Big Bear pirates regain ship

The iconic Big Bear Pirate Ship that sank on February 28, due to severe weather is now completely restored. The convalesced pirate ship, which is also known as The Time Bandit, is now ready to resume its regular narrated tours for the summer. The ship has hosted hundreds of local Santa Monica children who visit it as part of their YMCA... Read more →


Go on a blind date with a book

Looking for a great read? Stop by the Santa Monica Public Library during the month of July and check out the Blind Date with a Book display in the Main Library lobby, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. The display features selected titles wrapped in plain paper with a few descriptive lines on the front of each book. In addition to adding a little mystery... Read more →


Motorcycle safety enforcement operation

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation on July 6 in an effort to lower deaths and injuries. Extra officers will be on duty patrolling areas frequented by motorcyclists and where motorcycle crashes occur. Officers will be looking for violations made by drivers and riders... Read more →


Shore Hotel COO arrested on weapon sales, ID theft charges

SHORE HOTEL — The Chief Operating Officer of the Shore Hotel was arrested Friday morning on a slew of charges, including the importing and selling of an assault rifle, a spokesperson from the California Office of the Attorney General told the Daily Press. Steve Farzam is also charged with identity theft and impersonating a law enforcement... Read more →


Santa Monica road advisories

Expo Light Rail Line   Note the following activities: 1. Colorado Avenue between Fifth and 18th streets:  Street closures in the east and westbound directions. Expect westbound and eastbound lane closures during daytime hours. Alleys on the north side of Colorado between Sixth and 18th Street will have limited access at... Read more →


Nation’s first union car wash renews contract

LINCOLN BLVD - The Bonus Car Wash union is the Neil Armstrong of carwash unions. In 2011, they were first. The agreement made national headlines. Now there are several dozen unionized carwashes across the country. On Friday, members of the union and Bonus representatives celebrated the renewal of the contract. “The original labor pact at... Read more →

City Council

PYFC, City Hall still at odds

CITY HALL — Despite allegations of bookkeeping problems put forth, once again, by City Hall, City Council voted to fund the Pico Youth and Family Center (PYFC), though at a lower rate than in years past. Last year, council issued a one-time grant of $225,000 to the center, which aims to, among other things, curb gang violence in the Pico... Read more →