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City software tops $6.9M consent calendar

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 →



Santa Monica College showcases student photography

Santa Monica College presents the 36th Annual SMC Student Photography Exhibit May 14-27 in two locations: the SMC Photography Gallery and SMC's Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery. The free exhibition showcases outstanding imagery by students in the SMC Photography Department. A gallery gala will be held from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday,... Read more →


City Yards open house set for May 16

Do you ever wonder who landscapes the City of Santa Monica parks, sweeps the streets, supplies the city with fresh, clean water, or picks up the trash and recycling each week? These and many other important jobs are done by the City of Santa Monica Public Work Department employees, who in celebration of National Public Works Week invite the... Read more →


Updated: Santa Monica High student killed in traffic accident

A Santa Monica High School student died Sunday night after being struck by a car while riding his scooter, officials said. Leo Castillo, a 16-year-old freshman who had previously attended John Adams Middle School, was riding with a friend on 26th Street near Olympic Boulevard when he was hit, according to the Santa Monica-Malibu school... Read more →


School psychologist retiring after 45 years in SMMUSD

She started her career in education while working as a stewardess for Pan American Airways in the late 1960s, filling in as a substitute teacher at Los Angeles schools when she wasn’t flying around the world. But after 45 years with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Jadeane “Jady” Von der Lieth is prepared for... Read more →


Classic film series coming to SMC

Santa Monica College will host a Kanin Family Film Series May 15-17. SMC Film Studies professor Josh Kanin will introduce the films, and will join SMC Political Science professor Alan Buckley for an audience discussion after each screening, offering unique insights into the life and works of the Kanin Family. The classic film series is... Read more →


Santa Monica library to close for improvements

The Fairview Branch Library, 2101 Ocean Park Boulevard, will temporarily close beginning Monday, June 1, for interior and mechanical improvements. Enhancements to the Fairview Branch's interior include new carpeting and paint throughout; upgrading of electrical;  installation of central air conditioning; improved interior lighting; new... Read more →



SMC symposium to focus on public health policy

The Santa Monica College Public Policy Institute (PPI) will present its 4th annual Spring Symposium from May 11-14. “Stop, Look, Listen: Community Advocacy for Public Health” is the theme for this year's community symposium — and a line-up of events including a screening of the critically acclaimed film “Still Alice” and roundtable... Read more →


Craftsman home considered for landmark status

The Landmarks Commission will consider protecting a 105-year-old Craftsman on Monday at the request of a neighbor of the structure. A historical consultant says that the building is potentially significant because it is the last example of a Craftsman single-family home within the Green Acres tract, a 10-block tract between Wilshire... Read more →


Special ed, staffing weigh on SMMUSD budget

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district Board of Education stared down a $7.4-million deficit during its recent review of the preliminary budget for the 2015-16 school year. The projected deficit weighing on the unrestricted $94.9-million general fund budget is due in part to a combination of proposed increases in special education and... Read more →


Alleged gang member arrested on gun charge (crime watch)

On May 2 at approximately 2:30 a.m., a Santa Monica police officer was patrolling the area around the 1600 block of Michigan Avenue when he noticed a black pickup truck driving around with a vehicle code violation. Upon contacting the driver, the officer noticed that the front passenger, later identified as Bryan Almaraz, 24, of Los... Read more →


State graduation rates reach record high

State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson today reported California's cohort graduation rate climbed for the fifth year in a row in 2014 to a record high, with the biggest jump taking place among English learners. Among students who started high school in 2010-11, 80.8 percent graduated with their class in 2014, up 0.4 of a... Read more →


Wildwood School hosting STEM lecture

The Wildwood Institute for STEM Research and Development (WISRD) invites K-12 students and parents and community members interested in topics relating to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics to the spring event in its community lecture series at Wildwood School middle and upper campus, located at 11811 Olympic Blvd., in West Los... Read more →