Stamp Out Hunger on May 9

Organizers are hoping residents come out in force for the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive on May 9, but this is one event where mailing-it-in is also acceptable. The annual event is organized by local letter carriers. Residents are encouraged to leave a bag of non-perishable food by their mailbox and postal workers will deliver those... Read more →


Santa Monica High student wins aviation scholarship

Helen Lu, a Santa Monica High School 11th grade student, has been announced as the winner of the Flying Scholarship for Girls Samirah Zaina Award. Helen received her award at a ceremony at Santa Monica Airport on Saturday April 25. Karynn Adams, a 10th grade student from Venice High School is the first alternate. This year's Finalists were... Read more →


How travel, tourism impact Santa Monica

Santa Monica tourism officials are gearing up for the 6th annual Santa Monica Travel & Tourism Summit with tourism outreach efforts across the city. National Travel and Tourism week is a national concerted effort led by the U.S. Travel Association to shine light on what travel means to jobs, economic growth and personal well-being... Read more →


SMC announces May planetarium events

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites residents to catch up on the news about NASA's Dawn spacecraft, find out about star parties, enjoy a talk by astronomer Shelley R. Bonus on space tourism, and check out the Moon's Alpine Valley, Sea of Rains, and Bay of Rainbows through telescopes. The two feature shows, the guest... Read more →


SMC seeking to fill oversight committee vacancies

Santa Monica College is seeking applications for the Citizens Bond Oversight Committee, which oversees the implementation of Measures U, S and AA, the 2002, 2004 and 2008 bond measures that are funding capital improvement projects at the college. The application deadline is Friday, May 22. The vacancies are specifically for representatives... Read more →


Santa Monica schools score well in national poll

Santa Monica-Malibu Unified has been ranked in the top 10 percent of California school districts by a national academic ranking service that relies heavily on student and parent feedback, test scores and student achievement data, while Santa Monica and Malibu high schools have been named among the top schools in California. In ratings... Read more →



No charges for man pepper-sprayed in park

The City of Santa Monica has declined to file charges against Justin Palmer in connection with his arrest while he attempted to charge his electric vehicle. Palmer was at the Virginia Avenue Park electric car charging station on the evening of April 21 when he was approached by police officers. Both sides tell differing versions of the... Read more →


Pier Party raises $125K for SMMEF

The Pier Party is over, but the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation’s fundraising campaign — and the debate over its effectiveness — are not. The foundation’s second-annual event at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier and an accompanying online auction brought in about $125,000, according to SMMEF officials. More than... Read more →


Legislator supports fees on sugary drinks

Assemblymember Richard Bloom (D-Santa Monica) has joined the American Heart Association and the Latino Coalition for a Health California in announcing legislation that will create a dedicated revenue source to address the alarming health impacts of diabetes and heart disease. The legislation, AB 1357, will establish a 2-cent-per-ounce health... Read more →


Shopping party to benefit Westside Family Health Center

RONROBINSON and Westside Family Health Center will throw a free Mother's Day Shopping Party from 4 to 7 p.m.  May 7 at the RONROBINSON flagship store at 1327 Fifth St. Guests can enjoy drinks, appetizers and a DJ while shopping for jewelry, clothing, beauty, mens, kids, books, home decor and more in a cool, modern atmosphere. Shoppers can... Read more →



Santa Monica observing National Day of Prayer

Santa Monica will hold its 25th annual observance of the National Day of Prayer at 8 a.m. Thursday, May 7, at the Tongva Park amphitheater west of City Hall between Main Street and Ocean Avenue. The address is 1615 Ocean Avenue. This year's theme is “Lord, Hear Our Cry,” inspired by I Kings 8:28: “Hear the cry and the prayer that your... Read more →