Sidewalk cyclist found with stolen laptop (crime watch)

On May 15 at about 2:30 p.m., Santa Monica police officers patrolling the 1600 block of 5th Street observed a subject riding his bicycle on the sidewalk. When officers contacted the subject, later identified as James Moran, a 33-year-old transient, he stated that he was unaware he could not ride on the sidewalk. Moran went on to tell... Read more →


Synapse Dance Theater to showcase new works at Broad Stage

Santa Monica College's Synapse Dance Theater — the innovative and widely praised contemporary dance ensemble — will present a program of new repertory by professional guest artists, award-winning faculty artists, and up-and-coming student choreographers on May 30 and 31. Performances are at 4 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 30, and... Read more →


Children’s nonprofit seeking foster families

May is National Foster Care Month, a time to recognize that everyone can play a part in enhancing the lives of children and youth in foster care. There are approximately 64,000 children in foster care in California. Los Angeles County's foster care population exceeds 21,000 children with 450 foster children waiting to be connected to a family... Read more →


Former Santa Monica city manager joins consulting firm

Rod Gould, who most recently served as Santa Monica's City Manager, is joining Management Partners as vice president for management, based in the firm's West Coast office. Management Partners is a professional management consulting firm specializing in helping local government organizations improve performance. The firm's clients benefit... Read more →


Fitness, fashion and food at Santa Monica Pier

Level Sports' The Fit Tour, May 29 at the Santa Monica Pier, will feature 25 gyms/trainers, top fitness and health brands, and a pre-event fitness fashion show. The Fit Tour, open to all regardless of fitness level, is a unique, immersive experience aimed at helping everyone stick to their fitness resolutions and achieve their fitness... Read more →

City Council

Santa Monica’s biennial budget tops $1.1 billion

With the first reading of the updated Zoning Ordinance behind it, City Council moves from one incredibly important and potentially boring topic to the next. It's budget time. Santa Monica's public budget is constructed and voted on every two fiscal years, with updated information and tweaks coming every six months. The proposed... Read more →


Nike store employee nabbed for suspicious sales (crime watch)

On May 13 at about 8 p.m., a Santa Monica police officer responded to the Nike store at 118 Santa Monica Place mall regarding a theft that involved a store employee. When the officer arrived, the store manager explained he saw the employee and one of the employee's friends picking out several store items the week prior and placing them on... Read more →


Santa Monica Beach wins restoration award

The American Shore and Beach Preservation Association (ASBPA) announced last week that the City of Santa Monica is a winner of its 2015 Best Restored Beach Award. “ASBPA created the Best Restored Beach award as a way of highlighting the value of America's restored beaches,” said Harry Simmons, mayor of Caswell Beach, N.C., and ASBPA... Read more →


The mystery of the missing statue at Gilbert’s El Indio

It’s the mid-'90s and Fernando Rodriguez’s friend stops by with a pair of statues. They’d be perfect for watching the door of the family restaurant, Gilbert’s El Indio, Rodriguez thinks, and he buys one for $800: a Native American, chin turned proudly up, in a feathered headdress. For two decades, kids, their parents, teenagers,... Read more →