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 →


Beach lovers come in many colors

On Saturday, June 14, Heal the Bay commemorates the legacy of Nick Gabaldón, L.A.'s first early surfer of color, with a day full of family-friendly activities at Santa Monica's historic Bay Street beach. Free surf lessons begin at 10 a.m. (registration required), followed by naturalist tours, raffles and a documentary film screening about... Read more →


Samohi grads meet up

The Samohi Alumni Association's 25th Annual All-Class Picnic takes place this Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the quad at Santa Monica High. All Samohi graduates are welcome. Food and drink will be available to purchase from  food trucks that will be on site, or bring a picnic lunch. Find long lost (or not so lost) classmates... Read more →


405 Freeway closures

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced closures on the southbound 405 Freeway between Santa Monica and National boulevards during overnight hours on June 13 and 14. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct two consecutive nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405... Read more →