City Council

$7 million in expenses on Council Consent Calendar

    When City Council meets on Jan. 24, it will have more than $7 million in expenses on its Consent Calendar. The Consent Calendar includes items considered routine or administrative in nature. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public.... Read more →


Pharmacist suspects theft and forgery

On January 9, at about 4:35 p.m. Officers responded to Drugtown Pharmacy at 802 7th Street regarding a possible fraud suspect at the location. Officers met with the pharmacist outside of the store. Officers learned the suspect was attempting to fill a prescription under the name of another and was attempting to pay with an identification... Read more →


Samohi Graduate behind Trump’s Inauguration Speech

  The politics that left many Californians confused and concerned late into the evening on Election Night actually played out in a Samohi classroom more than ten years ago. Just as many Santa Monicans on Nov. 8 were stunned a man like Donald Trump could captivate nearly half the nation and win the presidency, back in 2003, members of... Read more →


Tales from Hi De Ho

Being an independent comic book publisher is tough. It can be even more trying when doing it with your significant other. Going against the old adage of not sharing your work life with the one you love, Barbra and Bryant Dillon are a husband and wife duo who started and run Fanbase Press with a mutual love for comics and a joy of bringing... Read more →


Future looks bleak for some Bergamot Station Galleries

For the past week, gallery and other creative business owners have scrambled to combine bank statements, tax returns and essays to justify their place in the creative community of Bergamot Station. January 17 was the deadline for the tenants on the privately-owned portion of the gallery complex to submit hardship cases to their new... Read more →


Sears to close in April

The Sears store at 302 Colorado Blvd. will close in April of this year. The closure follows the sale of the location to a real estate investment company in 2015 and no definitive plans have been announced for a replacement business. Sears has been announcing waves of store closures in the past few months but the Santa Monica store is not... Read more →


YWCA building sold to SMC

  The YWCA property near Pico and 14th has been sold to Santa Monica College. According to SMC, the Board approved the $5 million purchase on Jan. 17 by a unanimous vote. The Santa Monica YWCA announced its closure in 2016 and the building shuttered at the end of June. Officials cited a persistent funding shortfall as the... Read more →


Changing Of The Guard

The curtain falls on the Obama Era this week. It’s been a tremendous run in our country’s history. Eight years of positive economic growth. We started the era with a crisis that could have taken down the global economy, but with the hard work of President Obama, and many other leaders, we avoided a cataclysmic implosion. 2008 was rough... Read more →

City Council

Election violation solicits $500 fine

The City Attorney’s office has issued a $500 fine to Councilman Terry O’Day over campaign contributions made during the 2016 election. Local watchdog organization, The Transparency Project, filed two complaints against O’Day alleging he accepted money from individuals who received contracts from the Council while O’Day was behind... Read more →



Ishihara Park (Buffer Park) Project As part of the construction of the new Buffer Park at 2909 Exposition Blvd, ‘NO PARKING’ signs will be posted along portions of Exposition Blvd to allow for the construction of sections of new curb and gutter. In addition, the sidewalk on the eastside of Stewart St. at Exposition Blvd. and along... Read more →


Foot chase leads to arrest

On January 3, at about 8:35 p.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service of a suspicious person at the Starbucks-2525 Wilshire Blvd. The reporting party indicated a man inside the store looked like a suspect involved in vandalism to his home the night prior. Officers arrived and the reporting party pointed out the suspect who was... Read more →


More public art will brighten bland buildings

More murals will be brightening up the sides of businesses in Santa Monica after the City Council voted to allocate $22,000 in matching funds to mural projects led by Beautify Earth. The non-profit started as a local effort to beautify Lincoln Boulevard, but has since expanded to a global force. Beautify Earth is responsible for painting... Read more →


Requested to be taken to jail

On January 3, at about 8:55 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call for service of a disturbance at 9th Street and Colorado Blvd. Officers arrived and determined the reporting party was involved in a traffic accident. The reporting party was riding a bicycle and collided with a vehicle. Information was gathered to complete a traffic... Read more →


KTLA Anchor host Sober Sunday

  Santa Monica resident Courtney Friel is hosting her first Stay Sober & Be Sexy campaign, otherwise known as Sexy Sober Sunday next weekend. The event, Sexy Sober Sunday is a celebration of sobriety that aims to remove the stigma of addiction and to offer assistance for anyone who is suffering from substance... Read more →