About our efforts
“The basis of our governments being the opinion of the people, the very first object should be to keep that right; and were it left to me to decide whether we should have a government without newspapers, or newspapers without a government, I should not hesitate a moment to prefer the latter.” — Thomas Jefferson
The Santa Monica Daily Press, which has served as the city’s only daily newspaper for the past 16 years, is up for sale. Its owners want the paper to continue being the voice of its citizens, a watchdog for government and a critical piece of democracy.
When the Evening Outlook closed its doors in the 1990s, a massive void was left in the community. There was no longer a checks and balance system on government. When that happens, people lose their voices and malfeasance is almost a guarantee. Think about the city of Bell, a suburb of Los Angeles, where widespread corruption occurred within City Hall. A newspaper reporter ultimately blew the whistle on city administrators’ misappropriation of public money, and the wrongs were righted.
The ownership group of the SMDP recognized in the early 2000s that it was crucial that the city of Santa Monica and its citizenry have a newspaper to keep democracy in the hands of the people.
Now it’s time for the newspaper to be in the hands of the people. I’ve worked to create a new nonprofit, the Daily Press Foundation, to raise funds to purchase the paper and work with the existing staff to continue the daily publication of the Daily Press.
The nonprofit model is what many news organizations are turning to, and it’s proving successful. People are finding satisfaction in directly supporting their trusted news source. People no longer have to digest what other newspapers are feeding them, especially since most of them are now run by a news conglomerate that puts an emphasis on profit over reporting the news.
To carry on the good work of the SMDP and the community at large, we need your help. Please consider making a tax-deductible donation today. Our goal is to raise over $1 million before the year ends to make this investment into the future a reality. The 501c(3) tax status for the organization is pending, but any donations we receive while we wait for the official designation are also completely tax deductible. Any amount will help reach our goal.
Please help us be part of the plan is to return journalism to its golden age in Santa Monica. The newspaper will continue to bring a mix of in-depth journalism and feature stories with the regular breaking local news coverage for which the Daily Press is famous. We’ll also be boosters for the City of Santa Monica while striving to maintain the vibrant mix of local views that readers have come to expect.
The Daily Press is your newspaper. Let’s help it stay the People’s Paper. We are in this together.
The Daily Press Foundation is currently accepting donations for our capital campaign to purchase the Santa Monica Daily Press and our operating campaign to pay for the staff costs to run our capital campaign.
Donations can be made online to support our operating campaign at : https://www.gofundme.com/daily-press-foundation-operations
Donations to the capital campaign can be made by check to:
Daily Press Foundation
1640 5th Street Ste 203
Santa Monica, CA 90401
Special arrangements can be made by contacting Damien Newton, 323-774-8828.
Abby works as a consultant to nonprofit social service agencies and local government, and has served on a wide variety of boards of directors, including the California Board of Registered Nursing, the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Commission, the Coalition for Clean Air, and as President of the Santa Monica PONY Baseball League. A longtime resident of Santa Monica, Abby has serverd on a number of city boards and commissions, currently serving as commissioner on the Pier Commission.
Ross is the president, publisher and co-founder of the Santa Monica Daily Press. In addition to building the Daily Press from zero employees to the most-read daily newspaper on the Westside, he also co-founded SMDP custom publications and is also the co-founder of Water Place Media. Ross lives in Santa Monica with his wife and two children.
Damien is the founding editor of Streetsblog Los Angeles, and manages the non-profit that oversees the publishing of a handful of community news websites including Santa Monica Next. Damien has been awarded for excellence in journalism by the Society of Professional Journalists, the LA Press Club, the Annenberg School of Journalism, the American Planning Association, and LA Weekly.
Skip Rimer is the former executive editor of The Outlook, where he worked for 14 years until its closing in 1998. Prior to that, he was a reporter and editor for the Ventura Star-Free Press. After The Outlook, Skip joined the Milken Institute in Santa Monica as head of communications and, later, as executive director of events. He retired in 2016. He is a graduate of the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism and winner of numerous journalism awards.