Pavley champions causes for the vulnerable

SACRAMENTO — Next Friday, the current legislative session comes to a close, and lawmakers are busy getting a flurry of bills passed and on their way to Gov. Jerry Brown’s desk where they will either be approved or perish. State Sen. Fran Pavley (D-Santa Monica) is right in the thick of it. This year alone, Pavley landed eight... Read more →


Arts center climbs over the hill

MONTANA AVE — Turning 40 can be depressing for some people, but not for the Brentwood Arts Center. It’s ready to party. The family-friendly home of creativity celebrates its fourth decade this year, and plans to do so in style with a three-day fiesta including a display of its students’ work, hands-on art projects and live... Read more →


Battle over bulbs

Dear EarthTalk: What was the BULB Act pertaining to light bulb energy efficiency that just failed to pass in the House of Representatives? — Betsy Edgerton, Columbus, Ohio The Better Use of Light Bulbs (BULB) Act (H.R. 2417) was a failed attempt in July 2011 by some Republicans in the House to repeal a 2007 law mandating... Read more →


Will Rogers parents get a lesson on failing

SUNSET PARK — Parents gathered at Will Rogers Thursday night to hear Principal Steven Richardson dispel their fears about news that their chosen elementary school had failed to meet requirements set forth by the federal government for school funding. The answer was plain. The benchmarks required to get those federal dollars are set to... Read more →


O’Neill and Heal the Bay sell shirts for charity

DOWNTOWN O’Neill surf shop has partnered up with Heal the Bay to offer an exclusive T-shirt with proceeds going to the environmental watchdog based in Santa Monica. The shirt features a surfer with the iconic O’Neill and Heal the Bay logos. Shirts are available in black and white. Shirts are $19.50, and half the proceeds will... Read more →


Biz leaders worried about possible AFM departure

OCEAN AVE — Business leaders here are concerned about rumors that the American Film Market, which brings hundreds of movie industry insiders and their cash to the city each fall, is exploring a move from Loews Santa Monica Beach Hotel to L.A. Live. The Hollywood Reporter, citing unnamed sources, reported this week that AFM, one of the... Read more →


Father drops dime on son

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. Saturday, Aug. 27, at 10 a.m., Santa Monica police officers at the Public Safety Facility were approached by a man who said he found his adult son’s... Read more →

City Council

David Martin takes reins as Planning Director

CITY HALL — David Martin is “acting” planning director no more. City Manager Rod Gould announced Thursday that Martin would be taking over as the official Planning Director after proving his ability to lead the department over the preceding 10 weeks since his predecessor, Eileen Fogarty, retired. “The decision came out... Read more →


Plan to revamp Downtown parking underway

DOWNTOWN — The Exposition Light Rail line. California Incline. Palisades Garden Walk. Civic Auditorium renovations. Santa Monica High School’s new field. A state-of-the-art movie theater on Fourth Street. The demolition of Parking Structure 6. The amount of construction and displacement that will happen in the Downtown area over... Read more →


Former local DMV employee arrested over fake licenses

DOWNTOWN ‚Äî A former Department of Motor Vehicles employee who worked in the Santa Monica field office for six years was arrested Wednesday along with another employee on multiple counts of criminal misconduct for allegedly processing and selling unauthorized driver‚Äôs licenses. Three others were also arrested for producing fake... Read more →


4.2-magnitude quake rumbles across L.A.

LOS ANGELES— A magnitude-4.2 earthquake and aftershocks rattled nerves across the Los Angeles region Thursday, but there were no immediate reports of damage. The quake hit around 1:47 p.m. and was centered 24 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. It was followed by more than a half-dozen aftershocks up to magnitude-3. The jolt was... Read more →


Plastic bag ban takes effect in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — It’s official. The long-awaited — or dreaded — plastic bag ban passed by the City Council in January takes effect today, whether you’re ready or not. According to city officials, 26 million plastic bags get used each year in Santa Monica alone, contributing not only to the city’s carbon... Read more →


Twilight Dance Series guide for Week 9

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="http://www.smdp.com/pdf/090111_tds.pdf">Week 9: New... Read more →