Moving on up

Andrew Thomas, who served as director of operations for Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. for 10 years, announced his resignation Wednesday. After his last day on the job next Friday, he will jump into his new gig as executive director of the Westwood Village Improvement Association on Aug. 1. As director of operations for Downtown Santa Monica... Read more →


3,500 marijuana plants found in Santa Monica Mountains

MALIBU — Rangers who found more than 3,500 marijuana plants in Southern California national park land needed two weeks to haul away the plants and a ton of trash. The National Parks Service said Tuesday that it’s completed the cleanup in the heart of the Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area. Authorities found the... Read more →


Hahn sworn in as member of Congress

WASHINGTON — Democratic Rep. Janice Hahn was sworn in by Speaker John Boehner on Tuesday, exactly one week after she was elected by voters to fill the House seat vacated by Jane Harman. Hahn said in an interview hours before her inauguration that jobs and the economy in the 36th Congressional District will be her top priorities.... Read more →


One woman, many voices

DOWNTOWN — In his legendary play “Hamlet,” William Shakespeare offered up some advice on acting: “Speak the speech, I pray you, as I pronounced it to you, trippingly on the tongue.” In actress and playwright Anna Deavere Smith’s one-person show, “Let Me Down Easy,” she single-handedly plays a... Read more →


‘Carmageddon’ a mixed bag for businesses

CITYWIDE — Despite dire predictions of hellfire, brimstone and bumper-to-bumper traffic, the much-feared (and much-hyped) “Carmageddon” that was expected to ravage all of Los Angeles last weekend was somewhat similar to the Rapture two months before — if it happened, most people didn’t notice.... Read more →


Learning how to share the road on two wheels

CITYWIDE — If you think the roads in Los Angeles are congested, you haven’t seen sidewalks, beach paths and other alternative transportation byways in Santa Monica during summer. The city has a medium-sized population hovering around 90,000, a number which jumps to 200,000 in the daytime with an influx of tourists and... Read more →


Save a cookout spot at a local park

With more than enough time for a mid-summer get-together or end of the season bash, the Santa Monica Community Recreation Division is now accepting reservations for the barbecue areas at Airport, Clover and Marine parks for gatherings of less than 150 people. The grills and picnic tables will be held for your use for a four-hour block from 11... Read more →


Guide to this week’s Twilight Dance Series

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 3: Australia Rocks the... Read more →


Lieu calls for SMO pollution investigation

SMO — State Sen. Ted Lieu, D-Torrance, is calling on the state Department of Toxic Substances Control to investigate air pollution and blood-lead levels among residents living near Santa Monica Airport. Lieu, chair of the Senate Select Committee on Air Quality whose 28th Senate District includes communities just east of SMO, sent... Read more →


Elderly women involved in fatal traffic accident

PICO BLVD — An 80-year-old woman was struck and killed by a car driven by a fellow senior citizen Sunday morning as she illegally walked across Pico Boulevard near 26th Street, Santa Monica police said Monday. The name of the victim was not released pending notification of next of kin. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the victim was... Read more →


Schools to teach accomplishments of gays, lesbians

SACRAMENTO — A change is coming to the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District, one meant to broaden the scope of history to include a traditionally marginalized group — the homosexual and transgendered community. Last week, Gov. Jerry Brown signed Senate Bill 48, a piece of legislation carried by Mark Leno (D-San... Read more →


Public forum to introduce city bike share

DOWNTOWN — Bike sharing, the practice of communities loaning out bikes to people to take short, local trips, is used throughout Europe and other cities in the United States. Santa Monica has used a similar program for city employees since June 2010, but there are plans to create a public system for residents. On Wednesday, July... Read more →


Venice woman still missing after a year

DOWNTOWN — Police in Los Angeles are pleading with the public to help them find a woman from Venice who has been missing for over a year. Nancy Barrett, 53, was last seen on July 14, 2010 around 4:45 p.m. in the area of her home in the 2600 block of Grand Canal Court in Venice. Barrett, described as a white female with brown hair... Read more →


Housing Authority is cleaning house

CITY HALL — Applicants for subsidized housing programs in Santa Monica need to look alive, or risk losing a spot on a list they’ve been waiting on for half a decade. The Santa Monica Housing Authority is beginning an update of its waiting list, which contains the names of approximately 3,600 people who are hoping to get housing... Read more →