Hair Apparent

Many of us have had the mixed pleasure and dismay of watching ourselves grow older via the photos in our family album. Ironically, the faces remain pretty much the same over the years — or at least recognizable — until age sets in and everything droops. But the thing that registers the passage of time unequivocally is the hair. From... Read more →



Lincoln needs 15K for new science program

LINCOLN — Teachers at Lincoln Middle School are hoping the new school year will literally inspire students to reach for the stars but a funding shortfall has imperiled their cosmic dreams. A team of educators is trying to implement a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program associated with the Student Spaceflight... Read more →


Election Roundup: 14 candidates qualify for ballot

CITY HALL — The balloted candidates for City Council have been whittled down to 14 from the 18 who pulled the necessary paperwork. Candidates were required to collect signatures from 100 registered Santa Monica voters. On Monday, the City Clerk and the Los Angeles County Registrar finished verifying the signatures of all the candidates... Read more →


Beat cops fighting crime though community building

PICO / MIDCITY — The Santa Monica Police Department has hundreds of officers covering the City of Santa Monica but for a small section of SMPD employees, the city takes on a distinctly neighborhood feel thanks to their position as Neighborhood Resource Officers (NRO). The NROs are partnered with a civilian Crime Prevention Coordinator and... Read more →


Board of Ed hears protest over coach’s removal

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — “Baseball has always been a reflection of life,” Hall of Famer Willie Stargell once said. “Like life, it adjusts.” Some fans of the Santa Monica High School baseball team are sick of adjusting. Parents, students, and former players showed up at last week’s Board of Education meeting to express their frustration... Read more →

City Council

Airport lease plan on hold

SMO - City Council wasn't ready to pull the trigger on recommendations that would have extended aviation leases at the Santa Monica Airport and raised all leases to market rate. Instead, council voted unanimously at their Aug. 12 meeting to send the recommendations back to the Airport Commission for review. A key agreement between City Hall... Read more →


15 council candidates file

CITY HALL — It could be another full ballot this November. Fifteen City Council candidates returned paperwork to City Hall in time for Wednesday night’s deadline. The signatures collected by several of these candidates still need to be verified by the Los Angeles County Registrar, so it’s possible that not all 15 candidates will... Read more →


Crime watch: Cabbage pleasure and rap beef

On Sunday, August 10 at 12:30 a.m. Santa Monica Police officers responded to 4th Street and Colorado Ave., regarding an indecent exposure incident onboard a Big Blue Bus. When they arrived, they contacted both the victim and the suspect inside the bus. The victim told the officers she was sitting on a bus seat and eating her lunch, when the... Read more →


Council candidate cash race under way

CITYWIDE - Several candidates for City Council are already stacking dollars for their campaign run this year. Seven candidates have filed campaign finance disclosure statements, allowing them to raise cash in advance of the November election. There are three contested council seats this year, one of which is open. Longtime Councilmember Bob... Read more →