Education

Samohi entrepreneurs compete for cash

The creators of a tracking app, a solar technology startup and a cosmetics business are all vying for cash to support their entrepreneurial efforts. And no, they’re not going on “Shark Tank.” The people behind the fledgling companies are Santa Monica High School students, and they’re participating in a competition organized by a... Read more →

Education

Time of transition at Early Years School

For decades the Early Years School has facilitated transitions for others, helping children learn about the world around them and preparing them for kindergarten and beyond. These days, the Santa Monica preschool is going through a transition of its own. Co-founders and longtime directors Tama Taub and Joy Siegel are retiring at the end... Read more →

Education

SMC, Uber partner on carpool service

Santa Monica College and Uber have announced a new partnership to promote carpooling as a viable method of transportation for students, staff and faculty. The new partnership has created dedicated drop-off/pick-up locations on campus, provided financial incentives to try the program and is contributing to a new environmental studies... Read more →

News

Then / Now

November 28, 1940: Hoffman Realty, 1515 Oak St. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or... Read more →

City Council

Council backs muted noise ordinance 

Local unions made some noise about free speech regulations at this week’s City Council meeting. The council was scheduled to discuss the broad enforcement of Santa Monica’s noise ordinances in commercial zones, but the debate quickly focused on an ongoing and specific protest outside a hotel on Ocean Avenue. The First Amendment... Read more →

Environment

Mountain frog population on the rebound 

If it were a children’s mystery story, it might have been called “The Santa Monica Mountains and the Curious Case of the Disappearing Red-Legged Frog.” Except it wasn’t a children’s story. And it wasn’t a mystery. Ecologists knew that habitat loss and invasive species were contributing to the decline of what had been one of... Read more →

Education

Two plans drafted for Samohi campus

Two paths for Santa Monica High School diverge in a meeting room. Which one will the local Board of Education travel by? The school board on Thursday evening will consider two distinct plans for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s flagship campus, which has been targeted for major renovations in the coming decades. The upcoming... Read more →

Obituary

Local entertainment exec, 63, dies in Vietnam

George Goldey grew up on the East Coast, traveled extensively and was recently living in Vietnam with his wife to teach aspiring entrepreneurs. But for the bulk of his life he was anchored in Santa Monica, whether he was working as an entertainment and publishing executive or hanging out at UnUrban Coffee House on Pico Boulevard. Goldey, a... Read more →

City Council

City sued over at-large election policy

Santa Monica and Malibu activists have filed a lawsuit against the City of Santa Monica to try to force the city to move to district-based elections. According to a press release issued Tuesday morning, the Pico Neighborhood Association (PNA), Maria Loya, and Advocates for Malibu Public Schools (AMPS) filed the suit in the Los Angeles... Read more →

News

Baby boy surrendered at local hospital         

  County officials have announced a newborn baby boy was safely surrendered at a Santa Monica hospital on April 10. This is the second safe surrender in Santa Monica year and the third in recent months. A baby girl was given to a local hospital on March 14 and a local hospital also received a baby boy in December of 2015. Under... Read more →

Education

Culture shift needed to close SMMUSD achievement gap

Editor’s note: This is the second installment of a multi-part series about the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s achievement gap. Pedro Noguera spoke of personnel turnover, passive learning environments and a lack of teacher support. He said the Santa Monica-Malibu school district needs better customized instruction and more... Read more →

Environment

How will Santa Monica handle rising sea levels?

Tom Ford would struggle to describe Southern California without mentioning its beaches. More than 17 million people visited Santa Monica’s shores alone in 2014, according to county data, and the recreational opportunities for residents and tourists alike often seem as plentiful as the sand. But when the executive director of the Santa... Read more →