Briefs

Santa Monica pageant queens crowned

The new Miss Santa Monica USA Carolina Urrea and Miss Santa Monica Teen USA Athenna Crosby were crowned at the Loews Hotel last week. Both young ladies will be featured in the new Web series “Crown Diva” which follows the Miss Santa Monica Founder and Executive Director Kristen Bradford and several contestants as they prepare and compete... Read more →

Briefs

Sustainable Quality Award winners announced

The 2015 Sustainable Quality Awards (SQA) recognize business excellence across all sectors of Santa Monica's vibrant and diverse economy. Celebrating its 20th year, the SQA continues to see amazing and innovative businesses, representing dozens of industries, coming forward each year. SQA officials have announced this year's winners, which... Read more →

News

Santa Monica hotels once served weary WWII soldiers

Before they were selling rooms for more than $400 per night, three Santa Monica hotels were aiding battle-tired soldiers in the midst of the second World War. Hotel Casa Del Mar, the Shangri-La Hotel and the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel — along with three hotels that have since been demolished — served as redistribution centers for American... Read more →

Briefs

One local citation issued in statewide alcohol sting

The California Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control (ABC) and the Santa Monica Police Department (SMPD) joined forces on March 15 to conduct an undercover sting operation. Using two supervised underage decoys, the enforcement team visited 10 alcohol retail establishments within the city of Santa Monica and made a total of 162 contacts.... Read more →

Briefs

SMC stages ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’

The Santa Monica College Theatre Arts Department is pleased to present "Elephant's Graveyard" Mar. 20-29 at the Theatre Arts Main Stage on the SMC main campus, 1900 Pico Blvd., Santa Monica. "Elephant's Graveyard" is based on the true tale of a struggling circus and what happened when it visited a tiny town in Tennessee in September 1916.... Read more →

Briefs

SHINE storytellers ‘Looking for Love’

“Looking for Love” in all the right — and wrong — places will be the theme as storytellers take the stage at SHINE on March 19 at 7:30 p.m. at YWCA Westside/Santa Monica. SHINE is a storytelling series highlighting experienced and new storytellers coming together on the third Thursday of each month to share inspiring true stories.... Read more →

Government

Ellis Act evictions way up in 2014, report says

Rent control continues to be a boon for those who have it, but every year fewer residents have access to rent protections, according to an annual report presented to the Rent Control Board last week. The annual report is a merger of what used to be three separate reports on the status of rent control in the city, the impact of market-rate... Read more →

City Council

City Council preview: Audits, nominations and taxis

Aside from discussing taxis and a potential appointment to the Planning Commission, which the Daily Press wrote about last week, City Council is going to review an audit and its policies for reviewing audits. The audit, which covers last fiscal year, came back clean, according to city officials, as it has for more than three... Read more →

Public

Solar power expansion talks heat up at Samohi

Momentum is picking up for more solar panels to be installed at Santa Monica High School, which the local school board recently designated to receive $180 million in bond money for facility improvements. District officials said as the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District increases spending on technology infrastructure, it sees solar... Read more →

Government

Century-old bungalows nominated for landmark protection

Three bungalows slated for demolition were nominated by the Landmarks Commission for protection last week. The houses on the 500 block of Hill Street in the Ocean Park neighborhood were built in 1912. The grouping of three single-family Craftsman-style bungalows with a high level of physical integrity has become a rare occurrence in the... Read more →

Crime

Maintenance crews thwart bike theft attempt (crime watch)

The Santa Monica Police Department responded to 392 calls for service on March 15. Below is a sampling of those calls chosen by the Santa Monica Daily Press staff. Assault, 2600 block Main, 12:22 a.m. Petty theft, 700 block Broadway, 12:53 a.m. Vandalism, 1400 block Ocean, 1:25 a.m. Petty theft, 20th/Delaware, 1:34 a.m. Battery, 2900... Read more →

Briefs

Rotary Club community, youth grants available

The Rotary Club of Santa Monica is currently accepting applications for its Community and Youth Grants program from non-profit organizations that serve the Santa Monica area and address the needs of those less fortunate in our community. Grant applications are due by April 1  for the next funding cycle. Grants offered by the Community and... Read more →

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UCLA receives $5M for pancreatic disease center

UCLA celebrated the naming of the UCLA Agi Hirshberg Center for Pancreatic Diseases last month at a gathering of Hirshberg's family and friends. The naming was made possible by $10 million in gifts from Hirshberg to UCLA. “Agi Hirshberg's 18-year commitment to finding a cure has placed UCLA at the forefront of cutting-edge research on... Read more →

Briefs

Library to host screening of Anita Hill documentary

The Santa Monica Public Library celebrates Women's History Month with a screening of the documentary "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power" on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. in the Main Library's MLK, Jr. Auditorium, 601 Santa Monica Blvd. In October 1991 an entire country watched transfixed as a woman in a blue dress sat before a Senate... Read more →