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June 7, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein
Three people were wounded Friday during a shooting in the Santa Monica College area, law enforcement sources told The Times. PHOTOS: Shooting at Santa Monica College The suspect was found in the school's library and taken into custody. The extent of the injuries were not immediately known, according to the sources. The college was on lockdown, officials said. Police sources told The Times the victims were shot inside a car either on the campus or near the campus.
March 3, 2014 | By Alicia Banks
"Is this a church?" Sidonie Smith said as she stood outside Grant Elementary in Santa Monica. "I'm so excited about the impact it will have on our community. I've been praying for a church to come here for 40 years. " Not all residents share Smith's enthusiasm. Since late January, some neighbors have expressed dissatisfaction with the arrangement between City of God church and its landlord, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District. Six district campuses allow larger churches to rent space when schools aren't in session.
June 7, 2013 | By Marisa Gerber, Kate Mather and Andrew Blankstein
Some students and workers in the area of Santa Monica College said they first mistook the sound of gunfire for firecrackers. Nathaniel Westveer, a 24-year-old visual effects artist, was working in his second-story office near Pico and Cloverfield boulevards around noon when he heard a series of loud booms. "I thought someone was lighting off firecrackers at first," Westveer said, adding that once he realized it was gunshots he yelled to his coworkers, who were outside on a smoke break.
February 25, 2014 | By Eric Maddy
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June 7, 2013 | By Kate Mather and Rosanna Xia
A woman injured during a shooting rampage that ended at Santa Monica College on Friday afternoon has died, officials from Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center said. Two other people have been confirmed dead inside a home that was set on fire in Santa Monica, law enforcement sources said. Authorities  said a gunman allegedly set the home on fire, opened fire on several cars and appeared to try to carjack two vehicles. One of the attempted carjackings occurred near the campus library and college police station.
June 11, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein and Kate Mather
Police are looking for a suspect and vehicle, possibly a blue Infiniti, involved in a Tuesday morning shooting near Santa Monica College that sent two men to the hospital. A suspect walked up to the men standing in an alley in the 1500 block of Michigan Avenue about 8:15 a.m. and opened fire, Santa Monica police said. The shooter then ran to the vehicle, which headed westbound on Michigan. The victims, described as 25 to 35 years old, were hit multiple times in the upper body, police said.
June 7, 2013 | By Martha Groves, Andrew Blankstein and Joel Rubin
Santa Monica College and other campuses in the city were on lockdown after a shooting that wounded at least three people. The California Highway Patrol said it received reports of shots fired at 11:55 a.m. at the corner of 17th and Pearl streets on the south side of the Santa Monica College campus. CHP officer Vince Ramirez told The Times one suspect was in custody and that officers were trying to determine if there was a second shooter. No details on the victims or suspect's condition were given.
April 23, 2013 | By Richard Winton, Kurt Streeter and Andrew Blankstein
Santa Monica College was evacuated Tuesday because of a bomb threat, police said. About 12:30 p.m. Santa Monica police were requested to assist in evacuating the main campus quad, said Santa Monica police Sgt. Richard Lewis. The threat was cleared about 1:30 p.m. The threat marks the latest in a string of reports of threats and suspicious packages across the Southland since the Boston Marathon was bombed last week. The Boston Marathon bombings have left local police stretched thin as they are forced to deal with troubling consequences: a surge in bomb squad calls from people who think they've spotted an explosive and an uptick in fake threats from opportunists seeking attention during a time of fear and frayed nerves.
June 11, 2013 | By Matt Stevens
A day after hundreds of people gathered at Santa Monica College to mourn the loss of those slain in a gunman's rampage, thousands of students, their teachers and their family members returned to celebrate a graduation. For the most part, the commencement ceremony  Tuesday  at Corsair Stadium carried on like any graduation would. Students in royal blue caps and gowns streamed into metal bleachers to the sound of "Pomp and Circumstance" while friends and family waved hysterically, their cameras snapping all the while.
June 7, 2013
The shooting that left at least three people wounded in the Santa Monica College area forced President Obama to reroute his motorcade. Obama had been in the area for a fundraiser. Officials do not believe the shooting was related to the event, and he was several miles away when the violence occurred. Law enforcement sources said the gunman set a home on fire, opened fire on several cars and appeared to try to carjack two vehicles. One of the carjackings occurred near the campus library and college police station.
February 23, 2014 | By Soumya Karlamangla
The gig: Amit Kleinberger, 33, has been the chief executive of Menchie's Frozen Yogurt since 2008. From his company's headquarters in Encino, he oversees what has become the world's largest self-serve frozen yogurt franchise, with more than 370 stores. The stores serve sweet and tart flavors of yogurt, with a choice of candy, fruit and nut toppings. There are about 50 Menchie's locations in California. An early start: As a kid, Kleinberger saw the 1987 movie "The Secret of My Success," which stars a young college grad - played by Michael J. Fox - navigating the corporate world in New York City.
November 29, 2013 | By Cheryl Guerrero
It's the busy season for dance. Ballet schools, local companies and touring troupes present variations of "The Nutcracker" in late November and December. Some productions are fully staged, while others are excerpts. The classic ballet to Tchaikovsky's beloved music is more than a holiday mainstay. It's populated with an abundance of roles, giving stage time to young and eager dancers with visions of becoming the ultimate ballerina, the Sugar Plum Fairy. In Santa Monica, the Westside School of Ballet is celebrating the 40th-anniversary production of its "Nutcracker.
October 23, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
Long Beach City College will offer two sessions this winter -- one charging $46 per unit, the other $225 per unit -- in the first test of a new state law designed to help students graduate more quickly, officials announced Wednesday. The legislation, signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown earlier this month, creates a pilot program for six community colleges, including the Long Beach campus, to charge higher tuition in summer and winter for such hard-to-obtain classes as college algebra, history and English that students need to graduate and transfer.
October 10, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
California community colleges will now be able to charge more for high-demand classes during summer and winter terms under legislation signed by Gov. Jerry Brown on Thursday. The new law creates a voluntary pilot program that allows some colleges to charge non-resident tuition -- up to $200 per unit - -for hard-to-obtain classes such as college algebra, history and English that students need to graduate and transfer. The plan is controversial and was opposed by students, faculty and community colleges Chancellor Brice Harris, who argued that it would create something like a fast-track pass for students who can pay. It is similar in many respects to the two-tier plan attempted by Santa Monica College last year to offer high-priced classes during a summer extension program alongside state-funded courses, which are set by the Legislature at $46 per unit.
September 24, 2013 | Carla Rivera
As Long Beach City College officials see it, a state plan allowing two-year schools to charge more for high-demand classes would help move students more quickly toward transfer and graduation. Students at the campus, however, argue that such a move would be unfair, and they have launched a statewide petition drive and video campaign to block the legislation. "Long Beach City College has one of the largest populations of poor students in the state," said Andrea Donado, the student trustee in the Long Beach Community College District.
September 16, 2013 | By Eric Maddy
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August 14, 2013
Re "Community college district bans guns from its 9 campuses," Aug. 11 The Times writes that a mass shooting at and around Santa Monica College in June "renewed debate that had begun after the 2007 shootings at Virginia Tech over whether to allow guns on college campuses. " It is difficult to understand why. Did the absence of a gun ban contribute to this shooting? Would one have prevented John Zawahri from entering the campus with an assault rifle and gunning down innocent bystanders?
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