SMO lawsuit reaches appeals court

PASADENA - However you feel about the Santa Monica Airport, buckle your seatbelt and prepare for takeoff. One of several lawsuits in the ongoing battle over the future of the local airport moved forward Friday at the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, where attorneys for the City of Santa Monica and the Federal Aviation Administration made... Read more →


Samohi grad running for Vermont lieutenant governor

Long before Santa Monica native Kesha Ram started campaigning to be second in command in the state of Vermont, she ran for student council president at Roosevelt Elementary School. It was a race against three boys, she remembered, and she won. “It was a do-or-die moment,” she said. “I took it quite seriously.” Ram took the position... Read more →


Full week of civic meetings

With an unusually long gap between scheduled City Council meetings, civic enthusiasts lamenting their suddenly open schedule can look forward to a busy week. No less than six city commissions will meet over the next four days. The Landmarks Commission, Airport Commission, Planning Commission, Commission for the Senior Community, Housing... Read more →


Santa Monica rents rising — even for controlled units

Santa Monica's rent-controlled units are following a downward trend, according to a recently released annual report. The city's units are experiencing more turnover, higher prices and less affordability over time, with officials pointing to a rebounding economy and overall greed as the causes. The Consolidated Annual Report documents... Read more →


Mechur to run for SMMUSD board re-election

Ralph Mechur plans to campaign to keep his seat on the Santa Monica-Malibu Board of Education. The architect and longtime Santa Monica resident, whose term expires in December, told the Daily Press last week that he intends to run for re-election. Mechur said he's motivated by the local school district's ongoing attempts to close academic... Read more →


Then / Now

1940: El Reposo, home of Mrs. Nelson Gerda, masseuse. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or visit... Read more →


Downtown Santa Monica has evolved some DNA

A group of residents have formed a new neighborhood organization, the Downtown Neighborhood Association (DNA) to represent the voice of residents who were previously excluded from one of the existing neighborhood groups. Santa Monica has several groups that represent local neighborhoods including Friends of Sunset Park, North of Montana... Read more →


The geopolitics of preschool

With momentum building for early childhood education locally and across the country, the Santa Monica-Malibu school district is in the process of expanding pre-kindergarten programming. But during a recent Board of Education meeting, when SMMUSD officials unveiled long-term plans to have children go to preschool at the elementary sites in... Read more →


Burglary suspect touches victim in her sleep

On February 24 at approximately 4:30 a.m. Officers responded to a radio call of a burglary in the 700 block of Palisades Beach Road. According to the call, a male had just jumped out of the window and possibly run toward the beach. Upon arriving on scene, officers spoke to one of the victim's who stated that she was asleep in bed with two of... Read more →


Court temporarily evacuated

A suicidal man prompted the temporary evacuation and closure of the Santa Monica Courthouse this morning. The Santa Monica Police Department issued an alert at 8:53 a.m. announcing the closure of the Courthouse and road restrictions on Main Street between Olympic and Pico. The suicidal man had driven his truck onto the lawn in front of the... Read more →