Briefs

Santa Monica Democrats to hear new City Manager, Rick Cole

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host new Santa Monica City Manager, Rick Cole, at the Aug. 26 meeting of the SM Democratic Club. Cole will share his insights from being Mayor of Pasadena and his experience with LA Mayor Garcetti on slow growth, traffic, resource protection, the new light rail line, water issues and tourism. Q&A to... Read more →

Briefs

SMMUSD Administrative Appointments for the New School Year

One current administrator has a new position and two long-time educators have joined the ranks of the administrative team at Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for the start of the 2015-2016 school year. Tristan Komlos has been appointed new “H” House principal for Samohi; Barry Yates will be the interim principal at John Muir... Read more →

Briefs

WISE & Healthy Aging hosts free art workshop

WISE & Healthy Aging, in collaboration with A Window Between Worlds, is hosting a free art workshop entitled “Pearls of Wisdom: End the Violence” on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 10 - 11 a.m., at 1527 4th Street, Santa Monica. Individuals throughout the community who have experienced domestic violence later in life are invited to participate. No... Read more →

News

Pen Factory Project to return for future discussion

What was once Santa Monica’s most controversial development returned to city regulators this week for a brief, cordial and poorly attended discussion. Now known as the Pen Factory Project, development at the former Papermate site at 26th and Olympic was hugely controversial just last year. The original plans for the... Read more →

City Council

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Council to set new priorities

The Santa Monica City Council will meet on Sunday to prioritize goals and set measurable criteria for judging the success of future projects. According to the staff report, staff have asked the City Council to “establish three to five priority strategic goals with measurable three to five year outcomes, with the goal of... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD teacher wins Fulbright scholarship

HUNGARY Susanne Liaw wanted to travel, give herself new challenges and build on the work she’s done at Olympic High School. A Fulbright scholarship will allow her to do all three. Liaw is heading to Hungary for the 2015-16 school year on a special English teaching assistantship during which she will help historically underserved... Read more →

Education

A roll call of issues as school resumes

It's the first day of the 2015-2016 school year in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, meaning thousands of students will begin familiarizing themselves with new classrooms, teachers and course materials. As the children get into their daily routines, the Daily Press takes a look at big-picture issues facing the district,... Read more →

Transportation

Roads around Samohi being reconfigured

Before any learning begins at the start of the school year, students first have to arrive at their campuses safely. District and city officials this week are urging parents, children and other commuters to be mindful of construction zones and road closures as transportation work continues across Santa Monica. Of particular concern is... Read more →

Crime

Victim suffers sexual battery inside a 3rd Street store

On August 15, at approximately 2 p.m. Officers responded to the 1300 block of 3rd Street, regarding a sexual battery. The victim stated that she had entered the business because she wanted to sit and charge her phone. When she could not find a seat anywhere, she decided to stand at a high table in the middle of the store when she felt... Read more →

Briefs

Haggen announces store closures

Haggen, the West Coast regional grocer, has announced that in order to continue to improve its business and strengthen its competitive position, it has decided to close or sell a number of locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. Most of the stores being closed or sold were acquired as part of the transaction in which... Read more →

Education

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Noguera to confront inequity in SMMUSD

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District can tout the talents, accomplishments and college placements of its most successful students. But, as Pedro Noguera is quick to point out, the district's mission goes beyond that. “The real challenge for a school system is, 'How good are we with those who need us more?'” Noguera... Read more →

News

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City Manager outlines vision for Downtown

City Manager Rick Cole wants to see Downtown Santa Monica evolve towards a cultural and arts destination, while preserving the economic foundation that has driven development of the area. Cole spoke at Downtown Santa Monica Inc.'s annual report breakfast and the speech expanded on his previous comments regarding DTSM and provided the first... Read more →