Santa Monica College

Santa Monica College CIO dies at 66

SMC — Santa Monica College Executive Vice President and Chief Instructional Officer Randal “Randy” Lawson died unexpectedly on Aug. 19, 2014. He was 66. Lawson, who was appointed SMC's Executive Vice President on Jan. 1, 2005, started what would become his lifelong career at Santa Monica College as a faculty member in the Music... Read more →



Letters: Ballot measures

Airport or development Editor: I read with amazement the column by Mr. Barry Brewer. I could almost hear some close-the-airport "spin doctor" saying in the background, "Let's see if we can convince the people of Santa Monica that the decision about the airport is actually a decision between the airport and a park." The Santa Monica City... Read more →



Meet your (likely) new Rent Control Board members

CITY HALL - Barring a wildly popular write-in candidate or an unforeseen event of the like, it's a pretty safe bet who's going to get elected to the Rent Control Board in November. With three available seats and only three candidates qualifying for the ballot, our money is on incumbent Todd Flora and newcomers Nicole Phillis and Steve... Read more →



Shore Hotel COO accused of 77 offenses

SHORE HOTEL — The Chief Operating Officer of the Shore Hotel is accused of 77 counts, mostly felonies, in a complaint filed by the California Attorney General’s office, according to documents obtained by the Daily Press. Steve Farzam was arrested in Santa Monica on June 27 and posted bail later that night. The 77 counts span from June... Read more →


Hair Apparent

Many of us have had the mixed pleasure and dismay of watching ourselves grow older via the photos in our family album. Ironically, the faces remain pretty much the same over the years — or at least recognizable — until age sets in and everything droops. But the thing that registers the passage of time unequivocally is the hair. From... Read more →



Lincoln needs 15K for new science program

LINCOLN — Teachers at Lincoln Middle School are hoping the new school year will literally inspire students to reach for the stars but a funding shortfall has imperiled their cosmic dreams. A team of educators is trying to implement a Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) program associated with the Student Spaceflight... Read more →


Election Roundup: 14 candidates qualify for ballot

CITY HALL — The balloted candidates for City Council have been whittled down to 14 from the 18 who pulled the necessary paperwork. Candidates were required to collect signatures from 100 registered Santa Monica voters. On Monday, the City Clerk and the Los Angeles County Registrar finished verifying the signatures of all the candidates... Read more →


Beat cops fighting crime though community building

PICO / MIDCITY — The Santa Monica Police Department has hundreds of officers covering the City of Santa Monica but for a small section of SMPD employees, the city takes on a distinctly neighborhood feel thanks to their position as Neighborhood Resource Officers (NRO). The NROs are partnered with a civilian Crime Prevention Coordinator and... Read more →


Board of Ed hears protest over coach’s removal

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — “Baseball has always been a reflection of life,” Hall of Famer Willie Stargell once said. “Like life, it adjusts.” Some fans of the Santa Monica High School baseball team are sick of adjusting. Parents, students, and former players showed up at last week’s Board of Education meeting to express their frustration... Read more →