SMC and SMMUSD governing boards to hold special joint meeting

The governing boards of the Santa Monica Community College District (SMCCD) and the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District (SMMUSD) will hold a special joint meeting at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 17 in the Board Room at the SMMUSD headquarters, 1651 16th Street, Santa Monica. This meeting, the first of its kind in recent decades,... Read more →


Santa Monica CPK undergoes redesign

California Pizza Kitchen (CPK) has announced an expanded menu, featuring fresh, seasonal ingredients, inventive main plates, hand-crafted cocktails and customizable Lunch Duos, to its Santa Monica location. Along with a new look, the Santa Monica restaurant is among the first in the country to feature CPK's “Next Chapter” menu and dining... Read more →

City Council

Council revises water waster fines

Water wasters will get a break on initial fines this year thanks to an update to Santa Monica's water shortage response plan. At their Sept. 8 meeting, the City Council approved modifications to the plan that codified formulas for setting water allowances, restructured fines for overages, allowed for an exemption to the first fine under some... Read more →



Mixed bag for SMMUSD on new state tests

Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu school district outperformed their peers on California's new academic aptitude tests, but officials stressed that the results are merely a baseline for the future and that more work must be done to close achievement gaps. About 68 percent of SMMUSD students who took the California Assessment of Student... Read more →


Know Before You Go

For the Week of Sept. 14, 2015 EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: The Expo Light Rail Line extension from Culver City to Santa Monica is scheduled for train testing activities in Santa Monica this week and will continue for several months. The trains are now operated on their own power. Testing will be ongoing along the entire alignment in Los Angeles... Read more →


SMC announces fall 2015 Global Connections Lectures

Santa Monica College has announced the lineup of the Fall 2015 Global Connections Lecture Series starting Sept. 22 with “Selling Vacuum Cleaners in Tokyo and Shampoo in Paris: Adventures of a Female Engineering Graduate,” by Sarah Bloomfield. The lecture series is free and seating is on a first-arrival basis. All lectures are at 11:15... Read more →


Santa Monica College presents fall jazz concerts

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present this year's Fall Jazz Concerts, featuring pianist Theo Saunders, saxophonist Tom Luer, and saxman/pianist Don Reckard. The series begins with Theo Saunders and the Jassemblage Band on Friday, Sept. 25. All concerts are held at 7 p.m. in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing... Read more →


Ocean Park Association to discuss beautification

Join organizers at their festive September Ocean Park Association meeting. Topics of interest will include a collaborative conversation with Beautify Earth about painting the utility boxes on Ocean Park Boulevard. Plus, they'll be having a conversation about the upcoming board elections. It's an action-packed evening. The meeting will... Read more →


SMMUSD board approves $1.29-million in expenses

It costs a lot of money to run a school district. The $1.29 million in new purchase orders passed at the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education's meeting last week, as listed in the consent calendar, offers a glimpse into district priorities and projects. And with the 2015-16 school year under way, the Daily Press takes a look at some... Read more →


Luxury apartment community more than 50-percent leased

Alliance Residential has announced the grand opening of Sway Santa Monica, a boutique community of 122 designer apartment residences. Located at 525 Broadway, officials described the building as “at the vortex of coveted cultured living, just seconds from the ocean, and within easy reach of popular Westside attractions, education and... Read more →


17th Annual Communitas Awards and Dinner

The Church in Ocean Park will honor three exceptional community leaders during the 17th Annual Communitas awards event on Saturday, Sept. 12.  Communitas honors members of the church and the larger community who have greatly contributed to fostering peace and justice and who embody and elevate the spirit of community. This year three... Read more →



Westside Pet Clinic missing beloved mascot

If you have ever been to the Westside Pet Clinic on Wilshire Boulevard in Santa Monica, a four-legged, tail-wagging door greeter named Lucy most likely welcomed you. Lucy is the Clinic's Medical Director, Dr. Antje Hinz's, working grey pit-bull terrier whose job is to meet and greet all visitors, and to help calm anxious pets and their... Read more →


Zen opening

Zen, a new store located at 2901 Santa Monica Blvd. (corner of Santa Monica and Yale Blvd.), will host a Grand Opening Celebration on Sept. 12 from 5 - 9 p.m. The store features one-of-a-kind items for the home, office and garden. Their collection is made from reclaimed wood, re-purposed antiquities and recycled materials. Owners said their... Read more →