Briefs

A New Vision for Achieving Equity in Our Schools

Virginia Ave Park On Sunday evening, April 2, Committee For Racial Justice will bring Dr. Ben Drati, new District Superintendent of Santa Monica/Malibu United School District (SMMUSD), to speak at the monthly workshop at Virginia Ave. Park. He will share his vision of how to change the structure and functioning of our school district in... Read more →

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Día Celebration (Children’s Day/Book Day)

Citywide Santa Monica Public Library (SMPL) will present its 2nd annual Día Celebration! El día de los niños/El día de los libros (Children's Day/Book Day), commonly known as Día, is a celebration of children, books, and diversity that culminates yearly on April 30. Día is a nationally recognized initiative that advocates the... Read more →

News

Author talk on military’s weird science

    The woman who literally wrote the book on Area 51 will be back in Santa Monica Monday to talk about her latest project, “Phenomena,” at the Main Library at 7 p.m. The talk promises to attract science fiction fans, military history buffs and mystics. In 2011, Annie Jacobsen’s “Area 51: An Uncensored History of... Read more →

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Good times won’t come cheap

  Council approves funding for summer events Cost concerns loomed over Tuesday night’s City Council discussion of Santa Monica’s most popular events, as growing crowds and scope mean escalating budgets for both the Twilight Concert Series and COAST, the City’s new open-streets event. The City Council approved a $300,000... Read more →

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Arts chair hopes new plan can save Bergamot Station galleries

  By Tuesday the boxes were pretty much packed at Writer’s Boot Camp. After decades of mentoring Hollywood and television screenwriters in his space on Michigan Avenue, owner Jeff Gordon was asking if his neighbors would like any of his few remaining chairs. On Friday, he will lock the door one last time and officially walk out of... Read more →

Crime

Suspect sits front seat in victims car

On March 20, at about 4:14 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at 5th Street and Broadway of an unknown trouble involving a male and female. Officer arrived and located a female victim. The suspect was located at 5th Street and Wilshire Blvd and detained for an investigation. An investigation revealed the victim was walking... Read more →

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The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary honors…

  Citywide The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary honors Steven J. O’day MD and actor Vince Vaughn at 32nd annual Odyssey Ball Internationally recognized medical oncologist Steven J. O’Day, MD, was honored with the “The Duke” Special Service Award and multi-award-winning actor, producer and screenwriter Vince Vaughn... Read more →

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Santa Monica wins court victory over vacation rentals

  The City’s newly formed Vacation Rental Enforcement Task Force has scored a major win against a Los Angeles-based vacation rental operator. Early last year the Task Force began investigating Globe Homes for operating illegal vacation rentals in Santa Monica. City code only allows homeowners to share homes in which they reside... Read more →

Education

School Board update on latest budget plan

  As the Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) continues to face a budget deficit, board members are searching for a way to cut millions in expenses. The Board met on Thursday, Mar. 23 to discuss the budget update for the 2017 – 2018 school year and Associate Superintendent, Businesses Services, Janece Maez... Read more →

Crime

Suspect vandalizes SMPD Public Service Officer’s vehicle

On March 16, at about 3:21 p.m. Officers responded to the area of 2000 Main Street regarding a subject vandalizing a SMPD Public Service Officer’s vehicle. Officers arrived and met the Public Service Officer (PSO). The PSO indicated while he was outside of his vehicle he heard an object, a bottle, breaking onto his vehicle. The PSO... Read more →

News

City seeks public input on beach trail renovation

    The City is beginning a public outreach campaign to get suggestions on improving the Santa Monica Beach trail, particularly the northern portion of the trail and underneath Santa Monica Pier. “Right now, it’s very confusing and very crowded so we want to deal with the public safety issues and make it much more clear... Read more →

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SMC presents “Commoddity On The Dell-S’arte”

Pico Blvd. The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present "CommOddity on the Dell-S’arte" March 31-April 9 at the Theatre Arts Studio Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. A scenario with oddities, “CommOddity on the Dell-S’arte” is written and directed by Terrin Adair. Start with dysfunctional... Read more →

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Local Events coming soon

Woodlawn Cemetery Opens Green Burial Site, Eternal Meadow April 1 On Saturday, April 1, 2017 at 11 a.m., Santa Monica’s historic Woodlawn Cemetery, Mortuary & Mausoleum will hold the opening ceremony of Eternal Meadow, the Cemetery’s new “green” or natural burial section. “In keeping with the City of Santa Monica’s... Read more →

Business

NMS Properties says they are vindicated by City audit

A four-month long multi-department review of NMS Properties’ contracts with the City of Santa Monica failed to produce a smoking gun or even very much smoke. The audit spanned three departments: the City Attorney’s office, Planning and Community Development and Housing and Economic Development and looked at contracts, agreements and... Read more →

Business

Local business owner upset with Under Armour

    Cary Williams has made a career out of combat. She opened a Santa Monica boxing club, The Stables, and developed a reputation as a professional boxing coach. Her latest bout pits her against a corporate heavyweight over the use of a social media marketing campaign. Williams is currently accusing well-known fitness and... Read more →