SMMUSD requests parent input on homework

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is inviting all parents to participate in a 10- minute online Homework Survey now available on the SMMUSD website at The survey will be open until March 27. Parent input is important to the district and principals and helps with the development and improvement of... Read more →


NEDA hosting awareness walk in Santa Monica

To raise funds, spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and support the local community, NEDA is holding its third annual Los Angeles NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life. Funds from the walk will be used to support NEDA's education and advocacy programs. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men... Read more →


Local eating disorder center appoints new director

A New Journey Eating Disorder Center has hired Anya Perea, LCSW, as Area Recovery and Admissions Director. In her new role, Perea is responsible for growing and nurturing A New Journey's professional relations, while ensuring that those seeking treatment receive the highest level of individualized assessment and comprehensive guidance on... Read more →



Talk of shortened Santa Monica Airport runway heats up

How short can an airport’s runway be before it is no longer an airport? A 1948 agreement between City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — called the Instrument of Transfer — requires that the former operate the Santa Monica Airport in perpetuity but the July expiration of a 1984 agreement may give City Hall the right... Read more →


Council likes one-way street near SMC Expo station

City Council voted unanimously to move forward with plans to convert 16th Street traffic to one-way northbound between Colorado Avenue and Olympic Boulevard. The one-way conversion would free up space for additional parking and drop-off areas near the Santa Monica College Expo station. Additionally, council liked the idea of adding... Read more →



Molding minds in a modern age

A public schools superintendent, a private school dean and a charter school official walk into an auditorium. No joke. In an event hosted by Lincoln Middle School, Santa Monica-Malibu schools Supt. Sandra Lyon joined Harvard-Westlake head Jon Wimbish and Knowledge Is Power Program Los Angeles (KIPP LA) chief Sarah Hughes for a panel... Read more →

City Council

Council gives $30K to school trips

How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice — and a contribution from City Council. Santa Monica High School musicians from lower-income families will get to travel to New York City or Europe thanks to two grants from council totaling $30,000. “We did this last year, and even thought we allocated the money, it wasn't used, so this... Read more →


Nursing assistant course coming to Olympic High

A forthcoming Olympic High School course will prepare students for possible jobs as certified nursing assistants, exemplifying the state’s push for more career-focused education. The class, which will combine science principles and hands-on training, was approved by the Santa Monica-Malibu school board during its Feb. 19 meeting. The... Read more →


International Women’s Day breakfast set for March 2

The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with the Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women, will present the International Women's Day kickoff breakfast in honor of Women's History Month on March 2 at 7 a.m. Each year the event celebrates women who challenge, empower, and inspire. The annual breakfast gathers... Read more →


Mishkon Tephilo hosting Purim fiesta

Join organizers for Mishkon Tephilo's annual Purim fiesta March 1 from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Enjoy a Mexican lunch, chips and salsa, fruit, margaritas, beer, hamantaschen, games, bounce houses, dunk tank, music, a pinata, and art and crafts. Admission for children ages 2-12 is $8 with advanced reservation or $10 at the door. If you... Read more →


SMC Emeritus College acting troupe to perform

Santa Monica College's Emeritus College Acting Troupe has announced its Spring 2015 Performance at 1 p.m. on Sunday, March 1. The free performance will be held in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, located on Santa Monica Boulevard at 11th Street. The performance, which features students in Emeritus College... Read more →


Search for missing mom brings daughter to Santa Monica

Cloudia Leslie Wells, missing from San Diego since 1998, has been sighted with the homeless community in or around the Santa Monica area. Robin Wells Burton, Cloudia's daughter, has come to the area to search for her mother following a recent tip and recorded use of her mother's Social Security number. The family has organized a search... Read more →

City Council


Council votes down beach worker union

In one of the most divisive votes on an otherwise agreement-filled night, City Council voted to deny an appeal by a union to create a collective bargaining unit for 11 labor trainee as-needed, full-time beach workers. The 4-2 vote upheld a decision by Interim City Manager Elaine Polacheck to deny the petition put forth by the International... Read more →