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Oscar Wilde Awards

Santa Monica Beat

LOBSTER TRIVIA: See the answer to how many tourists visit Santa Monica annually.

Santa Monica Beat

This week, Paul Sand founder of the West End Theatre stops by to discuss the opening of the new theatre on the Santa Monica Pier.

Santa Monica Beat

Santa Monica celebrated Small Business Day on Saturday with over 15 local merchants participating on Pico Boulevard.


News, Santa Monica, Ywca

Letter to the Editor: YWCA Closure

Posted Jun. 28, 2016, 6:00 am

Letter to the Editor: Like so many, I am deeply saddened and shocked by the pending closure of Santa Monica's YWCA on 14th near Pico...

Nat Trives

News, Santa Monica

Mr. Santa Monica’s Healthy Outlook

Posted Jun. 27, 2016, 12:16 pm

Nat Trives, who also goes by “Mr. Santa Monica,” has accomplished a lot in his 81 years - as a community advocate, who serves on many nonprofit boards, as a professor at Santa Monica College, and as a former mayor and police officer of Santa Monica. He also recently celebrated his 60th wedding anniversary – an impressive personal accomplishment.

Tongva Park

News, Santa Monica, Tongva Park

Tongva Park Families Treated to Indigenous Music

Posted Jun. 27, 2016, 12:09 pm

Through October at Santa Monica’s Tongva Park, a number of cultural events for families will be held as part of a “Family Saturdays” series. To kick off these events, award-winning musician and composer Martin Espino held an interactive workshop and demonstration of indigenous American instruments for families visiting Tongva Park throughout the morning this past Saturday to a rapt audience of children and their families.

Assemblymember Richard Bloom and Kait Peters, Development Director for OPCC at the awards ceremony.

News, Santa Monica, Opcc

OPCC Honored As Non-Profit of the Year

Posted Jun. 27, 2016, 11:02 am

OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center ) was honored Wednesday as a Nonprofit of the Year during the California Nonprofits Day ceremony at the State Capitol in Sacramento. OPCC was selected by Assembly member Richard Bloom as an “exceptional nonprofit organization in his community.”

July 4 Parade

Ocean Park Association

July 4 Parade, Last Chance to Join

Posted Jun. 27, 2016, 10:56 am

The 10th Annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade is almost here, and it’s not too late to get involved. Founded and produced by the Ocean Park Association (OPA), the parade is a highlight on Santa Monica’s calendar and draws thousands to Main Street as it winds its way south from Pico to Marine and then Barnard Way.

St Johns Hospital

News, Santa Monica, Ucla Hospital

St. John's Hospital 2016 Annual Public Meeting, Tuesday, June 28

Posted Jun. 27, 2016, 9:01 am

Our Santa Monica Mid City Neighborhood is home to the City's designated Healthcare District. This includes St. John's Hospital and UCLA Hospital & Medical Center. St. John's Hospital will be adding 800,000 square feet and 3,000 new parking spots over the next two decades.

URB-E Takes the Neighborhood by Confusion and Wonder

News, Transit, Urb-e, Urban

URB-E Takes the Neighborhood by Confusion and Wonder

Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 7:00 am

About 10 years ago, there was a small wave of hype for an electric scooter called the Segway. However, hype quickly died down when people realized they looked ridiculous on it, to the point of movies like “Paul Blart, Mall Cop” satirized the vehicle altogether. At a glance, it seems like history is to repeat itself, with this new vehicle called the URB-E, standing for “urban electric.” However, that is not so much the case here as it was 10 years ago.

All Smiles

News, Ucla, Volunteer, Things To Do

Volunteer Companion Care Eases Loneliness and UCLA

Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am

Fridays are Julia Torrano’s favorite day of the week. There’s the TGIF thing of course, but that’s not the main reason. What she enjoys most is her weekly, four-hour volunteer shift visiting older patients as part of the Companion Care Program at UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica.

Here Comes The Sun.

News, Oped

OpEd: Here Comes the Sun

Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am

OpEd: Anyone from my generation might express a warm feeling for George Harrison’s song “Here Comes the Sun.” First of all, it’s a tune from the “quiet Beatle” that is in many ways perfect in its simplicity: It’s been a long cold lonely winter and now… here comes the sun. The sun in the song is the arrival of better days and even a new clarity about whatever it is that has been troubling you and making you feel blue; perhaps clearing away a fog of depression, making things warm and right again.

News, Oped, Elias

OpEd: There Should be No Waiting Around by Sanchez

Posted Jun. 26, 2016, 6:00 am

OpEd: Once California’s primary election season ends in early June, most candidates go into a sort of statis for almost three months, until just before the traditional Labor Day start of the fall political season.

The Pope's Fiat

News, Santa Monica, Cars

Want to Buy the Pope's Fiat in Santa Monica?

Posted Jun. 25, 2016, 11:00 am

Want to Buy the Pope’s Fiat? Perhaps a 1995 Ferrari F50? The collector car community is set to once again descend on Santa Monica’s Barker Hangar this weekend, June 25 and 26, for one of the nation’s leading car auctions.

Santa Monica?  Haunted? Well, Maybe…

News, Santa Monica

Santa Monica Haunted? Well Maybe...

