The Cheesecake Factory opens in Santa Monica

The Cheesecake Factory, known for its extensive menu, generous portions and desserts, has officially opened in Santa Monica at Santa Monica Place. The restaurant boasts more than 250 menu items including more than 50 lower calorie SkinnyLicious dishes, new “Super” Foods salads and more than 50 signature cheesecakes and... Read more →


Longtime Santa Monica PE teacher retiring

Jeri Dipley didn’t see a reason to give up on her childhood love of sports. So she turned it into her vocation. “I was a little gym rat,” she said. “Then you find out that there’s actually a career in it and you go, ‘Yeah.’ ... ‘I can play and get paid, too?’ It was just being in athletics and wanting to share that... Read more →

City Council

Council to study uses for property at 4th and Colorado

City Council will meet for the third time in three weeks Tuesday to discuss a mix of old business and some new items covering Santa Monica's perennial conversation points such as transit, development, historic preservation and government practices. The consent calendar includes multiple items previously debated by the council including an... Read more →


Know Before You Go – Week of Oct. 26, 2015

EXPO LIGHT RAIL LINE: For the week of October 26, please note the following activities: Train Testing This Week - 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.... Read more →


SMMUSD board: Better student data needed

Is a student who attends summer school better off than one who is invited but doesn’t? That was one of the fundamental questions explored by the local Board of Education during its meeting earlier this month, when Santa Monica-Malibu school district officials discussed current summer school offerings and began discussing plans for next... Read more →


Final event of the 2015 Tongva After Dark season

Tongva After Dark's 2015 programming culminates on October 28th with the second annual Wonder Room, an evening of performances by an interdisciplinary group of extraordinary artists who activate the intimate "rooms" of Tongva Park simultaneously. LA choreographer Alexandra Schilling, the Slovenian duo of guitarist Mak Grgi and soprano Katya... Read more →


ICE at Santa Monica summons winter chill, thrill back

It's time again for Angelenos to embrace what those on the Eastern seaboard cannot - ice-skating in short sleeves! The corner of 5th Street and Arizona Avenue in Downtown Santa Monica is frosting over on Nov. 1 with the return of ICE at Santa Monica, the Westside's premier ice-skating venue and holiday gathering spot. Operated by Downtown... Read more →


Family picnic tailgate at Santa Monica College Oct. 31

Santa Monica College will host a Family Picnic Tailgate on Saturday, Oct. 31. The free community event leading up to the SMC Corsairs 2015 Homecoming Game offers activities for all ages and features a DJ, carnival games with Halloween-themed prizes, balloon artists, free glitter and henna 'tattoos,' face painting, and more. Kids are... Read more →


Westside Family Health Center will open clinic in West LA

Westside Family Health Center (WFHC) will open a new clinic in West Los Angeles on Tuesday, Nov. 3. The site at 11101 Venice Boulevard, just east of Sepulveda Boulevard at S. Bentley Avenue, is currently operated by the Women's Clinic & Family Counseling Center (Women's Clinic), which is closing its medical practice in late... Read more →


Dread the downpour or welcome the water?

With 80-degree temperatures persisting in Santa Monica this fall, it might not seem like wet weather is around the corner. But it's becoming clear to scientists and climate experts that El Ni√±o is probably going to impact Southern California this winter. Public officials are urging residents to prepare for rainstorms that could further... Read more →