Police stepping up bike, pedestrian safety enforcement

The Santa Monica Police Department will step up bike and pedestrian safety enforcement operations Jan. 10 and Jan. 17, 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 →


Educational website increases readership has announced that it surpassed 20,000,000 annual readers in 2014, a 22.1% increase over 2013. The free educational website has seen steady growth since launching in July 2004. also announced an increase in the number of times it has been referenced by mainstream media — more than 400 times in 2014, including: The New... Read more →


Marion Davies celebration at Annenberg Beach House

On Sunday, Jan. 11, everyone's invited to “Happy Birthday, Marion!” at the Annenberg Community Beach House. Celebrate with the Santa Monica Conservancy as they turn the spotlight on Marion Davies: classic film era actress, philanthropist, famed party hostess and mistress of media tycoon William Randolph Hearst, at Davies' 1928 Julia... Read more →


Emeritus College to host art opening on Jan. 15

The Santa Monica College Emeritus Art Gallery is once again open and will host a retrospective exhibition of representational work by contemporary California artist Freddie Manseau. The exhibition will run from Jan. 15 through Feb. 25 at the gallery, located on the first floor of Emeritus College, 1227 Second St., in downtown Santa... Read more →


Crews respond to Wilshire structure fire

On Jan. 5, at 3:55 p.m. the Santa Monica Fire Department responded to reports of a possible structure fire in a residential/commercial structure at 815 Wilshire Blvd. Upon arrival, crews observed light smoke from a second floor window. The apartment was equipped with sprinklers, which suppressed the interior fire. Firefighters managed to make... Read more →


CycleHop’s bikeshares open in several cities

CITY HALL — After significant delays, City Hall’s bikeshare vendor of choice has opened systems in at least two cities with another opening scheduled for later this week. Bikeshares allow riders to check-out bikes from one station and drop them off at any other station in the city. In November, City Council agreed to pay CycleHop $5.6... Read more →

City Council

Several file to fill vacant Planning Commission seat

CITY HALL — At least 11 residents are in the mix to fill the Planning Commission seat left vacant when Sue Himmelrich was elected to City Council in November. The Planning Commission, a seven-member body, is currently short a commissioner. Council will decide who fills the seat through a public appointment process. The commission is... Read more →


The Devil’s Box String Band playing at Finn McCool’s

Starting Jan. 7, The Devil’s Box will be playing their Americana, folk, bluegrass and gypsy jazz at 9 p.m. every Wednesday night at Finn McCool’s Irish Pub, 2702 Main St. Each week will feature guest artists such as Kim Michalowski, Joel Henry Stein, Nate LaPointe and Rachael Jane. The best part is there is no cover. Join organizers on... Read more →


Martin Luther King celebration on Jan. 19

Renowned social activist Gabriella Rosco will be the keynote speaker at the birthday celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. on Monday, Jan. 19, at the Soka Gakkai International (SGI) Auditorium, 525 Wilshire Blvd. The free event — one of the largest and most diverse celebrations of its kind in Southern California — is scheduled for... Read more →


99 Cents Only Stores settle hazardous waste violation case

Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer, together with 29 California District and City Attorneys, recently announced that San Joaquin County Superior Court Judge Bob McNatt has approved a settlement with Los Angeles-based 99 Cents Only Stores LLC that includes over $2 million in civil penalties and costs, supplemental environmental projects and... Read more →


Lanes to close on Century Boulevard westbound near LAX

Westbound lanes on Century Boulevard, between Aviation Boulevard and Bellanca Avenue near Los Angeles International Airport, will be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. on weeknights, Jan. 12-23, so that concrete can be safely poured for construction of the Crenshaw/LAX Transit Project. The work by Metro and Walsh/Shea Corridor Contractors will... Read more →


L.A. County Fire accepting applications Jan. 21-23

The Los Angeles County Fire Department has posted its firefighter trainee examination bulletin on its website and applications will be accepted from Wednesday, Jan. 21, at 1 p.m. until Friday, Jan.  23, at 1 p.m. To view the exam bulletin and find additional information, including frequently asked questions and the Firefighter Trainee Study... Read more →

City Council


Mayor open to healing perceived wounds

CITY HALL — After a decade and a half on the dais and having had, in his words, “the football pulled out from” him in other mayoral selection processes, Kevin McKeown is finally Santa Monica’s mayor. McKeown is one of the most vocal members of the City Council and the Daily Press spoke with him about the mayor’s seat and what... Read more →


City Council wrap: Resignations, wage law, childcare

CITY HALL — City Council took care of some housekeeping details at its last meeting before the year’s end. A wage ordinance was amended to align with the state, the newest councilmember officially left her post on the Planning Commission, and council heard about the impacts of a tax that supports childcare. Resignations City... Read more →