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 →



‘The Cat in the Hat’ at Morgan-Wixson Theatre

  Not a word has been touched or added to Dr. Seuss's classic "The Cat in the Hat" in a production at the Morgan-Wixson Theatre, ensuring anyone who's read the story will find themselves transported into the world they've always imagined. "The Cat in the Hat" is a children's book written and illustrated by Theodor Geisel under the... Read more →



City officials lobby FAA to close Santa Monica Airport

Santa Monica staff, officials and anti-airport activists flew to Washington D.C. this week to advocate for closure of the Santa Monica Airport. The group, including Rep. Ted Lieu, Santa Monica Mayor Kevin McKeown, Santa Monica Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez, Santa Monica Councilmember Sue Himmelrich and 16 other local constituents, met... Read more →


Flaws found in SMMUSD health, safety

  When members of a school district health committee toured Santa Monica High School earlier this year, they weren’t exactly delighted by what they saw. A wall outside the boys’ showers was lined with holes in the plaster, possibly the result of vandalism. Walls, sinks and toilets were covered with stains, appearing old or... Read more →


SMC Community Education fall courses open for registration

The SMC Community Education fall session, which begins August 31, will include several new offerings. An Early Bird Discount of 10 percent is being offered on most Arts and Photography courses through Sept. 7. With a theme of career training and professional development, Community Ed is offering a wide range of courses in fall designed to... Read more →


Tea, fashion fundraiser to benefit WISE & Healthy Aging

An "Afternoon Tea & Fashion Runway" will bring together women (and men) throughout the Los Angeles Westside to support WISE & Healthy Aging's nonprofit mission of enhancing the independence, dignity and quality of life of the elderly. This fundraiser will be held on July 10, at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, a historical landmark,... Read more →



From outbreak to action: Santa Monica and the vaccine law

The return of the measles wasn’t an abstract phenomenon in Santa Monica. In late January, a Santa Monica High School coach was diagnosed with the highly contagious infection. Less than two weeks later, more than a dozen infants at the school’s child care center were ordered quarantined after a baby who attends the center was found with... Read more →


Drunk man on Main Street violates court order (crime watch)

On June 23 at about 4:45 a.m., Santa Monica police officers observed a man sitting on the ground with a bottle of vodka in front of The Victorian, 2640 Main St. Officers recognized the man from previous contacts and knew he had been served with a court order to stay away from the business. Officers made contact with the man and saw he... Read more →


Tongva Park to host hip-hop dance class

Tongva Park invites people of all ages and levels to participate in a high-energy hip-hop dance class that will include a blend of street styles. On Wednesday, July 8, from 7:30 - 9 p.m., Tongva After Dark presents a dynamic introductory lesson with Antics, a hip-hop dance theater company based in Los Angeles under the artistic direction... Read more →


SMMUSD seeks to fill committee vacancy

There is currently one vacancy in the category “citizen active in a bona-fide taxpayers association” on the SMMUSD Prop 39 Bond Oversight Committee. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) is seeking qualified candidates who meet that criterion, in accordance with Section 5.1 of the Citizens'... Read more →