Park, NatureBridge partner for education

SM MOUNTAINS — The Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area and NatureBridge are partnering to create a residential education campus in the middle of the Santa Monica Mountains, the organizations announced Thursday. The new Santa Monica Mountains Institute, co-operated by the two groups, will provide out-of-classroom... Read more →


Tension marks hospital meeting

COLORADO AVENUE — There were voices raised, frustrated expressions and deep sighs. They were all there during a contentious two-hour meeting on Wednesday between officials with Saint John’s Health Center and neighbors regarding the past, present and future of construction at the Catholic hospital, a more than decade-long campus... Read more →


Nickelodeon puts spotlight on Samohi student

SAMOHI — Popular children’s television channel Nickelodeon is following its viewers through high school — literally. A camera crew from Nickelodeon is following Santa Monica High School senior and Team Marine captain Megan Kilroy today as she goes about her day at school, rallying students and teachers to participate in Team... Read more →


Supreme Court denies Weller’s appeal

DOWNTOWN — The California Supreme Court on Thursday refused to review the conviction of George Russell Weller, the elderly man who plowed his car through a crowded Farmers’ Market in Downtown in 2003, killing 10 people and injuring 63 others. As a result, his conviction stands, according to the Los Angeles Times. Weller was 86... Read more →


Coyotes moving further into city

FRANKLIN STREET — There was ringing and then silence. Mary Mascarenas heard it from her bedroom, awakening to the sound of Cookie the cat sprinting in the backyard, the bell on its collar ringing in a frantic call for help. It was still early in the morning yet the pet owner knew something was awry, looking out the front door and... Read more →


Special ed advocates concerned about proposed term limits

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A proposal to impose term limits and reduce the number of parents serving on school District Advisory Committees (DAC) is drawing concerns from existing members who believe that the changes would send the wrong message to the community. The Board of Education tonight is scheduled to discuss the potential revisions to... Read more →


Promenade celebrates 20 years

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Pier isn’t the only local icon to celebrate a landmark anniversary recently. A week after the world-famous pier turned 100, the Third Street Promenade marked its 20th year on Wednesday, celebrating an outdoor pedestrian mall that has inspired similar shopping districts across the country.... Read more →


Road to creating a Shangri-landmark

DOWNTOWN — It represented hope and recovery following one of the worst economic catastrophes in U.S. history, an optimistic signal of wealth in the years to come, packaged in a modernistic building boasting ocean views. More than 69 years after the Hotel Shangri-La opened its doors on the corner of Ocean and Arizona avenues, the... Read more →


All-time high score for school district

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Test scores just keep going up. The California Department of Education on Tuesday released results of the 2009 Academic Performance Index (API), which rates achievement based on two state assessments, showing that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District improved its scores by 5 points. The API is based on... Read more →


Woman dies from possible overdose

EASTSIDE Police believe a 46-year-old woman found Sunday evening in a van parked on Nebraska Avenue died from a drug overdose, possibly heroin. Police said the woman, whose identity was not released as of Monday afternoon, was found by a male friend around 9:40 p.m. Sunday with some type of opiate. The death is still under investigation.... Read more →