Briefs

4 new mountain lions kittens found in California mountains

Four new mountain lion kittens have been found by researchers studying the wild cats living in Southern California's Santa Monica Mountains. The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area said Tuesday that the four female kittens are about 5 ½ weeks old. Video posted on Twitter showed the blue-eyed, spotted kittens meowing... Read more →

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Smuggling boat aground on Southern California beach

A panga boat was found on the beach at Southern California's Crystal Cove State Park for the second time in two weeks. Laguna Beach police tweeted Tuesday that four occupants of the boat were located after a quick search that prompted a lockdown at a nearby elementary school. It's unclear if they were arrested or if there were more than... Read more →

News

Trump administration pulls US out of UN human rights council

The United States announced Tuesday it was leaving the United Nations' Human Rights Council, with Ambassador Nikki Haley calling it "an organization that is not worthy of its name." It was the latest withdrawal by the Trump administration from an international institution. Haley, Trump's envoy to the U.N., said the U.S. had given the human... Read more →

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California lawmakers push diversity through film tax credit

California lawmakers passed legislation Monday that puts more conditions on state film tax credits to encourage better sexual harassment reporting and diverse hiring amid revelations of misconduct and discrimination in the movie industry. The legislation would require feature film and television projects that apply for the credits, which... Read more →

Education

Santa Monica and Malibu look to separate fundraising

Keeping with their support for cleaving their district in two and giving Malibu more independence, the Santa Monica Malibu Unified school has agreed to create two separate fundraising vehicles for Santa Monica and Malibu. Guided by representatives of the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation (SMMEF), PTA Council, Malibu PTAs, Malibu... Read more →

Briefs

Basketball awards

The Santa Monica YMCA celebrated it's 2017-18 youth basketball year with its annual year-ending awards banquet held last Friday evening.  It was a culmination of four consecutive nights of award being handed out, the first of which were geared towards the just completed spring league. That was the latest of the three leagues in which 300... Read more →

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Music for all ages at NOMA music site

Music for all ages will be featured Thursday, June 21, NOMA's Make Music Day site in Palisades Park (Ocean Avenue at Georgina Street).  Festivities from 5 to 8:30 pm begin with Captain Dan & Friends (children's music & variety jazz) at 5 p.m. Other performers include MAUROCK (classical guitar), THE ABC's (Beatles sing-a-long),... Read more →

Crime

NOMA neighbors chase, catch alleged cell phone thief

A group of neighbors chased down an alleged cell phone thief Sunday afternoon, tackling him to the ground and holding him until police could get to the scene, according to Lt. Saul Rodriguez with the Santa Monica Police Department. The suspect, 18-year-old Darnell Manuel, is due in court Tuesday to face robbery charges. He is currently held... Read more →

News

Beach weather brings annual reminders for summer safety

  As the temperature rises in Los Angeles, thousands of eager Angelenos will try to beat the heat by heading west to local beaches and local law enforcement agencies are preparing to handle the influx of visitors. Malibu and Santa Monica have increased the quantity of officers patrolling coastal hotspots and both cities said there... Read more →

Briefs

LA Opera Concert: Grand Finale of Santa Monica Reads

The Santa Monica Public Library will present the LA Opera Concert celebrating the close of this year’s Santa Monica Reads (SMR) series. This event will take place on Saturday, June 16, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium. Free tickets will be available one hour prior to the concert at 1 p.m. Each person is... Read more →