Date set for SM Place reopening

DOWNTOWN — Mark the calendars. The new and improved Santa Monica Place will open on Aug. 6, 2010. Officials for mall operator Macerich on Tuesday announced the grand opening date of the 550,000 square-foot shopping center, placing it just about a year from when it was originally scheduled to be completed. Both the main shopping center... Read more →


Red Tie Affair brings in the bucks

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica’s annual “Red Tie Affair” fundraiser held at the Fairmont-Miramar Hotel Saturday helped raise nearly $150,000 for the nonprofit that provides health and safety education and assists families affected by disaster. The 2009 Red Tie Affair saluted the medical profession and... Read more →


Red Cross makes fundraising splash

SWINGERS — The best things in life are free, but that shouldn’t keep you from shelling out some cash for them anyway. That’s why you’ll be asked to donate $1 for every glass of tap water you drink at your favorite local restaurant this week, up until March 28. The Red Cross of Santa Monica is holding a fundraiser... Read more →


Rock icon Rollins returns to KCRW

SMC — Former Black Flag frontman, spoken word artist and music guru Henry Rollins returns to Santa Monica’s KCRW this weekend with a two-hour show that will give new meaning to the word “eclectic.” Rollins’ show, debuting Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., features music diverse in both style and age, from... Read more →


Lawmaker pressures bad brokers

SACRAMENTO — Corrupt mortgage brokers who defraud homeowners and lenders would face stiffer penalties under legislation introduced Tuesday by state Sen. Fran Pavley, D-Santa Monica. The nation’s foreclosure crisis has uncovered an all too widespread practice of mortgage brokers using false information to obtain loans for... Read more →


Customers standing up

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica City Attorney has opened an investigation against a local business that many customers have accused of not delivering promised merchandise. Former clients said that Cozi Couch, a furniture store chain headquartered at 700 Wilshire Blvd. in Santa Monica, requires cash upfront for custom-made furniture and... Read more →


Protecting your pets

The American Red Cross of Santa Monica and City Hall, in conjunction with Santa Monica Organizations Active in Disasters (SMOAID), are offering a free “Emergency Preparedness Training Seminar for Pet Owners,” Tuesday, Feb. 17, from 11 a.m. until 1 p.m. The pet owners seminar will be held at the Santa Monica Red Cross at 1450... Read more →


Meals on Wheels volunteers save life

SUNSET PARK — Meals on Wheels volunteers saved the life of an elderly Santa Monica resident whom they found in her home bleeding profusely from an open head wound. When Meals on Wheels volunteers Bob Sandler and his partner came to serve her lunch at noon on Jan. 5, Ruth Barkley, 82, was perched on the corner of her floral-patterned... Read more →


Preserving Santa Monica

OCEAN PARK The building wasn’t much to look at from the outside — boxy, plain and somewhat unnoticeable to the average passer-by. When the structure, known as the place where modern skateboarding was born, faced the threat of demolition in 2006, it was ironically a permit filed to take the building down that ultimately saved... Read more →


City a pricey spot to set up business

DOWNTOWN The scenery might be beautiful, the amenities of world-class dining and entertainment plentiful, but all of that comes with a high price tag for businesses. That’s according to a survey released earlier this week by Claremont McKenna College, rating Santa Monica as one of the top 10 most expensive cities in the country to... Read more →


Fred Segal Beauty closes

DOWNTOWN After more than 16 years snipping hair, painting nails and scrubbing faces, a local institution of beauty will close its doors. Fred Segal Beauty — which was founded in 1992 by business partners Michael Baruch and Paul DeArmas — will shut down its hair salon and spa on Saturday, finishing out on a small set of... Read more →


Supporting hungry kids at the charge of a card

SANTA MONICA BOULEVARD A locally-based humanitarian aid organization is crossing its fingers that its project to treat thousands of malnourished children around the world will receive enough support from credit card holders to come out on top this month. The International Medical Corps. (IMC), which is headquartered in Santa Monica, is... Read more →


Aquarium welcomes new look for fall

SANTA MONICA PIER Amid the zinging of power saws and pounding hammers was an undeniable enthusiasm building within the walls of Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium on Monday, an excitement over the anticipated reopening that no construction noise could drown out. Work crews and volunteers are putting the finishing touches on a... Read more →


Being single doesn’t mean you’re alone

DOWNTOWN Santa Monica resident David Wright is single and proud of it. And the 65-year-old entrepreneur wants all singles to share his pride and take no shame in checking the “single” box. Wright is the founder of Singular Magazine, a locally-based journal that caters to the growing unmarried community in the Los Angeles area, a... Read more →