Travolta’s vintage Mercedes stolen in Santa Monica

BERKELEY ST — Talk about greased lightning. It took only 10 minutes for actor John Travolta to become a victim, his vintage Mercedes-Benz 280 SL swiped by a car thief Sunday afternoon while he was visiting a nearby Jaguar dealership, police said. Travolta, 57, who played bad boy Danny Zuko in the cult classic “Grease,”... Read more →

City Council

City Halls vaults ahead on renters’ rights

CITY HALL — Santa Monica city officials, long praised and decried for their staunch defense of renters’ rights, are looking to extend to all tenants protections guaranteed by a harassment ordinance for rent-controlled apartments, as well as mandate extra money for those forced to relocate from their homes. The concept was brought... Read more →


A new pollution

Dear EarthTalk What is “genetic pollution” as it pertains to the bioengineering of animals, fish and plants, and what happens if they cross breed with their wild cousins? R. Ahearn Rome, NY Genetically modified organisms are those that have been altered by scientists to include genes from other organisms (known as transgenes)... Read more →


Faith, family make the man

DOWNTOWN — Heading into the Taliban stronghold of Marjah with a quarter of his Afghan battalion high on hashish or opium was not how Douglas Woodhams, a major in the U.S. Marine Corps Reserves, wanted to spend his third tour of duty in the war on terror. “You don’t want a guy wielding a weapon after smoking that... Read more →


Coastal Cleanup a big draw

SANTA MONICA BEACH — As heavy clouds lay thick over the bluffs of Santa Monica and Malibu and a chilly breeze blew in off the gray peaks of the ocean waves, thousands of people swarmed Santa Monica beach Saturday, looking for the little pieces of modernity that should never have been left behind. The group, almost 2,000-strong,... Read more →


A tale of two airports

SMO — On Monday, Aug. 29, a student pilot in a Cessna 172 crashed into a home in the Sunset Park neighborhood of Santa Monica for unknown reasons. The accident raised old concerns about the safety of having airport operations, including flight schools and private planes, operating so close to homes. It’s a complaint David Lerner... Read more →


Missing Texas man’s car found in SM

OCEAN PARK — The family of a Lubbock, Texas man is asking for help in locating him after they lost contact several months ago. Eric Scheller, 24, was reported missing after Sept. 4, when a notice from Santa Monica-based Pacific Tow came in the mail, informing Scheller’s family that his red Cavalier had been towed from the 400... Read more →


SM residents win ITU Championship awards

DOWNTOWN The United States captured several titles and medals at the International Triathlon Union World Championship, which was held in Beijing between Sept. 7 and 11. Seventy-year-old Santa Monica resident Peggy McDowell-Cramer competed in both the ITU Aquathlon World Championship and the ITU Triathlon World Championship in her age... Read more →


Better watch where you step

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. Sunday, Sept. 11, at 12:48 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2500 block of Lincoln Boulevard — ARCO — regarding a strong-arm... Read more →

City Council

Employees give up benefits for health of fund

CITY HALL — In another bow to the harsh economic realities that face Santa Monica, all nine employee bargaining units agreed to concessions that will save the general fund over $1 million in the next two years. For the first time, members of the police and fire departments will pay a portion of their pension costs, which equates to 1... Read more →


E-cigarettes not welcome in district schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — An old adage reads, “Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.” When it comes to an emerging trend in smoking, it’s actually vapor that local educators in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District are cracking down on. The Board of Education added smokeless cigarettes, also known as... Read more →


Passport to yoga bliss

SUNSET PARK — Five minutes before I leave the office for the day, I’m busy wrapping things up and contemplating on whether or not I should go to the gym. My poor bottom deserves it after eight hours of sitting on it, but thinking about the treadmill and fluorescent lighting, I feel more numb — just like my unattended... Read more →


Nurses support Osborn

The California Nurses Association has endorsed veteran nonprofit leader Torie Osborn in her bid to fill the newly created 50th Assembly District, which includes Santa Monica. “We need a fresh approach and bold ideas on how to fix California and rebuild our struggling middle class,” said Malinda Markowitz, registered nurse and... Read more →


Back to the future

The National Trust for Historic Prevention has awarded the Santa Monica Conservancy with a $7,500 grant from the Los Angeles County Preservation Fund. The funds will help support a portion of the rehabilitation costs needed for Santa Monica’s 1890s Shotgun House, a survivor from the early days of Ocean Park when many simple cottages... Read more →