Venice Beach hotel owner charged with murder

A Venice Beach hotel owner has been charged with the weekend murder of a local homeless man. Sris Sinnathamby (dob 1/27/61) was arraigned at the Airport Branch of the Los Angeles County Superior Court on September 1. Prosecutors asked that bail be set at $5 million. Sinnathamby, who owns the Cadillac Hotel on Dudley Avenue, is charged with... Read more →



Complaint filed in Riel case

Firing an employee is usually the end of an employment saga, but in Santa Monica, it's just the beginning. The case of Elizabeth Riel, a Santa Monica resident who was fired before her first day of work with the city, continues to occupy the city's political watchers as Santa Monica Coalition for a Livable City (SMCLC) has officially filed... Read more →


Thyme Café hosts fundraiser

On Thursday, September 3, Thyme Café and Market and Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) will throw Buy Local, Give Local pre-event from 4 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at Thyme Café and Market at 1630 Ocean Park Blvd. Enjoy a complimentary wine tasting and fun summer atmosphere while supporting a great, local business and giving back to a great, local... Read more →

Community Profiles


Greywater keeps lawn green

As lawns citywide turn brown or are replaced with drought tolerant alternatives, Andy Lauer's plush green lawn stands out. The front yard has flourished despite being untouched by a hose or a sprinkler for over a decade. The secret behind its healthy appearance? The entire lawn is grown in sand. This may surprise any passersby because the... Read more →


Samohi wind ensemble tapped for special concert

The Santa Monica High wind ensemble seized the opportunity of a lifetime when it was chosen to play at Carnegie Hall this past April as part of an international music festival. And that performance is still resonating. The group was recently chosen to give a concert in February in San Jose during the California All-State Music Education... Read more →


Know Before You Go

Week of August 31, 2015 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... Read more →