Consumer group sues Anthem over policy changes

SUNSET PARK — Santa Monica consumer advocacy group Consumer Watchdog, in conjunction with Blue Cross policyholders, filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Anthem Blue Cross, the California branch of WellPoint Inc. The class action lawsuit accuses the health insurer of forcing customers into coverage offering less benefits and higher... Read more →


Local company aims to give freelancers a home

SM BLVD — You know a business is on the cutting edge when it hangs a sign in the front window that reads, “What is this place?” As the first “co-working” space geared toward creative professionals in Santa Monica, the owners of CoLoft, which opened its doors Feb. 15, felt they had some explaining to do. Located... Read more →


Local couple returns after plastic voyage

DOWNTOWN — As part of their global study on ocean plastic pollution, the Santa Monica scientist couple of Dr. Marcus Eriksen and Anna Cummins recently returned from the Sargasso Sea with some startling news -- plastic pollutants may be working their way up the food chain to humans. The voyage, which began in St. Thomas and set sail... Read more →


New dining options at SM Place

SM PLACE — Macerich Co. this week announced it has leased space at Santa Monica Place to three new shops that will help round out a diverse mix of restaurants and food purveyors the company hopes will make its top-story “dining deck” a major attraction at the new mall. With a view of the ocean and the Third Street Promenade,... Read more →


Downtown parking changes underway

DOWNTOWN — Parking for three hours in Downtown Santa Monica and not paying a dime for the privilege is soon to be a thing of the past. Parking Structure 8, one of the two parking structures attached to Santa Monica Place, was one of the last two City Hall-owned structures where you could pull off the feat. But the lot closed for... Read more →


Bicyclists want cemetery access back

WESTWOOD — When he would ride his bike from his Westwood home to the beach in Santa Monica, David Eisenberg, a professor of biological chemistry at UCLA, used to avoid some traffic-congested stretches by taking a shortcut that led him through the Los Angeles National Cemetery. But since shortly after Sept. 11, 2001, the cemetery has... Read more →


Pico library plans move ahead

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK — Despite objections from the Pico Neighborhood Association, the City Council is moving ahead with plans to construct a nearly $13 million library here. The council on Tuesday voted to award the $882,000 contract to design the facility to Koning Eizenberg Architecture. The decision came the same day the PNA sent... Read more →


Samohi boys to play for CIF-SS basketball title

SMC — Santa Monica High School’s boys basketball team better know how to dance. Eighth-seeded Samohi secured a spot in the CIF-SS Division 1A Championship by defeating fourth-seeded Colony, 70-51, in front of a capacity crowd at Santa Monica College on Friday. Samohi raced out to an early double-digit lead, but Colony was able... Read more →


Travel on the cheap

Dear EarthTalk: When the plug-in Prius is released, how much electricity will it use? Will my electric bill double if my Prius is plugged in each night? Or will the increase be minimal? Also, will all this recharging put a strain on the existing electricity grid? — G.C. Marx, Colorado Springs, Colo. It is difficult to pinpoint the... Read more →


Police chief makes 3-12 work week permanent

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police Chief Tim Jackman is extending until the end of June 2011 a patrol plan in which officers work three, 12.5-hour days per week after a detailed analysis showed response times are down significantly as well as officer-involved collisions and overtime costs. For the highest priority calls, those being... Read more →


Putting anti-war feelings aside

BORDERLINE NEIGHBORHOOD — Surrounded by piles of boxed mac ‘n’ cheese, toothpaste, granola bars and Sweethearts candies, a group of women opposed to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan gathered at a home here earlier this month, putting their feelings aside in order to support the troops overseas. These women, and a few men,... Read more →


Double trouble

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Tuesday, Feb. 9, at 4:30 p.m., Santa Monica officers responded to the 1600 block of Sixth Street regarding a report of an auto burglary that just... Read more →


Looking for the next DeMille

The Santa Monica Teen Film Festival is now accepting submissions for its fifth annual festival on June 19 and 20. It is open to all filmmakers ages 12 to 18 and will accept any film in any genre from 30 seconds to 30 minutes in length. Submission deadline is Friday, May 21 at 5 p.m. City Hall will accept out-of-state and even foreign... Read more →


New centers bring stem cells to Santa Monica

MID-CITY — Residents have a new addition to their local healthcare options with the grand opening Thursday of Tower Wound Center of Santa Monica and Tower Surgical Center in St. John’s Medical Plaza. The brainchild and private venture of Dr. Joel Aronowitz, the centers focus on the use of adult stem cells in both wound healing... Read more →


Samohi boys advance to CIF-SS hoops final

SMC — Santa Monica High School's boys basketball team secured a spot in the CIF-SS Division 1A Championship by defeating Colony, 70-51, in front of a capacity crowd at Santa Monica College on Friday. Samohi raced out to an early double-digit lead, but Colony was able to mount a comeback, making it 49-43 at the end of the third... Read more →