Language barriers augment SMMUSD achievement gap

Some students don’t contribute to classroom discussions because they’re not interested in the material. But at least some students at Santa Monica High School apparently aren’t participating for a different reason. Many of their parents come from other countries, didn’t finish college or are not fluent in English. At the dinner... Read more →


Santa Monica Review release

Santa Monica College has announced the release of the Fall 2016 issue of Santa Monica Review, SMC’s esteemed national literary arts journal. To celebrate, a launch party/reading event – “Santa Monica Review Presents...” – will be held at 5 p.m. Sunday, October 9, in The Edye at the SMC Performing Arts Center on Santa Monica... Read more →


Prohibition on Public Financing of Campaigns Repealed

Sacramento Legislation authored by Senator Ben Allen (D – Santa Monica) to remove current law’s prohibition on public financing of campaigns was signed into law by Governor Jerry Brown. “Californians are demanding greater accountability from their elected officials, and rightfully so. Anything we can do to empower communities to... Read more →


Impersonation results in jail time

On September 21 at about 12:20 p.m. Officers arrested a subject for possession of a switchblade knife. The suspect identified himself as Christopher Strode. A computer check of Strode revealed he had a No Bail warrant from Torrance. The Torrance Police Department arrived and took custody of Strode. Later in the evening, after the... Read more →

City Council

Huge spike in donations to No on LV campaign

Fundraising documents for local political campaigns are due today and documents obtained by the Daily Press show at least one campaign has experienced a massive surge in donations. The Daily Press obtained a draft of the financial documents for the Santa Monica Forward Issues Committee, a group opposed to Measure LV, also known as the LUVE... Read more →


Voter registration and outreach efforts gearing up

Candidates up and down the ballot are trying to convince voters who to vote for but election officials are busy ensuring voters come out at all and that they can vote when they reach the polls. The Los Angeles County Registrar of Voters is embarking on a large scale get out the vote campaign in partnership with several regional media... Read more →


Lack of student support ‘intolerable’ in SMMUSD

During her time as a Santa Monica High School student, Rocio Garcia had to be her own academic advocate. She wanted to take Advanced Placement biology, she said, but claimed that an administrator wouldn’t let her enroll. “She thought I didn’t have enough education or power to do well in this class,” the Class of 2014 alumna... Read more →


A children’s book with a call to action

It’s a fictional story about four characters who are trying to save the world around them, but it’s deeply rooted in real-world issues. Two Santa Monica residents have developed a full-length children’s musical book, “The Super Sustainables,” to raise awareness about California’s drought and the potential perils of climate... Read more →


Apple purchase ends with an arrest

On September 15 at about 3:30 p.m. officers responded to the Apple store at 1415 3rd Street Promenade for a possible fraudulent purchase. Officers contacted the store’s loss prevention officer who said a man entered the store and purchased three iPhones using another’s identity. The man walked out of the store where he was detained by... Read more →


Then & Now

7/17/1950 Claude R. Short Dodge-Plymouth Dealership (Location: 1127 Santa Monica Blvd. at 12th Street) 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... Read more →


Bomb threat reported at Santa Monica Courthouse

Authorities responded to a bomb threat at Santa Monica Courthouse after a suspected explosive device was reported Wednesday afternoon. Sheriff's bomb squad personnel arrived around 1 p.m. at the court, which is located on Main Street near Olympic Drive. The squad was seen entering and exiting the building within a few minutes, after... Read more →