Brief: City recognized for architecture

The city of Santa Monica was celebrated at the 44th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards on May 4 at a gala luncheon hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council that drew hundreds of architects, designers and building professionals. More than 35 projects from across the architectural spectrum were recognized at the Beverly Hilton for design... Read more →


Crime Watch: Where there’s smoke …

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from the reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.   Friday, May 30, at 9:27 p.m.   Santa Monica patrol officers responded to the rear of  819 Ocean Park Blvd. regarding a homeless... Read more →



Council to evaluate Gould over rescinded job offer

Rod Gould CITY HALL — City Council will evaluate City Manager Rod Gould's job on Tuesday per request of Councilmember Kevin McKeown who has said Gould did not provide “fully satisfactory answers” to questions regarding a recent employment decision. Elizabeth Riel was offered the position of Public Affairs and Communications... Read more →



Samohi grads pair up

WAY BACK: Steve Macko stands behind Melissa Reed in 1989's Santa Monica High School’s yearbook. (Daniel Archuleta) SAMOHI — Of the various sections of the Santa Monica High School yearbook, superlatives beg the most questions. How successful are those once deemed Most Likely To Succeed? Does Most Musical still play her clarinet? Is... Read more →


Absentee results

Absentee ballots have been counted and initial results from the Los Angeles County Registar of Voters are as follows: Congress - 33rd District NAME                                      PARTY           VOTES      PERCENT ELAN CARR                           Pref: REP      7,732        ... Read more →


November election battles set

A voter casts a ballot at City Hall on Tuesday. (Fabian Lewkowicz) WESTSIDE — Where was everyone? Los Angeles County voter turnout was 13.2 percent at Tuesday’s primary election, according to the registrar. Another 5.3 percent of total registered voters mailed in absentee ballots. In the race to replace termed-out L.A. County... Read more →

City Council

City Hall trying to fend off deficit

CITY HALL — The best-case scenario, according to city officials, is that City Hall pulls out of a deficit in fiscal year 2017-18, with revenues exceeding expenditures by about $200,000. The worst-case scenario is that we’re $7.1 million in the hole. City Council approves a budget (roughly half a billion dollars annually) every two... Read more →


Free CPR training on June 5

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica firefighters are hoping residents can spare five minutes to save a life. The department is participating in a regional effort to train citizens in hands-only CPR. The free, public, drop-in training will be held from 12 - 4 p.m. on June 5 at Santa Monica Place, in the central plaza. Interested residents can stop-by... Read more →



Activists rally around redwood mural

OLYMPIC HIGH - Local activist Jerry Rubin fought for the trees (the ficus along Second and Fourth streets) and then for public art (“Chain Reaction”). Now he's tackling both. Rubin wants to preserve the “Muir Woods” mural on the outside of the Olympic High School. It was painted in 1978 by then-local Jane Golden, who has since... Read more →