Mock party to give parents a glimpse into underage drinking

This Saturday, Santa Monica parents are invited to take part in an event intended to educate about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at teen parties. The #ItsTooEasy Reality Party will offer parents a tour of a mock teen house party, where student volunteers act out realistic scenes, including drinking games, common peer... Read more →


Arts & Literacy Festival set for Saturday

Join organizers for a free Family Arts & Literacy Festival, where books come to life, on Saturday, April 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park, 2201 Pico Blvd. The Arts & Literacy Festival promotes Cradle to Career's Kindergarten Readiness Campaign. Spend the day reading and making art in the park. Dress up as your... Read more →


Santa Monica Oceanaires to perform at Paul Revere

The Santa Monica Oceanaires will present its annual spring show “Radio Days Goes West,” which will be held at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School Auditorium on April 25 at 2 p.m. The school is located at 1450 Allenford Ave., in Los Angeles, with free parking. The Oceanaires' spring shows are a fun attraction for the entire family... Read more →

City Council

Council wants ‘Footloose clause’ loosened

Jokes abounded in last week's short debate over the prohibition of dancing in Main Street establishments that is proposed in the current draft of the Zoning Ordinance. City Council discussed the ordinance, which will dictate land uses throughout the city for years to come, for seven hours last Wednesday. At around midnight, Councilmember... Read more →


Same goal, different ‘Vision’ for SMMEF drive

What do you call a $4-million fundraising drive to support staff and enrichment programs in local schools? As the district school board on April 16 prepared to review the controversial campaign, which put the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation in charge of a centralized effort, Supt. Sandra Lyon noted that “Vision for Student... Read more →


Theft suspect leaves Santa Monica store wearing stolen jeans

On April 11 at approximately 12 p.m., on officer responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue in response to a petty theft call. Upon arriving, the officer was met by a store employee who said the male suspect, described as wearing a blue shirt and dark colored jeans, had been in the men's sportswear section removing price tags from... Read more →


State vaccine legislation advances

Senate Bill 277, authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) to abolish the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school enrollment passed the Senate Education Committee on a 7-2 vote on April 22. Pan and Allen presented amendments... Read more →


Crime fiction summit coming to Santa Monica

Thriller School California will take place at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica (1 Pico Blvd.) on April 24-25. An intensive, two-day crime fiction summit, Thriller School brings together specialists in crime fighting and crime writing. An event geared towards experienced novelists, aspiring writers, readers, and crime fiction... Read more →

City Council

Council examines live-work units amid zoning review

Zoning Issues: Live-work spaces Working close to home is extremely desirable in a traffic-marred area like Los Angeles County, so it makes sense that many Santa Monicans are clamoring to live where they work. Live-work units are primarily for artists under the current regulations but the new proposed Zoning Ordinance, which will dictate... Read more →


Second annual Pier Party to benefit local schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation isn't going to generate $2 million in one day. But it does hope to collect a substantial sum at its second annual Pier Party, a major fundraiser to support arts programming, personnel and other enrichment activities in local schools. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April... Read more →