Gas explosion forces family out of home

A gas leak marred a Santa Monica family’s first night in their newly-purchased home, as a gas explosion and small fire drove them from their beds. The explosion occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 at a house on the 1700 block of 10th St., according to a statement released Monday by the Santa Monica Red Cross. The... Read more →

City Council

Commissioners lead charge to open swim facilities

CITY HALL — There is no reason that a child in Santa Monica should grow up without learning to swim. That’s the position that Recreation & Parks commissioners have taken, anyway. The commission requested staff place an action item on the August agenda to ask the City Council to open up local pools for use to take burden off... Read more →


CEPS asks residents to fight for district

The Community for Excellent Public Schools, a nonprofit political action committee based in Santa Monica, is celebrating a decade of supporting the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District with an informative survey. The committee asks residents to “weigh in with their thoughts and concerns about public education,” according... Read more →


‘Green Revolution’ not working out

Dear EarthTalk I’ve been hearing more and more references to the need to clean up our agricultural practices for reasons pertaining to health, food quality, even global warming. What are the major environmental issues today associated with agriculture? Tony Grayson Newark, NJ What amazes many environmental advocates to this day is... Read more →


Pair of Brownley bills become law

SACRAMENTO — Reading through Assemblywoman Julia Brownley’s (D-Santa Monica) legislative to-do list is an undertaking. The 22 bills and resolutions that comprise just her 2011 load focus heavily on education reform, an area Brownley was very familiar with in her time on the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of... Read more →


Celebrating 30 years of the Santa Monica Farmer’s Market

DOWNTOWN — Organized and managed by the city of Santa Monica, the four Farmer’s Markets provide fresh agricultural products direct from small farms to urban customers, promoting healthy eating and sustainable agriculture. Since their founding, they have provided a livelihood for three generations of farmers, giving them an... Read more →


Malibu cut out of state Senate district

SACRAMENTO — The Citizens Redistricting Commission released final versions of state and federal congressional districts Friday, laying waste to the careful planning done by the legislature 10 years ago that resulted in only one congressional district flipping parties in the last decade. The new maps redefine the 177 state Senate,... Read more →


Santa Monica pediatrician leaves a mark in Cameroon

DOWNTOWN — When Santa Monica pediatrician Dr. Edward Malphus disembarked in the Cameroonian airport of Douala, he didn’t — and couldn’t — know exactly what to expect. He had been traveling without pause for over 20 hours, with flights from California to Paris, and then on to the West African country where he... Read more →


National campaign aims to secure housing for 100K homeless

DOWNTOWN — The city of Santa Monica has housed 113 homeless people in the past year, making Los Angeles County one of the leading homeless housing providers in the U.S., according to a national report released Thursday. The report was authored by 100,000 Homes for the Homeless Campaign, a movement to permanently house 100,000... Read more →

City Council

City Council wants people to be civil

CITY HALL — When children first learn the power of cutting words, parents often respond with an age-old maxim: If you don’t have anything nice to say, don’t say anything at all. Then, it’s called a life lesson. When children grow up, apparently, it’s called a civility agreement. The City Council voted Tuesday to... Read more →


Cops arrest alleged gang member for graffiti

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Thursday, July 21, at 12:56 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2200 block of Virginia Avenue regarding a report of men spray painting the... Read more →


BofA grants Boys & Girls Club $150,000

The Bank of America Charitable Foundation will donate $3,500 to the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica as part of a larger $150,000 donation to the Boys & Girls Clubs of America — Los Angeles County Alliance. The donation will fund the greater mission of the clubs: “ensuring club members graduate from high school, live a... Read more →


Lucky Lotto winner missing in action

Someone purchased a winning lottery ticket worth $207,820 in Santa Monica, but the lucky ticket holder has yet to come forth and claim their prize, officials with the lottery said Wednesday. Lottery winners have 180 days from the date of draw to redeem their ticket. Because the ticket purchased at Lucky Liquor on Lincoln Boulevard was not a... Read more →


Twilight Dance Series guide for Week 4

This Twilight Dance Series guide has been created as a partnership between the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Daily Press. It is intended to help concert-goers navigate the popular summer concert series. <a href="">Week 4: Reggae/ska </a> Previous... Read more →