SMC Community Education fall courses open for registration

The SMC Community Education fall session, which begins August 31, will include several new offerings. An Early Bird Discount of 10 percent is being offered on most Arts and Photography courses through Sept. 7. With a theme of career training and professional development, Community Ed is offering a wide range of courses in fall designed to... Read more →


Tea, fashion fundraiser to benefit WISE & Healthy Aging

An "Afternoon Tea & Fashion Runway" will bring together women (and men) throughout the Los Angeles Westside to support WISE & Healthy Aging's nonprofit mission of enhancing the independence, dignity and quality of life of the elderly. This fundraiser will be held on July 10, at the Santa Monica Bay Woman's Club, a historical landmark,... Read more →



From outbreak to action: Santa Monica and the vaccine law

The return of the measles wasn’t an abstract phenomenon in Santa Monica. In late January, a Santa Monica High School coach was diagnosed with the highly contagious infection. Less than two weeks later, more than a dozen infants at the school’s child care center were ordered quarantined after a baby who attends the center was found with... Read more →


Drunk man on Main Street violates court order (crime watch)

On June 23 at about 4:45 a.m., Santa Monica police officers observed a man sitting on the ground with a bottle of vodka in front of The Victorian, 2640 Main St. Officers recognized the man from previous contacts and knew he had been served with a court order to stay away from the business. Officers made contact with the man and saw he... Read more →


Tongva Park to host hip-hop dance class

Tongva Park invites people of all ages and levels to participate in a high-energy hip-hop dance class that will include a blend of street styles. On Wednesday, July 8, from 7:30 - 9 p.m., Tongva After Dark presents a dynamic introductory lesson with Antics, a hip-hop dance theater company based in Los Angeles under the artistic direction... Read more →


SMMUSD seeks to fill committee vacancy

There is currently one vacancy in the category “citizen active in a bona-fide taxpayers association” on the SMMUSD Prop 39 Bond Oversight Committee. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's Bond Oversight Committee (BOC) is seeking qualified candidates who meet that criterion, in accordance with Section 5.1 of the Citizens'... Read more →


SMMEF fundraiser comes up well short

After a decidedly bumpy journey, the fundraising drive for local public schools came to a rest June 30. The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation amassed about $2,365,000 through its recently implemented and hotly debated centralized funding system, which this year supported arts and enrichment programs as well as academic support staff... Read more →


Man assaulted after urinating in bushes (crime watch)

On June 24 at about 6:40 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of Colorado Avenue for a call of man hitting another man with a stick. Both men were detained in the area and officers saw one man was bleeding from the head. The injured man told officers he was urinating in the bushes when the suspect told him to... Read more →


Santa Monica mourns loss of David Finkel

David B. Finkel — former City councilman, member of the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees, Judge of the Superior Court (Ret.) and a champion for civil rights and educational equality — died at his Santa Monica home on Saturday, July 4, after a prolonged illness. He was 83. “The loss of David Finkel is a great blow to Santa... Read more →


Santa Monica’s Tongva Park chosen as award finalist

The City of Santa Monica and James Corner Field Operations have announced that Santa Monica's Tongva Park/Ken Genser Square Project has been selected as one of six finalists in the Urban Land Institute's Global Award of Excellence For Urban Open Space, a prestigious annual competition that recognizes outstanding examples of successful large... Read more →


Outgoing planning commissioner honored

Jim Ries, who joined the Planning Commission in 2007, left the dais as a commissioner for the last time, urging future commissioners to reach across the aisle. Ries was up for a third term — therefore requiring five City Council votes rather than the usual four — but was ultimately replaced by longtime Landmarks Commissioner Nina... Read more →


Pink bike stolen from Santa Monica porch (crime watch)

On June 26 at about 2:51 a.m., a resident in the 1100 block of Pico Boulevard called to report that a bicycle had just been stolen from a neighbor's porch. The reporting party described the thief as a black male wearing a black hoodie and carrying a flashlight. He was last seen riding the purloined pink beach cruiser westbound on Pico... Read more →


July events at SMC’s Drescher Planetarium

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites residents to come find out what the latest developments are in the quest for a reusable rocket, and enjoy a preview that prepares to make the most of the Perseid meteor shower coming next month. The planetarium's July schedule also offers an opportunity to gaze at the moon and Saturn... Read more →