Santa Monica cited as model city for broadband

The City of Santa Monica was highlighted in a new policy agenda from Next Century Cities as a model of how best to develop a high-quality broadband network. “Connecting 21st Century Communities: A Policy Agenda for Broadband Stakeholders” cites the City of Santa Monica as an example of a city whose taken charge of its internal needs by... Read more →


Separation of SMMUSD under review

  Separation of the area school district into Santa Monica and Malibu factions seems to be turning into a "not if, but when" issue. At its meeting Wednesday night, the local Board of Education will hear reports from the district's Financial Oversight Committee on the fiscal ramifications of potentially splitting the Santa... Read more →


Los Angeles police shoot knife-wielding man in Venice

Los Angeles police shot a knife-wielding man outside a Rose Avenue coffee shop on July 13. According to a statement by the Los Angeles Police Department, officers responded to a radio call for a "disorderly suspect armed with a knife" in the 600 block of Rose Avenue at about 2 p.m. LAPD said the call indicated that the suspect... Read more →



Santa Monica Public Library presents dating program

The Santa Monica Public Library will present "500 Dates: Dispatches from the Front Lines of the Online Dating Wars" with Mark Miller on Sunday, July 19, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Comedian and writer Mark Miller welcomes special guests — online dating expert Julie Spira, media expert... Read more →


SMC appoints Gita Runkle Associate Dean of Emeritus College

Santa Monica College (SMC) has announced the appointment of Gita Runkle as Associate Dean of Emeritus College, SMC's widely praised program providing classes of interest to older adults in support of lifelong learning. Runkle stepped into the permanent position on July 8 after serving in an interim capacity since January 2014. Emeritus... Read more →


Shower shutoff will not impact Santa Monica beaches

Water will flow to showers on Santa Monica beaches throughout the summer despite an announcement by state officials last week that showers on state beaches would be turned off. In a July 7 release, California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat said all state parks and beaches would shut off outdoor rinse stations on July 15. “California... Read more →


Mayor, SMMUSD board member embroiled in funding feud

  The dealings of the city government and the local school district overlap on a regular basis. Teachers often request grant money from the City of Santa Monica for special trips, scholarships and other enrichment activities. The City and the school district have standing agreements for land use, such as an easement that will allow... Read more →


Youth softball: Santa Monica girls win district title

For the second year in a row, Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch sent multiple teams to the State softball championship Lancaster. The Santa Monica 12U Gold team made history this year with a record-breaking season.  Since the start of the year, they've won two Select tournaments, as well as All-Star tournaments in South Huntington Beach, Simi... Read more →


Late start time for SMMUSD board meeting

  The public portion of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education meeting on July 15 will begin at 6 p.m., instead of 5:30 p.m. This change in time is to allow the Board of Education additional time to address items during closed session without impacting the start time of open session. (Closed session will begin at its normal... Read more →


In SMMUSD, giving English language learners a ‘sé’

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series about English learners in Santa Monica-Malibu schools. Click here for the first installment. The student had come 2,500 miles from Guatemala to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, a traumatic transition in and of itself. Already lacking in social and emotional... Read more →