Santa Monica Beach wins restoration award

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced last week that the City of Santa Monica is a winner of its 2015 Best Restored Beach Award. “ASBPA created the Best Restored Beach award as a way of highlighting the value of America's restored beaches,” said Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, N.C., and ASBPA... Read more →


The mystery of the missing statue at Gilbert’s El Indio

It’s the mid-'90s and Fernando Rodriguez’s friend stops by with a pair of statues. They’d be perfect for watching the door of the family restaurant, Gilbert’s El Indio, Rodriguez thinks, and he buys one for $800: a Native American, chin turned proudly up, in a feathered headdress. For two decades, kids, their parents, teenagers,... Read more →


Intoxicated woman denies involvement in fight (crime watch)

On May 16 at approximately 6:15 p.m., an officer responded to a report of trespassing in the 1800 block of Lincoln Boulevard. Upon arrival, the officer noticed a subject, later identified as Cynthia Cantrell, a 50-year-old transient, walking through passing vehicular traffic in his direction. While Cantrell was walking toward the officer,... Read more →


Yacht club dinner highlights Catalina Island

Join yachting enthusiasts on Thursday, May 28 - 6:15 p.m. for the California Yacht Club's monthly presentation on boating interests. At this yachting dinner, you will hear from two Catalina Island experts: Armando Eason, former Catalina Island Two Harbors-Harbor Master, will review what was learned from a recent weather catastrophe and... Read more →


Silicon Valley CEOs head to Santa Monica for TechFire summit

The second annual TechFire Ignite Summit on May 28 in Santa Monica will feature high-profile CEOs from Silicon Valley — speakers of the caliber that they've also taken the stage at some of the world's leading tech conferences. Last year, TechFire hosted seven events attracting 1,700-plus registrants from Los Angeles, San Francisco, and... Read more →


UCLA student theater group presents ‘Our Town’

HOOLIGAN Theatre Company will present Thornton Wilder's Pulitzer Prize winning play, "Our Town." HOOLIGAN is topping off its 10th season with this timeless piece, which will run for one weekend only from May 29-31 at Jan Popper Theater in Schoenberg Hall at UCLA. In the small town of Grover's Corners, two quintessential American families,... Read more →


Special ed teacher retiring after 19 years in SMMUSD

The mantras and phrases would resonate with the hundreds of students, families and colleagues who have interacted with Lisa Berezowsky over the last two decades. “I hear what you’re saying, but it’s not a choice.” “If you ask a question, you give a choice.” “Never underestimate the children.” The sayings have... Read more →


Free program helps boaters properly dispose of sewage

The Bay Foundation Boater Education Program has announced the annual return of the Honey Pot Day program for its seventh consecutive year.  Honey Pot Day is offered from April 1 - August 31, in four Southern California harbors:  Marina del Rey, King Harbor (Redondo Beach), Port of Los Angeles, and Port of Long Beach. The program launched... Read more →


Bloom’s ban on plastic microbeads passes California Assembly

Legislation to ban mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads,” from being used in products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste passed the California State Assembly last week on a 58-11 vote. The legislation, AB 888, authored by Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica), would set up the strongest... Read more →


SMC student essay a finalist in New York Times contest

Santa Monica College has announced that SMC student Jochebed (Jo) Smith was named one of the four finalists in the New York Times Modern Love College Essay Contest. In “Swearing Off the Modern Man,” she takes a deliciously witty, stripped-down look at the contrasts and overlaps in modern and old-school approaches to dating, developing... Read more →


State inspectors to visit Santa Monica businesses

Staff from the Board of Equalization's Statewide Compliance & Outreach Program (SCOP) will soon be visiting non-residential retail businesses in the Santa Monica area. The Statewide Compliance and Outreach Program (SCOP) focuses on educating businesses, as well as identifying and registering businesses who are actively selling or... Read more →