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 →


School board to review latest SMMUSD budget

The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s budget for the upcoming school year is rounding into shape, and the Board of Education will review the latest revenue and expenditure estimates during its June 11 meeting in Santa Monica. Board members last month were presented with a budget that included a $1.07-million surplus in the... Read more →


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 →