New law requires buffer between bikes and cars

CITYWIDE — A new law requiring a three foot buffer zone between cars and bicycles is now in effect statewide and local officials said they are using the law as a chance to educate residents on safe road use. Governor Brown signed AB1371 into law on Sept. 23. It requires drivers to maintain three feet of separation from bicycles and if... Read more →

Culture Watch

Mommies, Mummies, M & M’s

  Hossein Khosrojerdi, “Seeing and Not Seeing” Mommies, Mummies, M&Ms   Japan has created “robots with a heart” to keep the elderly company.  Perhaps this is what inspired playwright Jordan Harrison to write “Marjorie Prime,” a play about memory, loss and love – sort of, because what’s missing is... Read more →



Council approves vaping ordinance

CITYWIDE — E-cigarette smokers, the clock is ticking. You have about a month left to puff those battery-powered vaporizers while riding the Ferris wheel, sitting at a bar, or on the beach. Make the most of it. City Council voted unanimously to adopt an ordinance that will treat the e-cigarettes like traditional tobacco cigarettes in all... Read more →

Play Time

The Gang’s All Here

PLAY TIME — There's a happy ending, except nearly everybody dies. It all happens in the grubby underworld of Brooklyn, where men new to the crime scene in America vie with the old established gangs. (Until recently, who ever heard of mobsters from Chechnya?) In fact, in author Dennis Lehane's new film, “The Drop”, it's practically... Read more →

Play Time

Sam Shepard’s Flock — Not By Norman Rockwell

PLAY TIME — Sam Shepard's plays are almost always a little weird. His people live in a world of their own, usually hostile and dysfunctional. And so it is with “Buried Child”, Shepard's Pulitzer Prize-winning drama that is currently celebrating its 35th birthday at the Whitefire Theatre in Sherman Oaks. The principals in this unhappy... Read more →

Culture Watch

An Art Day Out

CULTURE WATCH — With Bergamot Art Station redevelopment leading the headlines, it’s nice to remember what Bergamot actually is: a pretty darned great collection of galleries and a local museum, all of which offer an eye-delighting and/or intellectually intriguing array of arts, open to the public. This past week on my way to hear... Read more →


More details on Brick + Mortar misdemeanors

MAIN STREET — As first reported in the Daily Press on Sept. 11, the Santa Monica City Attorney's Office has successfully concluded the prosecution of the local restaurant Brick and Mortar Restaurant on Main Street. Brick and Mortar had been charged with persistently exceeding permit restrictions by operating as an unpermitted bar/nightclub... Read more →



Brick + Mortar pleads to 14 misdemeanors

EDGEMAR — A Main Street restaurant has pleaded no contest to 14 misdemeanor counts for, among other things, violating City Hall’s alcohol permits. Brick + Mortar, located in the Edgemar complex, will pay $12,000 in fines and restitution and be on probation for 30 months, according to Councilmember Kevin McKeown. Representatives from the... Read more →

Play Time

Meg, Jo, Beth and Amy in 55 minutes

PLAYTIME — If you're looking for a play that is smart, witty, well written, well acted, and well directed, this isn't it. The show is called “Women” and the main characters are called Meg, Jo, Beth, and Amy, along with their mother, insipidly called “Marmee”. Sound familiar? It's “Little Women”, but, unfortunately it isn't... Read more →



Rustic Canyon, Mélisse add employee benefit surcharge

WILSHIRE BLVD — Santa Monica restaurant groups are supplementing healthcare costs for their workers by adding a 3 percent surcharge to every bill. Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan, part owners of Rustic Canyon, Milo and Olive, Huckleberry Cafe, and Sweet Rose Creamery, along with Josiah Citrin, chef and co-owner of Mélisse, started adding the... Read more →