Never afraid to take chances

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — When Zoran “Zoki” Pavlovic emigrated to America in March of 1976, he wasn’t coming in search of a better life. He was desperately trying to save his. The 56-year-old Santa Monican was born in the capital city of Belgrade, Serbia with an enlarged aorta, the largest and arguably most important... Read more →


Not-so-yummy practice

Dear EarthTalk I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rainforest destruction. What’s the story? Betsy Barnard Wellesley, Mass. YUM! Brands, which operates 38,000 fast food restaurants in 110 countries (including not only KFC but also Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, WingStreet,... Read more →


WISE & Healthy Aging gets a roommate

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — WISE & Healthy Aging will reinforce and expand its capability to protect seniors through a new partnership with the California Elder Justice Workgroup. Incorporating the workgroup into WISE and Healthy Aging seemed a natural fit, said Jeannette Hartman, WISE’s benefits enrollment manager, because the... Read more →


Marathon’s return to Santa Monica a work in progress

DOWNTOWN — Frank McCourt’s legal problems regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers and the aftermath of a messy divorce have cast a shadow over the future of another of his sporting assets — the L.A. Marathon. Marathon officials are confident that McCourt’s other legal entanglements won’t affect the race’s... Read more →


Introducing Samohi’s new principal

SAMOHI — Laurel Fretz, a veteran teacher and administrator in various California school districts, will be taking over the reins as principal of Santa Monica High School for the coming school year. She replaced outgoing principal Hugo Pedroza, who is leaving to become the assistant superintendent of human resources in Lompoc. Her... Read more →


SMC student sexually assaulted by man in wetsuit

SUNSET PARK — Santa Monica police Friday night were looking for a man who was clad in a full wetsuit when he sexually assaulted a Santa Monica College student as she walked to her car, which was parked in a quiet neighborhood just blocks from the college. The woman, who was exercising at the college’s track Wednesday night, was... Read more →

City Council

Fuzzy bikes aim to make the world smile

CITY HALL — In the Bugs Bunny cartoon featuring Gossamer, the red furry monster with no facial features but two menacing eyes, our hare hero has a signature phrase. “Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? Like the eyes of strange things are upon you?” Bugs says. “Look, out there in the... Read more →


City Hall increasing bike parking

DOWNTOWN In an effort to make the city more bike-friendly, Santa Monica has increased the number of public bike racks near local businesses. Residents can request the businesses at which they would like to see a bike rack at by clicking the “submit a request” button at the bottom of the page. City Hall began this... Read more →


Get the royal treatment

In honor of England’s Prince William and Duchess Catherine’s visit to SoCal, several local businesses are punching up their services to give customers a royal experience this weekend. Hotel Oceana is offering guests a “royal rendezvous,” a two-night stay that mimics Will and Kate’s most romantic moments. Guests... Read more →


Bulger’s girlfriend expected to seek bail

BOSTON — The longtime girlfriend of former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger was by his side when he was finally captured in Santa Monica last month after more than 16 years on the run. Next week, prosecutors are expected to argue that Catherine Greig’s years on the lam with one of the nation’s most... Read more →


Royal watchers eagerly await SoCal visit

LOS ANGELES — They’re arguably the world’s most famous couple. They just got married in April in a fairy tale wedding, and now Britain’s Prince William and the former Kate Middleton are coming to California for a long weekend to keep their honeymoon going — and hype British trade and film interests. The... Read more →

City Council

Lions’ almost out of the gate

CITY HALL — Lionsgate, the independent entertainment house responsible for hits like “Mad Men,” and Academy-Award winner “Crash,” took a step toward remaining in Santa Monica for the long haul when planning commissioners Wednesday night gave hesitant approval to a development agreement that would put the... Read more →


Local restaurant helps a friend in need

WILSHIRE BLVD — Purchase an order of fried chicken and waffle sliders and help a man pay for a much-needed bone marrow transplant. The owners of SOUTH, a Wilshire Boulevard eatery serving up authentic Southern food and classic cocktails and beers, will be hosting a fundraiser Saturday, July 9, for David Boyd, a brother and... Read more →


SMPD officer helps youth channel their inner surfer

SM BEACH ‚Äî While Southern California‚Äôs beaches offer seemingly easy access to the Pacific and ample days in the sun for boogie boarding, surfing and other water sports, the nearby offerings aren‚Äôt so easily available for some area kids. But Santa Monica Police Officer Austin Brown, who works with the Police Activities... Read more →


Four arrested for allegedly stealing cell phones

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. Monday, July 4, at 6:25 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the area of Lincoln and Pico boulevards when they were flagged down... Read more →