The City of Santa Monica’s Annual Costume Swap

From October 1 through October 15 the Santa Monica Main Public Library as well as each branch library will be collecting used Halloween Costumes for the City's Annual Costume Swap. The Costume Swap is a way to exchange last year's costume for another costume, for nothing more than a trip to your local library. A coupon will be given to those... Read more →


Front Porch Cinema returns

Back by popular demand, the iconic Santa Monica Pier presents Front Porch Cinema, a free community movie experience under the stars every Friday night in October starting Oct. 9. For four consecutive weeks, The Pier will be transformed into a cozy front porch environment, providing the perfect setting for a night of movies, food and drinks... Read more →

High School

St. Monica renovating athletic facilities

  Things have changed since Frank Cruz was an athlete at St. Monica Catholic High School. The current athletic director remembers a time before so much emphasis was placed on diet, exercise and health, a time when food was taboo in baseball dugouts. "Back in the day, it was, 'Suck on an orange,'" he said. "There's so much going... Read more →


‘Near drowning’ cases rise in Santa Monica

This year the Santa Monica Fire Department reported its highest number of "near drownings" since 2012. And with a total of four reported this year, including two over Labor Day weekend, the number of incidents has doubled since 2014. According to the Santa Monica Fire Department's deputy chief of operations, Jeff Furrows, a near drowning... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Oct. 5, 2015

Week of October 5, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and... Read more →


Suspect arrested for disturbing the peace at OPCC

On September 23, at approximately 11:50 p.m. An officer responded to OPCC on the 500 block of Olympic Boulevard regarding a disturbance of the peace radio call. Upon arrival, staff from the community center stated that a female, later identified as Alejandra Everett, 52, of Santa Monica, was threatening another client, and he wanted her... Read more →


“Read to the Rhythm” summer reading program rocks

In Santa Monica, kids and teens read. At the Santa Monica Public Library, the "Read to the Rhythm" (for kids) and "Play, Dance, Read!" (for teens) summer reading themes kept the reading stats rocking. Despite the temporary closure of the Fairview Branch, participation continued to be strong. The library's 2015 summer reading program for... Read more →


Tribute lawn bowl tournament to be held in Douglas Park

Jack Beckley, an avid and enthusiastic lawn bowler, passed away in 2002, but his legacy lives on in the Jack Beckley Friendship Tournament that was started that same year by his family and friends. The Santa Monica Bowls Club in Douglas Park at the corner of Wilshire Boulevard and 25th Street in Santa Monica will be hosting the 13th... Read more →


Santa Monica police arrest suspicious man in parked vehicle

On Sept. 24 at approximately 7:30 p.m., a¬†Santa Monica police officer responded to the 2500 block of Idaho Avenue in regards to a suspicious male subject sitting in a vehicle for several hours. Upon arrival, the officer located the male, later identified as 29-year-old Nate Lewis, of Los Angeles, sitting in the passenger seat while... Read more →


Former Santa Monica rabbi arrested on sexual abuse charges

Santa Monica police detectives are seeking information or additional victims in connection with the arrest of Rabbi Sholom Doyber Levitansky, who was booked into the Santa Monica jail Wednesday on a felony warrant for sexual abuse of a child. Levitansky allegedly met his victims while working at Chabad‚Äôs Living Torah Center in Santa... Read more →



Pier board weighs car access, bridge replacement

Residents want the Pier experience to remain basically the same, albeit with potentially fewer cars and better pedestrian access. The Santa Monica Pier board recently held a community workshop to discuss plans for the future of the Pier. Organizers said the meeting went well but highlighted the need for better communication between officials... Read more →



Workshop unites activists for police reform

On the night of April 21, Justin Leland Palmer was attempting to charge his electric vehicle at a Virginia Avenue Park charging station when Santa Monica police approached him. Palmer, who is black, was asked to leave the charging station by officers who said the charging stations were closed for the evening. He didn't. When he was asked for... Read more →