News

Lincoln Place landlord settles with tenants

VENICE — A classic landlord-tenant battle came to a close recently when the owners and former residents of Lincoln Place reached a settlement that not only preserves a group of historic buildings from demolition but allows renters to return to their one-time home. The agreement with the property owner, the Apartment Investment and... Read more →

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Reading program pairs retired volunteers with kids

FAIRVIEW LIBRARY — Diane Lord doesn’t have a teaching background, nor any children, but when it came time to help a second-grade boy who was struggling to read, she found effective tutoring didn’t require experience. It’s how the Santa Monica resident and about 200 other volunteers are spending their retirement... Read more →

Environment

Sleeping with bugs

Dear EarthTalk: Why are bed bugs a big issue right now? Where do they come from and what real harm do they do? Are there non-toxic ways of dealing with them? Harper H. Newburyport, Ma. Bed bugs, tiny little rust-colored insects of the Cimicidae family, live by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. They get... Read more →

Education

A place to call their own

SMC — Brad Jones is by all measures highly successful. The 28-year-old business major has an A-minus grade point average, works on campus 25 hours a week and is involved in extracurricular activities. But the model student is not typical even by Santa Monica College’s diverse student population standards. A U.S. Marine Corps... Read more →

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Friday’s football scores

St. Monica continued its surprising season by defeating Lucerne Valley 42-0. With the win, St. Monica is now 2-2. Santa Monica High School was routed by Valencia, 7-63. With the loss, Samohi is now... Read more →

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John Muir flea market turns 19

A local flea market will be celebrating its 19th anniversary this weekend by honoring the very people it serves to benefit — kids. All of the usual vendors will be out Saturday morning at the John Muir PTA flea market, but this time they will be joined by a brand new Kids’ Corner featuring games, food, face painting, a bounce... Read more →

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Street performer law to get second look

DOWNTOWN — The issue of whether a local ordinance regulating street performers is legal will soon come to the City Council after a U.S. appellate court ruled that a Seattle law requiring permits for the artists is unconstitutional. The council is expected to take up the matter in a yet-to-be scheduled study session where city staff... Read more →

Education

Homework policy undergoes changes

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A 20-year-old homework policy that’s been criticized as antiquated and confusing saw major changes on Thursday when the Board of Education approved a set of revisions that parents hope will cut the hours spent on afterschool studies. The modifications come nearly a year after the board formed an ad hoc committee... Read more →

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New wave of construction projects for SMC

PICO BOULEVARD — The future of Santa Monica College holds a lot of construction and a series of brand new educational facilities when the dust clears. The community college is in the process of updating an 11-year-old development plan to account for roughly a dozen projects that will take place at three campuses — Main,... Read more →

Crime

Jealousy leads to drug bust

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. Thursday, Sept. 24, at 3:32 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue regarding a report of a woman screaming.... Read more →