SuperBowl-A-Thon supports Westside Coalition

On, Feb. 6, there will be 900 bowlers representing various businesses, social service agencies and local government, competing in a unique and special fundraising event: SuperBowl-A-Thon 19. The event benefiting the Westside Coalition takes place at Bowlmor Lanes in Santa Monica from 9:30 a.m. - 9:30 p.m. This bowling marathon of eight... Read more →


Rotary Club helps beautify Pico Youth & Family Center

Volunteers from the Rotary Club of Santa Monica gathered at Pico Youth & Family Center on Jan. 24 for a Rotary Day of Service to continue their “Legacy of Service” in the Santa Monica community. Rotary Day of Service co-chairs Tom Woods and Drew Fleming led the volunteer effort. Rotarians arrived with paint, paintbrushes and... Read more →


Was ‘Popeye’ born in Santa Monica?

Welcome to the battle for Popeye's origin story. In the left corner, hailing from Illinois, a Polish saloon worker, the reigning champion, Frank “Rocky” Fiegel. And on the right, a fisherman, a bona fide sailorman from the Santa Monica Pier, the challenger, Olaf “Oli” Olsen. Popeye, the cartoon character dreamed up by Elzie Crisler... Read more →


School board to contemplate ROP cuts

On a recent evening, Rebel Harrison started counting individual mailboxes in the offices of the Regional Occupational Program as the director tallied teachers and staffers. Suffice it to say that the ROP facility might soon have some empty slots. As the county education department holds onto funds that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified... Read more →


Lecture explores Renaissance palaces, prints and plates

A Film Lecture will be given by Art History instructor Dr. Valerie Taylor on Friday, Feb. 6 at 11:30 a.m. at the Santa Monica Emeritus College, 1227 2nd. Street, Room 107. Her talk considers the material culture of the past through the art of the present. Isabella d'Este (1474-1539) was the most important female art patron and collector of... Read more →


Santa Monica foundation donates $1M to AltaSea

AltaSea at the Port of Los Angeles has secured a $1 million gift from The Rosalinde and Arthur Gilbert Foundation, a Santa Monica-based institution known for its support of education, economic development and innovation in Los Angeles. AltaSea is a public-private partnership that brings together science, business and education to generate... Read more →


Lifeguards rescue record number of victims in 2014

2014 was the busiest year on record for the Los Angeles County Fire Department's Lifeguard Division, according to figures released last week. From Jan. 1 through Dec. 31, Los Angeles County ocean lifeguards performed 15,851 ocean rescues. The year's count broke the previous mark of 14,096 set in 1997. This is the largest number of rescues... Read more →

City Council

Development agreements scrutinized by Council

Several members of City Council expressed concern that a large development has failed to hold up its end of the bargain for two years in a row. Agensys, which works to develop new cancer therapies, is allowing more employees to drive to and from work than it is permitted under the development agreement (DA) it signed with City Hall in... Read more →


haleARTS SPACE hosting ‘Love and Lust’ reception

haleARTS SPACE will host an opening reception of the fourth-annual “Love and Lust” sale. In collaboration with featured local emerging artists, the theme of “Love and Lust” is pulled, prodded and turned upside-down. What is love? What is lust? Can art capture the essence of either or both or neither? This year’s show will feature... Read more →


‘Arts for Hearts’ to benefit at-risk youth

Since 2002, the Pico Youth and Family Center, a Santa Monica nonprofit organization, has served hundreds of at-risk youth on the Westside by providing much needed case management, counseling, tutoring, computer training, job readiness preparation and music production training. PYFC targets youth ages 16-24 that are most at risk, including... Read more →


SMC theater show to fund festival trip

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department will present a benefit performance to help send students to the regional competition of the prestigious 2015 Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival (KCACTF). The benefit will be held Feb. 7 at 7 p.m. at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa... Read more →


Santa Monica College president to retire this year

Dr. Chui L. Tsang has announced his impending retirement from Santa Monica College. Tsang notified staff of his decision Tuesday night by email. “I am writing to let you know that after much consideration, I have made the decision to retire as President and Superintendent of Santa Monica College at the end of this academic year,” he... Read more →