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 →


Making waves in the face of genetic disease

Andrew Hendrickson needs daily treatments just to stay alive. He takes several dozen pills, including medicine for his liver and enzymes before he eats because his pancreas doesn‚Äôt function properly. He spends two 40-minute sessions in a vest that vibrates to loosen the mucus that has accumulated in his chest. He had part of his left... Read more →


Orchestra Santa Monica announces its fourth season

Orchestra Santa Monica has announced its fourth season of concerts, once again presenting four exciting programs under the baton of Music Director Allen Robert Gross in the acoustically and visually intimate Ann and Jerry Moss Theater. Highlights of the coming season include an all-Mozart concert, a Flamenco afternoon featuring concertos... Read more →


Report: Hate crime rate stagnant on Westside

  Last August, a black man and his Latino boyfriend were holding hands while walking in West Los Angeles when suspects in a passing car shouted a homophobic slur at them, made a U-turn and assaulted them with a switchblade. In November, a lesbian couple emerged from their apartment in Pacific Palisades to find a homophobic slur... Read more →