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 McClure Tunnel Closed

News, Santa Monica, Traffic

McClure Tunnel Closure for Maintenance at Pacific Coast Highway (SR-1) Interchange and Santa Monica Freeway (I-10)

Posted Jul. 28, 2016, 12:47 pm

The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close all lanes of the SR-1/I-10 Interchange at the McClure Tunnel for tunnel washing, crack sealing, brush removal, tree trimming, sweeping, delineator replacement, and graffiti removal on the following nights:

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.

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier Presents The 12th Annual PALpalooza

News, Santa Monica, Palpalooza, Cal-pal

Pacific Park’s 12th Annual PALpalooza

Posted Jul. 28, 2016, 11:15 am

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier hosted the 12th Annual PALpalooza on Tuesday, July 26 from 5-9 p.m. The Santa Monica Police Activities League (PAL) and more than 18 California Police Activities League (CAL-PAL) chapters received a free, fun-filled back-to-school treat.

Tipping

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.

APB

News, Apb, Santa Monica

ABP

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.

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.

Pokeman

News, Santa Monica, Pokeman

Pokémon Go Captures City

Posted Jul. 22, 2016, 12:17 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. With eyes glued to their phones, eager Pokémon Go players are flocking to Santa Monica at all hours of the day and night in an effort to catch highly-sought after fictitious creatures and move their way up in the game.

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.

Energy

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.

Draught

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.

The first day of school should be an exciting time.

News, Santa Monica, Kindergarden, Parents

Preparing for the First day of School

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 12:46 pm

Do you have a preschooler heading to kindergarten in September? Starting kindergarten is an exciting adventure for children and families. It’s a new beginning for learning, making friends, building confidence, and gaining independence. It’s also totally normal for both children and parents to be nervous and excited about starting kindergarten as well.

SPIKEY: Spikey is a calm and gentle dog who has great manners. He wants to be the best dog ever – for you! Spikey is a staff favorite who is easy to please. He likes other dogs, too. What are you waiting for? Adopt Spikey today!

News, Santa Monica, Nkla

NKLA Pets Of The Week!

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 12:43 pm

LADYBUG: Meet Ladybug! She is an adorable 2-year-old beauty. Ladybug is a social girl, too. She’ll greet you with the prettiest meow in Los Angeles every day. So what’s not to love? Adopt Ladybug for $25 today!

Jeremy Feig.

News, Santa Monica

Local Author Inspired by his Cat, Shelley

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 12:29 pm

On July 1, MSI Press published How My Cat Made Me a Better Man, the first book written by Santa Monica comedy screenwriter and filmmaker Jeremy Feig. After graduating college, Feig moved into a very barebones apartment. He was initially bummed out about it, but soon noticed that Shelly, his cat, had taken more easily to their meager living space. He started to mentally catalog ways in which Shelly remained contented in situations that otherwise may have been taxing.

Swimming Safetly

News, Santa Monica, Swimming

Swim Safetly This Summer

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 12:17 pm

For many Santa Monicans, swimming is the highlight of the summer. One of the best approaches to keeping it that way is to be aware of the potential electrical dangers, especially around swimming pools and water.

BOYB History Museum

News, Santa Monica, Phil Brock, Boyb

BOYB: Phil Gears Up for Santa Monica's Birthday at the History Museum (Part 1)

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 12:05 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.

Teen Girl Focus After YWCA Closure

News, Santa Monica, Ywca

Young People Creating Change

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 11:39 am

The Church in Ocean Park will launch Young People Creating Change (YPCC) with a kick-off event Friday, July 22 from 7 – 9 p.m. Featuring spoken word performances by Get Lit and Poets4Progress, the free event includes a silent auction, music by Milo Gonzalez, and refreshments.

The arrested suspect.

News, Smpd, Crime

Santa Monica Serial Sexual Assault Suspect Arrested

Posted Jul. 21, 2016, 10:03 am

The Santa Monica Police Department have located and arrested a suspect, identified as Pablo Carlos Pineda – a 32-year-old Hispanic male, in connection with a series of violent sexual assaults and attacks which took place on the Westside.

News, Oped, Stajich

OpEd: "...with liberty and justice for - Uh, hand me that eraser..."

Posted Jul. 8, 2016, 12:23 pm

Oh, Republican Congress. Why does it often seem that you would be much happier quitting the business on the floor of the House and simply driving around in Professor Brown’s DeLorean from “Back to the Future?” Is it because you find it such hard work to reverse social progress and come up with terms such as “protecting religious freedom” so that you can grab the hands of time and spin them wildly back 50 years in a counter-clockwise direction?

police

News, Apb, Santa Monica

APB: Baggage Claim

Posted Jul. 8, 2016, 12:20 pm

On Saturday, July 2, at 4:45 p.m. officers of the Santa Monica Police Department were called out to the Nordstrom Department Store, located at 220 Broadway, in order to investigate a pair of suspected thieves.

Families made up the majority of Saturday’s crowd.

News, Santa Monica, Pico

Pico Farmer's Market All Abuzz

Posted Jul. 8, 2016, 12:09 pm

Every Saturday from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., one of Santa Monica’s four farmers markets is held at Virginia Avenue Park. Known as the Pico Farmers Market due to its central Pico district location, families from all over town gather for fresh produce, plants, coffee, prepared foods, music and more

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