn bowler, passed away in 2002, but his legacy lives on in the Jack Beckley Friendship Tournament that was started that same year by his family and friends. The Santa Monica Bowls Club in Douglas Park at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 25th Street in Santa Monica will be hosting the 13th... Read more →


Santa Monica police arrest suspicious man in parked vehicle

On Sept. 24 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a¬†Santa Monica police officer responded to the 2500 block of Idaho Avenue in regards to a suspicious male subject sitting in a vehicle for several hours. Upon arrival, the officer located the male, later identified as 29-year-old Nate Lewis, of Los Angeles, sitting in the passenger seat while... Read more →


Former Santa Monica rabbi arrested on sexual abuse charges

Santa Monica police detectives are seeking information or additional victims in connection with the arrest of Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky, who was booked into the Santa Monica jail Wednesday on a felony warrant for sexual abuse of a child. Levitansky allegedly met his victims while working at Chabad‚Äôs Living Torah Center in Santa... Read more →



Pier board weighs car access, bridge replacement

Residents want the Pier experience to remain basically the same, albeit with potentially fewer cars and better pedestrian access. The Santa Monica Pier board recently held a community workshop to discuss plans for the future of the Pier. Organizers said the meeting went well but highlighted the need for better communication between officials... Read more →



Workshop unites activists for police reform

On the night of April 21, Justin Leland Palmer was attempting to charge his electric vehicle at a Virginia Avenue Park charging station when Santa Monica police approached him. Palmer, who is black, was asked to leave the charging station by officers who said the charging stations were closed for the evening. He didn't. When he was asked for... Read more →



Documentary chronicles Santa Monica sports icon

Dave Blackburn accomplished plenty in his life, but there was one project he didn't get to finish: his own. The late Santa Monica resident was a decorated fastpitch softball player who traveled across the country and around the world for the sport he loved. He threw 70 no-hitters in his career, won four gold medals with Team USA in the World... Read more →


UCLA doctor wins award

Dr. Jeffrey Saver, director of UCLA Comprehensive Stroke since its inception in 1995, has been awarded the American Neurological Association's 2015 Soriano Leadership Award. Established in 1987, the award provides "a brilliant lecture delivered by an outstanding scientist." A leader in cerebrovascular research and clinical care, Saver was... Read more →


‘The Mend’ playing in the Vidiots Annex¬†

For one weekend a month, the newly renovated Vidiots Annex is transformed into the VIDIOTS Cinema Selects micro-cinema, presenting special limited runs of new, independent films, handpicked and personally recommended by Vidiots' staff. Cinelicious Pics is excited to announce that Vidiot's inaugural selection is "The Mend," the debut film from... Read more →



Minimum wage rules delayed

Santa Monica will raise the minimum wage to $15 ‚Ķ eventually. After hours of discussion and deliberation at their Sept. 29 meeting, the council voted to endorse the concept of a minimum wage but delayed voting on a formal ordinance pending additional analysis of several issues including service charges vs. tips, mandatory sick leave,... Read more →


Malibu issues command SMMUSD board attention  

Today marks the local Board of Education‚Äôs first meeting in Malibu since the start of the school year, so it comes as little surprise to see the agenda packed with items related to chemical testing and cleanup at Malibu schools. The school board will consider making another tweak to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district‚Äôs... Read more →