6 questions about Santa Monica’s downtown plan

The City of Santa Monica is currently engaged in finalizing its Downtown Community Plan (DCP). This Specific Plan is generally bounded by Lincoln Boulevard, the Interstate 10 freeway, Ocean Avenue and Wilshire Boulevard and is supposed to govern development in this area till 2030. SMa.r.t. (Santa Monica Architects for a Responsible... Read more →


High surf advisory issued for Santa Monica beaches

The National Weather Service has issued a high surf warning for Southern California coastal areas through the weekend. The advisory calls for an extended period of high surf conditions into early next week with potential damaging surf and moderate coastal flooding by Monday. A long period west swell has spread through Ventura and Los... Read more →


City worker punched in the face at Palisades Park

On Feb. 25 at approximately 8:40 a.m., a city worker was staffing the Senior Center at the 1400 block of Palisades Park and saw the suspect approaching a cordoned-off area. The worker told the suspect he could not be there and asked him to leave. As the suspect began walking past the worker, he suddenly struck the worker's face with his... Read more →


Then / Now

Fisher-Swartz Lumber Company. Location: 1601 Colorado Avenue 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... Read more →

City Council

Lobbying rules to begin in the fall

Time is running out for nefarious lobbyists seeking private backroom deals with the City Council. Be warned: you have six months to peddle your influence without reproach. City Council passed new rules for lobbying local government at their March 1 meeting but the rules will not take effect for at least six months to allow staff time to... Read more →


Legal fees top SMMUSD expense list

At its meeting Thursday night, the local Board of Education is expected to approve another payment for legal fees in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s ongoing battle with activists over the testing and cleanup of chemicals at Malibu school sites. The $500,000 payment to Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP adds to legal counsel... Read more →


City has a million reasons to pursue old fines

Delinquent businesses owe the City of Santa Monica about a million dollars for unpaid fees, fines and permits. According to the city's finance department, the city is owed at least $257,000 for lapsed business licenses and another $811,000 for unpaid utility bills, fire inspection fees, CUPA and certain other miscellaneous fees. Business... Read more →


City reports results of 2016 Homeless Count

The City of Santa Monica conducted its annual Homeless Count on the night of January 27, 2016. The results were presented at the City Council meeting on March 1st. Homeless counts are mandated every two years by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. Santa Monica counts annually to rapidly identify and respond to changing... Read more →


Interviews begin for new fire chief

A handful of candidates have qualified for interviews to potentially become Santa Monica's next fire chief. Staff said interviews are scheduled for the next couple of weeks but it will still take months to bring a new chief on board. “With fire chief, much like police chief, we have to do through background exploration, plus the... Read more →


Are SMMUSD grading policies hurting students?

Lori Whitesell was troubled by the Santa Monica-Malibu school district’s system for calculating grade-point averages, finding it unfair to students who retake classes to get better marks. And when the active parent asked current Santa Monica High School students about it, she expected them to be outraged. “They weren’t outraged... Read more →


Outreach beginning for Downtown Community Plan

The following is the first in a series of columns produced to highlight the Downtown Community Plan. Content was produced in partnership with City staff and edited by the Santa Monica Daily Press. Future columns will address specific elements of the plan, philosophical underpinnings of the plan and respond to community input.  The revised... Read more →


A decade later, Santa Monica mourns death of slain teenager

Eddie Lopez was a popular student, a promising outfielder in Santa Monica High School’s baseball program and a loving son and grandson. He never got the chance to be more. Ten years ago this month, Lopez was shot and killed while walking with friends near Virginia Avenue Park. He was 15 years old. It’s been a difficult decade filled... Read more →