Expo station site begins transformation

COLORADO AVE — Construction of the future site of an Expo Light Rail stop at Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street is still years away, but in recent days bulldozers have been rolling at the train stop’s planned home, as workers continue to demolish the structure that once housed a Sears Auto Center. The location is the planned... Read more →


Keys to a not-so-healthy relationship

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. Thursday, March 25, at 8:10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Lexus of Santa Monica —... Read more →


Garner stalker found not guilty by reason of insanity

LOS ANGELES — A man arrested last year on suspicion of stalking actress Jennifer Garner and her husband, actor Ben Affleck, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, and ordered to stay away from the couple and their two children for 10 years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader made her ruling based on reports... Read more →

City Council

Harsh words, but no fine for illegal signs

CITY HALL — Pacific Park is getting a “notice of violation” for flaunting City Hall’s sign ordinance, but won’t have to pay up for its offense. The Santa Monica Code Compliance department was planning to issue the notice, which serves as a written warning, to the amusement park operator on Tuesday for displaying... Read more →


Market to get ‘dragnet’ barriers

DOWNTOWN — Nearly seven years after an 86-year-old man killed 10 people and injured 63 more by driving his car through a crowded Farmers’ Market in Downtown, City Hall officials are proposing a new road blockade system they say will make the markets safer. The new proposal calls for City Hall to purchase 12 “Dragnet Vehicle... Read more →

City Council

Half-marathon would raise money for school athletics

CITY HALL — Following a successful Los Angeles Marathon that ended in Downtown Santa Monica for the first time on March 21, officials here are continuing to hold talks with organizers who hope to give Santa Monica a race all its own. The proposed event would be shorter, but its 13-mile course would be entirely within Santa Monica and... Read more →


Fresh and raw

Dear EarthTalk A friend with many minor health problems recently switched to a diet of only raw plant foods and reports feeling much better. She also insists her new eating habits are better for the environment. Does this make sense or is the strange diet making her crazy? Phil C. Reno, Nev. A raw foods diet typically consists of unprocessed... Read more →


Tourism remains strong locally

DOWNTOWN — Although Santa Monica has not made it through the recent recession unharmed, one local industry — tourism — continues to perform at a fairly consistent level. While other parts of the country are listing 50 percent decreases in tourism revenues, Santa Monica is making it through with much less... Read more →


Leaving a lasting legacy

DOWNTOWN — For 50 years, the Santa Monica Playhouse has persevered as a multiple award-winning and well-recognized theatre company that has produced over 500 shows and received an abundance of rave reviews. “I think it has made a tremendous contribution to the arts in Santa Monica, in particular in terms of developing the... Read more →


Nurses’ billboard ad draws hospital’s ire

MID-CITY — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center kicked their labor dispute with hospital management up a notch this week, placing a billboard ad on Santa Monica Boulevard that questions their leadership’s commitment to Catholic social justice. Nurses at Saint John’s who favor unionization have long been at odds with... Read more →


L.A. Marathon doesn’t produce expected bounty

DOWNTOWN — Streets were slammed with runners and spectators, giving the impression that businesses were benefiting from the influx, but the Los Angeles Marathon didn’t bring the boon that some merchants had hoped for. In interviews with the Daily Press, several local businesses reported no significant spike in sales on Sunday,... Read more →


Fundraising efforts save concert series

SM PIER — With $133,000 raised in the past two and a half weeks from City Hall contributions, private donations and sponsorship deals, Santa Monica Pier officials are planning at least seven free concerts this summer. The Pier Restoration Corp.’s board on Wednesday voted to approve the concerts, collectively known as the annual... Read more →


Bus fare hike troubling to SMC officials

CITY HALL A plan to raise Big Blue Bus fares has been delayed after officials at Santa Monica College raised concerns that the proposed price hike could mean the end of its free bus ride program for students and staff. The City Council had been scheduled to consider raising bus fares this week, but the item was pulled from the agenda after... Read more →