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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.

The Infiltrator

News, Santa Monica, "the Infiltrator”

"The Infiltrator” Going Undercover in the Drug Trade

Posted Jul. 30, 2016, 12:26 pm

“The Infiltrator” is a fascinating true story of a U.S. customs agent named Bob Mazur, played quite well and believably by Bryan Cranston. The movie takes place in 1985 with Mazur going undercover for the government to gain the trust of drug suppliers working for the Medellín Cartel and other corrupt bankers as he poses as a money launderer. At all times, Mazur tries to be very careful, so as not to reveal his true identity. John Leguizamo also gives a good performance as Emir Abreu (Mazur’s partner), who can be reckless at times, but whose savvy street smarts prove to be helpful.


News, Santa Monica

Abroad with...Beverly Cohn

Posted Jul. 30, 2016, 12:05 pm

Part 1: Getting There and Croatian Hospitality My family and friends are quite accustomed to me flying off somewhere on a press trip. However, when I mentioned that I was invited to Croatia, the reaction was quite universal:


News, Santa Monica, Tongva Park

Taiko Takes on Tongva Park

Posted Jul. 30, 2016, 11:49 am

By Sam Skopp This past Saturday, the Taiko Center of Los Angeles offered a workshop to Santa Monicans and passersby as part of Tongva Park’s “Family Saturday” series of events. Reverend Tom Kurai, who’s the director of the Taiko Center of Los Angeles and has performed and taught Taiko drumming in the U.S. for over 40 years, led the workshop. A few additional team members assisted groups of participants, which were comprised of people from elementary school age to nearing retirement age. Regardless of demographic, all participants in the rotating groups of volunteers were enthusiastically following Kurai’s drumming exercises.


News, Santa Monica, Boyb

Brock on Your Block: Part 2 of Santa Monica History Museum

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 12:19 pm

In celebration of Santa Monica's 141st birthday, Phil finds a wealth of hometown history in the first segment of a 2-part episode at the Santa Monica History Museum, with Museum Manager Kathryn Evans.

An Evening on the Beach

News, Santa Monica, Audi, Douglas Elliman

Audi presents "An Evening on the Beach"

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 12:15 pm

On Thursday, August 4th, the seventh annual An Evening on the Beach, presented by Audi, with support from Douglas Elliman Real Estate, will return to the Jonathan Beach Club Santa Monica in support of St. Vincent Meals on Wheels of Los Angeles.

California Incline

News, Santa Monica, The Ca Incline, Motorists

California Incline Delayed to Open in Time for Labor Day

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 12:05 pm

The new California Incline is scheduled to reopen on Friday, September 2, 2016 in time for the Labor Day holiday weekend. The City originally planned to open the new structure to motorists and pedestrians prior to the Memorial Day weekend.

Comic Con

News, Santa Monica, Comic-con

OpEd: Comic-Con: Just Let Us Write the Movies

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 11:38 am

OpEd: One thing about trends is that evidence that they might be bad for us is too often late in arriving. Take those exploding hover-boards for example. You had to actually shell-out $300 and ride one for a while to realize that the overseas toy counterfeiters knocking them off like crazy had been so eager to make their money they didn’t dwell on the dangers of lithium batteries. It was “Liar liar…” but it was the customer’s pants that were literally on fire.


News, Santa Monica, Golf, 7th Annual Santa Monica Police Activities League

Golf Classic Raises $90,000 for Police Activities League

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 11:33 am

More than 187 golfers and guests teed-up for the 7th Annual Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) Charity Golf Classic while raising approximately $90,000 last month, at Mountain Gate Country Club in Los Angeles.

Tiedown and wall

News, Santa Monica, Smo

SMO: Closure or Political Grandstanding?

Posted Jul. 29, 2016, 11:13 am

Santa Monica City Council unanimously approved Tuesday a motion to consider a resolution indicating its intent to close the Santa Monica Airport (SMO) by June 30, 2018 or as soon as legally permitted. Council directed staff to bring a proposed resolution to its August 23, 2016 meeting.

Spectacular Vernacular Tour

News, Santa Monica, Event

Spectacular Vernacular Tour Sunday, September 18 from 1 - 5 pm

Posted Jul. 28, 2016, 12:37 pm

Don’t tear it down! is the theme of our annual house tour, spotlighting the architectural qualities and charm of five vintage homes throughout Santa Monica. Three architectural styles will be featured— Victorian, Craftsman and Spanish Colonial Revival— with each home demonstrating different approaches to renovation and expansion. These homeowners chose to retain their historic homes and modify them for contemporary living rather than demolish and start anew.


News, Santa Monica, Zachary Cantor

Legal View By Zachary Cantor Principal, Cantor Law

Posted Jul. 28, 2016, 10:21 am

The next time you go out to eat, the most complicated part of your meal may be how to figure out the tip. For the past several years restaurant owners and employees have tangled over low wages, medical coverage and whether to divvy up tips. To diners, that’s left a confusing puzzle of arithmetic at the bottom of the bill, which can include a 3 percent medical insurance surcharge, a tacked-on 20 percent service charge – and sometimes even a line after that seeking a tip.

Motorcycle Safety

News, Motorcycle Safety, Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation

The Santa Monica Police Department is continuing its efforts for Motorcycle Safety Awareness.

Posted Jul. 27, 2016, 2:22 pm

Officers will be conducting a specialized Motorcycle Safety Enforcement Operation in an effort to lower deaths and injuries stemming from motorcycle collisions. Officers will be looking for various violations made by drivers and riders that can lead to motorcycle crashes. They will be cracking down on both those operating regular vehicles and motorcycles that are violating traffic safety laws.

Heal The Bay

News, Santa Monica, Heal The Bay

Troubling Water Quality Report For L.A. River

Posted Jul. 27, 2016, 11:10 am

Popular recreation spots along the Los Angeles River suffer from very poor water quality, according to a technical report issued today by the environmental group Heal the Bay. Building on Heal the Bay’s work as a watchdog for public health at local beaches and freshwater swimming holes in the Santa Monica Mountains, the organization began monitoring popular, previously unmonitored freshwater recreational areas along the L.A. River last year.

Zeal Harris

News, Santa Monica, Studio Artist-in-residence

Zeal Harris announced as next Studio Artist-in-Residence at the Camera Obscura Art Lab late summer-autumn 2016

Posted Jul. 27, 2016, 10:55 am

From August 10 to November 12, 2016, Studio Artist-in-Residence Zeal Harris will lead workshops and create a series of narrative paintings exploring the impact of police violence on interpersonal relationships. Though her work often illustrates difficult realities, her style is colorful and filled with panache. Harris states:

Maria Carpenter

News, Santa Monica, Santa Monica Public Library, Smpl

Santa Monica Public Library Director Maria Carpenter Begins New Chapter

Posted Jul. 27, 2016, 10:42 am

Santa Monica Public Library Director Maria Carpenter has resigned her position to pursue professional opportunities close to her family on the East Coast. She has accepted the position of Library Director of Cambridge Public Library in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Ms. Carpenter has served as SMPL Library Director since June 2014.