Emeritus College to host art opening on Jan. 15

The Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery is once again open and will host a retrospective exhibition of representational work by contemporary California artist Freddie Manseau. The exhibition will run from Jan. 15 through Feb. 25 at the gallery, located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., in downtown Santa... Read more →


Crews respond to Wilshire structure fire

On Jan. 5, at 3:55 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a possible structure fire in a residential/commercial structure at 815 Wilshire Blvd. Upon arrival, crews observed light smoke from a second floor window. The apartment was equipped with sprinklers, which suppressed the interior fire. Firefighters managed to make... Read more →


CycleHop’s bikeshares open in several cities

CITY HALL — After significant delays, City Hall’s bikeshare vendor of choice has opened systems in at least two cities with another opening scheduled for later this week. Bikeshares allow riders to check-out bikes from one station and drop them off at any other station in the city. In November, City Council agreed to pay CycleHop $5.6... Read more →

City Council

Several file to fill vacant Planning Commission seat

CITY HALL — At least 11 residents are in the mix to fill the Planning Commission seat left vacant when Sue Himmelrich was elected to City Council in November. The Planning Commission, a seven-member body, is currently short a commissioner. Council will decide who fills the seat through a public appointment process. The commission is... Read more →


The Devil’s Box String Band playing at Finn McCool’s

Starting Jan. 7, The Devil’s Box will be playing their Americana, folk, bluegrass and gypsy jazz at 9 p.m. every Wednesday night at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 2702 Main St. Each week will feature guest artists such as Kim Michalowski, Joel Henry Stein, Nate LaPointe and Rachael Jane. The best part is there is no cover. Join organizers on... Read more →


Martin Luther King celebration on Jan. 19

Renowned social activist Gabriella Rosco will be the keynote speaker at the birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd. The free event — one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California — is scheduled for... Read more →


99 Cents Only Stores settle hazardous waste violation case

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, together with 29 California District and City Attorneys, recently announced that San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt has approved a settlement with Los Angeles-based 99 Cents Only Stores LLC that includes over $2 million in civil penalties and costs, supplemental environmental projects and... Read more →


Lanes to close on Century Boulevard westbound near LAX

Westbound lanes on Century Boulevard, between Aviation Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue near Los Angeles International Airport, will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights, Jan. 12-23, so that concrete can be safely poured for construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The work by Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors will... Read more →


L.A. County Fire accepting applications Jan. 21-23

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has posted its firefighter trainee examination bulletin on its website and applications will be accepted from Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. until Friday, Jan.  23, at 1 p.m. To view the exam bulletin and find additional information, including frequently asked questions and the Firefighter Trainee Study... Read more →

City Council


Mayor open to healing perceived wounds

CITY HALL — After a decade and a half on the dais and having had, in his words, “the football pulled out from” him in other mayoral selection processes, Kevin McKeown is finally Santa Monica’s mayor. McKeown is one of the most vocal members of the City Council and the Daily Press spoke with him about the mayor’s seat and what... Read more →


City Council wrap: Resignations, wage law, childcare

CITY HALL — City Council took care of some housekeeping details at its last meeting before the year’s end. A wage ordinance was amended to align with the state, the newest councilmember officially left her post on the Planning Commission, and council heard about the impacts of a tax that supports childcare. Resignations City... Read more →



What to watch for in 2015

CITYWIDE - Planes, trains, and the zoning code will likely be the dominant issues of 2015. The year after a highly contested, low-turnout election will likely be a big one for Santa Monica. (subhed) The Airport A key agreement between the Federal Aviation Administration and City Hall expires on July 1, giving the latter more control of... Read more →


100 years ago: Department of Dance

THE PAST - In January of 1915, Santa Monica opened what the Los Angeles Times called "the first municipally managed dancing pavilion in California" at the edge of the Ocean Park Pier. The new dancehall was an obvious predecessor to the La Monica Ballroom, which opened a decade later on the Santa Monica Pier and was an inspiration for today's... Read more →


Crime Watch: arrest for riding on the sidewalk

On Dec. 21 at approximately 4:30 p.m. Officers were dispatched to the corner of Main St. and Pacific St, regarding a “battery just occurred” radio call. After speaking with all the parties involved, it was determined that one of the suspects swung at and threw a pizza box at a Big Blue Bus driver when told she and her friend would have... Read more →


New Year’s Resolutions

The Santa Monica Daily Press asked several civic leaders about their New Year's Resolutions. Their answers are below. Mayor Kevin McKeown What are your New Year's resolutions (personal, professional or civic) for 2015? Make sure everyone is engaged and heard as we shape our City's future by hiring a new City Manager, adopting a new zoning... Read more →