Tongva Park receives national design award

On March 31, the Tongva Park and Ken Genser Square project was honored with a National Achievement Award for Urban Design from the American Planning Association. The project was one of 12 National Achievement Award and 17 Planning Excellence Award designees out of hundreds of submissions recognized on the national stage. This award comes in... Read more →


SMC scholarships fund study-abroad trips

The Santa Monica College Foundation has announced that 10 students in the Winter 2015 SMC Study Abroad Program were awarded $500 grants to help with the costs of their travel to study in South Africa thanks to the generosity of Mark and Lani Verge. The Verges have established the Art Verge Study Abroad Scholarship Fund at SMC. “These... Read more →

City Council

Buses, traffic circles highlight $19.4M consent

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of public... Read more →


Host families wanted for international students

Global Student Housing (GSH) is recruiting host families in the Santa Monica area. GSH is currently seeking individuals or families to host international students who reside within five miles of Santa Monica. Hosts are expected to provide their students with a private furnished bedroom, as well as a warm and welcoming environment to learn... Read more →



Rent Control Board to mull buyouts, water penalties

The upcoming meeting of the Rent Control Board will include discussions to help renters get paid and potentially avoid paying out. Two long-gestating items will return for discussion at the April 9 meeting. The board is expected to finally make a decision regarding collection of buyout agreements and also give direction regarding who will... Read more →


Edison campus rounding into form

Over the last few years, old buildings were demolished. Orange cones, gates and scaffolding were everywhere. Construction noise filled the air at the Virginia Avenue campus. But although work continues, the end is seemingly now in sight. With the last portion of the 2014-15 academic year around the corner, Edison Language Academy is... Read more →


Mid-City Neighbors to host annual meeting at The Edye

Mid-City Neighbors, a nonprofit, city-recognized, all-volunteer group working to improve the lives of all residents in Mid City is inviting residents to attend its annual meeting on Saturday, April 11 the Broad Stage's Edye facility (11th and Arizona) at 11 a.m. Organizers said the group has had an exciting and productive year. They list... Read more →


Local accounting firm supporting Indian Film Festival

Headquartered in Santa Monica, Gumbiner Savett Inc. is a full-service accounting and consulting firm. Gumbiner Savett Inc. has sponsored the Indian Film Festival of Los Angeles for the past six years and Shreedhar (Shree) Kothari, CPA, a shareholder of the firm, has served as a board member for the same amount of time. The 13th annual... Read more →


Library lures YA book festival to Santa Monica

While writing big portions of her bestselling novel “Beautiful Creatures” at the Santa Monica Public Library, local author Margaret Stohl regularly crossed paths with public services librarian Robert Graves. Graves knew Stohl had co-founded YALLFEST, a popular young-adult book festival in South Carolina, and he wasn’t shy about... Read more →