SMC master dance class series resumes April 2

The Santa Monica College Dance Department is proud to present the Spring 2015 Masters of Dance Series, an eclectic series of master classes and lectures. The series opens on April 2 with a special dance seminar — “How to Make Money with Your Dance Degree” — presented by Monica Reid, an expert with more than 10 years of experience in... Read more →


Local philanthropist, Middle East researcher dies

David K. Richards, an investment manager and philanthropist who funded unique research on what it would take to make an independent Palestinian state viable as well as on the costs of the continuing Israeli-Palestinian conflict, has died. He was 75. Richards, who was a major donor to the RAND Corporation, died March 19 of amyotrophic... Read more →


California Incline to close April 20

Next month, Santa Monica will offer even more time to get to know the interior of your car. The California Incline, which is coming up on a century of aiding vehicles in their trips between the Pacific Coast Highway and Ocean Avenue on the bluffs above, will undergo a desperately needed reconstruction, resulting in a yearlong closure... Read more →


SMC symphony presenting special concert

The Santa Monica College Symphony Orchestra will present a special concert Sunday, March 29, featuring a Romantic program of music both happy and sad. Los Angeles baritone John Atkins joins the symphony to perform as guest artist. SMC student Joseph Rishik, a cellist, is also featured. The concert will be held at 4 p.m. in The Broad Stage... Read more →


Expo testing now planned for April

A few months ago, Expo construction officials told the Daily Press that trains would be on the tracks for testing in March, but they’re now saying testing will start next month. The Expo light-rail line is still scheduled to open to the public next year, according to a recent report from Metro, but numerous politicians and regional... Read more →


Assault suspect had 13 outstanding warrants (crime watch)

On March 20 at approximately 10 p.m., officers were dispatched to the parking structure near the 1500 block of 2nd Street in regards to a report of an assault with a deadly weapon. Upon arriving, officers were told the suspect, later identified as Joshua Williams, 23, homeless, was sleeping near the entrance of the parking structure when... Read more →


Input wanted for Reed Park improvements

Community members are invited to participate in the second workshop on improvements to the 1-acre lawn at Reed Park. Concept design options developed from public input received to date will be presented for community input. The workshop will be held from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 28, at Miles Memorial Playhouse (1130 Lincoln... Read more →


‘Wake Up With The Waves’ returns to Santa Monica Pier

Now in its ninth year, the children's concert series "Wake Up With The Waves" returns to the Pier on Saturday mornings. Starting March 28 through May 16, children 1-8 and their parents can enjoy free interactive concerts and activities including singing, dancing and movement, puppets, talent shows, dress-up, face-painting, prizes and... Read more →

City Council

Council to wait out SMO litigation

What's the Santa Monica Airport going to look like on July 1? Probably pretty similar to how it'll look on June 30. A key agreement between City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) expires between those dates but City Council voted unanimously early Wednesday morning to move forward cautiously. More than 125 members of... Read more →

City Council


Garcetti staffer appointed to Planning Commission

In a surprise turn early Wednesday morning, City Council appointed urban planner and Los Angeles mayor staffer Carter Rubin to a vacant Planning Commission seat. The seat has been vacant since Sue Himmelrich left the commission for council in November. The appointment expires in June. Mayor Pro Tempore Tony Vazquez was the swing vote... Read more →


SMMUSD financial oversight committee vacancies filled

Three vacancies on the Santa Monica-Malibu school district's Financial Oversight Committee were filled when the Board of Education approved recommendations during its March 19 meeting in Malibu. Seth Jacobson, Marc Levis-Fitzgerald and Debbie Mulvaney will join an 11-member committee whose responsibilities include reviewing financially... Read more →


Noise complaint leads to intoxication arrest (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 378 calls for service on March 24. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Vandalism, 2800 block Kansas, 12:49 a.m. Disturbance, 2500 block Pico, 1:28 a.m. Battery, Ocean/Bay, 2:54 a.m. Disturbance, 1400 block 4th, 4:46 a.m. Battery, 1700 block... Read more →


Blowin’ Smoke hosting 20th birthday bash

On Saturday, March 28, from 9:30 p.m. to 1:30 a.m., there's going to be a huge 20th birthday bash presented by, and featuring, Larry "Fuzzy" Knight's Blowin' Smoke Rhythm & Blues Revue featuring The Fabulous Smokettes, at Harvelle's, 1432 4th St., in Santa Monica. Admission is $10. Info: (310) 395-1676 or Two... Read more →