Fundraiser springs up for injured dog

Santa Monica animal lovers are trying to rally the community around Neo, a 2-year-old dog recently attacked at his foster home. According to organizers, Neo is either a Min Pin or Chihuahua and he was bitten by a smaller dog on his back legs and head. He also had small tears on his ears and eyes. Neo has been in 24-hour vet care and... Read more →



Commission eyes more Santa Monica park land

With City Council scheduled to consider a $1.1-billion two-year budget on Tuesday, the Recreation and Parks Commission sent its recommendations. Surprise, surprise: More parks. They’re happy, they said in a letter to council, with the proposed allocation of funds to craft a plan for the 12-acre expansion of Airport Park but they have... Read more →


Santa Monica projects earn architecture awards

The 45th Annual Los Angeles Architectural Awards, hosted by the Los Angeles Business Council, recognize the project teams responsible for the very best architecture in Los Angeles and Los Angeles County. Selected by a jury of notable design and building professionals, the winning projects encompass a wide range of building types, from... Read more →


‘Celebrate America’ at Santa Monica College

SMC's Independence Day festivities are held early each year. The free spectacular fireworks and entertainment of “Celebrate America” — Santa Monica College's popular star-spangled salute to our nation's independence — to be held Saturday, June 27. The celebration — the only one of its kind in Santa Monica — will feature a... Read more →


Local couple open studio in former YogaWorks location

Starting June 22, Goorus Yoga will begin offering regular yoga classes at 15327 Sunset Blvd., the site of the former YogaWorks studio. Goorus Yoga will offer a full range of classes from beginning to advanced, taught by experienced instructors. “Life is hectic, and finding a way to renew and replenish is important,” said Lightfoot, who... Read more →

City Council

Council to consider $1.17-billion budget

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for budget nerds. On Tuesday, City Council will consider approval of a roughly $1.17-billion biennial budget covering fiscal years 2015-17. Council reviewed the budget last month and made comments. Dozens of residents spoke about the budget and will be given the opportunity again on... Read more →


An afternoon of mystery with local writers

Santa Monica Public Library's Ocean Park Branch will host a panel discussion with mystery writers Laurie Stevens, Christopher J. Lynch, Mar Preston and Lisa Seidman on Saturday, June 20, at 2 p.m. Laurie Stevens, the panel moderator, is the author of the bestselling Gabriel McRay psychological thrillers which take place in the San Gabriel... Read more →


Taxpayer rights hearing slated for June 23

Anyone with ideas, suggestions, or concerns about the administration and oversight of California's business and property taxes is invited to attend the Board of Equalization's annual Taxpayers' Bill of Rights hearings in Culver City on June 23. Attendees may speak directly to the elected members of the Board of Equalization. “California... Read more →


Analysis: Bikes not to blame for road injuries

For Safe Streets Santa Monica, the group's name is more aspirational than descriptive. The organization advocates for road safety but, according to their recently released analysis of Santa Monica collision data, the city's streets are far from safe. From 2003-2013, 49 people were killed and 9,278 were injured in traffic collisions,... Read more →



Changes continue for SMMUSD special ed

The head of the department is leaving. Several longtime teachers are retiring. The program’s budget being scrutinized by the school board amid budget talks. And it seems the transition phase is just beginning for the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s special education department. The Board of Education on June 11 approved the... Read more →


Recent college student throws bag at mother (crime watch)

On June 4 at about 7 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a residence in the 1800 block of 11th Street after neighbors called about a domestic disturbance. When the officers arrived, they found the suspect arguing with his mother. After separating the two, officers learned the suspect had thrown a canvas money bag, which was... Read more →


Make Music Day invades Santa Monica

Santa Monica's parks will be alive with the sound of music on the Summer Solstice, Sunday, June 21, as the city takes part in a worldwide music event. Make Music Day is coming! “For the fourth year in a row, seven of our Santa Monica parks will stage free performances.  Come, bring your family and friends and enjoy this fantastic... Read more →