City moves to control public employee costs

Facing ballooning pension costs, the City is reorganizing public employees by shuffling vacant positions and eliminating certain jobs. On Tuesday, the City Council approved a proposed operating budget that alters 69 public positions to realign operations. While the City will add a total of six full-time positions in the next year, seven... Read more →


Re-established Latino group PEMA holds first meeting

The recently re-established Latino parent group of Parents, Estudiantes, y Maestros Asociación (PEMA) held its first unofficial meeting on Wednesday, May 23 at Samohi. Despite the unofficial status -- the school district says the group hasn’t properly followed necessary guidelines to establish themselves, restricting the Santa Monica... Read more →


Pico Block Party empowers youth voices through music and art

The 18th Street Arts Center held the third annual Pico Block Party May 19 to promote youth voices by getting them involved in the community. The block party is a community arts festival that featured events for the whole family, with art workshops that kids could participate in, musical performances, artists' open studios, and food trucks for... Read more →


Your Column Here

Myths and Truths about Affordable Housing Community Corporation’s waiting list is opening for one week on May 29th. Many believe it’s impossible to obtain affordable housing here in Santa Monica. As the Executive Director of the Community Corporation of Santa Monica (Community Corp.), one of the largest developers of affordable... Read more →


Crime Watch

On May 17, 2018 at about 11:25 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service at Casa Del Mar regarding a female subject acting violently with staff and swimming in the pool. Officers located the subject swimming in the pool and began to yell profanities at officers and hotel staff. Officers determined the subject was not a guest at... Read more →


Music Lyceum makes music easy

My fingers rest on white Ivorite and black basswood, curled and at ease, gaining confidence with each subsequent stroke to a key. The confidence is unusual as my fingers are just 20 or so minutes into something they’ve never done before-- playing a piano piece. Not just any piano piece, but capital-B Beethoven. When I arrived to... Read more →


HOOLIGAN Theatre Company Decides Judas Iscariot’s Fate!

This Spring, HOOLIGAN Theatre Company is proud to present Stephen Adly Guirgis’ hit play; The Last Days of Judas Iscariot . HOOLIGAN will close its thirteenth season in the nebulous obscurity of purgatory reexamining the circumstances surrounding the New Testament’s most reviled sinner—Judas Iscariot. The show will run from June 1 to... Read more →


Letters to the Editor

400 Consecutive Months Editor: The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration recently released a report showing that April marked the planet's 400th consecutive month with above-average temperatures. This is a staggering milestone. The authors of the government report did not mince words about the cause: "It's mainly due to... Read more →


The Japanese Flower Market: Presentation & Workshop

The 2018 Santa Monica Reads community reading program continues with The Japanese Flower Market: Presentation & Workshop on Sunday, June 10, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. The L.A. Flower District is the largest wholesale flower market in the country. Naomi Hirahara, author of A Scent of... Read more →


In taking on ‘Solo,’ Ehrenreich faced an unenviable task

Thandie Newton jokes that there might be something off about Alden Ehrenreich — because how else could he take on the pressure-filled role of Han Solo with so much ease? "Every week, I was expecting a call that Alden had had a nervous breakdown and wouldn't be coming to work on Monday," Newton, who plays the tough thief Val in "Solo: A... Read more →


Review: In ‘Ibiza’ a summer comedy, streaming at home

So long a staple of the moviegoing experience, the summer comedy has fallen on hard times. There are hardly any on this season's release schedule, and one of the more promising candidates — "Ibiza," starring the terrific Gillian Jacobs and the former "Saturday Night Live" cast member Vanessa Bayer — isn't playing in theaters but is... Read more →


Review: Author unravels new view of Cinderella story

"All the Ever Afters: The Untold Story of Cinderella's Stepmother" (William Morrow), by Danielle Teller Have you ever considered the beloved fairy tale of Cinderella from the perspective of the evil stepmother? What if she wasn't wicked at all, but a loving woman who cared deeply for all of her children? Danielle Teller's debut novel, "All... Read more →


Gallery opening

bG Gallery has officially moved from Bergamot to a new location on Ocean Park. Celebrate the new Gallery space on Saturday, March 26 with a special group exhibition titled “Circular.” Guest artist Ray Ford will be featured. An accomplished wood carver, Ford has been creating art for over 85 years. He received a pocket knife for his... Read more →


The Pier to kick off summer with new ocean sports festival

Surf, sand, and sun will take center stage at a free beach extravaganza called Pier 360 debuting June 23 and 24 at the Santa Monica Pier. The two-day event will include 13 ocean sports competitions, a pop-up skate ramp, sand sculptures, a beer garden and live music. “There’s so much for people to do that if you showed up at 8 a.m. and... Read more →