Taxpayer rights hearing slated for June 23

Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California's business and property taxes is invited to attend the Board of Equalization's annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings in Culver City on June 23. Attendees may speak directly to the elected members of the Board of Equalization. “California... Read more →


Analysis: Bikes not to blame for road injuries

For Safe Streets Santa Monica, the group's name is more aspirational than descriptive. The organization advocates for road safety but, according to their recently released analysis of Santa Monica collision data, the city's streets are far from safe. From 2003-2013, 49 people were killed and 9,278 were injured in traffic collisions,... Read more →



Changes continue for SMMUSD special ed

The head of the department is leaving. Several longtime teachers are retiring. The program’s budget being scrutinized by the school board amid budget talks. And it seems the transition phase is just beginning for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s special education department. The Board of Education on June 11 approved the... Read more →


Recent college student throws bag at mother (crime watch)

On June 4 at about 7 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of 11th Street after neighbors called about a domestic disturbance. When the officers arrived, they found the suspect arguing with his mother. After separating the two, officers learned the suspect had thrown a canvas money bag, which was... Read more →


Make Music Day invades Santa Monica

Santa Monica's parks will be alive with the sound of music on the Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, as the city takes part in a worldwide music event. Make Music Day is coming! “For the fourth year in a row, seven of our Santa Monica parks will stage free performances.  Come, bring your family and friends and enjoy this fantastic... Read more →


LMU choruses preview France concert tour

Loyola Marymount University choruses will present a pre-tour concert at 8 p.m. Friday, June 19, at St. Monica Catholic Church in Santa Monica. Featuring selections from their upcoming concert tour to France will be the Concert Choir, Consort Singers, and Women's Chorus, all conducted by Dr. Mary C. Breden, Director of Choral Activities at... Read more →


SMC Emeritus College band presents spring concert

The SMC Emeritus College Concert Band will present its Late Spring concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, June 21. The concert will be held in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica. The free concert will feature a selection of exhilarating works sure to please everyone in the family.... Read more →


SMMUSD to explore separation

Say hello to the elephant in the room. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District appears ready to explore the separation of the district into two entities, a topic that has been simmering for months among officials and stakeholders. The local Board of Education last week voiced its support for the hiring of law firm Dannis Woliver... Read more →



Obama visit to impact Santa Monica roads

President Obama will visit the Los Angeles area on June 18. According to his official schedule, the President will arrive on June 18, attend two events organized by the Democratic National Committee, stay overnight and then depart for San Francisco on June 19. While in San Francisco, Obama will deliver remarks at the Annual Meeting of... Read more →


You don’t have to be Jewish (Culture Watch)

What's in a name? “Bad Jews” is a provocative title but it's also, according to Variety, the third-most performed modern play in the U.S. this season. In London, promotional posters for it were forbidden in the Underground for fear of causing offense. Joshua Harmon wrote this verbally vitriolic comedic hit play about family, faith and... Read more →


Santa Monica robbery suspect sentenced

A Los Angeles man who earlier this month waived his right to a trial and pleaded no contest to a 2014 attempted robbery and assault case in Santa Monica will serve 13 years in state prison. On July 30, 2014, Robert Lee Taylor, 45, approached the parking booth attendant located at 2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. He pointed a Taser... Read more →


Rent board announces annual adjustment

At the Rent Control Board meeting May 14, chairman Christopher Walton announced that the 2015 annual general adjustment percentage will be 0.4 percent, based on the application of the formula set forth in the City Charter. Following the passage of Measure GA by Santa Monica voters' in the 2012 election, the annual increase is now 75... Read more →