New chief of staff named at UCLA’s Santa Monica campus

Dr. Roger Lee has been elected chief of staff for 2015 at UCLA Medical Center in Santa Monica. Lee is a hospitalist physician who specializes in treating patients who are hospitalized. He also serves as chair of the hospital's Medicine Department, a position he has held since 2009. For the past three years, he had served as... Read more →


Rent board seeks stricter buyout policies

Last year, City Council tightened tenant harassment law, making a bunch of changes — some of which have already resulted in litigation brought against landlords. One change, which seeks to increase transparency when landlords try to buy tenants out of their homes, was discussed by the Rent Control Board last week. The board was to... Read more →


Beloved holiday icon ‘Santa Skip’ remembered

Every year he'd come to town from Santa Barbara, put on his red costume and flood the city with holiday cheer, not to make money but to make a difference. Although he didn't live in Santa Monica, he became something of a local icon, a symbol of hope and happiness for the children and families he met around town. “He felt like he was... Read more →


Local youth orchestra to perform three world premieres

The young musicians of Elemental Strings and Band, Santa Monica's oldest youth orchestra program for elementary students, will perform three world premieres by local composers at Lincoln Middle School. Composers Robert Anderson, Jonathan Beard and Peter Senchuk, all current or former teachers for Elemental Strings and Band, have written new... Read more →


St. Monica to host CRS Rice Bowl concert

This year marks the 40th anniversary of CRS Rice Bowl, the largest and oldest Lenten program used by millions of Catholics across the United States known for its iconic and symbolic cardboard “rice bowl.” The program has evolved over multiple generations to become a tradition for Catholic families, parishes and religious educators. Since... Read more →


Council pushing for off-ramp realignment

City officials are exploring expediting a realignment of Interstate 10 that would change how vehicles are brought onto Fourth Street. The new exit would bring traffic over freeway and tie into the recently-built Olympic Drive. If completed, the exit and entrance to Interstate 10 would be adjacent, rather than separated by the... Read more →


Survey: Farmers Market attendees like pony rides

Farmers Market visitors expressed opposition to the impending ousting of pony rides at the Main Street market, according to survey results released by City Hall. While pony rides were not the subject of the survey, an open-ended question was flooded with more than 100 responses asking City Hall to keep the pony rides. Of the just over... Read more →


Sheriff asking for help with murder case

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department is seeking help from the public in relation to the murder case that triggered a standoff with a barricaded suspect in Santa Monica on Feb. 21. The suspect, David Carrillo, was wanted as part of a murder investigation and when Sheriff's deputies arrived to arrest him, Carrillo barricaded himself... Read more →


Westside Family Health Center holds fundraiser

Westside Family Health Center held its inaugural champagne and dessert dance party fundraiser, “I HEART WFHC,” on Feb. 21 at the TAG Gallery at Bergamot Station. During this event, 120 guests enjoyed food, drink, dancing, art, and a prize drawing all while supporting WFHC. Attendees included supporters, vendors, patients, sponsors,... Read more →


SMMUSD requests parent input on homework

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is inviting all parents to participate in a 10- minute online Homework Survey now available on the SMMUSD website at The survey will be open until March 27. Parent input is important to the district and principals and helps with the development and improvement of... Read more →


NEDA hosting awareness walk in Santa Monica

To raise funds, spread awareness about the seriousness of eating disorders and support the local community, NEDA is holding its third annual Los Angeles NEDA Walk, themed NEDA Walk. Save a Life. Funds from the walk will be used to support NEDA's education and advocacy programs. In the United States, 20 million women and 10 million men... Read more →


Local eating disorder center appoints new director

A New Journey Eating Disorder Center has hired Anya Perea, LCSW, as Area Recovery and Admissions Director. In her new role, Perea is responsible for growing and nurturing A New Journey's professional relations, while ensuring that those seeking treatment receive the highest level of individualized assessment and comprehensive guidance on... Read more →



Talk of shortened Santa Monica Airport runway heats up

How short can an airport’s runway be before it is no longer an airport? A 1948 agreement between City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) — called the Instrument of Transfer — requires that the former operate the Santa Monica Airport in perpetuity but the July expiration of a 1984 agreement may give City Hall the right... Read more →