All chains could come off in Chain Reaction testing

“Chain Reaction” may briefly be renamed “Reaction” if the Landmarks Commission approves recommendations from a consultant. The aging sculpture, located on Main Street, needs testing, city officials say, in order to avoid a possible public safety hazard and City Hall’s consultant recommends removing all chains and parts of the... Read more →


Science lecture series coming to SMC

The latest news from the front lines in the battle against ebola and research in reconstructing evolutionary history are just two of the topics of Santa Monica College's Spring 2015 Distinguished Scientists Lecture Series, beginning March 10. All talks — designed for lay audiences — are free and held on the Santa Monica College main... Read more →


Comedy, auction to support animal welfare group

Voice For The Animals Foundation (VFTA) is hosting a hilarious night of comedy, gourmet vegan cuisine and silent and live auctions at their annual fundraiser Saturday March 14 from 6 - 10 p.m. at the Santa Monica Museum of Flying at 3100 Airport Ave., Santa Monica, CA 90405. Grammy, Tony, Emmy Award winner and Kennedy Center honoree, Lily... Read more →



Expo, City Hall in dispute over station property

Expo and City Hall can’t agree on how much the latter should be paid for the land where the Downtown light rail station is being built, according to court documents. In October, the Exposition Metro Line Construction Authority filed a lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica seeking eminent domain and declaratory relief relating to the... Read more →


At SMASH, mindfulness over matter

The young students sit around the edges of the carpet, legs crossed, backs straight, eyes closed. After instructing them to raise their hands when they hear complete silence, Stefanie Goldstein strikes a bowl with a small baton, yielding a piercing sound that echoes throughout the classroom. Ding! The note persists, lingering in the still... Read more →


Suspect wanted for felony assault

On March 2 at approximately 8:35 a.m., a suspect was casing for unlocked vehicles in the subterranean garage at the 800 block of 4th Street when he was confronted two victims. One victim attempted to restrain the suspect as he tried to flee on foot, while the second called the police. An altercation ensued and the suspect stabbed one of... Read more →


UCLA plans kidney health fair in Santa Monica

March is National Kidney Month and to mark it, Dr. Anjay Rastogi, UCLA Kidney and Hypertension specialist, and his UCLA team will hold a Kidney Health Fair on March 8 in Santa Monica to raise awareness of kidney health and associated co-morbid conditions such as high blood pressure and diabetes. The event will focus on integrative... Read more →


Santa Monica Synagogue hosting community carnival

The Santa Monica Synagogue is inviting the public to participate in its annual carnival on March 8 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 18th Street between Broadway and Santa Monica Boulevard. (1448 18th St.). The annual carnival will feature attractions such as a zip line, rock wall, painless paintball, inflatable jumpers and slides, and the popular... Read more →


PYFC, UCLA Xinachtli to host racial unity dinner

On Monday, March 9, UCLA Xinachtli and the Pico Youth and Family Center will be hosting a family dinner night and panel discussion on Black and Brown Unity at the Santa Monica High School cafeteria at 6:30 p.m. After dinner, parents will walk over to the PYFC (around 8:30 p.m.) for dessert and coffee. UCLA will also be bringing... Read more →



Harrison Ford injured in golf course plane crash

SMO — Actor Harrison Ford crashed his plane at a golf course near Santa Monica Airport Thursday afternoon, according to sources at the airport. Ford was piloting his Ryan PT-22, World War II-era single-engine plane after 2 p.m. when he hit the Penmar Golf Course, which is adjacent to the airport. “I came out. I hear a thud,” said... Read more →


Lending a hand to female veterans

On any given night, federal officials say, roughly 610,000 people in the United States don't have roofs over their heads. Of those, some 144,000 are veterans. A rapidly growing portion of those is female. Homelessness is just one of myriad issues facing female veterans, and it will be among the topics discussed March 7 during a free... Read more →