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  1. Measles Legislation by Santa Monica Lawmaker Clears HurdleRead the original story

    Thursday Apr 23 | The LookOut news

    A controversial bill co-authored by State Senator Ben Allen from Santa Monica that would prohibit most parents from opting out of vaccinations for the measles and other contagious diseases cleared a key hurdle Wednesday. After being stalled for a week by parents protesting the imposed vaccinations, SB 277 was passed on a vote of 7 to 2 by the Senate Education Committee with some amendments to its language.

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  2. Mock Party in Santa Monica Targets Underage DrinkingRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 22 | The LookOut news

    In the wake of a survey that found students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District far outpace their peers when it comes to binge drinking, local parents will get a first-hand look this weekend at exactly what goes on at a teenage drinking party. The Reality Party , a unique event sponsored by Santa Monica police and school officials, is a "mock high school party" where parents and other adults will get a glimpse into "what can really go on at underage get-togethers," said Sarah Blanch, spokeswoman for the event.

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  3. Santa Monica Seniors Can Apply for Tax ExemptionRead the original story

    Monday Apr 20 | The LookOut news

    Residents in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will once again begin receiving forms that allow homeowners age 65 an older to apply for an exemption from the district's annual property tax levy. As they do every year, district officials began mailing applications for the Measure R Senior Exemption for 2015-16.

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  4. Santa Monica-Malibu District Names New AdministratorRead the original story

    Sunday Apr 19 | The LookOut news

    By Hector Gonzalez Staff Writer April 20, 2015 -- The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education has promoted a longtime in-house employee to the job of director of human services. Dr. Suzanne Webb, who had served as principal of Lincoln Middle School since 2008, was named the new director of human resources at the Board's meeting this past Thursday.

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  5. Measles Bill by Santa Monica-Area Senator Stalls in Key CommitteeRead the original story

    Friday Apr 17 | The LookOut news

    Action temporarily stalled Wednesday on a bill co-authored by State Senator Ben Allen from Santa Monica that would prohibit most parents from opting out of vaccinations for the measles and other contagious diseases. A vote on Senate Bill 277 was delayed a week after the Education Committee was told by parents in opposition that they would be forced to remove their children from public schools if the bill was passed.

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  6. Santa Monica-Malibu School Board to Review Fundraising ProgramRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 15 | The LookOut news

    School Board members are scheduled this week to review the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District's centralized fundraising program. This year the program, Vision for Student Success, is funding literacy coaches at elementary schools, instructional assistants, additional staff at secondary schools, visual arts programs in K-5 classrooms and enrichment and training grants, according to a district staff report.

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  7. Annual Pier Party Benefits Santa Monica, Malibu StudentsRead the original story

    Friday Apr 10 | The LookOut news

    Tickets for a major fundraiser benefiting students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are now on sale, officials announced. The second-annual Pier Party sponsored by the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation takes place Sunday, April 26, at Santa Monica Pier, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., said foundation spokeswoman Ann Conkle.

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  8. Santa Monica Could Explore Collecting Hotel Taxes for Short-Stay Rentals, Officials SayRead the original story

    Wednesday Apr 8 | The LookOut news

    With tens of millions of dollars collected each year in hotel taxes, Santa Monica officials are looking closely at the estimated 1,700 units now being rented as illegal short-term vacation rentals that don't pay the taxes levied on traditional hotels, motels, inns and bed-and-breakfast establishments. Airbnb, one of the most popular sites for such rentals, has agreed to begin charging Malibu's 12 percent hotel tax on April 20 on behalf of the residents there who rent their homes for short-term stays, the Los Angeles Times reported.

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  9. Santa Monica District Testing for Toxins at Two SchoolsRead the original story

    Thursday Apr 2 | The LookOut news

    Workers are taking advantage of spring break in the Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District to test building material samples for toxic substances at two high schools slated for upcoming renovation projects. Crews this week began testing for cancer-causing PCBs at Santa Monica High, where a 62-year-old technology building is slated for demolition, and at Olympic High, where four buildings are scheduled to be demolished and rebuilt, with construction beginning this fall, said Gail Pinsker, district spokeswoman.

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  10. Santa Monica Area Supervisor Seeks County Minimum Wage StudyRead the original story

    Tuesday Mar 31 | The LookOut news

    Mirroring what Santa Monica City officials are doing locally, county Supervisor Shiela Kuehl is calling for a comprehensive study into the impacts of a countywide minimum wage, her office said Monday. In a motion scheduled to go before the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisor on Tuesday, Kuehl and Supervisor Hilda Solis are requesting that the nonprofit Los Angeles Economic Development Corporation review and assess four studies commissioned by Los Angeles City officials that looked at the impacts of raising the minimum wage in that city.

