Free CPR training on June 5

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica firefighters are hoping residents can spare five minutes to save a life. The department is participating in a regional effort to train citizens in hands-only CPR. The free, public, drop-in training will be held from 12 - 4 p.m. on June 5 at Santa Monica Place, in the central plaza. Interested residents can stop-by... Read more →



Activists rally around redwood mural

OLYMPIC HIGH - Local activist Jerry Rubin fought for the trees (the ficus along Second and Fourth streets) and then for public art (“Chain Reaction”). Now he's tackling both. Rubin wants to preserve the “Muir Woods” mural on the outside of the Olympic High School. It was painted in 1978 by then-local Jane Golden, who has since... Read more →


Small quakes remind residents to be prepared

A small earthquake, measuring 4.2 on the Richter scale, hit the Westside on June 1 and public safety officials are using the trembler to remind residents of the importance of earthquake safety. According to a study by the County of Los Angeles Public Health Department, only 6 percent of residents said they were completely prepared for an... Read more →


Poll shows narrow support for affordable housing tax

CITYWIDE - A small majority of recently polled Santa Monica voters favor City Hall's tentative plan to fund affordable housing through a tax on the sale of real estate. Since the dissolution of the redevelopment agency in 2012, construction and purchase of new apartments for low-income residents has slowed to a near halt. Before the... Read more →


Primary election today

CITYWIDE - There will be a lot of races to watch tonight thanks, in part, to two men who aren't running. The three seats in the three fiercest races that Santa Monicans will vote on in tonight's primary election are up for grabs thanks to the retirement of Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) and the term limits imposed on L.A. County... Read more →


More than $7M raised in Congress race

WESTSIDE — Campaign receipts in the race to replace retiring Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Santa Monica) now total more than $7 million. The primary election for the 33rd Congressional District will be held Tuesday. Marianne Williamson, a best-selling author who’s been in the race since before Waxman announced his retirement, leads with... Read more →


Disruptions expected at LAX during construction

LAX — Los Angeles World Airports (LAWA), the corporation that runs LAX, is reaching out to travelers during the airport’s ongoing construction efforts. The new campaign, “LAX is Happening,” includes several elements that will hopefully keep travelers informed while providing some tips for those who will encounter... Read more →


Santa Monican, top surfer Ricky Grigg dies at 77

LOS ANGELES — Ricky Grigg, a former top-ranked big-wave surfer and oceanographer whose work confirmed one of Charles Darwin’s theories about the origin of tropical islands, has died. He was 77. His wife, Maria, said Saturday that Grigg died of pneumonia May 21 at his home in Honolulu. The celebrated surfing pioneer was also a marine... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   For the week of June  2, 2014 please note the following activities: 1.Colorado Avenue between Fifth & 1Eighth Streets   - Street closures in the eaStreet and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and... Read more →



Planning Commission balks at condos

CITY HALL - The Planning Commission was not impressed with plans for a 21-unit condominium project proposed for the Pico Neighborhood Wednesday night. Residents spoke largely in opposition to the project, bashing, among other things, its design, its size, and the impact it would have on the current residents. Commissioners voted... Read more →