Crime fiction summit coming to Santa Monica

Thriller School California will take place at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica (1 Pico Blvd.) on April 24-25. An intensive, two-day crime fiction summit, Thriller School brings together specialists in crime fighting and crime writing. An event geared towards experienced novelists, aspiring writers, readers, and crime fiction... Read more →

City Council

Council examines live-work units amid zoning review

Zoning Issues: Live-work spaces Working close to home is extremely desirable in a traffic-marred area like Los Angeles County, so it makes sense that many Santa Monicans are clamoring to live where they work. Live-work units are primarily for artists under the current regulations but the new proposed Zoning Ordinance, which will dictate... Read more →


Second annual Pier Party to benefit local schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation isn't going to generate $2 million in one day. But it does hope to collect a substantial sum at its second annual Pier Party, a major fundraiser to support arts programming, personnel and other enrichment activities in local schools. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April... Read more →


Sushi fundraiser to benefit Manzanar memorial project

The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker Committee will host its 4th annual fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant, 213 Windward “on the circle” in Venice on April 23. Proprietor Esther Chaing once again will donate 100 percent of the profits from her famous box lunch bento to the VJAMM Committee, and 10 percent of all sales at... Read more →


Homeless man arrested in attempted Santa Monica bank robbery

A would-be bank robber was arrested in Santa Monica on April 18 after attempting to steal from the Bank of America location at 1430 Wilshire Blvd. Grenville Robinson, 39, entered the bank at about 9:25 a.m. on April 18. According to police, he waited in line before presenting the teller with a note demanding $3,000. Robinson allegedly... Read more →

City Council

Council aims to nip hedge issues in bud

What were you doing at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday? If you're a City Council member, engaged citizen, or local reporter, you were listening to a debate about hedges. Deep into council's seven-hour discussion of the proposed update of the Zoning Ordinance, which will dictate land uses throughout the city for years to come, Mayor Kevin McKeown... Read more →


Drunk-driving suspect arrested in Santa Monica car crash

On April 11 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers received a radio call of a traffic collision at the intersection of Stewart Street and Olympic Boulevard. One of the drivers was reportedly walking around in the middle of the street, acting disoriented. When officers arrived they detained the subject in the middle of the intersection who... Read more →

City Council


Council seeks to regulate Airbnb, VRBO

CITY HALL — City Council will consider regulating short-term rentals, like those offered by companies like Airbnb and VRBO. Near midnight on Wednesday, as council discussed the updated Zoning Ordinance, Mayor Kevin McKeown made a request for city attorneys to draw up an ordinance to deal with what he called “a crisis for... Read more →


Lincoln principal named SMMUSD human resources director

The SMMUSD Board of Education approved the appointment of Dr. Suzanne Webb as the new director of human resources at its April 16, regular meeting. Webb has served as principal of Lincoln Middle School since 2008. As principal, she provided oversight and guided the overall vision and mission of the school by working with stakeholders in... Read more →


Santa Monica gallery to honor artist during BritWeek

Artist Ryan Callanan, aka RYCA, has been selected by a jury of creative industry leaders from the United Kingdom and Los Angeles to receive BritWeek's first Visual Artist of the Year award. An evening reception for RYCA's BritWeek exhibition, "Rough With The Smooth," will be held Saturday, April 25, at the Copro Gallery in Santa Monica... Read more →


Joint dispatch center enhancing public safety

Editor's note: This is the second installment of a two-part series about the Santa Monica police and fire departments' joint dispatch center. City police and fire officials in recent weeks have been settling into their recently established joint dispatch center, which begs the question: What does it mean for public safety? The dispatch... Read more →