How an Olympic High student won Super Bowl tickets

The bright lights and television cameras were already some 375 miles east of Santa Monica, diehard football fans converging on the host city, players augmenting the spectacle with headline-grabbing sound bites, coaches preparing for America's most prominent sporting event. The action was at Olympic High School. A white envelope was... Read more →

City Council

Council cobbles together affordable housing funds

After a series of losses, fans of affordable housing got a bit of good news Tuesday. City Council voted unanimously to cover the local funding shortage for affordable housing for the next two years. In 2012, in an attempt to plug a budget gap, the state mandated the dissolution of the Santa Monica Redevelopment Agency (RDA), which was City... Read more →


Sinai Temple to host Israel-Azerbaijan symposium

The close political, economic and defense relationship between Israel and Azerbaijan will be the focus of a discussion between David Siegel, Consul-General of Israel and Nasimi Aghayev, Consul-General of Azerbaijan at the next meeting of the Men's Club of Sinai Temple at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 3. Among the issues to be explored are... Read more →


Marcy & Zina Show coming to Malibu

Lyricist Marcy Heisler and composer Zina Goldrich bring their wonderfully wacky and heartbreakingly sincere musical creations to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre (24255 Pacific Coast Highway) in Malibu on Tuesday, Feb, 3, at 8 p.m. Tickets, priced starting at $15 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available... Read more →

City Council

Council reconsidering financial oversight

Given recent news that a Pasadena city employee allegedly embezzled $5 million, City Council will reconsider its current practice for auditing City Hall’s finances. Council voted unanimously to have city officials create a report on the current practices and include information about best practices implemented in other cities. In August,... Read more →

City Council

Council bids city manager farewell

On Saturday, Rod Gould will step down from his post as city manager -- the city's top job -- and turn over the reins to current Assistant City Manager Elaine Polachek, who will serve as the acting city manager until a new one is selected. Tuesday was Gould's last City Council meeting, and the seven members -- some of whom have served with... Read more →


Man refuses to pay bill, threatens employee (police logs)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 358 calls for service on Jan. 28. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff.  Vandalism, 600 block Wilshire, 1:28 a.m. Trespassing, 800 block Arizona, 4:16 a.m. Trespassing, 2600 block Main, 6:27 a.m. Person with a gun, 1800 block 16th, 9:05 a.m. Bike... Read more →



Police arrest suspect in fatal hit and run

The Santa Monica Police Department has arrested Eugene Morris Cohen, of Sherman Oaks, in connection with the death a woman in a Santa Monica crosswalk last year. On March 22 at about 1 a.m., a traffic collision occurred in the 1600 block of Ocean Avenue. Two female pedestrians crossing the street were struck by an Infiniti G35. The vehicle... Read more →


Volunteers clean Santa Monica beach

Coach Jimmy and about 50 Team Santa Monica swimmers, parents, and siblings showed up on the beach in Santa Monica to participate in the TSM Beach Clean-Up Day in conjunction with Heal the Bay on Jan. 24. The swimmers (from 7 to 16 years of age) enjoyed serving the community with their TSM swim friends. The event began just north of the Santa... Read more →


February shows at SMC’s Drescher Planetarium

The Santa Monica College John Drescher Planetarium invites residents to a telescope-observing session and a feature show -- as well as their popular Night Sky Show -- on Friday evenings in February. The evening events are at 8 p.m. and are preceded by “The Night Sky Show” at 7 p.m., offering the latest news in astronomy and space... Read more →


Samohi benefit concert to fund Carnegie Hall trip

The Santa Monica High School wind ensemble wasn’t going to turn down a chance to play at one of the most prestigious venues in the country. Performing as a headlining group? In the New York Sounds of Spring International Music Festival? At world-famous Carnegie Hall, of all places? “Just the name itself is synonymous with classical... Read more →