City Council

Late NFL kicker remembered (adjournments)

Editor’s note: This is a semi-regular feature that announces the deaths of people who lived in or impacted Santa Monica. Oftentimes the names and information are gathered from the ends of City Council meetings, when council adjourns in the memory of those who’ve passed. Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez this week honored Danny Villanueva,... Read more →


Night of music to benefit OPCC

Acclaimed Pop opera recording artist Nick Palance will be headlining the “Coming Home with Nick Palance and Friends” charity benefit to support OPCC. He will be joined by the sensational sopranos from Italy, Le Div4s. The event will be held on Sunday, June 28, at 6 p.m. at the Casa Del Mar Hotel (1910 Ocean Way). Guests will enjoy a... Read more →


Santa Monica pet store to open Venice shop

Santa Monica-based Kriser's Natural Pet, a multi-unit retailer specializing in natural pet food, supplies and grooming, will host a grand opening at its seventh Southern California location on June 27-28, in Venice, at 303 Lincoln Blvd. (at the corner of Rose just south of Whole Foods). “Kriser's is overjoyed to bring our mission of... Read more →


Los Angeles Chamber Singers to perform in Santa Monica

Grammy Award-winning Los Angeles Chamber Singers, led by music director Peter Rutenberg, presents its early music ensemble CAPPELLA in the organization's final season concerts. The program, entitled "LIQUID ARCHITECTURE: Music from the Golden Age of Polyphony," offers a retrospective highlighting some of the most important works and... Read more →

City Council


PYFC stripped of city funding

After years of strife and a night of protest, City Council voted 4 to 2 not to fund the Pico Youth and Family Center in its biennial budget. Dozens of members of the public came out to speak in support of the youth-based nonprofit run by Board of Education member Oscar de la Torre, but members of council expressed concern that it had... Read more →


Turning a page on childhood literacy

They only last for a couple days, but they could have a lifelong impact. Temporary book fairs sprang up this week at Will Rogers and Franklin elementary schools, where hundreds of students in summer learning programs were invited to pick out new books to read. Organizers hope the books — which are offered for free thanks to donations... Read more →


Santa Monica wins climate protection award

The U.S. Conference of Mayors honored Santa Monica with a U.S. Mayors' Climate Protection Award for its Solar Santa Monica initiative. Solar Santa Monica has helped Santa Monica residents and businesses convert their homes and commercial buildings to solar power for nearly a decade. Adopting green energy sources like solar power is a key... Read more →


Santa Monica tourism bureau changes name

After 33 years of doing business as the Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB), the private, non-profit organization responsible for the promotion of Santa Monica as a conference, business and leisure travel destination has changed its name to Santa Monica Travel & Tourism (SMTT). "The general consensus was that our... Read more →



Santa Monica library heads to the beach

Grab your towel and sunscreen, they’ll bring the books: Santa Monica Public Library is heading to the beach. Summer and reading belong together like surf and sun, so they are setting up shop on the shore and signing out books to literature hungry beachgoers at a series of five 'pop up' libraries between June 26 and August 28. Santa... Read more →


Edison replacing aging equipment in Santa Monica

On average, Santa Monicans sat in the dark for 80 minutes in 2014, according to reporting from Southern California Edison. Edison is doing some work in the city rebuilding circuits and making underground vault replacements. Santa Monica's reliability rankings have improved since last year, but they are down from 2011, when they were... Read more →


SMMUSD budget up for public input

Now it’s your turn to discuss the budget. The Santa Monica-Malibu school board has reviewed several editions of the district’s projected 2015-16 budget over the last few months, and it will welcome public testimony on the matter during its meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday at district headquarters. Members of the community can weigh in... Read more →


Santa Monica authors release new book

Santa Monica authors Marcy Winograd and Jackie Hirtz are back with a sequel to their tween novel “Lola Zola and the Lemonade Crush.” The new novel is titled “New Girl on Salt Flat Road” and debuted May 21 from Brown Girls Publishing. The story centers on 11-year-old Lola Zola, a 6th grader struggling with her transition to... Read more →