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  11. Santa Monica Schools Struggling To Meet Fundraising GoalsRead the original story

    Mar 27, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Just three months short of their deadline, fundraisers have collected only half of the $4 million they have targeted to pay for everything from arts to science projects for the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District. The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has until Jun 30, the end of the fiscal year, to raise another $2 million.

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  12. Santa Monica-Malibu School Board Continues Debate on Holiday RecognitionRead the original story

    Mar 24, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Abraham Lincoln's birthday will be celebrated two months after the actual date in 2017, at least it will in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District . The reasoning for this is April 14, 2017 will be Good Friday, but through a clever way to avoid possible legal issues, the official district calendar has marked it as Lincoln's Birthday.

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  13. The Newly Remodeled Pico Youth and Family Center Connects with...Read the original story w/Photo

    Mar 12, 2015 | The LookOut news

    March 12, 2015 --The newly remodeled Pico Youth and Family Center is celebrating its 13th anniversary with much fanfare on Saturday, and taking the opportunity to unveil a new alliance with Silicon Beach-based Tiny Rebellion, a high-tech advertising agency that will start offering mentoring, as well as internships and entry-level jobs to youths at the center. Tiny Rebellion and the Santa Monica Rotary Club were responsible for the remodel.

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  14. Majority of Santa Monica City Council Wants 2016 Ballot Measure for Affordable HousingRead the original story

    Mar 6, 2015 | The LookOut news

    March 6, 2015 Faced with a steep drop in affordable housing, a majority of the Santa Monica City Council is willing to put a proposal on the 2016 ballot aimed at securing funding for affordable housing. "Everything is headed toward us becoming Beverly Hills by the sea," Himmelrich said of the need to reverse the recent dramatic decline in affordable housing.

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  15. Santa Monica High Studentsa Virtual Business Plan Takes Top PrizeRead the original story w/Photo

    Mar 5, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Rosalind Niu might be just a junior at Santa Monica High School, but she also has a pretty sweet title to add as well: She is chief of human resources for a fragrance company an enterprise called Pheressence. It's not real, of course.

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  16. SMMUSD Seeks Homework Input From ParentsRead the original story

    Feb 26, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Nearly a third of Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District teens do two hours or more homework each school day. Is that enough? Or should they be cracking the books more? It is anonymous and takes about 10 minutes to complete, said SMMUSD spokesperson Gail Pinsker.

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  17. Santa Monica Youth Tech Program Wins Harvard Bright Ideas DesignationRead the original story

    Feb 20, 2015 | The LookOut news

    A six-week program that offers high-tech training for Santa Monica Malibu Unified School District teens at local start-up incubators has been chosen as one of 124 "Bright Ideas" by the Harvard Kennedy School Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation, Santa Monica officials announced Thursday. Santa Monica's Youth Tech program is now entering its fourth year, and growing in size as more startups in the area learn of its existence and want to participate.

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  18. Parents with Children at Santa Monica Child Care Center Closed Due to Measles Trickling BackRead the original story

    Feb 11, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Families with infants and toddlers are trickling back to the child-care center at Santa Monica High School that was abruptly closed early last week after a baby there was confirmed with a case of measles. The Samohi Infant/Toddler Center was reopened Friday.

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  19. Santa Monica-Malibu School Board OKs ROP Revamp PlanRead the original story

    Feb 10, 2015 | The LookOut news

    Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District leaders last week approved a resolution calling for a top-to-bottom revision of the district's Regional Occupation Program. After much discussion, the district's Board of Education voted 4 to 3 Thursday to approve the resolution that recommends "building a more robust" ROP program in partnership with official from local industries.

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  20. High Percentage of Santa Monica Students Not Vaccinated Against Measles, Data ShowsRead the original story

    Feb 6, 2015 | The LookOut news

    The percentage of local public school youngsters who don't have measles vaccinations reaches as high as 40 percent in one Santa Monica school, with a handful of others hovering at the double digits, according to data released by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. For the 2014-2015 school year, data shows that at the Santa Monica Alternative Schoolhouse , 40.3 percent of the kindergarten-through-eighth grade students were not immunized because their parents received "personal belief" waivers allowing them to opt out of measles vaccinations. 1 comment

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