Make Music Day lineups announced

The Santa Monica Park venues participating in Make Music Day on Sunday, June 21, are: Virginia Avenue Park presented by the Pico Neighborhood Association, Hotchkiss Park presented by the Ocean Park Association, Reed Park presented by the Wilmont neighbors, Palisades Park Rose Garden presented by the North Of Montana neighbors, Palisades Park... Read more →


Santa Monica animal shelter reopens

The Santa Monica Animal Shelter is leading the way in its commitment to providing excellent care to animals and welcomes the community to its grand re-opening event to showcase recent facility renovations. On Saturday, June 13, Santa Monica Police Chief Jacqueline Seabrooks and city officials will host a ribbon-cutting ceremony followed by... Read more →


Musicians at Play presents first concert at Broad Stage

Big band favorites from “As Tisket A Tasket” to a medley of Benny Goodman's hits will be performed at the first concert presented by Musicians at Play, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit foundation dedicated to the enrichment of local communities' quality of life through a variety of music performances and fine arts events. The Vintage Masters of... Read more →


‘Affordable’ art studios miss Council’s mark

The operators of a large studio on public land that City Council set aside to remain affordable for artists are subletting at substantially higher rates than the low rate they pay to City Hall. Santa Monica Fine Art Studios, a 22,500-square-foot hangar located at the airport, was leased out to Yossi Govrin in the early 2000s at a greatly... Read more →



Third-graders go plane crazy at Santa Monica Airport

Last week the Museum of Flying and the Santa Monica Airport Association sponsored a field trip for all the third-grade classes at Edison Language Academy. Students toured the Museum of Flying where they discovered SMO's important place in the history of aviation and took a special bus tour of the airport itself. The first stop was the... Read more →


Santa Monica author releases first novel

Unsolicited Press has released Santa Monica resident Steven Charnow's first novel, “Charlie Fig and the Lip.” Set in Brooklyn, 1959, Aaron Lipstein is about to graduate at the top of his high school class, but when his best friend Charlie Figatelli dupes him into searching for Charlie's missing father, Aaron is drawn into a dangerous... Read more →


City women’s commission seeking to fill vacancies

The Commission on the Status of Women is accepting applications for a vacancy position beginning July 1, 2015. Established in 1981, the COSW acts in an advisory role to the City Council on matters pertaining to women and girls in Santa Monica. The Commission meets on the third Wednesday of every month at Ken Edwards Center, 1527 4th St.,... Read more →


Santa Monicans pay more for car insurance

California is an expensive place to live, but some residents feel the burden of this more than others when it comes time to pay their car insurance bills. To determine where Californians pay the most for car insurance, personal finance site NerdWallet compared premiums in cities across the state. Santa Monica came in third on the list... Read more →

City Council

Busy night on tap for City Council

Choose wisely, gadflies. There will be many items to choose from on City Council’s agenda Tuesday night. Council will kick the meeting off by introducing new City Manager Rick Cole (and then consider approving his $329,000 annual contract plus benefits). Cole comes to City Hall’s top job by way of Los Angeles, where he serves as... Read more →