Motorcycle safety enforcement operation

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on July 6 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders... Read more →


Shore Hotel COO arrested on weapon sales, ID theft charges

SHORE HOTEL — The Chief Operating Officer of the Shore Hotel was arrested Friday morning on a slew of charges, including the importing and selling of an assault rifle, a spokesperson from the California Office of the Attorney General told the Daily Press. Steve Farzam is also charged with identity theft and impersonating a law enforcement... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fifth and 18th streets:  Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and 18th Street will have limited access at... Read more →


Nation’s first union car wash renews contract

LINCOLN BLVD - The Bonus Car Wash union is the Neil Armstrong of carwash unions. In 2011, they were first. The agreement made national headlines. Now there are several dozen unionized carwashes across the country. On Friday, members of the union and Bonus representatives celebrated the renewal of the contract. “The original labor pact at... Read more →

City Council

PYFC, City Hall still at odds

CITY HALL — Despite allegations of bookkeeping problems put forth, once again, by City Hall, City Council voted to fund the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC), though at a lower rate than in years past. Last year, council issued a one-time grant of $225,000 to the center, which aims to, among other things, curb gang violence in the Pico... Read more →



City for Sale…Tons of Charm, Needs Planning

Development is occurring at a feverish pace in our City. The Character of our neighborhoods is under siege from outside interests. Developers are circumventing current zoning requirements using “backroom deals” with the City’s staff to provide minimal community benefits in exchange for larger projects. The result is excessive profit... Read more →


125 years of fire history at the Santa Monica Museum

DOWNTOWN The history of Santa Monica’s Fire Department (SMFD) is now on display at the Santa Monica History Museum as part of the museum’s new Warrior’s of Fire exhibit. The exhibit opens on June 28 and will also help raise money to restore SMFD’s antique fire engine. The 1952 truck will be on display at the exhibit and the museum... Read more →


Council considers rock, hard place on SMO measure

CITY HALL — No one had anything nice to say about a potential City Council-backed ballot measure that would hand council’s power to the voters on some issues of the Santa Monica Airport. Still many agreed, including every council member, that the measure would be better than the aviation community-backed ballot measure it’s meant to... Read more →


Few auto damage claims from Expo construction

A crew works on the Expo Light Rail Line. (Daniel Archuleta) CITYWIDE - Stand out on one of the many of intersections where workers are installing track for a long enough period of time and you'll hear the boom or scrape of a car bottoming out. Much has been written of the occasional road closures and ensuing traffic jams caused by the... Read more →