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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.

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.


News, Apb, Santa Monica


Posted Jul. 23, 2016, 7:45 pm

Once Bitten, Twice Shy. On Sunday, July 10, at 1:54 a.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the 2400 block of the Santa Monica Beach in order to investigate a report of possible domestic violence. While the officers were heading towards the location they were informed by dispatch that the victim had claimed that his boyfriend had struck him in the chest and face about 30 minutes prior to his summoning of police assistance. The officers were then updated with the couple’s new location which was said to have been at the intersection of Main Street and Strand Street.

medical app

News, Santa Monica, Kaiser Permanente West Los Angeles

Beyond the Doctor’s Office

Posted Jul. 23, 2016, 7:41 pm

Commuting, traffic, parking, and sitting in a waiting room can all be avoided with virtual healthcare, a convenient and innovative way of delivering care that many patients and clinicians are embracing. With telehealth, the ability to offer a broad scope of remote health care services, patients can easily access clinicians via phone visits, emails, online and through their smart phones.



Mastering Transit Options

Posted Jul. 23, 2016, 7:31 pm

Midnight Tuesday saw thousands descend on Santa Monica Pier despite everything being closed and the attractions shut-down for the evening. Their mission? To catch Pokémon.

LA Waterkeeper boat

News, Santa Monica

Lawsuit Filed Against State Water Board for Pollution

Posted Jul. 22, 2016, 12:26 pm

Los Angeles Waterkeeper filed a lawsuit Monday against the California State Water Resources Control Board and the Los Angeles Regional Water Quality Control Board for its decision permitting excessive copper and lead pollution in the Los Angeles River and its tributaries.

Tony Vazquez

News, Santa Monica

Mayor to Host Kids Sports Clinic

Posted Jul. 22, 2016, 12:09 pm

Santa Monica Mayor Tony Vazquez will host local youth in a Play Ball clinic as part of the United States Conference of Mayors’ continued support of the Play Ball summer initiative which focuses on the fun nature of baseball and softball and encourages and active and healthy lifestyle for kids in all communities.


News, Santa Monica, Energy

Spinning Solar Power to Conserve Energy

Posted Jul. 22, 2016, 11:29 am

SoCal energy providers teamed up Wednesday night for the first in a series of energy conservation issues aimed at getting people outside and away from their natural gas- and electricity-fueled homes and hotel rooms.


News, Santa Monica, Drought

Santa Monica Maintains Emergency Drought Measures

Posted Jul. 22, 2016, 11:05 am

The City of Santa Monica will maintain its current drought measures despite meeting its mandated local and state water conservation goal of 20 percent below 2013 usage levels, the City announced this week.