Performers, paint and poetry at weekend fundraiser

Several artistic genres will collide on July 18, 19 and 20 when a group of dancers paint to a spoken word accompaniment. The event is a fundraiser for non-profit organization Beautify Earth, formerly Beautify Lincoln and will support the creation of murals in public places. The weekend events include the dance/paint performance, live... Read more →



SMDP family deeply saddened by the loss of Archuleta

Daniel Archuleta, a longtime member of the Santa Monica Daily Press team and fixture in the Santa Monica community, died on July 16. We are deeply saddened by the loss of our friend and colleague our thoughts and prayers are with his wife, Gali, and two young girls, Lila and Gaby, and the rest of his family. At this time,we do not have any... Read more →


Art, music and fun on Montana Ave.

Art lovers, shopaholics, love-birds, audiophiles and everyone in-between are being invited to the fifth annual Montana Ave. Artwalk and Music Festival. More than 60 artists and musicians will set up at or near businesses on Montana Ave. from 5 - 9 p.m. on Thursday, July 17. In addition to regular retail opportunities, customers can enjoy... Read more →


De la Torre sticking to Board of Ed

SMMUSD HDQRTRS — Oscar de la Torre does not plan to run for City Council and will instead seek reelection to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education. De la Torre told the Daily Press last month he was considering a run for council but opted on Tuesday to pull papers for the school board. “We still have a lot... Read more →


International star Yuna headlines second Twilight Concert

SM PIER — Maybe you haven’t heard of Yuna but more than 1.1 million people on Twitter have. The Malaysian-American singer-songwriter will headline the second installment of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier tonight. The iconic, free, 10-week concert series is in its 30 years and starts at 7 p.m. Yuna has nine Grammy... Read more →


MINI dealership approved

MID-CITY — A new MINI dealership will open its doors on Santa Monica Boulevard at 14th Street. The 33,400 square-foot, 35-feet-tall development was approved with relative ease at last week’s City Council meeting. The dealership stands to generate about half a million dollars for City Hall annually and will include a small... Read more →


Organic coconut company supports typhoon victims

EarthCoco, Inc., an organic coconut company founded by Santa Monica residents Patrick Doles and Joel Polis, is using sales to rebuild Samar, an island within the central Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Doles, who was living on the island in 2013, was already operating a local charity to support school children and after seeing first... Read more →


Fast start to election season

CITYWIDE — The local political season has swung into high gear with endorsements flowing and candidates vying for attention on an almost daily basis. The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC), a local slow-growth advocacy group, announced its City Council endorsements on July 14, the same day candidates could officially begin... Read more →

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Longtime council member weighing his options

CITY HALL — It seems like everyone knows what Bob Holbrook will do next except Bob Holbrook. Rumors abound that the six-term City Council member will not seek reelection this November but Holbrook says he’s undecided. “At this point I’m just watching to see who pulls papers,” he said. Monday marked the beginning of the... Read more →


Anti-airport activists weigh ballot options

SMO — City Council’s ballot measure, which is designed to compete with a pro-airport measure, is taking form. Three plans for dealing with future development of the land were put forward by council members last week and anti-airport activists like bits and pieces of all the ideas. City attorneys will, in theory, bring back all three... Read more →