Know Before You Go

Week of September 28, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →


Data breach involves Big Blue Bus customers

  The Big Blue Bus is alerting customers of a potential data breach related to the NextBus program. Officials were notified on Sept. 25 of a data security incident at NextBus, the company that BBB works with in order to make predictive real-time bus arrival information available to customers. BBB said the breach impacted... Read more →


OPCC receives $15,000 grant

Blue Shield of California Foundation has announced a grant of $15,000 to Ocean Park Community Center's (OPCC) Sojourn, California's second oldest continually operating domestic violence shelter, to support their capacity to provide critical services and shelter for survivors of abuse on the Westside of Los Angeles. These core operating funds... Read more →


How SMMUSD is celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

Before a captivated audience last week, teachers and students at Edison Language Academy shared stories in English and Spanish. But their audience was nowhere near the Virginia Avenue elementary school. That’s because the local readers were using computer video software to connect with peers around the world for Global Collaboration Day,... Read more →


Arrests at Apple store follow Santa Monica crime spree

On Sept. 18 at approximately 8:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a call of a purse theft that had just occurred at the Lobster restaurant located in the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue. Upon arrival, officers spoke with the victim, who stated that she had placed her purse on the back of her chair, and as she got ready to leave... Read more →


SMMUSD announces new director of classified personnel

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Michael Cool as the new director of classified personnel at its Sept. 2 regular meeting. The SMMUSD personnel commission recommended Cool for the position following recruitment and interviews. Cool will oversee the recruitment and hiring of classified personnel for SMMUSD under... Read more →


‘Damnation’ movie screening, discussion at Aero Theatre

Santa Monica's Office of Sustainability & the Environment along with American Cinematheque and Sustainable Works present a film screening and panel talk on Sept. 30 at 7:30 p.m. Damnation is a powerful film odyssey across America that explores the sea change in our national attitude from pride in big dams as engineering wonders to the... Read more →


SMMUSD separation would likely take at least three years

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district took another step towards possible separation last week when the local Board of Education examined the complex procedures for splitting the district. A county education official laid out for the school board the numerous layers of review and regulation involved in the process, which has gained... Read more →



Haggen to close local stores

    Haggen has announced plans to abandon the Pacific Southwest market, meaning the chain will close or sell all of its California locations including the Santa Monica store. The company filed for bankruptcy on September 10 and at that time announced some store closures. However, in a September 24 announcement the company... Read more →

Community Profiles

A musical anniversary

This Sunday the congregation of First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica will celebrate Dr. James “Jim” Smith's 50th anniversary as director of music for the church. The church has invited everyone to worship at 10 a.m. in the church sanctuary, where their chancel choir will debut a new anthem created by “world-renowned”... Read more →


Minimum wage proposal comes to council

Santa Monica's minimum wage proposal will go before City Council on Sept. 29. The proposed rules closely mirror rules established by the City of Los Angeles, however staff said there are a few Santa Monica specific issues to be debated Tuesday night. “The draft Santa Monica ordinance matches the Los Angeles wage levels and schedule, and... Read more →


Samohi students up for Merit Scholar status

Of the more than 1.5 million U.S. students who took the Preliminary SAT last year, about 16,000 are in the running for the prestigious Merit Scholar designation. And of those 16,000 students across the country, four represent Santa Monica High School. The local quartet is part of a talented batch of semifinalists whose high PSAT scores put... Read more →


College summit joins SMMUSD, SMC boards

In a landmark joint meeting, the governing boards of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district and Santa Monica College brainstormed ideas for improving college access and success while setting the stage for future collaboration. Building on an ongoing partnership between the district and the college, the study session came last week amid... Read more →