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 →


SMC developing courses for bachelor’s program

Earlier this month, representatives from tech firms in and around Silicon Beach convened for the second time to weigh in on the classes that will shape Santa Monica College's four-year program in interaction design. The advisory board's input is one facet of a process that will yield a landmark opportunity at the local community college,... Read more →



Know Before You Go

Week of September 28, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →


Data breach involves Big Blue Bus customers

  The Big Blue Bus is alerting customers of a potential data breach related to the NextBus program. Officials were notified on Sept. 25 of a data security incident at NextBus, the company that BBB works with in order to make predictive real-time bus arrival information available to customers. BBB said the breach impacted... Read more →


OPCC receives $15,000 grant

Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced a grant of $15,000 to Ocean Park Community Center's (OPCC) Sojourn, California's second oldest continually operating domestic violence shelter, to support their capacity to provide critical services and shelter for survivors of abuse on the Westside of Los Angeles. These core operating funds... Read more →


How SMMUSD is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Before a captivated audience last week, teachers and students at Edison Language Academy shared stories in English and Spanish. But their audience was nowhere near the Virginia Avenue elementary school. That‚Äôs because the local readers were using computer video software to connect with peers around the world for Global Collaboration... Read more →


Arrests at Apple store follow Santa Monica crime spree

On Sept.¬†18 at approximately 8:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a call of a purse theft that had just occurred at the Lobster restaurant located in the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who stated that she had placed her purse on the back of her chair, and as she got ready to leave... Read more →


SMMUSD announces new director of classified personnel

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Michael¬†Cool as the new director of classified personnel at its Sept.¬†2 regular meeting. The SMMUSD personnel commission recommended Cool for the position following recruitment and interviews. Cool will oversee the recruitment and hiring of classified personnel for SMMUSD... Read more →


‘Damnation’ movie screening, discussion at Aero Theatre

Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present a film screening and panel talk on Sept.¬†30 at 7:30 p.m. Damnation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to... Read more →


SMMUSD separation would likely take at least three years

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district took another step towards possible separation last week when the local Board of Education examined the complex procedures for splitting the district. A county education official laid out for the school board the numerous layers of review and regulation involved in the process, which has gained... Read more →



Haggen to close local stores

    Haggen has announced plans to abandon the Pacific Southwest market, meaning the chain will close or sell all of its California locations including the Santa Monica store. The company filed for bankruptcy on September 10 and at that time announced some store closures. However, in a September 24 announcement the company... Read more →