Survey: Farmers Market attendees like pony rides

Farmers Market visitors expressed opposition to the impending ousting of pony rides at the Main Street market, according to survey results released by City Hall. While pony rides were not the subject of the survey, an open-ended question was flooded with more than 100 responses asking City Hall to keep the pony rides. Of the just over... Read more →


Sheriff asking for help with murder case

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is seeking help from the public in relation to the murder case that triggered a standoff with a barricaded suspect in Santa Monica on Feb. 21. The suspect, David Carrillo, was wanted as part of a murder investigation and when Sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest him, Carrillo barricaded himself... Read more →


Westside Family Health Center holds fundraiser

Westside Family Health Center held its inaugural champagne and dessert dance party fundraiser, “I HEART WFHC,” on Feb. 21 at the TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station. During this event, 120 guests enjoyed food, drink, dancing, art, and a prize drawing all while supporting WFHC. Attendees included supporters, vendors, patients, sponsors,... Read more →


SMMUSD requests parent input on homework

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is inviting all parents to participate in a 10- minute online Homework Survey now available on the SMMUSD website at http://bit.ly/17hKs2d. The survey will be open until March 27. Parent input is important to the district and principals and helps with the development and improvement of... Read more →


NEDA hosting awareness walk in Santa Monica

To raise funds, spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and support the local community, NEDA is holding its third annual Los Angeles NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life. Funds from the walk will be used to support NEDA's education and advocacy programs. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men... Read more →


Local eating disorder center appoints new director

A New Journey Eating Disorder Center has hired Anya Perea, LCSW, as Area Recovery and Admissions Director. In her new role, Perea is responsible for growing and nurturing A New Journey's professional relations, while ensuring that those seeking treatment receive the highest level of individualized assessment and comprehensive guidance on... Read more →



Talk of shortened Santa Monica Airport runway heats up

How short can an airport’s runway be before it is no longer an airport? A 1948 agreement between City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — called the Instrument of Transfer — requires that the former operate the Santa Monica Airport in perpetuity but the July expiration of a 1984 agreement may give City Hall the right... Read more →


Council likes one-way street near SMC Expo station

City Council voted unanimously to move forward with plans to convert 16th Street traffic to one-way northbound between Colorado Avenue and Olympic Boulevard. The one-way conversion would free up space for additional parking and drop-off areas near the Santa Monica College Expo station. Additionally, council liked the idea of adding... Read more →



Molding minds in a modern age

A public schools superintendent, a private school dean and a charter school official walk into an auditorium. No joke. In an event hosted by Lincoln Middle School, Santa Monica-Malibu schools Supt. Sandra Lyon joined Harvard-Westlake head Jon Wimbish and Knowledge Is Power Program Los Angeles (KIPP LA) chief Sarah Hughes for a panel... Read more →

City Council

Council gives $30K to school trips

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice — and a contribution from City Council. Santa Monica High School musicians from lower-income families will get to travel to New York City or Europe thanks to two grants from council totaling $30,000. “We did this last year, and even thought we allocated the money, it wasn't used, so this... Read more →


Nursing assistant course coming to Olympic High

A forthcoming Olympic High School course will prepare students for possible jobs as certified nursing assistants, exemplifying the state’s push for more career-focused education. The class, which will combine science principles and hands-on training, was approved by the Santa Monica-Malibu school board during its Feb. 19 meeting. The... Read more →


International Women’s Day breakfast set for March 2

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present the International Women's Day kickoff breakfast in honor of Women's History Month on March 2 at 7 a.m. Each year the event celebrates women who challenge, empower, and inspire. The annual breakfast gathers... Read more →


Mishkon Tephilo hosting Purim fiesta

Join organizers for Mishkon Tephilo's annual Purim fiesta March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, chips and salsa, fruit, margaritas, beer, hamantaschen, games, bounce houses, dunk tank, music, a pinata, and art and crafts. Admission for children ages 2-12 is $8 with advanced reservation or $10 at the door. If you... Read more →