Why Muslim and Jewish teens united in Santa Monica

  The teenagers regularly visited Third Street Promenade, whether to shop, eat or catch a movie. But in a Santa Monica district known for attracting people from all over the world, their outings were too often punctured by messages of hatred and bigotry. They heard people spewing Islamophobic barbs and other divisive remarks, and... Read more →


Man arrested for burglary on Princeton Street

On September 14, at about 7:10 a.m. officers responded to a radio call for service at the 1500 block of Princeton Street regarding a subject creating a disturbance – drinking in public, throwing trash on the property and trying to open car doors. Officers observed the subject and detained him for an investigation. The suspect appeared to... Read more →


Unpacking the complexities of homeless crime

As debates rage on about how to fight homelessness in Santa Monica and throughout the region, first responders continue coming in contact with homeless people at alarming rates. Some 40 percent of calls to the local police department and about 15 percent of fire department calls involve homeless people, officials have said. OPCC... Read more →


Idina Menzel CD Signing

Barnes & Noble Santa Monica has announced that it will host Frozen, Glee, Wicked, and Rent star Idina Menzel in celebration of her new album, Idina. The album features hit singles “I See You,” “A Broader Way,” “Small World,” and more, and the veteran performer considers it her most personal collection yet. The CD will go on... Read more →


Joseph Cevetello named New Chief Information Officer

City Manager Rick Cole has selected Joseph Cevetello to join his executive team as Chief Information Officer. Cevetello was selected from over 260 applicants in a national search, and comes to the City of Santa Monica with over 20 years of experience in research, creation, and implementation of technology, outreach, and learning. “We... Read more →

City Council

Council backs Los Angeles Olympics bid

The slow crawl towards Santa Monica’s participation in the 2024 Olympic games continued last week with Council approving a pair of letters formalizing the City’s intent to participate as the venue for beach volleyball if Los Angeles is awarded the games. Both letters contain minimum guarantees regarding the city’s involvement but the... Read more →


The transportation revolution has begun

Regional officials gathered last week to announce a new plan to reduce traffic on Los Angeles roads and many details mirror efforts already underway in Santa Monica. On Wednesday, Sept. 14 over thirty people gathered at the J.W. Marriot in Los Angeles to discuss the Los Angeles County Mobility Action Plan developed by the Shared Use... Read more →


Man vandalizes Britannia Pub

On September 4, at about 7:17 a.m. officers responded to a radio call for service at Britannia Pub – 318 Santa Monica Blvd. regarding a vandalism that just occurred. Officers determined several witnesses heard a loud noise and noticed the door to the pub was shattered by a brick. The subject was observed in the immediate area and fled... Read more →


Soundwaves: Just Strings

The Santa Monica Public Library will present the ensemble Just Strings on Wednesday Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. in the Main Library’s Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium at 601 Santa Monica Blvd. The group consists of guitarist John Schneider, harpist Alison Bjorkedal, and percussionist T.J. Troy. All three are busy professionals in many musical... Read more →


Tongva After Dark: The Wonder Room

Tongva Park continues its third season of cultural programming Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7:30 p.m., with The Wonder Room, an evening of curated performances by an interdisciplinary group of extraordinary artists who will activate the intimate “rooms” of Tongva Park simultaneously. This one-night-only spectacle will include dance... Read more →


Women’s Day Committee plans for another Successful Year

The Women’s Day Committee of the First A.M.E. Church, Santa Monica is busy preparing for their upcoming program “I’d Rather Have Jesus.” Following last year’s outstanding attendance and accolades, this year’s program promises to be an even greater success. The event is scheduled for Sept. 25, at 3 p.m. and will be held in the... Read more →

Santa Monica College

SMC welcomes first bachelor’s degree cohort

It’s official: Santa Monica College has students who are actively pursuing bachelor’s degrees. After months of intensive planning and preparation, the local community college this term launched its inaugural set of upper-division courses as part of the new interaction design pathway. The 21 students who are enrolled in the program... Read more →