Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College chemistry club honored

By Grace Smith What do you get when you put together a group of students and professors with a passion for one of the oldest scientific disciplines, and a desire to do good? It's a winning solution called the Santa Monica College (SMC) Chemistry Club. On March 13, the American Chemical Society (ACS) Committee on Education will recognize... Read more →


Homeless man threatens facility staffer with knife

On Feb. 4 at approximately 4 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer was dispatched to a facility in the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard in response to the report of an ex-client brandishing a knife and threatening employees. According to staff, the subject, later identified as Roger Kiskaden, 55-year-old transient, was trying to enter the... Read more →

City Council

Speed limits revised

A quick decision by the City Council reduced speed limits throughout the City at their Feb. 9 meeting. Council took 15 minutes to approve a package of speed limit alterations based on state mandated rules. Most of the changes resulted in lower speeds but an increase in speeds along Marine was a concern for the council and residents. Speed... Read more →


Road closures for the Los Angeles Marathon

Road closures have been announced for the Los Angeles Marathon. There will be road closures along the length of the course, several freeway ramps will be temporarily closed and there are additional city-specific closures related to race logistics. Freeway ramp closures Northbound 110, Hill St./Stadium Way, 3 - 9:35 a.m. Northbound 110, 110... Read more →


Banking program coming to SMC

Santa Monica College is joining forces with an area nonprofit to offer a career-focused training series through its extension program. Campus officials are working with JVSLA to bring the organization's existing BankWork$ program to the local community college by May. The 8-week program, one of several job training and workforce development... Read more →


SMMUSD outlines preschool plans

Imagine a world in which children go to preschool at the neighborhood elementary campus they plan to attend. The Santa Monica-Malibu school district already has. District officials last month unveiled a proposed early learning pathway and introduced a pilot program that would include preschool programming at two SMMUSD sites this coming... Read more →


Electrical fire closes Santa Monica Blvd.

A transformer fire prompted the evacuation of a local store on Sunday and while several firefighters were taken to the hospital, no serious injuries are reported. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, four engines, a ladder truck, a hazardous materials team and a battalion chief responded to multiple calls of black smoke emanating... Read more →


Local, state laws taking effect in 2016

With the first month of 2016 behind us, several new laws have already taken effect in the state of California, and right here in Santa Monica, that will change how we go about our day-to-day lives. And there are more to come. On the state level, starting this year it will be illegal to wear earbuds or headsets in both ears while driving a... Read more →

City Council

What’s at stake in a jam-packed City Council meeting

If you watch a Big Blue Bus drive slowly past the Civic Auditorium while walking toward City Hall to pay for a permit, you'd pretty much have covered every topic at the Feb. 9 City Council meeting. According to the agenda, Council will adjust several speed limits, begin deliberation about the future of the Civic Auditorium site, revise the... Read more →


Man kicks Comfort Inn light fixture until it breaks

On Jan. 26 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on patrol in the 2800 block of Santa Monica Boulevard observed two men walking down the sidewalk kicking traffic cones. As the two continued walking, one man, later identified as Jace Mastel, 25, of Lake Arrowhead, began to kick the light fixtures in front of the Comfort... Read more →


At Samohi, making AP courses more inclusive

Teachers and administrators at Santa Monica High School had seen it happen far too often: A student they believed was qualified to take an Advanced Placement class signs up and then quits or they decide not to enroll altogether. It was just another troublesome facet of the longstanding academic achievement gap between minority students and... Read more →