Briefs

SHINE storytellers ‘Out of Control’ on July 12

Have you ever “lost it”? On Sunday, July 12, at 7 p.m., SHINE storytellers will share true tales of when they went “Out of Control” — and what they learned from the experience. This popular storytelling event takes place monthly at the Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica. In July, SHINE will be hosted by Terrie Silverman, a... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica hosts charity tennis tournament

Beach City Tennis Academy hosted its annual charity Tennis Pro-Am tournament on Saturday, June 27 at Christine Reed Memorial Park in Santa Monica. The event featured the top local Tennis Professional talent. Though unseasonal rain dampened the court, it did not dampen the spirit of the exhibition match or the enthusiasm of these gifted... Read more →

City Council

Council honors retiring city office administrator

After drafting 4,570 commendations, Sonia Ramos finally got one of her own. City Council’s office administrator, who served 10 mayors, worked under four city managers, and set up 641 council meetings, is retiring and was honored by numerous dignitaries at council’s recent meeting. “This is the end of an era,” said Mayor Kevin... Read more →

City Council

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City commissions welcome new additions

City Council was busy last week. Aside from a budget meeting that drew boos for council's decision to cut funding for a nonprofit organization, a Planning Commission appointment process that caused one council member to storm off the dais, and the adoption of a planning document that will dictate land-uses throughout the city for years to... Read more →

Environment

What’s causing Santa Monica Pier beach pollution?

No matter how hard the city works, one Santa Monica beach just can't seem to stay clean. The beach adjacent to the pier yet again was placed in the top 10 of Heal the Bay's Beach Bummer list. It claimed the sixth spot, up one place from seventh last year. According to city officials and environmentalists, Santa Monica has worked... Read more →

Public

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SMMUSD budget approved amid race talks

The Santa Monica-Malibu school board voted Monday to approve the district’s budget and priorities for 2015-16 amid discussions about diversity and how the district should address achievement gaps. The district is projecting about a $1.3-million surplus, the result of a budget that includes approximately $138 million in revenue and about... Read more →

Public

Head Start receives $589K for preschool upgrades

Local preschools have received close to $600,000 for facility improvements, according to the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s advisory committee on child care and development. But there was a catch: Spending the money quickly enough, especially if it was received late in the school year, proved difficult, committee chair Alex... Read more →

Crime

Woman found with stolen vehicle at Santa Monica Pier

On June 23 at approximately 7:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were patrolling the large Santa Monica Pier beach parking lot when they saw a woman in the driver's seat of a car dumping trash on the ground. They also noticed her vehicle had a flat tire and a jack on the ground nearby. Officers contacted the woman to ask if she needed... Read more →

Briefs

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At Bergamot station, art space as art

18th Street Arts Center will present award-winning filmmaker and video artist Kate Johnson's latest work EVERYWHERE in BETWEEN at Bergamot Station on Saturday, July 11, from 8:30 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Enveloping the buildings of Bergamot Station Art Center in light, shadows, and video projections, Johnson transforms the art campus into a single... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica firm to host ‘Women in Green’ forum

Three Squares Inc., an environmental consulting firm in Santa Monica, will be hosting the 6th annual Women in Green forum at the TreePeople Conference Center, at 12601 Mulholland Drive, Beverly Hills, on August 26. The Women in Green forum brings together an international audience of women focused on environmental issues, including... Read more →

Briefs

Big Blue Bus awarded $6.9 million

Big Blue Bus has announced it will receive $6.9 million from the Federal Transit Administration's Section 5307 discretionary fund to upgrade the agency's fleet and create bus stops for its new Expo-related service. Big Blue Bus was given $5.9 million to upgrade the agency's all-alternative fuel bus fleet. The funds will purchase nine... Read more →

News

Authorities warn against illegal use of fireworks

As the Fourth of July holiday approaches, the Santa Monica police and fire departments are reminding everyone that all types of fireworks are illegal in the City of Santa Monica. This includes so-called “safe and sane” fireworks, which may not be used in Santa Monica even if they are legal in the city in which they are purchased. The... Read more →

Public

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How will SMMUSD fund career technical education?

The Santa Monica-Malibu school district will likely apply for grant funding to support its vocational and training programs, which are undergoing significant changes to meet new state standards for career technical education. The money would come in through the federal Perkins program and would be used for classes that are recognized by... Read more →

Crime

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Woman lands in jail for repeatedly calling 911

On June 25 at approximately 5:35 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer was dispatched to a payphone in the 700 block of Santa Monica Boulevard to make contact with a female subject who had been using the phone to make dozens of 911 calls. The dispatcher who alerted the officer relayed to him via radio that the subject was currently speaking... Read more →

Briefs

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SMMUSD hires new Malibu High principal

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Brandon Gallagher as the new principal of Malibu High School at its June 29 special meeting. Dr. Gallagher come to SMMUSD from Pahoa, Hawaii, where he served as the principal of Keonepoko Elementary School since 2014. Prior to this position, Dr. Gallagher worked in the Briggs... Read more →