News

Nativity scene advocates lose appeal

Unattended nativity scenes, a more than five-decade staple of the Santa Monica Christmas season, are not coming back to Palisades Park. The U.S. Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals unanimously upheld City Hall’s ordinance, which bans unattended displays of any kind at the park. The law had been challenged by advocates of the nativity scenes,... Read more →

Transportation

Big Blue Bus fare, service increases move forward

The Big Blue Bus pitch to expand service and increase fares in anticipation of the incoming Expo Light Rail got largely positive feedback from council Tuesday night. City Council agreed unanimously to move forward with the proposed changes, which will be up for a final vote likely next month. Several members of the public, and... Read more →

Briefs

Bike Month kicks off Santa Monica’s Commuter Challenge

Santa Monica employers can now participate in the first modal competition of Santa Monica's 2015 Commuter Challenge: Bike Month. Individuals can participate in the Bike Month Challenge by visiting www.commuteSM.com and registering with their employer network. Santa Monica residents employed outside of the city can join the "SM Residents... Read more →

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SMC offering free college classes to high school students

Santa Monica College is offering all California high school students free college classes this summer. SMC is waiving the enrollment fee (currently $46 per unit) for students now attending Grades 8 through 11, and for certain students in Grade 12. Students who qualify can register for up to two classes and earn up to 6 units of college... Read more →

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State bill targeting ‘microbeads’ advances

Two bills by state Rep. Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) are advancing through the legislative process. AB 888, authored by Bloom, would set up the strongest protections in the country against the use of mirco-plastic particle abrasives, commonly referred to as “microbeads.” The beads are used in products such as facial scrubs, soaps,... Read more →

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City Council proclaims Municipal Clerks Week

A proclamation issued by the Santa Monica City Council on April 28 declared that the week of May 3-9 is designated as Municipal Clerks Week. The proclamation was presented to City Clerk, Sarah P. Gorman, CMC, and signed by Mayor Kevin McKeown. It extends appreciation to the Santa Monica City Clerk's Department and all Municipal and Deputy... Read more →

Crime

Man throws rocks through Main Street windows (crime watch)

On April 17 officers responded to a report of vandalism in the 2700 block of Main Street. A witness in the area reported watching a male throw an object through a window of a nearby business, causing the window to shatter. The witness provided a description of the subject and told officers the subject was last seen walking south from the... Read more →

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What the incoming Expo line means for Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Democratic Club will host a presentation about the incoming Expo line on April 29 in the Main Library (601 Santa Monica Blvd.) at 7 p.m. The presentation will discuss what to expect from the train, when it will open, where it will run, costs and benefits of the line. Organizers said the event will explain what the train... Read more →

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Santa Monica doctor receives honor

Santa Monica Primary Care has announced that Dr. Philip M. Bretsky has been recognized by Vitals.com as one of the Top 10 Internal Medicine doctors in the State of California, an award given to doctors who are consistently rated highest in primary care by their patients. As the largest and most comprehensive online search engine for... Read more →

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JAMS Theatre Company presents ‘Bye Bye Birdie’

JAMS Theatre Company presents its annual spring musical, "Bye Bye Birdie," featuring two casts in four performances, with students from both John Adams Middle School and SMASH. The show opens Friday, May 1, at 7 p.m., with two performances on Saturday, May 2, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., and closes Sunday, May 3, with a final matinee performance at... Read more →

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Documentary explores women in Santa Monica aviation

On Friday, May 1, there will be a special showing of “Breaking Through the Clouds: The First Women's National Air Derby” at the Santa Monica Public Library MLK Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Doors open at 6 p.m.  Admission is free. Producer/director Heather Taylor will be there to provide background on making the movie as well as... Read more →