District studies following kid intuition

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A 4-year-old boy is picking up purple puff balls and slamming them down on his paper. He shifts them around in a way that seems completely erratic. Then he draws circles around them and counts all five. There’s madness to his method but — when this method is guided by teachers rather than squashed — he’s able to... Read more →


Businesses, Expo prepare for train noise

WORKING IT: Virgin Produced is among the businesses impacted by noise related to construction of the Expo Light Rail Line along Colorado Avenue. So far, they say it isn’t a bother. (Daniel Archuleta COLORADO AVE — Trains make noise. Businesses like silence. When IMAX, a film projection company known for its larger... Read more →


Kuehl, Shriver secure endorsements in supervisor race

DOWNTOWN — Former State Sen. Sheila Kuehl has secured the support of the Teamsters while former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver, her chief rival in the race for county supervisor, has been endorsed by former Assembly Speaker Bob Hertzberg. The Teamsters Joint Council 42 endorsed Kuehl because of her track record of “standing up for... Read more →


Crime Watch: Trio arrested with lots of pot

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Tuesday, March 25, at 9:35 p.m., Santa Monica Police officers traveling on Lincoln Boulevard saw a driver make an unsafe lane change, causing... Read more →


Brief: Teens can earn volunteer credit in a snap

Local teens can get up to two hours of volunteer credit between April 7 and April 30 just by submitting their photographs of Santa Monica. The Santa Monica Public Library wants to see the bay city through the eyes of teens and are encouraging youth to take photos that mean something to them. In addition to the volunteer credit, photos... Read more →


Brief: Be careful where you swim

Because of current rainfall, the county health officer is cautioning residents who are planning to visit beaches to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are likely to enter... Read more →


School district cited for pesticide violation

MALIBU HIGH SCHOOL — Amid controversy over environmental issues at Malibu High School, the Los Angeles County Agricultural Commissioner of Weights and Measures cited the school district for a pesticide violation. Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Sandra Lyon said that they were cited because the district failed... Read more →


Brief: BBB Transit Store on the move

Big Blue Bus riders will have to travel to a new location to get their bus passes. The current Transit Store location will close its doors at the end of the business day on Monday, April 14. Doors will reopen at its new location on Tuesday, April 15. Visit the new counter located only a block away on Fourth Street and Broadway. The... Read more →


Brief: Save by signing up early

A summer filmmaking camp for young people is among several themed camps being offered by SMC. (Photo courtesy Santa Monica College) Santa Monica College Community Education is offering a 10 percent Early Bird Discount on a wide range of summer camps for youth and teenagers through May 16. Camps are being offered in technology,... Read more →