Posted Jun. 25, 2016, 9:00 am

It happens every day. The sun goes down, a cool breeze rolls in from the ocean, chilling your spine with every second. According to some, that’s not just the ocean breeze that’s the paranormal.

Damon Ramos is an artist born and raised in Santa Monica. He will be one of the popular Laguna Art-A-Fair feature artists at the event that opens today. Courtesy photo

News, Art, Things To Do

Santa Monica Artist Featured at Laguna

Posted Jun. 25, 2016, 9:00 am

Damon Ramos is an artist born and raised in Santa Monica. He will be one of the popular Laguna Art-A-Fair feature artists at the event that opened yesterday.

Latest police, crime and courts news.

News, Santa Monica, Crime, Latest, Murders

Transient Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murders of Two Women in Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 24, 2016, 2:24 pm

A transient was sentenced today to life in prison without the possibility of parole for strangling two women whose bodies were found in Santa Monica more than a decade ago.

Chamber members at last year’s parade.

News, Santa Monica

Main Street July 4 Parade, Last Chance to Join

Posted Jun. 24, 2016, 12:36 pm

The 10th Annual Santa Monica 4th of July Parade is almost here, and it’s not too late to get involved.

Rawvolution Closes its Doors

News, Main Street, Santa Monica

Rawvolution Closes its Doors in Santa Monica

Posted Jun. 24, 2016, 12:30 pm

Popular Main Street restaurant Rawvolution closed its doors Sunday, with the usual lively south-east corner of Main and Strand eerily void of its usual eclectic buzz.


News, Santa Monica, Minimum Wage

Minimum Wage Increases on July 1st

Posted Jun. 24, 2016, 11:08 am

July 1, 2016 is the first day of Santa Monica’s new minimum wage, which will increase the minimum wage to $10.50 per hour, with annual increases ultimately reaching $15 by 2020.

Eva Mayoral

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica High School, Eva Mayoral

Santa Monica High School Principal Eva Mayoral Resigns

Posted Jun. 24, 2016, 11:02 am

Santa Monica High School principal Eva Mayoral tendered her resignation with SMMUSD yesterday, effective June 30, 2016.

A Summer Celebration

News, Santa Monica, Essentia, A Summer Celebration

A Summer Celebration: New art exhibition up at Essentia Mattress Store

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 12:05 pm

Essentia (the only natural memory foam mattress store) located at 2430 Main Street, Santa Monica, CA hosts a new exhibition titled ‘A Summer Celebration’ featuring recent works by three local artists: Gino Perez, Kathy Shorkey and Jason Ryan.

Ted Lieu

News, Santa Monica, Ted Lieu

Rep. Ted Lieu Statement On House Democrats Sit-In Demanding Vote On Gun Violence Legislation

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:56 am

Today in Washington , Congressman Ted W. Lieu issued the following statement in light of a sit-in by Democrats on the House Floor today to demand a vote on legislation to address gun violence in America.


News, Santa Monica, Draft Eir

Metro Releases Draft EIR for Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station for Public Review

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:48 am

The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) today released the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for the Airport Metro Connector 96th Street Transit Station for a 45-day public review and comment period and set a public hearing for Wednesday, July 13, 2016.

Tongva Park Entertainment

News, Santa Monica, Tongva Park

Tongva Park’s Family Saturdays in June, July and August

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:41 am

Tongva Park’s Family Saturdays continue throughout the summer, featuring a performance of ancient music of the Americas in June, the traditional Japanese art of taiko drumming in July, and August’s “Family Dance Jam”, an inter-generational movement workshop designed for all ages.

Aesop's Fables

News, Theater, Santa Monica, Entertainment, The Edgemar Center

The Edgemar Center presents the children's musical "The Fabulous Fables of Aesop"

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:36 am

Looking for creative theater activities for your kids this summer? Come down to the Edgemar Center in Santa Monica to watch the magical children's musical "The Fabulous Fables of Aesop" running everySaturday and Sunday at 3:00pm till the end of July. Book through A musical for all ages!

Ben Allen

News, Santa Monica, Ben Allen, Alzheimer’s Association

Alzheimer’s Association recognizes Allen for compassion, intellect and persistence

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:33 am

In a gathering Tuesday of over 200 Alzheimer’s advocates representing the entire state of California, Senator Ben Allen was presented with the 2016 Legislator of the Year award by his constituent in the 26th Senate District, Elizabeth Gelfand Stearns, a former local and national board member of the Alzheimer’s Association.


News, City Council, Santa Moncia, Santa Monica City Council, Jennifer Kennedy

Jennifer Kennedy Announces Run for Santa Monica City Council

Posted Jun. 23, 2016, 11:02 am

Planning Commissioner Jennifer Kennedy will run for a seat on the City Council. The election is November 8, 2016 when the voters will vote for four city council candidates.

Coastal Commision

News, Santa Monica, Coastal Commission

OpEd: Coastal Commission Ex Parte Ban Not Enough

Posted Jun. 21, 2016, 10:52 am

OpEd: There’s a good chance state lawmakers this year will pass a ban on ex parte communications involving members of the Coastal Commission. It’s a nice idea, but inadequate.