Non-profit hosts Reality Party to prevent tragedy

  Santa Monica parents, educators and concerned residents are invited to take part in an event Saturday intended to educate them about the current realities of underage drinking and drug use at teen parties, other wise known as a Reality Party. According to the California Healthy Kids Survey 2014 – 2015, an SMMUSD survey showed... Read more →


Community Briefs

Main Street Main Street Business Improvement Association Gets City’s First Parklets Approved Main Street will get three Parklets this June after the Main Street Business Improvement Association (MSBIA), request for a pilot program resulted in a favorable decision from City Council over two years ago. The Parklets, “a concept... Read more →


Police Chief announces retirement

The following press release was issued by the city of Santa Monica on Friday night.   Today, Santa Monica Police (SMPD) Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks announced her retirement after 36 years as a law enforcement leader and trailblazer. Chief Seabrooks began her career at SMPD as its first African-American woman patrol officer in 1982.... Read more →

City Council

Large projects move forward on Lincoln Boulevard

    Plans for two new apartment complexes on Lincoln Boulevard between Colorado Avenue and Interstate 10 are moving forward, bringing an additional 166 units to the stretch of road. Combined with four neighboring projects currently underway, a total of 623 units are slated for development along the stretch of busy... Read more →


Become a Conservancy Docent This Spring

Citywide The Santa Monica Conservancy is offering training classes for volunteers interested in becoming a docent at the Preservation Resource Center at the Shotgun House, 2520 2nd Street (near the Ocean Park branch library). The little Shotgun House, built circa 1899, was saved from demolition in 2002 and endured a long journey before... Read more →


Who do you love?

  On Tuesday, May 2, City Manager, Rick Cole along with residents and local businesses gathered around City Hall to celebrate the Most Loved ceremony. Winners were announced and formally recognized with a certification and an award plaque.   The 4th Annual Most Loved Santa Monica Business Contest is organized by Buy Local... Read more →


Delicious Rose-Flavored Desserts Author Judy Polinsky

Downtown Delicious Rose-Flavored Desserts Author Judy Polinsky Santa Monica Public Library presents Judy Polinsky, author of Delicious Rose-Flavored Desserts: A Modern and Fragrant Take on Classic Recipes, on Sunday, May 7, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library’s Multipurpose Room, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Just in time for Mother’s Day,... Read more →


City wins $30,000 settlement in Tenant Harassment Case

  A former landlord will pay the City $30,000 to settle a tenant harassment lawsuit involving a rent controlled apartment on Ocean Avenue. The harassment allegations involve a single rent-controlled unit owned by Sean Gharib at 757 Ocean Avenue. The same tenant, Nina Edwards, has lived in the apartment with her son since 1984 and... Read more →


Advocates push for more housing in Downtown Santa Monica

  Housing advocates are lining up at Planning Commission meetings to push commissioners to expand development potential in the Downtown Community Plan (DCP), the zoning document that will dictate rules for new construction in the heart of the city for the next twenty years. “I think this plan addresses political problems but not... Read more →


An Illegal Start

Santa Monica Public Theatre, founded by Tony Award-winning actor and long-time Santa Monica resident Paul Sand, brings a unique and extraordinary theatrical experience to an equally unique and extraordinary venue with the premiere of the new stage play "An Illegal Start" inside the national landmark Merry-Go-Round Building on the Santa Monica... Read more →


Trespasser Trouble

ON APRIL 18, AT ABOUT 5:00 A.M. Officers responded to a subject lying down asleep on the sidewalk in front of a business. While patrolling the 1400 block of 2cd Street, the officers passed the business building that had a trespassing letter on file with the Santa Monica Police Department. The subject was placed under arrest without... Read more →


City considers Parks Bond for November 2018 Ballot

The City is moving forward with plans to potentially place a parks bond on the 2018 ballot to pay for park expansions and upgrades to existing parks. The City has hired a strategic research company to conduct a survey to gauge support for a bond. Santa Monica voters overwhelmingly supported Measure A last November, a countywide parcel tax... Read more →