A back-to-school event for the whole family

Step inside a creative, playful and collaborative, multi-generational "sandbox," where you and your family can explore coding, storytelling, games and civic technology. The creative pop-up makerspace features LA Makerspace, Code for America, Beta The Robot, General Assembly and Learn Do Share. Activities include Minecraft and Scratch... Read more →


SMBGC appoints new members to its board of directors

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica has named Lisa Alexander, Michael Taitelman and Susan Gabriel Potter to its board of directors. Alexander, a law partner with Jakle & Alexander, brings broad experience in estate planning, trusts, probate and conservatorships. Taitelman, a law partner with Freedman & Taitelman, is a general... Read more →


Know Before You Go

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 and Santa Monica. The testing... Read more →


Suspect booked for stealing SMPD decoy bicycle

On July 30 officers from the Crime Impact Team were conducting a targeted “bike theft” operation to address the incidence of thefts of bicycles in the downtown area. The decoy bicycle, owned by the Santa Monica Police Department which is equipped with a GPS tracking system, was locked and left parked in the area of Alley 3rd and Colorado... Read more →


New wine shop/bar/marketplace from Rustic Canyon company

Restaurateurs Josh Loeb and Zoe Nathan continue to grow their restaurant family from within, partnering with Kathryn and Tug Coker and existing Rustic Canyon team members to open Esters, an integrated wine shop, bar, and market experience in downtown Santa Monica. Housed in the historic Telephone Building, a 1937 Art Deco landmark, Esters is... Read more →


Plastic Castle Concert

Santa Monica Public Library invites residents to the grand finale celebration of our Summer Reading program with Plastic Castle in Concert on Saturday, Aug. 15 at 3 p.m. in Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd., Santa Monica. The band Plastic Castle describes itself as a “shape-shifting psychedelic... Read more →


Chain Reaction sculpture needs limited repair

Chain Reaction is safe and needs relatively minor repairs, according to a report being presented to the Landmarks Commission on Aug. 10. The anti-nuclear weapons statue has been the subject of controversy in recent years and the long awaited results of recent testing will be publicly presented at the meeting alongside a plan for making... Read more →


For some SMMUSD students, summer reading includes Bible

  Thou shalt spend your summer ... reading the Bible? It’s not necessarily the directive you’d expect to come from a public school district, but it’s in place for some local high school students to help them prepare for English classes whose source materials include references to religious texts. The Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →


Vehicle theft suspect detained at Camp Pendleton

On July 28 at approximately 10:45 p.m., a suspect engaged a victim in idle conversation after she had parked her vehicle. The suspect then placed a sharp, unknown object in the small of the victim's back and demanded the victim's purse and car keys. The vehicle information was immediately entered into the stolen vehicle national database.... Read more →



Brett Barrow to perform at TRiP in Santa Monica

Americana/Jazz guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Brett Barrow will perform at TRiP on Monday, Aug. 10, at 8 p.m. Cover is $5. The venue is located at 2101 Lincoln Blvd. Club admittance is 21 and over. Brett Barrow is a Los Angeles musician whose soulful jazzy-funk and roll sound blends powerful guitar sounds and a smooth vocal presence.... Read more →



Santa Monica artists featured at Los Angeles Quilt Show

Hundreds of fiber artists and enthusiasts from across Southern California — quilters and knitters, crocheters, dyers and sewers — are putting traditions and rules aside for the Los Angeles Quilt Show & Fiber Arts Festival. Santa Monica will be represented by the Santa Monica Quilt Guild, Santa Monica College instructor Robin Lake... Read more →