We Must Not Give Up

CURIOUS CITY” column for Wed., Oct. 25, 2017 By CHARLES ANDREWS LAST WEEK On these very pages, I tried to make sense of a world seemingly gone mad, and get a handle on death and destruction, class conflict and corruption, fire and gunfire, double dealing Dems and rake Republicans, hurricanes and homicides, chaos and crap on your... Read more →

City Council

High revenues and low costs boost city budget

  Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer The General Fund ended the fiscal year with an extra $10.9 million more than budgeted, thanks to both extra revenue ($4.5 million) and lower expenses ($6.4 million) than initially expected, according to a new report from the City’s director of finance. “The context for this good news is... Read more →

Culture Watch


BREATHE Rated PG-13 117 Minutes Released October 13 There are so many variables beyond our control in how our life will be lived. The film Breathe illustrates the great personal depths where we can find courage when it seems nothing more can be done. This is the true story of Robin Cavendish, who survived catastrophic illness to thrive... Read more →


Restaurant faces protests over Labor Peace Agreement

Kate Cagle Daily Press Staff Writer When they first showed up, the protesters picketed the lunchtime rush. It was a beautiful Saturday in October in Santa Monica. Diners having lunch under the shady patio at Spitfire Grill suddenly had their conversations drowned out by a megaphone. “No justice! No peace!” The small group of... Read more →


Surprise—Delicious Winter Squash in the Summer Heat!

Gardening and Community by Cris Gutierrez Keeping up with the seasons in the Santa Monica Community Gardens means growing year-round and being open to the surprises that abound. In our local Mediterranean climate, active gardening can be lively every day of the year. Yet, even with endless possibilities, planting a winter squash in... Read more →

Laughing Matters

Ten Million Reasons to Impeach Trump

  For fans of “Seinfeld” I'm reminded of the classic line Elaine delivered to Jerry. “Whenever I think you're the shallowest man I've ever met, you manage to drain a little more out of the pool.” Replace “shallow” with “despicable,” and that's how I feel about Donald Trump. If some say Trump is his own worst... Read more →


An Evening with A Happy Family

  by Cynthia Citron The play “Somewhere in the Middle” is about three generations of a family living together somewhere in the Midwest. For once, they are not a dysfunctional family, a subject that many playwrights these days tend to focus on. This family is an affectionate, intelligent, funny, and reasonably harmonious... Read more →



FILM REVIEW GOODBYE CHRISTOPHER ROBIN Rated PG 107 Minutes Released October 6 Goodbye Christopher Robin is the story of the creation of the Winnie the Pooh stories written by A.A. Milne, based on the fantasy life his son Christopher Robin had created around his stuffed animals in their remote country home. This is not a simply... Read more →



OUR EAST COAST TRIP By Merv Hecht We've just come back from two weeks in Manhattan and Washington DC. What an experience! It certainly is different than Santa Monica, and here are some of the differences: 1.  In Santa Monica we keep our trash in big cans from which it is picked up once a week. In Manhattan everybody puts the trash on... Read more →

Culture Watch


CULTURE WATCH By Sarah A. Spitz Michael’s: Timeless and Contemporary Michael’s Restaurant has achieved the nearly impossible: after 38 years, it’s still a trendsetter, without the pitfalls of hipster trendiness. In Los Angeles restaurant years, this is practically an eternity. If you’re a fan of red banquettes and martinis... Read more →


Expo art to expand with new sculpture along 4th Street

Expo art to expand with new sculpture along 4th Street MATTHEW HALL Daily Press Editor Given the title of a new sculpture coming to Downtown Santa Monica and its placement at the Expo station, you might think the artist was inspired by the realities of driving a car through the city but the work is actually a reference to Santa... Read more →


Great ShakeOut rolls through town Thursday

Great ShakeOut rolls through town Thursday Matthew Hall Daily Press Editor Several Santa Monica institutions are preparing to participate in the Great California ShakeOut this Thursday, Oct. 19, at 10:19 a.m. The statewide event is an opportunity to practice how to stay safer when the ground shakes and develop plans or procedures... Read more →


Our City, The World – Explained

Our City, The World - Explained By CHARLES ANDREWS WHY NOT? Why not try? Humans are naturally driven to make sense of things. And even when their conclusions are incomplete or even wrong, it seems to help. When you’re in the middle of a raging inferno, or a fierce hurricane or tornado, or the earth is shaking under your feet,... Read more →