News

Updated: Santa Monica High student killed in traffic accident

A Santa Monica High School student died Sunday night after being struck by a car while riding his scooter, officials said. Leo Castillo, a 16-year-old freshman who had previously attended John Adams Middle School, was riding with a friend on 26th Street near Olympic Boulevard when he was hit, according to the Santa Monica-Malibu school... Read more →

Public

School psychologist retiring after 45 years in SMMUSD

She started her career in education while working as a stewardess for Pan American Airways in the late 1960s, filling in as a substitute teacher at Los Angeles schools when she wasn’t flying around the world. But after 45 years with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Jadeane “Jady” Von der Lieth is prepared for... Read more →

Briefs

Classic film series coming to SMC

Santa Monica College will host a Kanin Family Film Series May 15-17. SMC Film Studies professor Josh Kanin will introduce the films, and will join SMC Political Science professor Alan Buckley for an audience discussion after each screening, offering unique insights into the life and works of the Kanin Family. The classic film series is... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica library to close for improvements

The Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard, will temporarily close beginning Monday, June 1, for interior and mechanical improvements. Enhancements to the Fairview Branch's interior include new carpeting and paint throughout; upgrading of electrical;  installation of central air conditioning; improved interior lighting; new... Read more →

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SMC symposium to focus on public health policy

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute (PPI) will present its 4th annual Spring Symposium from May 11-14. “Stop, Look, Listen: Community Advocacy for Public Health” is the theme for this year's community symposium — and a line-up of events including a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Still Alice” and roundtable... Read more →

Government

Craftsman home considered for landmark status

The Landmarks Commission will consider protecting a 105-year-old Craftsman on Monday at the request of a neighbor of the structure. A historical consultant says that the building is potentially significant because it is the last example of a Craftsman single-family home within the Green Acres tract, a 10-block tract between Wilshire... Read more →

Public

Special ed, staffing weigh on SMMUSD budget

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district Board of Education stared down a $7.4-million deficit during its recent review of the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year. The projected deficit weighing on the unrestricted $94.9-million general fund budget is due in part to a combination of proposed increases in special education and... Read more →

Crime

Alleged gang member arrested on gun charge (crime watch)

On May 2 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer was patrolling the area around the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue when he noticed a black pickup truck driving around with a vehicle code violation. Upon contacting the driver, the officer noticed that the front passenger, later identified as Bryan Almaraz, 24, of Los... Read more →

Briefs

State graduation rates reach record high

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today reported California's cohort graduation rate climbed for the fifth year in a row in 2014 to a record high, with the biggest jump taking place among English learners. Among students who started high school in 2010-11, 80.8 percent graduated with their class in 2014, up 0.4 of a... Read more →

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Wildwood School hosting STEM lecture

The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD) invites K-12 students and parents and community members interested in topics relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the spring event in its community lecture series at Wildwood School middle and upper campus, located at 11811 Olympic Blvd., in West Los... Read more →

Briefs

Super Saturday to benefit Ovarian Cancer Research Fund

Rachel Zoe and Rodger Berman with Molly Sims and Scott Stuber will return to host Ovarian Cancer Research Fund's 2nd annual Super Saturday LA. The day-long designer charity sale, now held annually in Los Angeles as well as the Hamptons, will take place on Saturday, May 16, at The Barker Hangar from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. “I am so thrilled to... Read more →

City Council

City weighs handing off oceanfront apartments

Affordable housing with ocean views. With redevelopment agency money dried up and City Hall not interested in playing landlord, city officials are recommending the transfer of two city-owned Ocean Avenue apartments to the city’s largest affordable housing provider. On Tuesday, City Council will consider handing the Community... Read more →

Public

SMMUSD facing projected $7.4M deficit

Not even a Dilbert comic strip could lighten the mood. The Santa Monica-Malibu school district Board of Education stared down a $7.4-million deficit during Monday's review of the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year. The projected deficit weighing on the unrestricted $94.9-million general fund budget is due largely to a... Read more →