You don’t have to be Jewish (Culture Watch)

What's in a name? “Bad Jews” is a provocative title but it's also, according to Variety, the third-most performed modern play in the U.S. this season. In London, promotional posters for it were forbidden in the Underground for fear of causing offense. Joshua Harmon wrote this verbally vitriolic comedic hit play about family, faith and... Read more →


Santa Monica robbery suspect sentenced

A Los Angeles man who earlier this month waived his right to a trial and pleaded no contest to a 2014 attempted robbery and assault case in Santa Monica will serve 13 years in state prison. On July 30, 2014, Robert Lee Taylor, 45, approached the parking booth attendant located at 2nd Street and Santa Monica Boulevard. He pointed a Taser... Read more →


Rent board announces annual adjustment

At the Rent Control Board meeting May 14, chairman Christopher Walton announced that the 2015 annual general adjustment percentage will be 0.4 percent, based on the application of the formula set forth in the City Charter. Following the passage of Measure GA by Santa Monica voters' in the 2012 election, the annual increase is now 75... Read more →


Main Street hosting Fourth of July parade

The Ocean Park Association has announced that the ninth annual Fourth of July parade will once again come to Main Street of Santa Monica on Saturday, July 4, beginning at 9:30 a.m. The parade organizers encourage all local residents, service and family groups, along with businesses, to become participants and/or spectators. The 1.5-mile... Read more →

City Council


Activity centers under review

City Council will consider a bunch of intersections previously envisioned for taller and higher density developments at its meeting on Tuesday. The activities centers, as they're called in the Land Use and Circulation Element, were a center of debate throughout the creation of the Zoning Ordinance Update, which will dictate land uses... Read more →


Callahan’s building targeted for landmark status

The Landmarks Commission discussed preserving the building formerly known as Callahan’s and its purview over the interior of the old post office at its meeting last week. Commissioners are excited to declare the Streamline Moderne-style restaurant building — now occupied by Ingo’s Tasty Diner — as a landmark, but they asked city... Read more →


Crossroads science wing welcomes monarch butterflies

Editor's note: This is the fifth and final installment of a multi-part series about the new science complex at Crossroads School. Crossroads School will soon be a breeding ground for discovery — literally. The campus’ new science and research facility was designed to promote the growth of the monarch butterfly population as well as... Read more →


Man pours bleach on apartment break-in victim (crime watch)

On Jan. 29 at approximately 4:50 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call requesting additional officers to assist with the search of an assault victim’s apartment. Upon arriving on the scene, officers noticed that there had been a struggle in the apartment and a strong odor of bleach permeated the area. The... Read more →



Santa Monica police crack down on unlicensed food vendors

Santa Monica police and code enforcement officers are targeting illegal food vendors this summer in an effort to preserve public health. Every summer the number of beachgoers rises to new heights, and as beach population increases so does the demand for food and beverages. This demand is often met by unlicensed food vendors who, according... Read more →


SMC table tennis program inducted into hall of fame

The Santa Monica College table tennis program was inducted into the California Table Tennis Hall of Fame on June 5. The ceremony — part of the renowned annual Meiklejohn National Seniors Tournament in Laguna Woods — also included an award to SMC's Department of Kinesiology & Athletics for its success in promoting three annual USA... Read more →


Santa Monica celebrates Juneteenth

The free Juneteenth community event will be held on June 20 at Virginia Avenue Park from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hosted by the Juneteenth Celebration Committee Inc., this event commemorates the day the last African American slaves in Galveston, Texas, were notified of their freedom, two and a half years after the Emancipation Proclamation was... Read more →


Marijuana shops coming to Santa Monica, but when?

In a week, City Council will have a chance to adopt the massive Zoning Ordinance update, which includes standards for the allowance of two medical marijuana dispensaries. But when, and where, are the dispensaries going to pop up? If council adopts the ordinance at its next meeting on June 23, operators could apply for conditional use... Read more →


Day care expansion, Cheesecake Factory booze considered

The Planning Commission will consider separate items related to little kids and alcohol at its meeting Wednesday night. A family day care is looking to double its class size and the Cheesecake Factory wants permission to serve alcohol. The Activity Place, LCC, located on 22nd Street between Virginia and Delaware avenues, is residential... Read more →


Preschool partnership unites SMMUSD, SMC

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District and Santa Monica College are entering a partnership to teach and care for young children while introducing older students to possible careers in childhood development. The Santa Monica-Malibu school board on Thursday approved an agreement between the district and the local community college... Read more →