SMMUSD campus treated for flea infestation

An infestation of fleas at Roosevelt Elementary School forced classes to relocate and led to multiple rounds of pest control, not to mention more than a few bites. The combination of heat and humidity apparently helped to transform the campus into breeding grounds for the wingless insects, which live off the blood of mammals and... Read more →


Local wins songwriting contest

Joe Sanders has been named a winner in the John Lennon Contest. According to organizers, the John Lennon Songwriting Contest is an international songwriting contest that began in 1997. It is open to amateur and professional songwriters who submit entries in any one of 12 categories: Rock, Country, Jazz, Pop, World, Rhythm & Blues, Hip... Read more →


Santa Monican receives award from Alma Mater

The Board of Trustees of the Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts Foundation held its fifth annual 1983 Society celebration at Juban's Restaurant in Baton Rouge on Saturday, Sept. 26. This year's event included the second annual 1983 Society Wingspan Awards for Dedication. This award was created to recognize and celebrate the... Read more →



Los Angeles residents petition to reduce helicopter noise

The Los Angeles Area Helicopter Noise Coalition (LAAHNC) is filing petitions with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to establish mandatory regulations for helicopter flights in Los Angeles County. According to LAAHNC, this action follows years of talks with helicopter operators that failed to result in any agreement on voluntary... Read more →

City Council

Council wrap-up

At their Oct. 13 meeting, the city council approved a transit heavy consent calendar while regular discussion focused on downtown development. Car share Council approved a pilot car share program that will provide Zipcar with exclusive use of 20 city owned parking spaces. Customers who sign up with Zipcar will be able to use the cars either... Read more →


The Mythology of the Werewolf with Mari Hamill

Santa Monica Public Library presents The Mythology of the Werewolf with Mari Hamill on Thursday, October 29 at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Author Mari Hamill discusses the mythology of the werewolf, as well as its history in popular culture. Her novel "Werewolf Nights" is a kitschy twist on the... Read more →


Southern California Abstraction Now

The Santa Monica College Pete & Susan Barrett Art Gallery is pleased to present "Southern California Abstraction Now," a visually rich and thought-provoking group exhibition of works by 14 artists selected by curators/artists Sheldon Figoten and Jack Chipman, whose works appear in the show along with those of Peter Alexander, Hilary... Read more →



Tensions rise after youth football game

What started as an incident at a local youth flag football game has led to flaring tensions, allegations of racism and attempts by city and school officials to address community concerns. An account provided by city officials, who investigated the matter, offers details into what they described as "unacceptable" behavior by a parent who... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Oct. 19

Week of October 19, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: - Train Testing This Week - The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire... Read more →


Man who steals bicycle says he’s God, everything is his

On October 9 at approximately 1:50 p.m., officers responded to a call to the 2100 block of Pearl Street and met with officers from Santa Monica College in response to a person they had detained for stealing a bike. According to the call, the subject, later identified as Dionte Thompson, 37 of Los Angeles, had stolen a Bikeshare bicycle that... Read more →


Camera Obscura Art Lab

For their annual celebration of the art of drawing, 1450 Ocean presents a low-cost class with Miles Lewis on the intricacies of portrait drawing from life, using ink brushes and pens. Using permanent lines and strokes, artists are forced to love and build upon each mark they make. Do you have what it takes? All levels welcome. Draw from a... Read more →