Tourism figures frame calls for inclusivity

  Santa Monica’s tourism industry continues to grow and officials are framing the hospitality industry as a reproach to national/international fears of discrimination. Discussions of tourism’s economic impact and cultural value occurred on May 12 at Santa Monica Travel and Tourism’s annual meeting. Total visitor spending... Read more →


Woman wins slip-and-fall lawsuit against City

  The City has approved a $48,000 settlement in a slip-and-fall lawsuit to a woman who was badly hurt when she fell on Wilshire Boulevard near 18th Street two years ago. Olivia Casillas was leaving a UCLA Optometry office when she tripped in March of 2015, according to the civil complaint filed in the Los Angeles Superior Court.... Read more →


Suspect assaults SMPD officer

On May 2, at about 5:39 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call of a disturbance at a business- Seamist Bike Rental 1619 Ocean Front Walk. The reporting party stated a subject was trying to take money from the cash register and harassing employees of the shop. Officers contacted the suspect who was yelling and uncooperative with officers.... Read more →


Lawn Bowlathon to support Westside Coalition

“For the past 20 years, the Westside Coalition has hosted a bowl-a-thon and this year we decided to add something different and fun,” said Westside Coalition Director, Darci Niva. On May 19, the Westside Coalition will be hosting their first lawn bowl-a-thon at the Santa Monica Lawn Bowl Club at Douglas Park, on 25th St. and... Read more →


Kiwanis Club offers scholarships

    The Kiwanis Club of Santa Monica is beginning a new scholarship program at this year’s 2nd Annual Santa Monica – Malibu Unified School District Visual Art Show. The Kiwanis Club has been granting scholarships for over 60 years and this year they have decided to grant nine SMMUSD students a Visual Arts Scholarship of... Read more →


Fight with Von’s security guard

On May 1, at about 4:40 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service regarding a fight in progress at Vons Supermarket – 710 Broadway. Officers arrived and met with the victim, a store security guard. The victim told officers he monitored the suspect as he entered the store. The suspect grabbed a paper bag and began putting... Read more →


Letter Carriers go above and beyond

The National Association of Letter Carriers (NALC) will host their annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive this Saturday, May 13. This is the largest food drive in the nation and began in 1993. Over the course of the 24-year history, the Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive has collected well over one billion pounds of food. Letter carriers all... Read more →


Get Connected: A Free Technology Fair for Older Adults

Santa Monica, California – Recognizing the important role of technology in increasing well-being, the Commission for the Senior Community, the Santa Monica Public Library, and the Older Adult Task Force collaborate to host Get Connected: Free Tech Fair for Older Adults on Saturday, May 13, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at the Santa... Read more →


Victim holds on to personal belongings

On May 5, at about 8:05 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service in the 1600 block of 11th Street regarding a suspect who attempted to take a woman’s purse. Officers met with the victim who told them she was walking on the sidewalk when the suspect approached her. The suspect tried to take the victim’s purse, strapped on her... Read more →


Santa Monica’s oldest flame, The Tinder Box, dies out

When Santa Monica’s oldest tobacconist, Edward Kolpin Sr., died in April 2007, he had a wish. That his little shop on Wilshire Boulevard would continue to sell handcrafted pipes, high-end cigars and custom blended tobacco for ten more years. When Kolpin’s daughter-in-law turns out the lights and locks the door one last time Monday, the... Read more →


Clerk oversees City’s past, present and future

  After more than two decades in the City Clerks Office, Denise Anderson-Warren was appointed City Clerk in 2016 and has become one of the best-known faces in local government. Over the years, she has dutifully sat through thousands of City Council meetings, carefully taking the minutes and keeping track of the chits – the... Read more →


Convicted felon in possession of a firearm

On May 2, at about 12:34 p.m. while patrolling the 1600 block Ocean Avenue Officers saw a vehicle with several vehicle code violations – no front license plate and tinted front windows.   Officers performed a traffic stop on the car and discovered the driver was driving on a suspended license. Also in the car were two female passengers... Read more →


Santa Monica beach goes wild

  The Bay Foundation and the City have completed the Wild Beach Restoration Pilot Program along a section of local beach and officials hope the program will showcase environmental restoration in the area. The City of Santa Monica and The Bay Foundation worked together to hold an opening ceremony for the project at the Annenberg... Read more →


Art @ Tongva: Great Explorations on May 13

Tongva Park’s Art @ Tongva program continues its 2017 season on May 13 with Great Explorations, an all-day event of music, dance, visual art, theatre, and participatory mind and body experiences that will stimulate the imaginations of kids ages 5 to 95. This family friendly event features a new workshop in radical map making by artist... Read more →