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 →

News

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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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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Leaving gas guzzlers behind

CIVIC CENTER — Those who missed out on the federal “Cash for Clunkers” program have another opportunity to get their hands on vehicles that get good gas mileage at the fourth annual AltCar Expo at the Civic Auditorium Friday and Saturday. Visitors to the free event will be exposed to the latest technology on the market,... Read more →

Briefs

Help come tax time

And who said the taxman just came to take your money away? The IRS wants to remind first-time homebuyers that there is still time to take advantage of the federal tax credit that provides up to $8,000 to those purchasing a home before Dec. 1. More than 160,000 California taxpayers so far have taken advantage of the credit. Here are 10... Read more →

Briefs

Taking a shot of nature

If you love exploring the mountains with your camera, October may just be your month. Through Oct. 31, the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area will be holding its annual Spirit of the Mountains photography contest, giving regional amateur photographers the chance to have their work published and displayed. Photos taken in the... Read more →

Crime

Shooting victim ends up behind bars

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — The victim of a gang-related shooting that took place Wednesday night was in police custody just hours after being released from a local hospital with a wound to the leg, arrested for interfering with a separate investigation into a gang member carrying a concealed weapon, police said. The victim, and an... 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 →