Workshop to explore future of Civic Auditorium

After months of discussion about the future of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, appointed community members and other interested citizens will soon grapple with the issue in a simulated yet much more concrete way. The Civic Working Group and city officials have organized a community workshop Jan. 31 and Feb. 1 during which participants... Read more →

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City Hall reflects on civic engagement in 2014

One year ago today, City Council spent a couple hours discussing strategies for engaging a more diverse group of Santa Monicans, particularly the youth. Last week, city officials released a report on the strategies they executed in 2014 and the ones they'd like to execute this year. If you've been to a council meeting recently, you'll see a... Read more →



Who will fill the vacant SMMUSD board seat?

The Board of Education will consider selecting a seventh member to fill the seat left vacant by State Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) at its meeting this Thursday. Ten of the 11 candidates who submitted applications were deemed eligible by the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District -- former Santa Monica High School baseball coach... Read more →



SMMUSD shares results of parent engagement survey

A District-wide survey of parents in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District elicited a strong response from participants and garnered across-the-board high marks for the District's performance on a wide range of parent engagement topics. Respondent ratings regarding the quality of education at SMMUSD and its efforts to support,... Read more →


Daily crime watch: City vehicle stolen (police logs)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 280 calls for service on Jan 11. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff: Battery on the 2500 block of Pico Blvd. at 12:03 a.m. Battery on the 1700 block of Ocean Ave. at 12:10 a.m. Party complaint on the 1500 block of Stanford St. at 1:34 a.m. Fight... Read more →


G2 Gallery, Venice Arts team up to present 224 Miles

On Jan. 13, The G2 Gallery and Venice Arts will present 224 Miles, a community-driven exhibit featuring work created by Venice Arts Students Leocadio Martinez, Zinnia Moreno, Chelsea Ramirez and Mark Tomilin during their educational trip to the Grand Canyon. The artwork on display in 224 Miles is the result of Venice Arts' Young Explorers... Read more →


Human Relations Council accepting award nominations

The Human Relations Council of the Santa Monica Bay Area (HRC Santa Monica) has announced the launch of the Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards nominations process. The goal of HRC Santa Monica's Mark J. Benjamin Community Impact Awards Program is to recognize individuals whose involvement with community organizations contributes to and... Read more →


Locals elected to Democratic Party Central Committee

Five Santa Monica residents, including Mayor Kevin McKeown, were elected Sunday as delegates to the California Democratic Party Central Committee, which oversees the statewide party platform and Democratic endorsements. McKeown, tied for top vote-getter in the balloting at the Beverly Hills Library, has been a delegate for almost a decade,... Read more →



Council preview: Water rates and labor

CITY HALL — Water, workers and parks will be the big three topics at Tuesday’s City Council meeting. Aside from stricter regulations on outdoor fitness trainers — an issue the Daily Press wrote about last week — council will consider implementing penalties for water-wasters and review City Hall’s policy for employing contract... Read more →

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Name the Santa Monica bikeshare

CITY HALL — Want to name Santa Monica’s new bikeshare system? Just interested in submitting snarky or politically biting names? Either way, City Hall is accepting suggestions for the name of the system slated to open later this year. City officials are putting forward names like MiGo, WeGo, Breeze, Westside Ride, and bLink (pronounced... Read more →


‘Fireside at the Miles’ tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for the annual “Fireside at the Miles” performances at the historic Miles Memorial Playhouse (1130 Lincoln Blvd.) Few residents know that the historic Playhouse, designed by renowned local architect John Byers and completed in 1929, contains a large period fireplace in the main auditorium. In the 1930s and '40s the... Read more →


Organic cafe Beaming arrives in Santa Monica

Beaming, an organic superfood café, has opened a location in Santa Monica. With a menu of culinary driven cold-pressed juices, superfood smoothies, plant-based foods, convenient grab-and-go items and a friendly, knowledgeable staff, Beaming, is a community-focused brand that has already had success in the Del Mar area. In addition to the... Read more →