Road closures and detours scheduled for Downtown

Two transportation-related construction projects are scheduled to start in the coming weeks, and the city has issued a statement describing the reconfigured traffic patterns. Construction of the Colorado Esplanade will officially begin on Monday, March 16, with installation of a railing at 4th Street and Colorado Avenue. The project will... Read more →


Broad Stage to host Carnegie Hall’s Musical Explorers

The Broad Stage has launched a musical partnership with Carnegie Hall's Weill Music Institute with the West Coast debut of Musical Explorers. In this celebration of Los Angeles' rich and diverse musicians, families will discover a world of music in their own backyard. Playful and informative, this inventive program will get children... Read more →


Samohi bringing ‘Wizard of Oz’ to Barnum Hall

L.Frank Baum's beloved classic “The Wizard of Oz” musical is coming to Barnum Hall. Dorothy Gale is swept away by a tornado to the magical land of Oz — “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.” There Dorothy, accompanied by her little dog Toto, makes great new friends — the Scarecrow, The Tin Man and The Lion — and a mortal enemy in the... Read more →


Landmarks Commission approves ‘Chain Reaction’ testing

“Chain Reaction” is finally getting a check-up. The Landmarks Commission tightened up the recommendations from city officials before approving testing on the controversial structure located on Main Street near Pico Boulevard. Landmarks Commissioners were concerned with the suggested language, which included “the safe removal of... Read more →


SMC presents spring jazz series

The Santa Monica College Music Department will present this year's Spring Jazz Series, featuring Jon Mayer, the Louis Van Taylor Sextet and the Christian Moraga Quartet. The series begins with Jon Mayer on Friday, March 13. All concerts are held at 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. in The Edye at the Santa Monica College Performing Arts Center, located on... Read more →


St. Matthew’s Music Guild welcomes L.A. Philharmonic members

St. Matthew's Music Guild continues its 2014-15 season in Pacific Palisades on March 13 with a program featuring Britten's Double Concerto For Violin And Viola, with Jin-Shan Dai and Dana Hansen. Dai and Hansen are both members of the Los Angeles Philharmonic's string section. The program also includes the Lyric For Strings by George Walker... Read more →


NTSB: Harrison Ford’s plane lost power

SMO — Harrison Ford’s World War II-era plane lost engine power before crashing into the Penmar Golf Course next to the Santa Monica Airport, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) said in a preliminary report released Monday night. Ford’s crash made national headlines after it was reported that the actor was transported to the... Read more →



$1.3M spent in support of ballot measures

Spending in support of ballot measures last year more than doubled the combined ballot measure spending in the previous two elections. Of the more than $1,315,000 that was spent on initiatives, most came from one pro-Santa Monica Airport group. Santa Monicans for Open and Honest Development Decisions spent $872,593 to get Measure D on... Read more →


$295K spent on school board race

Education board candidates spent more on the 2014 election than they did in the previous two elections combined. The seven Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education candidates spent a combined $257,705, according to campaign disclosure statements, with another $37,554 coming from outside groups. Craig Foster, a Malibu resident who... Read more →


SMMUSD coach-hiring policy unclear

Following the departure of Travis Clark as Santa Monica High School's head football coach, the local school district will accept applications for the position from outside the campus or district, rekindling debate over the district's hiring practices for sports coaches. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will soon post the... Read more →


All chains could come off in Chain Reaction testing

“Chain Reaction” may briefly be renamed “Reaction” if the Landmarks Commission approves recommendations from a consultant. The aging sculpture, located on Main Street, needs testing, city officials say, in order to avoid a possible public safety hazard and City Hall’s consultant recommends removing all chains and parts of the... Read more →