Halloween bash to benefit Meals on Wheels West

Meals on Wheels West brings food to senior citizens, people with disabilities and other needy residents in and around Santa Monica, delivering 80,000-plus meals last year alone. "We serve people of all ages and incomes," executive director Chris Baca said. "We have clients who live in high-rises on Ocean Avenue and people who live in mobile... Read more →


‘Catching’ your attention on the Pier

Seafood will not be in short supply this Saturday on the Santa Monica Pier, but you can be sure the bounty will not be of the overfished variety either. The inaugural Off The Hook Santa Monica Seafood Festival, a seafood tasting and community awareness event on the Pier, will take place this weekend in celebration of National Seafood... Read more →


Anonymous $100K donation spurs SMMEF drive

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation doesn't want to be tracking down last-minute cash at the end of the school year to reach its goal. After falling short of its target last year, the fundraising arm of the Santa Monica-Malibu school district has rolled out several successful promotions in the early months of the 2015-2016 school... Read more →


Man arrested for using counterfeit money about town

On October 8 at approximately 1:05 p.m. officers responded to a parking structure on the 1500 block of Second Street in regards to a counterfeit investigation. Dispatch notified the officers that the reporting party had detained one of the two subjects. Upon arrival, officers observed security officers standing near a male who was seated. The... Read more →


Repair Cafe at the Virginia Avenue Park Fall Festival

Before you buy a new toaster to replace the one that is broken, give the Repair Cafe a try on Oct.17. We may be able to repair it. Experienced volunteers, known as "fixers," will be on hand to repair your household goods. On Oct. 17 at the Virginia Avenue Park Fall Festival, from 2 - 6 p.m., various experts including electricians,... Read more →


SMMUSD bond manager to make $420K in first year

The consultant hired to oversee hundreds of millions of dollars in bond money for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district will make $420,000 in the first year of a 3-year contract, documents show. The local Board of Education, which confirmed the hiring of Massetti Consulting LLC at its July 15 meeting, is expected to give official approval... Read more →


Scary good time

Just in time for Halloween, Fake Radio's got your definitive "War of the Worlds" radio broadcast re-enactment and "Carrie, the Killer Musical Experience" is in town for a limited run. But locally, the first-ever Cuban Art Space West exhibition starts this Saturday, Oct. 17 during the annual Open House at Santa Monica Art Studios at the... Read more →


St. Mark School in Venice Presents Treefest 2015

Treefest 2015 is celebrating the first phase completion of the Greening and Water Reclamation Project, a $150,000 initiative funded by school families and church donors, and that has received the support of local environmental groups. The project provides significant environmental benefits to St. Marks' Venice campus, including a cutting-edge... Read more →


SMC stages “The Great God Pan”

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present "The Great God Pan" Oct. 16-25 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd. In "The Great God Pan" - a haunting play by Amy Herzog - up-and-coming journalist Jaime's life is going great, but when a possible childhood trauma comes to light, lives are... Read more →


Mixed bag for renters in Sacramento

State legislation related to affordable housing, rent control and landlord/tenants was more notable this year for what failed than what succeed, according to a report presented to the Rent Control Board last week. Brian Augusta, the RCB's lobbyist in Sacramento, updated the board on significant new legislation, and while there was some good... Read more →


Stabbing, armed robbery command SMPD attention

In a 13-hour span from Monday afternoon to Tuesday morning, local authorities responded to a stabbing near Virginia Avenue Park and assisted in the arrest of armed robbery suspects at Santa Monica Airport. The busy spell for the Santa Monica Police Department began following reports of a stabbing at about 4:15 p.m. Monday near the... Read more →


State tests reveal ‘bright spots,’ areas of concern

The local Board of Education already reviewed data on how Santa Monica-Malibu students fared on new state tests and how their success rates varied along racial lines, a subject of particular concern as officials work to address longstanding achievement gaps. But this month the school board took a deeper dive into the statistics, which reveal... Read more →