14th Annual Summer SOULstice returns June 22

This Sunday, June 22, the Main Street Business Improvement Association will host their 14th Annual Summer SOULstice Festival on Main Street. The festival will include live music, food, sidewalk sales, and shopping. Musical acts Black Crystal Wolf Kids, The Paul Chesne Band, the Neil Young tribute band, 'Neil Deal', and the reggae-rock band,... Read more →



KCRW breaks ground

Photo courtesy KCRW SMC — KCRW is coming up for air. The local public radio station has been operating out of the basement of Santa Monica College for more than 30 years but broke ground last week on its new 35,000-square-foot building, which will be located above ground. The building, which will also be on the SMC campus, is... Read more →



Lawsuit alleges city manager bullied Riel

CITY HALL — The attorney for Elizabeth Riel, who was offered and then denied a top city job, filed a lawsuit against City Hall on Wednesday alleging that City Manager Rod Gould bullied Riel after he learned of her past political affiliations. The lawsuit further alleges that the job offer was rescinded because of contributions she made... Read more →


Firefighter retires after three decades of service

Battalion Chief Mark Bridges CITYWIDE — The Santa Monica Fire Department has been protecting residents for 125 years and in that time the department has evolved from volunteers with buckets to a full fledged, multi-talented emergency service provider. The department's growth can be attributed to many individuals but as of June 13,... Read more →


UC Santa Cruz chancellor to speak at commencement

Dr. George R. Blumenthal — astronomer, astrophysicist, and Chancellor of the University of California, Santa Cruz (UCSC) — will be the 2014 commencement speaker at Santa Monica College. SMC’s 84th commencement ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Tuesday, June 17 at Corsair Field. For the fifth year in a row, the ceremony will also be... Read more →


July 4 parade deadline and upcoming art show

June 25 deadline for July 4 parade entries The Ocean Park Association (OPA) announced that its 8th Annual 4th of July Parade will take place this year on Friday, July 4. Themed “May the 4th be with You,” the parade organizers are calling on local resident, service and family groups, along with businesses, to become participants as... Read more →



Northeast Neighbors succeeds in appeal

WILSHIRE BLVD - It's not just the large developments that neighborhood groups watch. The Northeast Neighbors association has successfully appealed the designs for a relatively small Citibank on Wilshire Boulevard and forced the developers to revise their plans. Much has been made of the big projects challenged by residents, most... Read more →


Weekend updates

CITYWIDE - A national aviation association spent $56,000 in support of a ballot initiative that aims to put the future of the Santa Monica Airport in the hands of the voters. Most of the money contributed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association went to paid signature-gatherers, who collected more than 15,700 names, which were... Read more →


Community project to beautify Highland Ave.

A strip of dry and unused land near Highland Ave. is being transformed into a vibrant community space as part of a grassroots effort by neighbors to beautify their community. Volunteers will gather for the Highland Ave. beautification project on Highland Ave. just south of Ocean Park (West of Lincoln) on June 14 at 9 a.m. to plant drought... Read more →


Santa Monica Pier seeking volunteer docents

The Santa Monica Pier Corporation is currently seeking volunteer docents to guide visitors through the rich history of the century-old Pier. Docents will be trained to share fascinating stories about the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, about celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin and about a certain fishing boat captain... Read more →