Candle maker sparks inspiration inside expanded West Elm

Evolyn Brooks almost always has something cooking on the stove. Walking into her brand new shop on Fourth Street, wandering customers are hit with the sweet aromas of grapefruit, lavender, lemongrass or jasmine depending on the concoction brewing on her portable Black and Decker burners. Nearby, delicate cups hold seashells, dried petals... Read more →


Los Angeles launches youth swimming lessons initiative

Los Angeles is launching an initiative to give every child between the ages of 4 and 17 an opportunity to learn to swim. Mayor Eric Garcetti announced the SwimLA program Friday, saying it will give children a skill that will keep them fit and safe. The mayor's office cites statistics from the U.S.A. Swimming Foundation that 64 percent... Read more →


Thieves target Priuses for Catalytic Converters

A free Santa Monica Police Department event to etch license plate numbers onto catalytic converters was fully booked within hours this week, with fifty residents quickly reserving spots to have their converters distinctly marked to discourage thieves. The SMPD marked each converter with the driver’s license plate number and a coat of neon... Read more →


Woman hiking north of LA says she fought off bear with knife

A woman hiking the Pacific Crest Trail north of Los Angeles says she fought off an attacking bear by stabbing it. The 25-year-old woman told Los Angeles County sheriff's deputies that she was in the Vasquez Rocks park on Thursday when a small black bear ran toward her. The woman says she pulled a knife from her backpack and stabbed it in... Read more →


SMO Consent Decree prevails in latest legal challenge

The legal agreement allowing Santa Monica to close its airport in 2029 survived another protracted court battle this week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit rejected a challenge brought by aviation groups. The court rejected the argument that the Consent Decree between the City of Santa Monica and the FAA amounted to... Read more →


Emancipation celebration in Virginia Ave. Park

This Saturday, Santa Monicans are invited to the annual Juneteenth Celebration in Virginia Ave. Park. Santa Monica has recognized Juneteenth since 1993 thanks to the efforts of longtime resident Laverene Ross. Ross was born in Texas and after enduring harsh conditions for most of her childhood, the family moved to Santa Monica in 1957... Read more →


Crime Watch

On June 7, at about 9:12 a.m. Officers responded to the 800 block of Ocean Park Blvd regarding a subject that threw a rock at a Big Blue Bus. Upon arrival, officers located the suspect sitting on a bus bench. As the officer approached the suspect, she stood up and tried to walk away. The suspect was detained for an investigation. Officers... Read more →


Proposed US banking fix for marijuana may not open all doors

A proposal in Congress to ease the U.S. ban on marijuana could encourage more banks to do business with cannabis companies, but it appears to fall short of a cure-all for an industry that must operate mainly as a cash business in a credit card world. Marijuana is legal in some form in about 30 states, but companies that grow or sell it... Read more →


Film Review: ‘Superfly’ remakes a Blaxploitation classic

Director X's "Superfly" transplants the 1972 Blaxploitation classic from Harlem streets to suburban Atlanta mansions, flips Curtis Mayfield's soul score for Future's hip-hop soundtrack and forsakes the original's politically charged grit for shallow music-video indulgence. "He's got a plan to stick it to the man," went the ads for Gordon... Read more →


Fewer US teens smoking, doing drugs … and drinking milk

Fewer U.S. teens are smoking, having sex and doing drugs these days. Oh, and they're drinking less milk, too. Less than one-third of high school students drink a glass of milk a day, according to a large government survey released Thursday. About two decades ago, it was nearly half. Last year's survey asked about 100 questions on a wide... Read more →