‘Visions’ art exhibit highlights Venice First Friday

On April 3, Resonate Church of Santa Monica invites the community to the G2 Gallery in Venice for a unique art experience called "Visions." The art consists of 10 windows, each of which was given to a different local artist to be transformed into a work of art. Each piece reflects the leanings of the individual artist, as well as relating... Read more →


Library launches Peeps candy diorama contest

Creative kids are encouraged to utilize the seasonal Peeps candy to enter the Peeps-apalooza Diorama Contest at the Santa Monica Public Library on Tuesday, April 7. To participate children aged 17 and under must design and create a diorama at home using Peeps candies with a boot or shoe box base. Dioramas must be based on a book. One entry... Read more →


Santa Monica fireman promoted to battalion chief

For the past 28 years, Santa Monicans in need of medical aid might have met Mike McElvaney when they called 9-1-1. The longtime Santa Monica firefighter has maintained an active paramedic certification throughout the duration of his service with the Santa Monica Fire Department, but he will probably have less time to practice those skills due... Read more →


Alleged drunk driver arrested on Main Street (crime watch)

On March 20, officers conducted a DUI and driver's license checkpoint in the 2600 block of Main Street. During the checkpoint, an officer stopped a grey Ford Focus and spoke with the female driver. During the conversation, the officer observed symptoms of intoxication. The officer asked the driver to step out of the car for further... Read more →


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 →