Letters: Bring back Schwengel, down with SMRR

Bring back Schwengel Editor: With regard to Ms. Brenda Rappaport's zinging of Bill Bauer, please let me verify the following: Ms. Rappaport is a consultant to the Los Angeles Unified School District, headed by John Deasy, who used to work for us in Santa Monica. Loren Drake does not have a baseball career background. Mr. Drake has... Read more →



Several lightning victims at Venice Beach

VENICE — A freak lighting storm sent 13 people to local hospitals on July 27 after lightning struck along Venice Beach. Initial reports from the Los Angeles Fire Department said three people were struck at around 2:50 p.m. However, the number of injuries quickly rose to include 13 people who were either on the boardwalk, beach or in once... Read more →


Briefs: Walking tours and silent dance parties on the pier

Free historical walking tours start July 27 at the Santa Monica Pier Starting Saturday July 27, the Santa Monica Pier will offer free docent-led historical walking tours every Saturday and Sunday. For long-time residents and visitors alike, it's the perfect way to deepen your appreciation for this beloved icon. These hour-long tours... Read more →

City Council

Council wants rising tenant complaints addressed

CITY HALL — When tenants complain in a city that’s majority renters, elected officials listen. Tenant harassment complaints nearly doubled in the last fiscal year, which ended earlier this month, city attorneys told City Council on Tuesday. Councilmembers gave the attorneys a list of suggestions for potentially solving the... Read more →


CGS fault maps are in the works

CITYWIDE — It’s a seismic year for Santa Monica. In the 20th year since the destructive Northridge Earthquake, city officials announced they would assess buildings that might need seismic upgrades and now the California Geological Survey (CGS) is mapping the fault lines in the city by the sea. The Alquist-Priolo Earthquake Fault Zones... Read more →


High ratings for school bonds

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has maintained high bond ratings from two prominent rating agencies, enabling the district to proceed with the sale of the district's first series of Measure “ES” bonds in the coming weeks. The District received a bond rating of 'Aa1' and 'AA' from rating agencies, Moody's Investor Service... Read more →


Briefs: Films, plays, galleries, and storytelling

Gallery opening highlights journalist's creativity, insights, and passions The family of John Johnson presents the showing of his artistic works at the UnUrban Coffee House in Santa Monica, from July 26 - August 21. The show is titled 60s Perspective: Oil Paintings by John Johnson. John Johnson was a founder of the Los Angeles progressive... Read more →


Voters would set limits in competing SMO measure

CITY HALL - An aviation community-backed measure and a City Council-backed measure will go head-to-head on the ballot in November. On Tuesday, council agreed to place the pro-Santa Monica Airport measure on the agenda and finalized language for its own measure, designed to compete with the former. Council's measure would require the public... Read more →


Man gets 15 years for 2008 killing

DOWNTOWN LOS ANGELES — Daniel Becerril was sentenced to 15 years in state prison today for the 2008 killing of a Santa Monica man, according to Sgt. Rudy Camarena of the Santa Monica Police Department. Becerril pleaded no contest to voluntary manslaughter, money laundering, and five counts of grand theft. He was ordered to pay $442,000 in... Read more →



President returning to Los Angeles

President Obama will return to Los Angeles today following a trip to San Francisco. The President is expected to arrive in the mid-afternoon and travel to a private home in the L.A. area for a DNC event. According to the White House, he will stay overnight in the area. According to the Associated Press, Obama will attend a Democratic... Read more →