City’s past finally has a home

MAIN LIBRARY — For the past 35 years, Louise Gabriel, with the unconditional support of her late husband, former City Councilman Bob Gabriel, has made it her mission to preserve and display Santa Monica’s rich history for future generations. On Sunday, that mission will finally be realized. Gabriel, a soft-spoken but passionate... Read more →


Pumpkin throwing leads to shooting

BORDERLINE NEIGHBORHOOD — Santa Monica police are looking for a suspect who allegedly shot and injured a 15-year-old boy Tuesday evening at Seventh and Ozone streets near the border with Venice. The victim, whose name was not released, was with two friends about 6:30 p.m. when a white American sedan pulled over to the curb near the... Read more →


Thousands take part in massive quake drill

LOS ANGELES — Scores of Californians simultaneously dove under desks and tables at late morning Thursday in a massive drill to practice basic earthquake survival skills. At 10:21 a.m., school children and workers rolled under their desks, city sirens wailed in San Francisco and Bay Area Rapid Transit trains came to a stop for one... Read more →


County issues rain advisory

The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health has issued a rain advisory for all county beaches in effect until at least Saturday, at 8 a.m. due to the amount of rainfall over the past few days. This advisory may be extended depending on further rainfall. Dr. Jonathan E. Fielding, director of public health for the county, is cautioning... Read more →

City Council

It came from the skies

CITY HALL — Southern Californians may be notoriously pathetic when it comes to dealing with a little wet weather, but a small (and growing) number of them are raising the bar by doing their part to keep rainwater from flowing into the Santa Monica Bay with their own rain-storage devices. In Santa Monica, City Hall’s Office of... Read more →


Artists in training win big

Students in Santa Monica College adjunct art professor John Zarcone’s beginning oil and intermediate painting classes swept the cash awards for the Pico Festival’s “Paintings of Pico Boulevard Contest,” held Oct. 16. The $300 first place prize went to Yuhao Liao in the beginning class; the $200 second place award went... Read more →


Keeping kids safe at Halloween

Halloween is one of the most exciting times of the year for children, but sometimes the most hectic for parents. Nearly 94 percent of children between the ages of 4 and 12 participate in Halloween activities each year. Tim Kang, actor from the hit CBS show “The Mentalist” has partnered with the National Center for Missing &... Read more →


Locals prepare for ‘the big one’

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — All around Santa Monica, and throughout California, emergency responders are getting ready to rumble in anticipation of the state’s third annual Great Shakeout on Thursday, an earthquake simulation that last year had nearly 7 million registered participants. In Santa Monica, the drill is a the biggest... Read more →


Westside Republicans come out

SM BLVD — Contrary to what one might believe, the term Westside Republican is not an oxymoron. Aiming to encourage conservatives on the Westside of Los Angeles to overcome intimidation and enjoy the party’s election year resurgence, the Santa Monica Republican Women Federated (SMRWF) along with Log Cabin-Los Angeles and... Read more →


‘Merry Wives’ have upper hand at the Broad Stage

BROAD STAGE — For many a 21st century audience member, it may be a surprise to learn that the author of “Hamlet” and “King Lear” was, in his day, not an ivory tower type but something more akin to a pop culture prince. Yet it’s true: Shakespeare, the English language’s foremost tragedian, also... Read more →


CVB noted for bright ideas

Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau (SMCVB) took home two Best Idea Awards from the Western Association of Convention and Visitors Bureaus earlier this month. The bureau was recognized for a social media contest that coincided with the opening of Santa Monica Place and the Mannequin Collective art exhibit. The bureau created... Read more →


City Hall ponders parking crunch

DOWNTOWN — The planned renovation of Parking Structure 6, along with the AMC proposal for a new cinema on Fourth Street that would replace Parking Structure 3, could mean a fresh headache for commuters to Downtown in the form of 681 fewer parking spaces while construction of both projects is underway. Though both projects are a ways... Read more →


SMPD offers bicycle safety tips

The Santa Monica Police Department is encouraging bicyclists and motorists to work together in keeping the roads safe. Below are some basic road rules. Cyclists must: • Ride on the street, not the sidewalk. • Yield to pedestrians. • Wear a helmet. Individuals under 18 must, but everyone else should. • Obey all... Read more →


Young, old learn Spanish in tandem

DOWNTOWN — On a rainy Friday morning, Rachel Volman plays “La Bamba” on the piano at Silvercrest Senior Residence Center for her fellow residents. Every week, she attends a Spanish class in the community room that combines her love of music with her interest in languages. "When you get older, it's good to keep your... Read more →


Road advisories

Alley Renewal Program The alley south of Pico Boulevard between 22nd and 23rd streets will be resurfaced starting on Monday, Nov. 1, 2010. Work will include grinding and asphalt overlay. Please be advised that resurfacing operations will generate noise despite best efforts to keep the disturbance to a minimum. The estimated completion... Read more →