Santa Monica Reads panel to explore Jane Austen variations

The Santa Monica Public Library will present Austen Variations, a panel discussion featuring authors influenced by the life and literary work of Jane Austen, on Saturday, March 7, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Join organizers as they welcome authors Diana Birchall (Mrs. Darcy's... Read more →


Area youth to perform Little Red Riding Hood musical

Theatre Palisades Youth will present its latest youth play, “Doo Wop Wed Widing Hood,” on March 6 at the Pierson Playhouse in Pacific Palisades. In this 1950s-era musical version of the fairy tale, Little Red Riding Hood is one cool chick. Wise Prince Jason, Strong Prince Justin and Loud Prince Frank are all on a quest to win her hand in... Read more →

Santa Monica College

SMC names Executive VP as interim president

When Santa Monica College President Chui Tsang steps down after nearly a decade later this year, the college’s executive vice president will take the reins. The College Board of Trustees voted Tuesday night to appoint Jeff Shimizu to the position of interim president. Under the agreement Shimizu, who was recently appointed to the post... Read more →


Man found with throwing star arrested (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 350 calls for service on March 3. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Disturbance, 1400 block 6th, 1:26 a.m. Battery, 11th/Wilshire, 2:51 a.m. Disturbance, 2600 block Main, 6:35 a.m. Hit and run, Ocean/Wilshire, 7:26 a.m. Disturbance, 1300... Read more →


New STEM series launches at John Muir Elementary

Whether they're conducting interviews of school employees to address a school system issue, analyzing turtles and owls to figure out how to keep bicyclists safe or developing a video game to encourage peers to live a healthy lifestyle, students at John Muir Elementary have embarked on a unique, hands-on science, technology, engineering and... Read more →


New chief of staff named at UCLA’s Santa Monica campus

Dr. Roger Lee has been elected chief of staff for 2015 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. Lee is a hospitalist physician who specializes in treating patients who are hospitalized. He also serves as chair of the hospital's Medicine Department, a position he has held since 2009. For the past three years, he had served as... Read more →


Rent board seeks stricter buyout policies

Last year, City Council tightened tenant harassment law, making a bunch of changes — some of which have already resulted in litigation brought against landlords. One change, which seeks to increase transparency when landlords try to buy tenants out of their homes, was discussed by the Rent Control Board last week. The board was to... Read more →


Beloved holiday icon ‘Santa Skip’ remembered

Every year he'd come to town from Santa Barbara, put on his red costume and flood the city with holiday cheer, not to make money but to make a difference. Although he didn't live in Santa Monica, he became something of a local icon, a symbol of hope and happiness for the children and families he met around town. “He felt like he was... Read more →


Local youth orchestra to perform three world premieres

The young musicians of Elemental Strings and Band, Santa Monica's oldest youth orchestra program for elementary students, will perform three world premieres by local composers at Lincoln Middle School. Composers Robert Anderson, Jonathan Beard and Peter Senchuk, all current or former teachers for Elemental Strings and Band, have written new... Read more →


St. Monica to host CRS Rice Bowl concert

This year marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard “rice bowl.” The program has evolved over multiple generations to become a tradition for Catholic families, parishes and religious educators. Since... Read more →


Council pushing for off-ramp realignment

City officials are exploring expediting a realignment of Interstate 10 that would change how vehicles are brought onto Fourth Street. The new exit would bring traffic over freeway and tie into the recently-built Olympic Drive. If completed, the exit and entrance to Interstate 10 would be adjacent, rather than separated by the... Read more →