Education

Quality vs. quantity

SAMOHI — When it came time to pick an institution of higher learning, Senior Leah Robinson had a hard time narrowing down her choices. It was either going to be Oberlin College or Northwestern University, and the clock was ticking. While she felt her options would be better and more numerous at Northwestern in Illinois, she had been... Read more →

Briefs

Survey says …

District officials are asking parents to fill out a short survey rating their children’s experiences with the visual and performing arts programs at area schools. The study is part of the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s participation in the Los Angeles County Arts for All initiative, which seeks to provide every... Read more →

News

Woman killed by own car

A 56-year-old woman was run over and dragged several feet by her own car on Wednesday after she crawled underneath it to inspect the engine. Santa Monica Police officers responded to a call of a pedestrian trapped under a vehicle at the intersection of 11th and Pearl streets around noon. When officers arrived, they found the woman and... Read more →

News

Judge orders injunction protecting researchers

SM COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica judge issued a permanent injunction that aims to protect UCLA researchers from threats and other forms of harassment by aggressive animal rights activists opposed to the use of animals in research. Superior Court Judge Terry B. Friedman ruled in UCLA’s favor on Wednesday, ordering that when... Read more →

News

No butts about it

THIRD STREET — Hoping to focus an anti-tobacco message at Santa Monica’s youth, a number of Los Angeles organizations have banded together to present the first ever World No Tobacco Day Text-2-Quit event, set to take place this Saturday on the eve of World No Tobacco Day. Organized by BREATHE LA, a historic Los Angeles air quality... Read more →

Crime

Suspected dealer hides dope

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. Friday, May 22, at 2 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on patrol in the 1700 block of Michigan Avenue observed a man they believed to be a drug dealer.... Read more →

Homelessness

City officials extend, expand homeless court

CITY HALL — A pilot project focused on helping homeless individuals access services and clear court records of so-called “quality of life crimes” is being extended and expanded, all while costing taxpayers less money, city officials said Thursday. The Homeless Community Court, which was previously operated out of the City... Read more →

Education

SMC recognizes alumni

SMC — Former Mayor Nat Trives, known around town as “Mr. Santa Monica,” and world champion surfer and expert on coral reefs Dr. Richard Grigg will receive the 2009 SMC Alumni Recognition Award from the Santa Monica College Foundation. Both will be recognized at commencement, which will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 at... Read more →

News

Former students help teacher publish book

MONTANA AVENUE — Steve Reifman recently received an e-mail from the mother of a young girl in Chicago who was writing a book report about a newly published children’s story that has generated a lot of buzz 2,000 miles away in Santa Monica. For the third grade teacher at Roosevelt Elementary School, the letter was an indicator of... Read more →

News

LAHSA selects new director

DOWNTOWN, L.A. — The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) Commission on Wednesday announced the appointment of Michael Arnold as its new executive director. Arnold has served as LAHSA’s chief operating officer since 2007. In this capacity, he played an integral role in transforming the formerly troubled agency into an... Read more →