Ocean search yields no clues in report of swimmer in distress

A multi-hour search of local waters failed to locate a potentially missing man from the Santa Monica pier on Sunday morning. A fisherman approached the Harbor Division office on the Santa Monica Pier at about 2 a.m. on Sunday morning to report a sighting of a man in the water. The officer on duty followed up with conversations with a second... Read more →


Paltrow bankrolls local school projects

As the STEM coordinator at Will Rogers Learning Community, Laura Simon wanted iPads to help students develop their coding skills as they learn to program robots. She announced a request for funding on, hoping that philanthropists and members of the community would chip in. Gwyneth Paltrow was right on cue. The... Read more →


Police operation targets adults purchasing alcohol for kids

The Santa Monica Police Department issued one citation during a recent “shoulder tap” operation that asked 53 individuals to purchase alcohol for a minor. SMPD officers visited four stores on March 12 using an underage decoy. The decoy stood outside of the retailers and asked adult customers to purchase alcohol on their behalf. “Decoy... Read more →


SMO lawsuit reaches appeals court

PASADENA - However you feel about the Santa Monica Airport, buckle your seatbelt and prepare for takeoff. One of several lawsuits in the ongoing battle over the future of the local airport moved forward Friday at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where attorneys for the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration made... Read more →


Samohi grad running for Vermont lieutenant governor

Long before Santa Monica native Kesha Ram started campaigning to be second in command in the state of Vermont, she ran for student council president at Roosevelt Elementary School. It was a race against three boys, she remembered, and she won. “It was a do-or-die moment,” she said. “I took it quite seriously.” Ram took the position... Read more →


Full week of civic meetings

With an unusually long gap between scheduled City Council meetings, civic enthusiasts lamenting their suddenly open schedule can look forward to a busy week. No less than six city commissions will meet over the next four days. The Landmarks Commission, Airport Commission, Planning Commission, Commission for the Senior Community, Housing... Read more →


Santa Monica rents rising — even for controlled units

Santa Monica's rent-controlled units are following a downward trend, according to a recently released annual report. The city's units are experiencing more turnover, higher prices and less affordability over time, with officials pointing to a rebounding economy and overall greed as the causes. The Consolidated Annual Report documents... Read more →


Mechur to run for SMMUSD board re-election

Ralph Mechur plans to campaign to keep his seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education. The architect and longtime Santa Monica resident, whose term expires in December, told the Daily Press last week that he intends to run for re-election. Mechur said he's motivated by the local school district's ongoing attempts to close academic... Read more →


Then / Now

1940: El Reposo, home of Mrs. Nelson Gerda, masseuse. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or visit... Read more →