Pianist to ring in Lunar New Year at Santa Monica Place

Acclaimed pianist Sean Chen will kick off this weekend's Chinese Lunar New Year celebration in a performance Friday, Feb. 20, at Santa Monica Place. Chen, who is being presented by the New West Symphony in collaboration with Santa Monica Place, will play from 7 to 7:30 p.m. and again from 8 to 8:30 p.m. The performance will be given on an... Read more →


City report dives into Shangri-La Hotel history

Before they were sneaking onto foreign beaches with only a bathing suit and a knife during World War II, many frogmen were avid skin-divers and volunteer lifeguards in Santa Monica. A recent report from one of City Hall's historical consultants shows that Santa Monica may be the birthplace of the Maritime Unit -- a group of covert... Read more →


Power outage prompts response from Santa Monica firefighters

On Monday morning, Station 3 was buzzing -- literally. The Santa Monica Fire Department's facility near the intersection of Arizona Avenue and 19th Street had just lost power, prompting the activation of backup electricity. “Firefighters heard the generator kick on,” Battalion Chief Jeff Furrows said, “and that caused them to go... Read more →


Police stepping up bike, pedestrian safety patrols

The Santa Monica Police Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations Feb. 22 and Feb. 28 with focused enforcement on primary collision factors involving motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists. The department has mapped out locations over the past five years where pedestrian and bike collisions are prevalent,... Read more →


Shoe drive to support Santa Monica-Malibu schools

Schools within the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are participating in a Shoe Drive through February to help keep important SMMEF-funded programs in all local schools next year, including instructional assistants, literacy coaches, art programs and more. Shoes collected during the district-wide drive will be sent to countries... Read more →


Museum of Flying film festival series starts Feb. 20

The Museum of Flying in Santa Monica, in conjunction with Kilo Foxtrot films, will kick-off of the Museum of Flying Film Festival Series with the Los Angeles premiere of the documentary, "Flying The Feathered Edge: The Bob Hoover Project." The premiere is slated for Friday, Feb. 20, at the museum. This documentary chronicles the amazing... Read more →


Pacific Park celebrates Lunar New Year

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier will brighten-up the Lunar New Year celebration with a “red” color and patterns extravaganza on the Ferris wheel on Feb. 19 from sunset, approximately 5:47 p.m., to midnight. The Pacific Wheel is the world's only solar-powered Ferris wheel featuring 160,000 energy-efficient LED lights that present... Read more →



‘Chain Reaction’ may not lose its top

An anti-nuke sculpture on Main Street may not need the intensive testing that was originally planned for it. “Chain Reaction” was on the chopping block last year after city officials determined that the sculpture -- a gift to the city from Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoonist Paul Conrad in the early '90s -- may pose a threat to... Read more →

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City: Afternoon rush hour has improved since 2007

Editor's note: This is the first in a series of articles focused on a report released by City Hall's Planning and Community Development Department that updates City Council on the progress and impacts of the Land Use and Circulation Element (LUCE) which was enacted in 2010. Commuters rejoice, traffic is better now than it was in 2007, at... Read more →


World Surf League opens Santa Monica headquarters

The World Surf League, formerly known as the Association of Surfing Professionals, has opened a new office space on Main Street. The newly renovated former warehouse space has business and creative office space for 50, a fully equipped professional sound stage for its on-site broadcasting of worldwide competitions, a café with beer on... Read more →


Library hosting ‘Mindful Compassion’ workshop

Nicholas Bruss leads "Mindful Compassion," an experiential workshop, on Thursday, Feb. 19, at 3 p.m. in Main Library's Martin Luther King, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Self-compassion and compassion for others strengthens community by building human connection. Our common humanity is a core aspect of compassion. This workshop... Read more →