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Council preview: Water rates and labor

CITY HALL — Water, workers and parks will be the big three topics at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Aside from stricter regulations on outdoor fitness trainers — an issue the Daily Press wrote about last week — council will consider implementing penalties for water-wasters and review City Hall’s policy for employing contract... Read more →

City Council

Name the Santa Monica bikeshare

CITY HALL — Want to name Santa Monica’s new bikeshare system? Just interested in submitting snarky or politically biting names? Either way, City Hall is accepting suggestions for the name of the system slated to open later this year. City officials are putting forward names like MiGo, WeGo, Breeze, Westside Ride, and bLink (pronounced... Read more →

Briefs

‘Fireside at the Miles’ tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the annual “Fireside at the Miles” performances at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse (1130 Lincoln Blvd.) Few residents know that the historic Playhouse, designed by renowned local architect John Byers and completed in 1929, contains a large period fireplace in the main auditorium. In the 1930s and '40s the... Read more →

Briefs

Organic cafe Beaming arrives in Santa Monica

Beaming, an organic superfood café, has opened a location in Santa Monica. With a menu of culinary driven cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, plant-based foods, convenient grab-and-go items and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, Beaming, is a community-focused brand that has already had success in the Del Mar area. In addition to the... Read more →

Crime

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Daily crime brief

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 342 calls for service on Jan. 8. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Hit and run at 10th and Bay at 12:29 a.m. Disturbance of the peace on the 1300 block of 5th St. at 12:36 a.m. Arson on the 1400 block of 2nd St. at 2:12 a.m. Runaway on... Read more →

Crime

Daily Crime Brief

Featured arrest: On December 28, 2014, at 9:26 p.m. Night watch officers responded to a call of a male masturbating in public in the 1300 block of the Third Street Promenade. The subject, who was wearing a red shirt, black pants, and a sombrero, was detained by officers who observed him walking southbound with his fully erect penis... Read more →

Briefs

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Police stepping up bike, pedestrian safety enforcement

The Santa Monica Police Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past five years where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent,... Read more →

Briefs

Educational website ProCon.org increases readership

ProCon.org has announced that it surpassed 20,000,000 annual readers in 2014, a 22.1% increase over 2013. The free educational website has seen steady growth since launching in July 2004. ProCon.org also announced an increase in the number of times it has been referenced by mainstream media — more than 400 times in 2014, including: The New... Read more →

Briefs

Marion Davies celebration at Annenberg Beach House

On Sunday, Jan. 11, everyone's invited to “Happy Birthday, Marion!” at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Celebrate with the Santa Monica Conservancy as they turn the spotlight on Marion Davies: classic film era actress, philanthropist, famed party hostess and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, at Davies' 1928 Julia... Read more →

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Emeritus College to host art opening on Jan. 15

The Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery is once again open and will host a retrospective exhibition of representational work by contemporary California artist Freddie Manseau. The exhibition will run from Jan. 15 through Feb. 25 at the gallery, located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., in downtown Santa... Read more →

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Crews respond to Wilshire structure fire

On Jan. 5, at 3:55 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a possible structure fire in a residential/commercial structure at 815 Wilshire Blvd. Upon arrival, crews observed light smoke from a second floor window. The apartment was equipped with sprinklers, which suppressed the interior fire. Firefighters managed to make... Read more →

Transportation

CycleHop’s bikeshares open in several cities

CITY HALL — After significant delays, City Hall’s bikeshare vendor of choice has opened systems in at least two cities with another opening scheduled for later this week. Bikeshares allow riders to check-out bikes from one station and drop them off at any other station in the city. In November, City Council agreed to pay CycleHop $5.6... Read more →

City Council

Several file to fill vacant Planning Commission seat

CITY HALL — At least 11 residents are in the mix to fill the Planning Commission seat left vacant when Sue Himmelrich was elected to City Council in November. The Planning Commission, a seven-member body, is currently short a commissioner. Council will decide who fills the seat through a public appointment process. The commission is... Read more →

Briefs

The Devil’s Box String Band playing at Finn McCool’s

Starting Jan. 7, The Devil’s Box will be playing their Americana, folk, bluegrass and gypsy jazz at 9 p.m. every Wednesday night at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 2702 Main St. Each week will feature guest artists such as Kim Michalowski, Joel Henry Stein, Nate LaPointe and Rachael Jane. The best part is there is no cover. Join organizers on... Read more →