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Articles from the March 31, 2014 edition

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 By David Ganezer    News    March 31, 2014

Samohi Wrestling Coach Thrown to the Lyons - April 5 News Update

Nobody wants to touch this one, do they? In case you left town the last 2 days, SamoHi's wrestling couch Mark Black (Yeah, the same 60 year old dude who was involved in the whole wrestling dummy...

 

YMCA Swim Program Fires Coaches

Tara Pomposini, the CEO of the YMCA, fired all the coaches Monday, without prior warning to parents. She cited unspecified misconduct, which she said did not harm or endanger children. "Your kids can...

 

Santa Monica Mtns National Recreation Area Generates $26 Million in Local Economic Impact

A new National Park Service (NPS) report shows that the 650,000 visitors to national park lands in the Santa Monica Mountains spent $26 million in the surrounding community in 2012. That spending...

 

The Santa Monica Chorus Wins 1st Place

The Santa Monica Chorus Wins 1st Place in Annual Regional Barbershop Harmony Competition and will Represent the Region in the Sweet Adelines International Competition in Las Vegas in 2015 The Santa...

 

Walgrove Elementary Hosts a Night of Fun

Last fall, the P.S. ARTS Program and The Tommy Hilfiger Foundation announced a partnership to develop a multi-year arts education curriculum in only two schools in the Los Angeles school district....

 

Samohi Varsity Softball Team

Swingers: Samohi Varsity Softball Team's regular season starts tomorrow. Photos by Wendy Perl. front row, Left to right: Annie Quine # 21, Ashley Rakuljic #16, Carly Condon #1, Sara Garcia #13...

 

Should Dodger Fans Worry? Probably

The new Dodger owners spend lavishly and they're attempting to build a championship team. "Last year we made a lot of progress and reached the playoffs," said Magic Johnson. "Now our goal is to go...

 

Escaped Inmate Found in SM

An inmate who escaped from a Los Angeles County jail last month was located and arrested in Santa Monica Wednesday night. Christopher Lee Brown, 37, disappeared on March 12 just hours after he was...

 
 By David Ganezer    News    March 31, 2014

Move to Ban Pony Rides

A petition to ban Pony rides at Santa Monica's Farmers Markets (and presumably elsewhere in town), has gathered over 200 signatures, it's MoveOn backers report. Since Sunday my Move On petition has...

 

Hazardous Materials Team

2 of Santa Monica's finest stand in front of a home at 13th and Carlyle, where they have just extinguished a garage fire. The hazardous materials team was called because of what was in the garage. No...

 

White Santa Monicans Hate New Development, Latinos Love It

For anyone who attends public meetings on new development, the stereotype of those who speak against increased density in cities is pretty obvious: old and white. A new survey conducted in Santa...

 

Local News Briefs

Strong Currents Possible as Tsunami Waves From Chile Quake Reach CA Strong currents were expected in Southern California after tide gauges in Santa Monica showed levels above predicted readings early Wednesday morning, according to the NWS. The...

 

Movie Review CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER

Captain America and company are back with what is undisputably the best script and most well told and constructed story of any super hero movie to date - CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER. With a...

 

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Bristol Old Vic in association with Handspring Puppet Company will present The Midsummer Night's Dream at The Broad Stage. The two companies previously collaborated on the highly acclaimed and Tony-Aw...

 

Cast Announced For New Douglas Play

Casting has been announced for the world premiere of Kimber Lee’s “different words for the same thing,” which begins previews May 4 at the Center Theatre Group/Kirk Douglas Theatre in Culver City. The opening night is May 11 and performances...

 
 By Antje Weser    News    March 31, 2014

SANTA MONICA CRIME WATCH

Police Officers Assaulted Santa Monica Police report that some their officers were kicked by an allegedly drunk woman. They say it happened on March 29 on 5th Street and Wilshire Blvd at 11 at night while the officers were investigating a hit and...

 

Theatricum Botanicum Lights 450 Birthday Candles and Announces an All-Shakespeare Season for 2014

Will Geer's Theatricum Botanicum celebrates the Bard's 450th Birthday with an All-Shakespeare Season under the stars and live oaks of Topanga Canyon. A lively mix of tragedy and comedy with a heaping...

 

West Beats The Pros Again At Aviation Maintenance Competition

The Aviation Mechanics team from West Los Angeles College took first place in the "Turbine Engine Event" again at their second appearance at the Aerospace Maintenance Competition (AMC) at...

 

April is Earthquake Preparedness Month

The Culver City Fire Department wants you to know that disasters and emergencies can happen at any time and your family may not be together. Power may be lost and cell phones may not work. Do you and...

 

Superintendent Apologizes for Apologizing - April 5 News Update

Dear Samohi and SMMUSD community, The statement I released concerning Friday’s incident at Samohi has caused great anger. There is concern that my statement reflected a pre-judgment of the teacher’s conduct prior to completion of an...

 

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