Briefs

Residents demand district-based elections

Local political activists have announced plans to challenge Santa Monica’s at-large voting system. Maria Loya will hold a press conference in front of City Hall at 11 a.m. on December 15 to demand a transition to a district-based system. “As a mother, former city council candidate and resident of the Pico Neighborhood I want to... Read more →

Education

Lieberman keeps SMMUSD board presidency

The Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education played musical chairs Thursday night, although there was no music and there were no chairs removed. At its annual organization meeting, the local school district's board re-elected Laurie Lieberman as president and chose Ralph Mechur to serve as vice president. Their titles take effect immediately... Read more →

News

Olympic student preparing for Speedo Sectionals

Cathy Gomez knows exactly what to do when she's feeling anxious or when things in her daily life aren't going well. She jumps into the pool. “It's very therapeutic,” she said. “Swimming really relaxes me. I forget about anything bad that happened in my day. It lets me forget about everything. It's really helped me a lot.” But... Read more →

News

Fire at residential building near Pier on Saturday night

At 7:45 p.m. on Dec. 12 the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a structure fire at 1605 Ocean Front Walk. The first arriving units on the scene found the second story of an apartment building fully involved with fire and smoke. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department, an aggressive attack helped to contain and... Read more →

Public

STEM skills on display in Santa Monica students’ arcade

The best shooters in basketball are sometimes said to be “lighting it up,” and the phrase was taken quite literally this week at Will Rogers Learning Community. Using little more than cardboard and tape, fourth-graders Daniel Acosta, Jessica Padilla and Darragh Flanders built a scaled-down basketball hoop for a special science expo.... Read more →

News

Expo train derailed in crash

An Expo Line train being tested in Santa Monica derailed Thursday after hitting a truck at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 7th Street. Trains have been running periodically on the tracks for several months as part of the testing program on the local portions of the light-rail track, which connects to downtown Los Angeles.... Read more →

City Council

Additional review required for proposed Wilshire hotel

A proposed hotel at 7th and Wilshire has been sent back for additional review with an expectation the project be approved or denied in the next six months. At their Dec. 8 meeting, in a 4-2 vote, the City Council denied without prejudice an appeal by the developer that if upheld, would have allowed construction to move forward at the site of... Read more →

Briefs

$10 million gift to UCLA to support migraine research 

UCLA Health Sciences has received a $10 million gift, most of which will support multidisciplinary research on migraine, a debilitating neurological disorder that affects 36 million in the U.S. The gift was made by philanthropists Wendy and Leonard Goldberg. Wendy Goldberg is an editor and author; her husband, Leonard, is an award-winning... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica hosts its Repair Café

Before you buy a new toaster to replace the one that is broken, give the Repair Café a try on Saturday, Dec. 12 from 12 to 4 p.m. at 1450 Ocean. We may be able to repair it. Experienced volunteers, known as Fixers, will be on hand to repair your household goods. On Dec. 12, the Resource Recovery & Recycling Division will focus on repair... Read more →

Transportation

Expo train hits truck during test in Santa Monica

A Expo Line train being tested in Santa Monica derailed Thursday after hitting a truck at the intersection of Colorado Avenue and 7th Street, authorities said. The crash marked the first major incident involving a train in Santa Monica since testing began on the local portions of the light-rail track, which connects to downtown Los... Read more →