Santa Monica Airport lawsuits abound

In the battle for the Santa Monica Airport, legal attacks are picking up. Next week, City Council will consider what to do after a key 1984 agreement between City Hall and the Federal Aviation Administration expires on July 1. City attorneys couldn't offer a lot of guarantees but they did say — if council decides to make any big moves... Read more →

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City Council wants an audit committee

City Council will form a committee to review the annual audit of City Hall. City officials had recommended that council stick to its current practice of reviewing the audit publicly as full body, calling the process as effective as, or more effective than, an independent audit committee. Council disagreed, directing city officials to... Read more →



Santa Monica youth summer camps fair coming March 21

The City of Santa Monica's youth summer camps fair will be held March 21 to help parents looking to get a head start on summer break planning. The annual event will showcase all the City has to offer for youth ages 3-14 this summer, including the City's popular, award-winning programs such as Rosie's Girls, Santa Monica Sports Experience, and... Read more →


The mind and music of George Gershwin

The Psychiatric Education and Research Foundationis holding a musical educational event featuring a presentation by Dr. Richard Kogan. Kogan will be exploring the impact of psychological factors and psychiatric illness on the creative output of George Gershwin with piano performances including “Rhapsody in Blue” at Mt. Olive Lutheran... Read more →

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Council: No curb space for Uber, Lyft

Several City Council members want to remedy what they perceive as an uneven playing field favoring ride-hailing apps like Lyft and Uber. Council hosted a study session about the future of professional drivers and the riders that rely on them at Tuesday night's meeting. The taxi franchise, which was established five years ago and allows... Read more →



School board to revisit Malibu health concerns

The Santa Monica-Malibu school board is expected to discuss staffing levels, technology upgrades and more during Thursday's meeting at Malibu City Hall. But several hours will likely be devoted to updates on environmental activities at two Malibu school sites, where the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District has been examining the... Read more →


Bloomingdale’s theft suspect fakes seizure (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 397 calls for service on March 17. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Disturbance, 200 block Broadway, 12:11 a.m. Assault, Euclid/Pico, 1:40 a.m. Sexual assault, 2200 block 20th, 2:14 a.m. Auto burglary, 500 block 22nd, 5:18 a.m. Petty theft,... Read more →


DUI checkpoint planned Friday night

The Santa Monica Police Department's Traffic Unit will be conducting a DUI/Driver's License Checkpoint on Friday, March 20, at an undisclosed location within city limits. The operation will take place between the hours of 7 p.m. and 3 a.m. The deterrent effect of DUI checkpoints is a proven factor in reducing the number of persons killed... Read more →


Santa Monica doctor part of medical mission to Tanzania

Santa Monica pediatrician Bob Hamilton is launching his 25th overseas medical mission trip with over 20 doctors, nurses and volunteers departing for West Africa on March 26. This team, organized by Lighthouse Medical Missions, will travel the country of Tanzania. Hamilton is returning to Africa after having been evacuated from Guinea... Read more →


Santa Monica pageant queens crowned

The new Miss Santa Monica USA Carolina Urrea and Miss Santa Monica Teen USA Athenna Crosby were crowned at the Loews Hotel last week. Both young ladies will be featured in the new Web series “Crown Diva” which follows the Miss Santa Monica Founder and Executive Director Kristen Bradford and several contestants as they prepare and compete... Read more →


Sustainable Quality Award winners announced

The 2015 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) recognize business excellence across all sectors of Santa Monica's vibrant and diverse economy. Celebrating its 20th year, the SQA continues to see amazing and innovative businesses, representing dozens of industries, coming forward each year. SQA officials have announced this year's winners, which... Read more →


Santa Monica hotels once served weary WWII soldiers

Before they were selling rooms for more than $400 per night, three Santa Monica hotels were aiding battle-tired soldiers in the midst of the second World War. Hotel Casa Del Mar, the Shangri-La Hotel and the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel — along with three hotels that have since been demolished — served as redistribution centers for American... Read more →