Oh, the places they’ll go

They donned caps and gowns, walked across the stage and earned their high school diplomas. Now what? The Daily Press caught up with a few newly minted Santa Monica High School graduates to find out about their future plans: To Israel and beyond Emma Wergeles will take a gap year to visit and learn about Israel and Jewish... Read more →


Fundraiser brunch at 41 Ocean to support art, music

41 Ocean in Santa Monica will host Cheshire Moon's second annual Thousandaire Brunch at 11 a.m. Sunday, June 14. One hundred ticket holders and their guests will enjoy brunch, bottomless mimosas and bloody marys, live DJ, a silent auction and the chance to win a grand prize of up to $3,000. Proceeds from the event benefit nonprofit... Read more →


‘Authors on Architecture’ comes to Santa Monica

The Santa Monica Public Library teams up with the Society of Architectural Historians, Southern California Chapter, for the program "Authors on Architecture: Adam Arenson on Millard Sheets" on Sunday, June 14, at 2 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. Author and Huntington Library scholar-in-residence Adam... Read more →


SHINE storytellers share true tales of being ‘lost’

Whether it was in a foreign land, or after a major life change, many of us know the feeling of losing our way. On Sunday, June 14, at 7 p.m. at The Promenade Playhouse in Santa Monica, SHINE storytellers share their true tales of being “lost” — and how they got back on track or found a new way. SHINE is a popular storytelling event... Read more →



Walk for Crohn’s, colitis at Crescent Bay Park

There are 1.6 million Americans (including 80,000-plus children) who suffer from Crohn's and colitis, both of which are debilitating digestive diseases for which there are no cures. CCFA's mission is to cure Crohn's disease and ulcerative colitis, and to improve the quality of life of children and adults affected by these diseases. CCFA is a... Read more →

City Council

Minimum wage hike gains momentum in Santa Monica

Not to be outdone by its neighbor to the east (and north and south), City Council asked city officials to draft an ordinance, like the one put forth by Los Angeles, that would raise minimum wage. Los Angeles plans to raise its minimum wage to $15 per hour by 2020. City Councilmembers Gleam Davis, Sue Himmelrich, and Tony Vazquez put the... Read more →

City Council

Council permits taller early childhood center

After some debate over lease restrictions for the proposed early childhood education center, City Council unanimously approved amended guidelines for the project. The proposed building height will jump from 25 feet to 40 feet, allowing 10 more kids to attend the program, which will be run by Santa Monica College. Council agreed on the... Read more →


Fraud suspect retrieved by Santa Monica police (crime watch)

On May 29 at 7:45 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Los Angeles Police Department's Pacific Division to take custody of a suspect who had a warrant for his arrest issued due to an incident that occurred in Santa Monica. When officers arrived, they met with LAPD officers and suspect Lorenzo Cooper. Officers verified Cooper... Read more →


Santa Monica High hosting all-class reunion picnic

The Samohi Alumni Association's 26th annual All-Class Picnic takes place Saturday, June 13, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Quad at Samohi. Admission is free and all Samohi graduates are welcome. The BBQ is back by popular demand. Find and reconnect with your classmates at tables arranged by year or era. There will be class photos taken, Samohi... Read more →


Three artists set to show at Santa Monica Art Studios

Three artists will be showing their artwork at the Santa Monica Art Studios on June 13. There will opening reception from 6 to 9 p.m. at Santa Monica Art Studios, 3026 Airport Ave. Scott Horton was born in Seattle but came to Los Angeles to pursue his career. He created a series of work that was inspired by Route 66. He employed different... Read more →


Sample fine food at Santa Monica Grand Tasting

Chef Susan Feniger of Border Grill heads the festivities as a featured chef at the event along with 100 of L.A.'s top chefs participating in the kitchen presented by the Santa Monica Whole Foods Market. Participating Chefs include: Raj Dixit of Michael Mina's Stonehill Tavern, Tacoteca (Adam Fleischman), Bouchon (David Hands), 9021pho... Read more →


Jazz concert features Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band

Santa Monica Public Library keeps the Adult Summer Reading theme of "Read to the Rhythm" moving with a free jazz concert with Gregg Young & the 2nd Street Band on Saturday, June 13 at 1 p.m. in the Main Library's North Entry Courtyard. A popular performer who appears throughout the Southern California region, Gregg Young and his 2nd... Read more →


Water penalties to show up in December

Do you use water? If not, disregard this article. If you do, and you get a water bill from City Hall, then you should start seeing your water use allowance. Earlier this year, in light of the historically low rainfall totals, City Council approved a water use reduction plan that penalizes the city’s heaviest users. In short,... Read more →

City Council

Cole seeks ‘partnership’ in community, City Hall

Santa Monica’s incoming city manager told City Council he wants to focus more energy on common goals rather than areas of contention. Rick Cole, who comes to City Hall’s top job by way of Los Angeles, introduced himself to the public at council’s Tuesday night meeting. He’ll take over the post, which has been open since Rod Gould... Read more →