Residents try luck finding treasure

DOWNTOWN — The Great Treasure Hunt has brought its search to Santa Monica, and residents are digging up buried gems to exchange for some treasure of their own. The North Carolina-based company, operating in the style of “Antiques Roadshow,” sent a crew of three to see what locals here had to offer, led by team captain... Read more →


Last Fridays come to Main Street

Starting tonight, Main Street will be open late the last Friday of each month, with participating businesses offering special activities. The restaurants, boutiques and cafes along Main Street, which stretches south of Pico Boulevard to the Santa Monica city limit, are planning a multitude of events and discounts for these month-ending... Read more →


Fighting over hygiene

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, Jan. 19, at 3:52 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Ocean Avenue and Santa Monica Boulevard regarding a fight in... Read more →


Students find high levels of bacteria in bay

SM BAY — Students at Santa Monica High School were shocked to see extremely high levels of bacteria present in the waters here following last week’s heavy rains. The students, enrolled in the Surfrider Teach & Test program monitoring water quality in the Santa Monica Bay, found bacteria levels weighing in at more than... Read more →

City Council

City Hall braces for cuts as revenue drops

CITY HALL — Painful spending cuts could be on the horizon as City Hall grapples with a bleak financial outlook, though officials said Santa Monica is in a better fiscal position than most cities. “Things are so much worse in virtually every other place,” City Councilman Richard Bloom said, wrapping up the council’s... Read more →

City Council

Council hopefuls need not apply

CITY HALL — Would-be City Council members interested in the seat vacated by the death of Mayor Ken Genser won’t have to apply for the position. Instead of filing an official application with City Hall describing their qualifications, interested parties are being asked to contact a City Council member or the City Clerk directly to... Read more →

City Council

Landlords may sue City Hall over eviction notices

CITY HALL — Apartment owners are threatening to sue City Hall if the City Council adopts a proposal that would give tenants more time to fix lease violations before they could be evicted. The council last week voted to direct staff to begin drafting an ordinance that would require landlords to give tenants a seven-day warning before... Read more →


Community rallies to support youth programs

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — The murder of 20-year-old Richard Juarez Jr. as he left an art class at Virginia Park in November was a reminder that the threat from gangs persists in Santa Monica, despite decreasing violence in recent years. Now, as City Hall faces possible cuts because of a projected budget deficit as high as $9 million,... Read more →


Honda title sponsor of L.A. Marathon

For the first time, the Los Angeles Marathon has a title sponsor in Honda. Although Honda has been a sponsor of the event since 1995, the two have set up a partnership for the next three years, during which the race will be known as the Honda Los Angeles Marathon. As in previous years, both the male and female winner of the marathon will... Read more →