Car slams into Santa Monica restaurant, sets off blaze

A car rammed into the back of a Santa Monica restaurant’s building Wednesday morning, sparking a fire that injured one person and prompting the closure of Montana Avenue and the shutdown of gas lines as crews worked to put out the flames. Firefighters responded to Cafe de Paris after receiving multiple reports of a fire involving a car... Read more →


SMMUSD wins water conservation grant

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is backing an effort to conserve water at one of its elementary schools as severe drought conditions persist across California. The district has received $621,256 in state grant money to support a new stormwater capture system at Will Rogers Learning Community. At its meeting Wednesday... Read more →


“Clear the Shelters” Adoption Campaign

On August 15, the Santa Monica Animal Shelter will join NBC 4 of Southern California and Telemundo, Channel 52 on a first-of-its-kind pet adoption initiative. Nearly 50 animal shelters throughout Southern California will open their doors from 10 a.m. - 6 p.m. to offer the public reduced cost pet adoptions. The local VCA-Venice Animal... Read more →


Bike-Pedestrian Safety Enforcement

The Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) will step up Bike & Pedestrian Safety Enforcement Operations during the month of August with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The police department routinely identifies locations where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent,... Read more →


Motorcycle Safety Enforcement

In an effort to reduce deaths and injuries, the Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a series of specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operations on Wednesday, August 19, Wednesday, August 26, and Saturday, August 29. All operations will take place between the hours of 6 a.m. and 4 p.m. Extra traffic officers will be on... Read more →


A back-to-school event for the whole family

Step inside a creative, playful and collaborative, multi-generational "sandbox," where you and your family can explore coding, storytelling, games and civic technology. The creative pop-up makerspace features LA Makerspace, Code for America, Beta The Robot, General Assembly and Learn Do Share. Activities include Minecraft and Scratch... Read more →


SMBGC appoints new members to its board of directors

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has named Lisa Alexander, Michael Taitelman and Susan Gabriel Potter to its board of directors. Alexander, a law partner with Jakle & Alexander, brings broad experience in estate planning, trusts, probate and conservatorships. Taitelman, a law partner with Freedman & Taitelman, is a general... Read more →


Know Before You Go

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles and Santa Monica. The testing... Read more →


Suspect booked for stealing SMPD decoy bicycle

On July 30 officers from the Crime Impact Team were conducting a targeted “bike theft” operation to address the incidence of thefts of bicycles in the downtown area. The decoy bicycle, owned by the Santa Monica Police Department which is equipped with a GPS tracking system, was locked and left parked in the area of Alley 3rd and Colorado... Read more →


New wine shop/bar/marketplace from Rustic Canyon company

Restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan continue to grow their restaurant family from within, partnering with Kathryn and Tug Coker and existing Rustic Canyon team members to open Esters, an integrated wine shop, bar, and market experience in downtown Santa Monica. Housed in the historic Telephone Building, a 1937 Art Deco landmark, Esters is... Read more →


Plastic Castle Concert

Santa Monica Public Library invites residents to the grand finale celebration of our Summer Reading program with Plastic Castle in Concert on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. in Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. The band Plastic Castle describes itself as a “shape-shifting psychedelic... Read more →


Chain Reaction sculpture needs limited repair

Chain Reaction is safe and needs relatively minor repairs, according to a report being presented to the Landmarks Commission on Aug. 10. The anti-nuclear weapons statue has been the subject of controversy in recent years and the long awaited results of recent testing will be publicly presented at the meeting alongside a plan for making... Read more →