Host families wanted for international students

Global Student Housing (GSH) is recruiting host families in the Santa Monica area. GSH is currently seeking individuals or families to host international students who reside within five miles of Santa Monica. Hosts are expected to provide their students with a private furnished bedroom, as well as a warm and welcoming environment to learn... Read more →



Rent Control Board to mull buyouts, water penalties

The upcoming meeting of the Rent Control Board will include discussions to help renters get paid and potentially avoid paying out. Two long-gestating items will return for discussion at the April 9 meeting. The board is expected to finally make a decision regarding collection of buyout agreements and also give direction regarding who will... Read more →


Edison campus rounding into form

Over the last few years, old buildings were demolished. Orange cones, gates and scaffolding were everywhere. Construction noise filled the air at the Virginia Avenue campus. But although work continues, the end is seemingly now in sight. With the last portion of the 2014-15 academic year around the corner, Edison Language Academy is... Read more →


Mid-City Neighbors to host annual meeting at The Edye

Mid-City Neighbors, a nonprofit, city-recognized, all-volunteer group working to improve the lives of all residents in Mid City is inviting residents to attend its annual meeting on Saturday, April 11 the Broad Stage's Edye facility (11th and Arizona) at 11 a.m. Organizers said the group has had an exciting and productive year. They list... Read more →


Local accounting firm supporting Indian Film Festival

Headquartered in Santa Monica, Gumbiner Savett Inc. is a full-service accounting and consulting firm. Gumbiner Savett Inc. has sponsored the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for the past six years and Shreedhar (Shree) Kothari, CPA, a shareholder of the firm, has served as a board member for the same amount of time. The 13th annual... Read more →


Library lures YA book festival to Santa Monica

While writing big portions of her bestselling novel “Beautiful Creatures” at the Santa Monica Public Library, local author Margaret Stohl regularly crossed paths with public services librarian Robert Graves. Graves knew Stohl had co-founded YALLFEST, a popular young-adult book festival in South Carolina, and he wasn’t shy about... Read more →


Common Core math divides school district, parents

Stephanie Furlong's oldest son, a 10th-grader at Santa Monica High School, took an accelerated math track in middle school. Her next child, an eighth-grader at John Adams Middle School, has taken the honors pathway. But as her fifth-grade daughter prepares for middle school, Furlong is worried about the options that will be available for the... Read more →


SMC to present spring concerts at Broad Stage

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present four spring concerts in April in The Broad Stage or The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center (Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street, Santa Monica). The concerts include a fundraiser to support the SMC Applied Music Program. The April music events are: Friday, Apr. 10 at 7 & 9... Read more →


Santa Monica urges water customers to reduce use amid drought

City officials are asking residents to cut back on water use while staff determine the impact of recent mandates approved by the Governor. In January 2015, the Santa Monica City Council adopted an updated Water Shortage Response Plan and re-declared a stage two water supply shortage, requiring mandatory conservation. Staff said Council's... Read more →