Then & Now

Business building housing Dr. W.J. Spellman, Dentist, and John Spellman, Builder. (Location: 1021 Montana Ave., between 10th and 11th Streets.) Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and... Read more →

City Council

Few surprises at first candidate forum

The first candidate forum of the season yielded predictable results this week with incumbents describing a city that is meeting challenges in a way that has improved life for residents while challengers described a Santa Monica threatened by poor leadership. The Santa Monica Jaycees, a community service organization featuring young... Read more →


Student achievement lands in SMMUSD spotlight

After months of spending the bulk of many meetings on non-classroom issues, the local Board of Education tonight appears prepared to focus on student achievement. The governing body is expected to study an action plan for closing achievement gaps in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district, which for years has failed to produce sustainable... Read more →


Santa Monica police catch drunk driver

On Sept. 4 at about 10:59 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to radio call for service regarding a non-injury traffic collision that occurred on 11th Street and Pier Avenue. The suspect struck a curb, light pole, drove over a lawn and foliage on a property in the 1000 block of Pier Avenue.  The suspect fled the... Read more →


Organizational Grant Program

10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m.: Organizational Grant Program application workshop. RSVP: The Los Angeles County Arts Commission contracts approximately 200 arts organizations annually through its Organizational Grants Program (OGP) to provide arts services. Made possible... Read more →


OGP Grant Workshop with LA County Arts Commission

The Camera Obscura Art Lab is partnering with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission to provide another artist resource event in Santa Monica. These grant application workshops are administered through the LA County Arts Commission, so contact them at their information below with any questions and RSVP using their registration links, also... Read more →


Why Muslim and Jewish teens united in Santa Monica

  The teenagers regularly visited Third Street Promenade, whether to shop, eat or catch a movie. But in a Santa Monica district known for attracting people from all over the world, their outings were too often punctured by messages of hatred and bigotry. They heard people spewing Islamophobic barbs and other divisive remarks, and... Read more →


Man arrested for burglary on Princeton Street

On September 14, at about 7:10 a.m. officers responded to a radio call for service at the 1500 block of Princeton Street regarding a subject creating a disturbance – drinking in public, throwing trash on the property and trying to open car doors. Officers observed the subject and detained him for an investigation. The suspect appeared to... Read more →


Unpacking the complexities of homeless crime

As debates rage on about how to fight homelessness in Santa Monica and throughout the region, first responders continue coming in contact with homeless people at alarming rates. Some 40 percent of calls to the local police department and about 15 percent of fire department calls involve homeless people, officials have said. OPCC... Read more →


Idina Menzel CD Signing

Barnes & Noble Santa Monica has announced that it will host Frozen, Glee, Wicked, and Rent star Idina Menzel in celebration of her new album, Idina. The album features hit singles “I See You,” “A Broader Way,” “Small World,” and more, and the veteran performer considers it her most personal collection yet. The CD will go on... Read more →


Joseph Cevetello named New Chief Information Officer

City Manager Rick Cole has selected Joseph Cevetello to join his executive team as Chief Information Officer. Cevetello was selected from over 260 applicants in a national search, and comes to the City of Santa Monica with over 20 years of experience in research, creation, and implementation of technology, outreach, and learning. “We... Read more →