February shows at SMC’s Drescher Planetarium

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites residents to a telescope-observing session and a feature show -- as well as their popular Night Sky Show -- on Friday evenings in February. The evening events are at 8 p.m. and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., offering the latest news in astronomy and space... Read more →


Samohi benefit concert to fund Carnegie Hall trip

The Santa Monica High School wind ensemble wasn’t going to turn down a chance to play at one of the most prestigious venues in the country. Performing as a headlining group? In the New York Sounds of Spring International Music Festival? At world-famous Carnegie Hall, of all places? “Just the name itself is synonymous with classical... Read more →


DUI checkpoint planned for Friday night

The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, Jan. 30, at an undisclosed location within city limits. The operation will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed and... Read more →


Santa Monica music academy receives $25,000 grant

The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded a grant of $25,000 to SOL-LA Music Academy, a Santa Monica community music school, to support program growth and to strengthen organizational capacities. The grant will enable SOL-LA to fulfill its mission of providing high quality music instruction to students from all backgrounds and economic... Read more →



Pony ride lawsuit against protesters moves forward

A pony ride protester's attempt to get a lawsuit against her thrown out had mixed results. Two of the four charges brought against Marcy Winograd -- relating to her fight to get pony rides ousted from the Farmers' Market -- were dismissed by a judge last week. The other two stand -- a decision that Winograd plans to appeal. In April,... Read more →

City Council


Seven major one-way streets considered Downtown

City planners are studying the possibility of turning parts of seven major Downtown thoroughfares into one-way streets. As a part of the Downtown Specific Plan, which will dictate land-uses in the area, city officials commissioned a study of some changes to traffic patterns, including making Fourth and Fifth streets one-way. Studies showed... Read more →


Kickstarter project to help sick kids

Santa Monica resident Summer Germann is seeking public funding via Kickstarter to support her Brave Gown project. According to Germann, the gowns are screen-printed hospital gowns for children that resemble costumes. She said medical procedures can be scary for children and the Brave gown is designed to give them a sense of... Read more →


Santa Monica History Museum elects new board members

Ricardo Bandini Johnson has been elected as Chairman of the Santa Monica History Museum's Board of Directors. His family has lived in California since 1810. His great-aunt, Arcadia Bandini de Baker, was the wife of Colonel Robert S. Baker, co-founder of Santa Monica. Johnson is the President of the Bandini Foundation, a non-profit... Read more →


Samohi gallery to host SMMUSD visual arts show

Students from Santa Monica-Malibu Unified's middle and high schools will showcase their work at the district's annual visual art show this week at Roberts Arts Gallery (601 Pico Blvd.). The young artists and their families, together with art teachers from across the district, will display two-dimensional artwork and photography, which will be... Read more →


SMC student paper makes 82 years of history available online

Thousands of historic pages of the Santa Monica College newspaper, the Corsair, crumbling and fading with age, have now been safely preserved and converted into a more research-friendly digital format. The Corsair digital collection — representing 14,000 pages of Corsair editions from 1929 through 2011 —  is now a searchable database... Read more →

City Council

Bikeshare vendor confident about deadline

The CEO of Santa Monica's new bikeshare vendor, CycleHop, is not afraid of delays. City officials said in a report to City Council that the bikeshare could be operational by this summer but CycleHop has struggled with significant delays in every other city it's struck a deal with, including Tampa, Orlando, Phoenix, and Ottawa. “I have no... Read more →