Briefs

SMMUSD recognizes 17 National Board Certified teachers

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District honored 17 teachers on Feb. 19 who have received certification from the National Board for Professional Teaching Standards for the 2014-15 academic year. "It is absolutely amazing for a school district of our size to have so many new and renewed teachers reach certification level," Sandra... Read more →

Briefs

SMC art lecture series opens Thursday

Santa Monica College has announced the launch of the Spring 2015 Art Lecture Series, a selection of eclectic lectures and presentations exploring the many facets of art in its various manifestations. The series opens Feb. 26 with “Notes on Failure,” a presentation by visual and performing artist Tameka Norris. All Art Lecture Series... Read more →

City Council

Wild animals, labor and water (City Council preview)

Aside from water rate hikes and a proposed transit hub, which the Daily Press wrote about previously, City Council will consider banning wild animals from a slew of public spaces and a union appeal at the Feb. 24 meeting. The proposed wild animal ban would oust exotic and wild animals, like snakes, reptiles, birds, and non-human primates,... Read more →

Briefs

Free webinar for parents, educators offered

Parents and educators are invited to a free Growth Mindset Webinar on Tuesday, February 24, at 5:30 p.m. on Raising Student Achievement by Promoting Adaptive Beliefs: Framing praise, feedback, and encouragement to promote engagement and resilience. The moderator is Jacquie Beaubien, senior project manager of Project for Education Research... Read more →

Briefs

Art exhibit to kick off Women’s History Month

The Santa Monica Commission on the Status of Women (COSW) invites everyone in the community to celebrate Women's History Month in March 2015. The 2015 theme is "Weaving the Stories of Women's Lives,” and marks the 35th anniversary of the Women's History Movement. COSW will kick off the month with an opening reception and... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless count numbers released

There were more homeless people counted on the street and in cars or encampments at last month's annual Homeless Count than in the year prior. The street count rose 16 percent while the overall count stayed almost exactly the same, according to the data, released by City Hall's Human Services Division on Monday. The 2015 count found 402... Read more →

Government

More than $1 million spent on Santa Monica council race

All that super-helpful campaign literature that clogged your mailbox and gave your mail carrier a hernia last election season cost political supporters a fortune. While voter turnout was abysmally low for November's City Council race, spending by candidates and outside groups rose dramatically this year. More than $17.14 was spent per... Read more →

City Council

Council to hear 78% rate hike for last time

Like the idea or hate it, Tuesday night is your last chance to weigh in on the proposed 78-percent water rate hike scheduled to take effect over the next five years. City Council will hold a public hearing on the matter and then consider approving the rate hike. “Due to projected declining water sales, the City's self-sufficiency plan... Read more →

Homelessness

School on Wheels founder dies

Her mission began in Santa Monica, where she noticed homeless children in a park during school hours. It became a far-reaching legacy that continues today. Agnes Stevens, a longtime educator who turned an idea into a nonprofit organization that has impacted thousands of students, died Feb. 13 in Ventura after a long illness. She was... Read more →

Briefs

Fight hunger at Empty Bowls Santa Monica

Artists, hunger activists and caring people of all stripes will come together Saturday, March 7, to raise awareness of food insecurity and to provide funds for the Westside Food Bank and the Bread and Roses Cafe. Chef D Brandon Walker of the Bread and Roses Cafe and Food Network Chopped Champion will personally be on hand to serve his own... Read more →

Briefs

Vidiots Foundation announces Director Series event

The next Director Series event is an evening with American film director, screenwriter and producer Ned Benson on Friday, March 6, at 7:30 p.m. Benson will discuss how his three-film portrayal, "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby," began life as two separate films -- The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby: Him and The Disappearance of Eleanor... Read more →