Santa Monica Place architect dies

Architect Jon Adams Jerde, FAIA, who originated “placemaking” in cities around the globe, reinventing the shopping center as an experiential and entertainment destination, died Feb. 9 at his home in the Brentwood after a longstanding illness. Founder and chairman of The Jerde Partnership based in Venice, he led a multi-disciplinary team... Read more →


66th annual Stairway of the Stars set

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will present the 66th annual Stairway of the Stars event at Barnum Hall at Santa Monica High School. The popular event, spotlighting the combined talents of the district's music students, teachers and music curriculum, will take place over three days in February and feature 26 district bands,... Read more →


100 years ago, storms boosted Santa Monica tourism

Storms can be good for Santa Monica. Today, city officials cheer for rain to replenish the drought-dented water supply. One hundred years ago this month, storms brought in tourists. “Storm scenes better magnet than summer,” reads one Los Angeles Times headline from February of 1915. “Visions of monster breakers and a beach lined... Read more →


At New Roads, creativity floats their boats

Aidan Burke knelt beside a temporary pool on the playground at New Roads School and prepared for the moment of truth. After delicately setting on the water a small boat that he had spent several days designing and building, the fourth-grader paused briefly. Then, with the “Chariots of Fire” theme song playing over loudspeakers, he... Read more →


Black Lives Matter at racial justice workshop

The Committee for Racial Justice monthly workshop starts at 6 p.m. on Feb. 8 with a potluck supper. The program starts at 6:30 p.m. Have you been wondering what is going on with the national and local Black Lives Matter movement and how you can help? Come hear an update from Dr. Melina Abdullah from LA Black Lives Matter. Other leaders... Read more →


Route changes, service upgrades at Big Blue Bus

February schedule adjustments are standard at Big Blue Bus and Feb. 8 will bring the usual minor tweaks to schedules and routes; Route 3M will be extended farther south, to Pico and 4th Street, to provide better service near Santa Monica High School, Route 5 will include more downtown Santa Monica service to make better connections with other... Read more →


Santa Monica hosting forum on heart disease, stroke

A free educational forum on heart disease and stroke will be presented Feb. 10-11 and feature experts from Providence Saint John's Health Center. “Your Heart and Vascular Health -- Perspectives on Prevention and Treatment of Heart Disease and Stroke” will be presented Tuesday and Wednesday at the Santa Monica Public Library Auditorium.... Read more →

City Council


City Hall recommends Santa Monica bikeshare name

City officials are recommending “Breeze” for the name of the city's new bikeshare system. City Hall solicited opinions on five potential names for the system and 77 percent of respondents said they liked or loved the name “Breeze.” Only 23 percent of the 460 who took the survey responded negatively to the name. City Council will... Read more →


Santa Monica man cuts into Burger King wall (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 357 calls for service on Feb. 4. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Burglary, 1000 block 7th, 12:24 a.m. Disturbance, 1500 block Euclid, 2:56 a.m. Disturbance, 2100 block Delaware, 5:17 a.m. Hit and run, 2100 block Hill, 6:34 a.m. Trespassing,... Read more →