School play requires acts of courage

The first act of “Clybourne Park” is set in 1959, when a black family's forthcoming move creates uproar in a white neighborhood. The second act of the Bruce Norris play opens in the present day as a white couple prepares to settle into the same neighborhood, which is predominantly black but quickly gentrifying. The play is edgy, even... Read more →


Football: Historic season continues for St. Monica

At the beginning of the school year, St. Monica Catholic athletic director Frank Cruz said there was excitement on campus about the school's football team. And the Mariners have shown why. Under the direction of second-year coach Drew Shaw, St. Monica has won eight games in a row and demonstrated its postseason potential heading into its... Read more →

Laughing Matters

Spielberg, move over for Jack Yonover

Not everyone in Santa Monica drives a Porsche and is writing a screenplay. (Actually, maybe the screenplay part is true.) But when a 13-year-old told me he was writing, directing and producing a movie, I was a tad skeptical. Guess what? Jack Yonover's movie has won a handful of awards and is screening in Hollywood tomorrow! (And no, he... Read more →


Man wearing football jersey punches victim in the face

On October 31 at approximately 12:30 a.m., an officer was dispatched to a radio call of a battery which had just occurred on the 2900 block of Main Street. According to the reporting party, his friend had just been punched in the face by a man wearing a football jersey. Upon officers arriving on the scene, multiple witnesses pointed to where... Read more →


Registration open for SMC’s Community Ed winter session

Get a jumpstart on New Year's resolutions by registering now for winter session classes, workshops, tours, lectures and more at SMC Community Education. Whether you're interested in toning your body, exploring new careers, advancing in your chosen profession, learning a new language, or expressing yourself through the arts, Community Ed... Read more →


SMC Corsair wins four awards in national competition

Santa Monica College has announced that its student newspaper, The Corsair, has won four national awards, from two different organizations at the 2015 ACP/CMA National College Media Convention held in Austin, Texas, on Oct. 28-Nov 1. The Corsair was presented three prestigious Pinnacle Awards from the College Media Association (CMA) and... Read more →


SMFD exploring new approach to medical calls

Sitting in a bay at Station No. 2 is a vehicle for change. It’s bright red, larger than a standard ambulance but easier to maneuver than a traditional fire engine. And it could have a significant impact on how the Santa Monica Fire Department responds to medical emergencies. The so-called rescue ambulance was unveiled Tuesday morning... Read more →


Is more professional development ahead for SMMUSD?

In recent years, state budget changes led the Santa Monica-Malibu school district to cut back on professional development. But it appears that’s going to change. The local Board of Education will discuss professional development opportunities and goals for staff during its meeting Thursday night in Malibu, an indication that new... Read more →

City Council

Most bus fares increase, youth passes drop

Bus passes for youth got a little cheaper at the Oct. 27 council meeting thanks to a one-year pilot program to subsidize the cost of a 30-day youth pass. The decision to cut the price of a 30-day youth pass to $28 was prompted by a desire to motivate more youth to consider the bus as a primary mode of transport and City Hall will spend up... Read more →

City Council

City Manager jumpstarts overall hiring

More employees are heading to City Hall in the coming months thanks to new City Manager Rick Cole. The process to fill some vacant positions, such as a Fire Chief, was on hold pending Cole's arrival but Cole has also prompted recruitment of several new positions including staffing a communications team and hiring a dedicated airport... Read more →


Letter to the Editor: Waste of money

Editor: The City Council has just spent more than a thousand dollars to sell a bill of goods to the populace by placing a full-page compendium of error and innuendo in last week's paper; something they could have done for free at the council meeting Tuesday. The Council, of course is right, the airport is a threat - a threat to... Read more →

City Council

Momentum building to attempt freeway realignment

The end of the I-10 freeway might be named after Santa Monica, but the roadway isn't that popular among the current crop of elected officials. At Tuesday's City Council meeting, the freeway was described as a scar on the city that had sundered Santa Monica in two and set Downtown adrift from the nearby Civic Center. To heal this wound, City... Read more →