Education

Recording studios become booming teen centers

LAYING DOWN VOCALS: Eddie Martinez puts in work at Pico Youth & Family Center's recording studio. (David Mark Simpson dave@smdp.com) PICO BLVD — School is over for the day but Eddie Martinez still has his notebook open. The Olympic High School senior is in the booth at the Pico Youth & Family Center’s recording studio... Read more →

Government

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Shriver takes fundraising lead in supervisor race

COUNTYWIDE — If you were a candidate running for office, what would you rather have, money or fame? Former Santa Monica Mayor Bobby Shriver has both. His campaign disclosure statement reads like a guest list for one of Hollywood’s most exclusive parties, featuring the likes of Oprah Winfrey, Tom Hanks, Renee Zellweger and Jerry... Read more →

Environment

Brief: Pacific Park to go dark

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier joins the Earth Hour movement this Saturday by turning the lights out for one hour on its world-famous Ferris wheel. Only safety lighting will be functioning starting at 8:30 p.m., officials with the park said. Earth Hour is the world’s largest grassroots environmental movement. People are... Read more →

Environment

Brief: Docents wanted at beach house

For the first time in three years, the Santa Monica Conservancy is seeking new volunteers to offer guided tours of the Annenberg Community Beach House. A docent training class will be offered in April and May. Applications to become a docent are due March 29. The Annenberg Community Beach House has a fascinating history, a place where... Read more →

Government

Worker injuries cost city big bucks

CITY HALL — Workers’ compensation costs are up for City Hall and finance officials expect they will continue to rise. In the last six months of 2013, City Hall spent about $3.8 million on medical treatment and lost wages that resulted from city employees being injured on the job, Santa Monica city officials said in a recent report.... Read more →

Education

Brief: Educators want to hear from you

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is seeking critical feedback through a Technology Access and Use Survey. Designed and administered by independent technology and communications firm K12 Insight, the survey asks students, staff and parents about Internet access, devices, communication and other important topics. The results... Read more →

Crime

Mother killed, daughter injured in hit-and-run

OCEAN AVE — A mother was killed and her daughter was hospitalized after they were struck by a vehicle as they were walking near the Santa Monica Pier early Saturday morning. The 61-year-old mother from Wisconsin was visiting her 32-year-old daughter, a resident of Santa Monica. They were struck as they jaywalked across the 1600 block of... Read more →

Crime

City Hall: Quick response to mass shooting saved lives

CITYWIDE — Communication could have been better, but overall City Hall’s response to last year’s mass shooting that ended on the Santa Monica College campus was a success, city officials said in a recent report. The city of Santa Monica Office of Emergency Management (OEM) released a 28-page report about what was learned from the way... Read more →