Fewer complaints about summer traffic

DOWNTOWN - With the summer tourist season at about the half way mark, traffic conditions appear to be better than previous years according to local officials. Several departments and organizations have been implementing programs and services to try to manage the seasonal spike in visitors with the accompanying downtown gridlock. While some... Read more →


Farmers Market presents: Local, Seasonal, Sustainable, Seafood

DOWNTOWN Something fishy is going on at the Main Library's Martin Luther King Jr. Auditorium and it's due to the Santa Monica Farmers' Markets. Specifically, the market is bringing four local advocates for sustainable seafood to the Library as part of their quarterly public education forums, held on the first Thursdays of February, May,... Read more →



TCS crowds strong despite changes

SM PIER - Turns out you don't need a jumbotron to bring 20,000 people to the beach for a free show. The attendance figures for the Twilight Concert Series are strong as ever despite some City Council-requested changes meant to shrink the crowds, which were becoming a threat to public safety, according to city officials. While the crowd... Read more →



BBB route changes later this month

CITYWIDE - Check your Big Blue Bus route maps this month. As they do three times a year, BBB will make some significant route changes starting on Aug. 24. The Daily Press wrote previously about BBB's plans to cut Route 3 - which currently runs along Lincoln Boulevard and then turns Downtown onto Montana Avenue - into two segments. In terms... Read more →


Precious Metal Arts Celebrates 15 Bright and Shining Years

MAIN STREET – This summer marks the 15th anniversary of Precious Metal Arts’ arrival on Main Street. The popular local boutique, owned and operated by Peter Solomon and Mary Edwards, specializes in custom jewelry, repair, and offers classes in jewelry making. Solomon is the craftsman and creative genius, while Edwards, a jeweler herself,... Read more →



No council endorsements by SMRR

Santa Monicans for Renters Rights, the city’s most influential political organization, failed to endorse candidates for City Council at their annual convention on Aug. 3. The surprising result leaves the field wide open with several candidates still in the running. SMRR did settle on endorsements for School Board, Rent Control Board and... Read more →


Gould retiring in January

CITY HALL — City Manager Rod Gould will retire early next year. Gould made the announcement in a letter addressed to City Council Friday afternoon. "I have thought deeply about this decision and began discussing it with my family and my two closest colleagues early this year," he said in the letter. "I've concluded that after 29 years of... Read more →


Tech to increase in classrooms

SMMUSD HDQRTRS - Is Wi-Fi that can support 60 to 70 devices in a classroom enough? Should it be added on the quads? These are the types of questions that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education grappled with during a technology presentation earlier this month. As it stands, technology in the district classrooms is... Read more →


Crime Watch: Fighting over Sean Penn

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thursday, July 17, at 5:02 p.m., Officers responded to UCLA Santa Monica Hospital Emergency Room to meet with the victim of an aggravated... Read more →


Golden endorsements and controversy coming Sunday

JAMS — Grab a friend or a hundred and head on down to John Adams Middle School for the most high-stakes endorsement convention in the city this Sunday. Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights (SMRR), the city’s largest political party, will host its 2014 convention at 1:15 p.m. in the JAMS cafeteria. SMRR members will make endorsements for... Read more →