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 →

Briefs

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 →

Transportation

Big Blue Bus picks new seats for bus stops

In February, Big Blue Bus asked riders what they thought of two new seat designs for the much-criticized new bus stops. And the winner is …  both. BBB is ordering Seat A, which has a taller, more substantial back, but the armrest from Seat B, BBB spokesperson Aimee Wyatt told the Daily Press. Seat B's armrest is taller and... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica to host Canadian women’s national soccer team

The City of Santa Monica will host the Canadian Women's National Soccer Team as it gears up for the 2015 FIFA Women's World Cup. The Canadian Team will use Santa Monica field space to prepare for scheduled scrimmages and international friendlies prior to the start of the Women's World Cup in Canada beginning June 6. As part of their visit,... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Synagogue to honor two members

On Saturday evening, May 9, The Santa Monica Synagogue will honor two of its dedicated longtime members, Brad Tukey and Stephen Youngerman. Both men have lived, worshiped, educated their children, and conducted their careers here on the Westside. This celebratory evening of dining and merriment will be held at the UCLA Faculty Center.... Read more →

Briefs

Lincoln Middle School receives California Gold Ribbon

Lincoln Middle School this week was named a California Gold Ribbon School, the state's highest award for academic excellence this week. Lincoln was selected for developing an innovative protocol that improves student writing by emphasizing teacher and parent collaboration, improved student feedback and providing targeted one-on-one... Read more →