Shower shutoff will not impact Santa Monica beaches

Water will flow to showers on Santa Monica beaches throughout the summer despite an announcement by state officials last week that showers on state beaches would be turned off. In a July 7 release, California State Parks Director Lisa Mangat said all state parks and beaches would shut off outdoor rinse stations on July 15. “California... Read more →


Mayor, SMMUSD board member embroiled in funding feud

  The dealings of the city government and the local school district overlap on a regular basis. Teachers often request grant money from the City of Santa Monica for special trips, scholarships and other enrichment activities. The City and the school district have standing agreements for land use, such as an easement that will allow... Read more →


Youth softball: Santa Monica girls win district title

For the second year in a row, Santa Monica Girls Fastpitch sent multiple teams to the State softball championship Lancaster. The Santa Monica 12U Gold team made history this year with a record-breaking season.  Since the start of the year, they've won two Select tournaments, as well as All-Star tournaments in South Huntington Beach, Simi... Read more →


Late start time for SMMUSD board meeting

  The public portion of the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education meeting on July 15 will begin at 6 p.m., instead of 5:30 p.m. This change in time is to allow the Board of Education additional time to address items during closed session without impacting the start time of open session. (Closed session will begin at its normal... Read more →


In SMMUSD, giving English language learners a ‘sé’

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a two-part series about English learners in Santa Monica-Malibu schools. Click here for the first installment. The student had come 2,500 miles from Guatemala to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, a traumatic transition in and of itself. Already lacking in social and emotional... Read more →


In elevator rescues, suspense follows ascent

David Weber is trapped. It's a Wednesday evening, and the avid cyclist stops at Performance Bicycle in Santa Monica to pick up a helmet he ordered online. He parks in the building's underground lot and takes the elevator up to the store level — no problem. Weber enters the shop, retrieves the helmet and heads back to his car. Then, as... Read more →



Holocaust survivor to speak in Santa Monica

Santa Monica Public Library's Ocean Park branch will host Dr. Avraham Perlmutter, author of “Determined: The Story of a Holocaust Survivor,” on Tuesday, July 14, at 6 p.m. Perlmutter will discuss his experience escaping Nazi capture three times as a young boy, eventually winning his freedom. The autobiography takes readers from his... Read more →


Shore Hotel names new manager

The Shore Hotel has appointed hotel veteran Joe Velasquez to its executive team as general manager. Velasquez brings more than two decades of experience in the luxury hotel business, including success at impressive brands in California, Arizona, and Hawaii. “We know that Joe will bring the expertise and experience Shore Hotel needs to... Read more →


Why some English learners are ‘invisible’ in SMMUSD

Editor’s note: This is the first installment of a two-part series about English learners in Santa Monica-Malibu schools. The eighth-grade student has begun showing signs of trouble. The longtime Santa Monica-Malibu school district pupil, deemed proficient in math in fifth grade, slipped to below basic the next year. Reading scores... Read more →


More access, more funding challenges in SMMUSD arts

Hundreds of students participated in Santa Monica High School’s fifth winter dance showcase this past December, and officials noted that attendance was so strong at previous editions of the event that two performances were scheduled this year. At Malibu High School, 23 of 24 students in the Advanced Placement photography passed the AP... Read more →