SMMEF far from fundraising goal, still ‘optimistic’

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation is less than halfway to its $4 million goal with just five months left in its fundraising campaign, but officials say they remain optimistic about reaching the target. The foundation had raised $1,831,906 as of Jan. 15, including received gifts and pledged money, according to executive director... Read more →

City Council

Council preview: City to wrestle looming $2.9M deficit

By 2019, City Hall could be running a $6.5 million surplus or a $14 million deficit. The most likely scenario, city officials said in a report to council, is a $2.9 million deficit. City Council will review the mid-year budget and the five-year financial forecast on Tuesday and consider some fiscal tweaks as a result. “The City's major... Read more →


Providence Saint John’s Health Center receives award

For the ninth consecutive year, Providence Saint John's Health Center has received Healthgrades' Distinguished Hospital Award for Clinical Excellence. Healthgrades, a consumer ratings company, awarded this distinction to hospitals that rank among the top 5 percent of more than 4,500 hospitals evaluated nationwide for outstanding clinical... Read more →


Santa Monica church presents Community Values Award

Dr. Albert Nicholas, pastor of the Pilgrim Missionary Baptist Church in Los Angeles, will receive the “Community Values Award” from the Santa Monica Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The bronze award will be presented to Dr. Nicholas during a program and reception Thursday, Jan. 29 at 7 p.m. at the Santa Monica... Read more →


Composers from five countries featured in wind concert 

A virtual UN of Music will be represented when works by composers from France, England, Germany, Spain and Austria are performed in the second concert of Chamber Music Palisades' 18th consecutive season at St. Matthew's Parish in Pacific Palisades on Tuesday, Jan. 27. The 8 p.m. program will begin with a “Sonata for bassoon and piano” by... Read more →



Measles case confirmed at Samohi

  A baseball coach at Santa Monica High School has been diagnosed with measles. In a letter sent to parents on Jan.  23, Samohi Principal Eva Mayoral said the school received confirmation that a freshman baseball coach had measles from The Department of Public Health. Officials told the school there is only a small possibility... Read more →


Library spotlights Lewis Carroll’s ‘Wonderland’

Santa Monica Public Library hosts a presentation on The Wonderland of Lewis Carroll on Monday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m., in the Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Join organizers as Abbey Saunders, curator of the The G. Edward Cassady, M.D. and Margaret Elizabeth Cassady, R.N, Lewis Carroll Collection at the... Read more →


Free food offered in Chipotle promotion

Whether or not your New Year's Resolution is to eat less meat, Chipotle Mexican Grill is giving its customers an opportunity to try its new vegan menu item, Sofritas, this month. On Monday, Jan. 26, customers who purchase a Sofritas entrée item at any Chipotle restaurant can redeem their receipt for a free entrée of their choice any day... Read more →


Maureen Bradford retiring after 38 years with SMMUSD

On her first day as a first-grade teacher, Maureen Bradford probably didn't know she was starting a 38-year stint with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. But when she attended the education board's meeting Tuesday, she couldn't help but come to terms with the reality that a career that began in 1976 is coming to an... Read more →


SMC hosting Community Education open houses

SMC Community Education is pleased to hold its first-ever series of open houses Jan. 26-30. Attendees will have a chance to receive a 15-percent discount on all classes less than $100, enter a drawing for a free class and receive a surprise gift. The open houses, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day, will also give attendees a chance to meet... Read more →


World War II pilot, 91, taking flight of a lifetime

He's spent thousands of hours in scores of aircraft during his 91 years on Earth, but Jule Lamm has never been as excited for a flight as he is for the one he'll take Sunday. A longtime Santa Monica resident and area optometrist, Lamm steered several kinds of transport planes as a pilot during World War II. He flew his own Cessna 182 on... Read more →


Local girl named to national leadership council

Santa Monica student Zoe Parcells has been selected to join the Roots & Shoots National Youth Leadership council for 2015. Roots & Shoots is the Jane Goodall Institute's global environmental and humanitarian youth program and Parcells was one of 36 individuals named to the leadership group. She is a sophomore at Santa Monica High... Read more →