Undocumented student wins SMC transfer scholarship

Santa Monica College has awarded its third annual Chui L. Tsang Transfer Scholarship to SMC student Cinthia Magaña. The new Tsang Scholar - who has overcome extreme poverty, her undocumented status, and other adverse circumstances to pursue her education - will transfer this fall to the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and will... Read more →



Santa Monica High valedictorian heading to Caltech

When David Lin found out that he had been accepted at the California Institute of Technology, he wasn’t particularly excited. “I thought it was just another school,” the recent Santa Monica High School graduate said. “Then my friend’s parents came up to me and made it seem like it was such a big deal. Now I feel like I chose a... Read more →


Verizon outage in Santa Monica due to equipment failure

  Several Verizon customers were without a landline phone due to an equipment failure this week. According to a Verizon statement, a call routing switch that serves a portion of Santa Monica was damaged by water flowing from an upper floor in a building. 911 calling was not affected and was working as usual, as were landline calls... Read more →


Barbara Boxer meets with Big Blue Bus exec about Expo line

Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) met with Big Blue Bus Director of Transit Services, Ed King, on July 18 in Santa Monica to discuss Big Blue Bus’ (BBB) Expo Integration Plan. While taking a tour of the Downtown Santa Monica Expo Line Station, King briefed Senator Boxer on the BBB service integration plan named, “Evolution of Blue.” The new... Read more →


‘Hidden hunger’ on the rise

The nation has made noticeable strides since the economic downturn of 2008, but don’t tell Chris Baca. The executive director of Meals on Wheels West said his organization is busier than ever meeting demand for its services. In the fiscal year that ended June 30, the locally based nonprofit delivered 27-percent more meals than it did... Read more →


Santa Monica Funds Rebates as MWD Money Runs Dry

As high demand for Metropolitan Water District turf replacement rebates burned through $340 million in record time, Santa Monica residents and businesses can still get money for water-saving landscape improvements. That's because the Santa Monica City Council voted last year to locally fund the replacement of traditional yards dominated by... Read more →



Trains begin to roll

Trains will be running through Santa Monica as of July 23. Expo officials said the first trains traveling under their own power would roll through the east edge of town on July 23. The testing will be confined to east of 26th Street with the only street crossing likely to occur on Stewart Street. Project staff said the eastern portion... Read more →