Santa Monica Girl Scout sheds light on disabilities

Madison Seifer, a high school junior and Ambassador Girl Scout in Troop 8355, is using her leadership and communication skills to spread awareness of special needs, while fostering a more inclusive environment in her community. In pursuit of the Girl Scout Gold Award, the highest achievement in Girl Scouting, Madison has launched a website... Read more →


Ocean rescues swell amid strong rip currents

Area lifeguards are closely monitoring local waters and urging beachgoers to take safety precautions after strong rip currents led to a dramatic surge in ocean rescues this week. Lifeguards reported making 408 rescues on Los Angeles County beaches Tuesday, including 103 in the section from Venice to Will Rogers. The spike in activity... Read more →

City Council

Council passes new rules for bike/car-share parking

City council adopted new transportation rules at their July 28 meeting that cover upcoming bike and car sharing systems. Francie Stefan, manager of Strategic & Transportation Planning for the City of Santa Monica said the three proposed changes were needed to support ongoing methods of transportation and expand transportation choice... Read more →


Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica Teen Wins National Award

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America recently named Jamie Hinojosa as the national winner for the 13-15 year old age group in the film category of the Digital Arts Festivals and ImageMakers National Photography competition. Hinojosa's entry, "I'm Not Afraid to Be Uniquely Me," was selected during an awards gala as part of a weeklong... Read more →


Free movie in Tongva Park tonight

The Santa Monica Police Department is hosting a free screening of Back to the Future tonight, July 29, at 7:45 p.m. at Tongva Park (1615 Ocean Ave). Amphitheater seating available and residents are encouraged to bring snacks and a picnic basket. In addition to the screening, a Delorean similar to the car featured in the film will be on site... Read more →


City Attorney’s office wins false advertising case

As would-be lawyers begin taking the three-day state bar examination in California today, one local bar preparation company has agreed to a court judgment in the wake of allegations that it advertised grossly inflated pass rates. Barwinners, a Santa Monica-based company that, since 1999, has sold bar exam prep courses, has paid $130,000 in... Read more →


North Beach Playground Project kicks off with user survey

Public input is wanted to help shape the design of a new universally-accessible playground on the beach. The North Beach Playground project is soliciting public feedback at with a brief survey focused on playground use and favorite types of equipment. Residents that complete the survey have the option to be... Read more →


Malibu DUI checkpoint nets 17 arrests

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department's Lost Hills Station conducted a DUI/Drivers License Checkpoint on Friday, July 24, at PCH and John Tyler between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. Checkpoints are placed in locations that have the greatest opportunity for achieving drunk and drugged driving deterrence and provide the greatest safety... Read more →


Marina del Rey welcomes new Station Commanding Officer

Join fellow yachting enthusiasts on July 30 at 12 p.m. for the California Yacht Club's monthly luncheon to welcome Lieutenant Junior Grade James Matthew Hurtt as he takes command of the Marina del Rey homeported USCGC HALIBUT. LTJG Hurtt, a native of Old Lyme, Conn., graduated with honors from the United States Coast Guard Academy in 2012... Read more →



Samohi salutatorian heads to UCLA

Six years ago, a Santa Monica library teen publication featured a poem called “Manhood” by Nikan Namiri. “Tomorrow is the day I graduate, the day I will come alive,” the young author wrote. And that tomorrow has arrived. Namiri recently graduated from Santa Monica High School, and he's looking forward to starting his college... Read more →


Know Before You Go: Road advisories

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled to start train-testing activities in Santa Monica next week and will continue for several months. Initially the trains will be pulled along the rail corridor, and then operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire... Read more →