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 →



Test scores fuel debate on achievement gap

Should struggling students have a say in how they're taught? Establishing pupil focus groups was one idea discussed by Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials this month as they analyzed data from recently released state test results amid ongoing efforts to close longstanding achievement gaps. Debate during the local Board of... Read more →


Tangled rules complicate tree removal protest

Santa Monica residents are protesting a neighbor's decision to cut down several trees on the 300 block of Adelaide Drive. Removal of the trees began last week to make way for what critics described as additional parking at the site. Local activist Jerry Rubin temporarily obstructed the removal until Santa Monica police arrived and informed... Read more →

City Council

More bus stop upgrades heading for council approval

The City Council will consider approving $516,600 to upgrade Big Blue Bus stops along the Expo route as part of the Sept. 29 consent calendar. Consent calendar items are often approved as a group without individual discussion. These can be items of routine administration, second readings of items already discussed or simple approvals of... Read more →