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 →


Summer programs engage students in acting, reading

EDGEMAR — At the far end of town where the Grickle-grass grows and the wind smells slow-and-sour when it blows and no birds ever sing except old crows … was a cadre of volunteers teaching students through prose. Ninety future John Adams and Lincoln middle school students performed a stirring rendition of Dr. Suess’ book... Read more →


Business is blooming for mobile vendor

DOWNTOWN — Sometimes, the occasion calls for flowers and fast, but preferably not the ones proffered by peddlers at the base of freeway exits. For those moments, the Westside has The Flower Truck, a new spin on what has become a standard of mobile convenience, the vending truck. Jenifer Kaplan, proprietress and principal truck driver,... Read more →


Santa Monica named 12th most walkable city in U.S.

CITYWIDE — When you’re a pedestrian in Santa Monica, you’re in the 12th most walkable city in the country, and the fourth most walkable in the state. At least, according to Walk Score you are. Walk Score is a Seattle-based group that gives cities, neighborhoods and addresses grades based on how easy it is to get around... Read more →


Shopping benefits schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation has partnered with Santa Monica Place to raise money to “support educational excellence for every child in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District,” according to a statement released Monday. A dollar will be donated to the Ed Foundation per Santa Monica Place Gift Card or GIVE... Read more →

City Council

Spending green on green streets

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Applicants line around the block for market jobs

DOWNTOWN — Over 100 people in suits and ties lined up in front of Vons on Monday, spilling over onto the Broadway sidewalk in hopes of snagging a job at the grocery chain. With Los Angeles County’s unemployment rate at a staggering 12.4 percent, 3 percent higher than that of the nation as a whole, 600,000 able-bodied workers are... Read more →


Community classes offered

Whether you’re into Zumba or beach volleyball, the city’s Community Recreation Programs offer something for nearly any taste. Class descriptions, schedules and registration forms are available in the city newsletter Seascape, which is mailed to residents and available at many public facilities, or online at... Read more →


State cuts cost SMMUSD its toddler program

SMMUSD HDQTRS — For months, as the governor and state legislators wrangled over budget deals, Californians were told that cuts would be borne by every age group and demographic to balance the state budget. Once again, Santa Monica is feeling the sting of the state’s fiscal knife. At a presentation before the Board of... Read more →


City Hall plans new beach playground

A new universally accessible playground at Santa Monica State Beach is in the early planning stages, City Hall announced last week. The park, planned for the 2900 block of Bernard Way, will be accessible by all children, regardless of their abilities, city officials said. The community design process will kick off with a Design Open House... Read more →


Raw food hot, but still uncooked

DOWNTOWN — Soups served piping warm, kelp pasta covered in faux-cheese sauce made out of pulverized nuts. Are we in a world gone mad? No, just Santa Monica, at Planet Raw, a restaurant on Broadway that caters exclusively to raw food connoisseurs, who wouldn’t dare digest anything cooked over 118-degrees. Chef Juliano... Read more →


Recycling a messy business

Dear EarthTalk Why can’t plastics of all types, instead of being initially sorted, simply be melted together to be separated later? It must be a monumental and error-prone task to separate truckloads of plastics. L. Schand, via e-mail The reason plastics aren’t typically melted together and then separated later is a matter of... Read more →


Jazz on the Lawn returns

Get out your blankets and picnic baskets, Jazz on the Lawn returns for the sixth year. The free concert series, held on the lawn of Santa Monica’s City Hall, begins on Aug. 7 and will run through Aug. 28. All shows begin at 5 p.m. Performing on Aug. 7 is the high-energy jazz sextet Theo Saunders and Intergeneration. Specializing in... Read more →