International star Yuna headlines second Twilight Concert

SM PIER — Maybe you haven’t heard of Yuna but more than 1.1 million people on Twitter have. The Malaysian-American singer-songwriter will headline the second installment of the Twilight Concert Series on the Santa Monica Pier tonight. The iconic, free, 10-week concert series is in its 30 years and starts at 7 p.m. Yuna has nine Grammy... Read more →


MINI dealership approved

MID-CITY — A new MINI dealership will open its doors on Santa Monica Boulevard at 14th Street. The 33,400 square-foot, 35-feet-tall development was approved with relative ease at last week’s City Council meeting. The dealership stands to generate about half a million dollars for City Hall annually and will include a small... Read more →


Organic coconut company supports typhoon victims

EarthCoco, Inc., an organic coconut company founded by Santa Monica residents Patrick Doles and Joel Polis, is using sales to rebuild Samar, an island within the central Philippines following Typhoon Haiyan. Doles, who was living on the island in 2013, was already operating a local charity to support school children and after seeing first... Read more →


Fast start to election season

CITYWIDE — The local political season has swung into high gear with endorsements flowing and candidates vying for attention on an almost daily basis. The Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC), a local slow-growth advocacy group, announced its City Council endorsements on July 14, the same day candidates could officially begin... Read more →

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Longtime council member weighing his options

CITY HALL — It seems like everyone knows what Bob Holbrook will do next except Bob Holbrook. Rumors abound that the six-term City Council member will not seek reelection this November but Holbrook says he’s undecided. “At this point I’m just watching to see who pulls papers,” he said. Monday marked the beginning of the... Read more →


Anti-airport activists weigh ballot options

SMO — City Council’s ballot measure, which is designed to compete with a pro-airport measure, is taking form. Three plans for dealing with future development of the land were put forward by council members last week and anti-airport activists like bits and pieces of all the ideas. City attorneys will, in theory, bring back all three... Read more →


Election season begins

CITY HALL — And they're off. Today the nomination period begins for candidates looking to run for the offices of City Council, Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, Rent Control Board, or the Santa Monica College District. The nomination period will stay open through Aug. 8. Interested candidates have to pay a $25 filing fee... Read more →


Malibu activist to run for Board of Education

Craig Foster MALIBU — Local education activist Craig Foster announced this week he plans to enter this year’s Board of Education race in an attempt to get Malibu a seat back at the table — six years after Malibu last had a representative on the governing body of the Santa Monica- Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) and two years... Read more →


Museum to focus on long-gone amusement park

History will POP for the next week at the Santa Monica History Museum as the organization hosts several events focused on Pacific Ocean Park. The park was the original Santa Monica amusement park located on a pier at Pier Avenue. After opening to much fanfare in 1958, the park eventually declined and was closed in 1967. The entire... Read more →


Planning Commission likes building designs for Fred Segal lot

DOWNTOWN — The project proposed to replace the one of two Fred Segal buildings on Broadway at Fifth Street got largely positive reviews from the Planning Commission on July 9. The designs, which propose a 330,344-square-foot mixed-use development project consisting of approximately 39,600 square feet of ground floor commercial area, and... Read more →