Filming on the decline in Santa Monica

SM PIER — The lights haven’t been shining as brightly, the cameras rolling a bit more slowly and the action subdued a few notches. A picturesque city that’s been a Hollywood favorite for decades, playing the role of the typical sunny and beautiful Southern California beach town, has seen interest wavering from film... Read more →


Elderly man pulls cane, then gun

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, Aug. 13, at 5:02 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2800 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding an assault with a deadly weapon.... Read more →


Getting Farmers’ Market fresh comes easy

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. DOWNTOWN — It’s like a gorgeous sunset on a cold, gray morning. The bright glow of oranges and peaches stands out against the rich purple of berries and plums that line the booths of the Farmers’ Market... Read more →


Enjoying art on two wheels

MICHIGAN AVENUE — There won’t be a cancer-surviving superstar cyclist or sights of the French countryside but the inaugural Tour da Arts in Santa Monica promises to highlight some of the biggest cultural landmarks in the city. More than 100 people are expected to show up for the Santa Monica Museum of Arts’ (SMMOA) event... Read more →


Brownley calls for repeal of Defense of Marriage Act

SACRAMENTO — There are more than 18,000 same-sex couples who are legally married in California yet don’t have access to more than 1,000 federal rights afforded to heterosexual couples. That’s according to Assembly members Julia Brownley (D-Santa Monica) and Mike Feuer (D-Los Angeles) whose resolution to call on President... Read more →


The benefits of unemployment

CITYWIDE — Perhaps the recession isn’t all bad. For the most part, Santa Monica non-profits have noticed a spike in the number of people willing and available to volunteer their time despite the tough economic times. At WISE & Healthy Aging, volunteer numbers have increased twofold in the past year, Director of Volunteer... Read more →


USPS searches for buyers of Venice facility

VENICE — A local mail processing center could be the latest victim of the economic downturn. Facing an overall decline in customer volume from the advances in mail technology and more recently exacerbated by the recession, the United State Postal Service (USPS) has begun re-evaluating its operations, including looking into... Read more →


Closing a chapter

Book worms who frequent the Ocean Park Branch Library will have to go elsewhere to get their literary fix. City officials are closing the library, located at 2601 Main Street, to complete interior improvements. The library will be closed beginning Saturday, Aug. 22 and will reopen Monday, Aug. 31. The improvements feature the creation of a... Read more →


Don’t say cheese

Los Angeles County’s top public health official is warning consumers to stay away from dairy products purchased from unlicensed manufacturers and vendors because the products may have been made with unpastuerized milk and may contain other contaminants. The products can include Latin American-style soft cheese and sour cream.... Read more →


SMC student sentenced in terror plot

SANTA ANA — A Santa Monica College student who helped a radical prison-based Islamic militant group that plotted “war” against the U.S. government and targeted Israel supporters was sentenced Monday to 70 months in federal prison. Hammad Samana of Inglewood was the last of the four members of the group, Jam’iyyat... Read more →


District performs well on state test

SMMUSD HDQTRS — School officials received good news on Tuesday when state test results showed that students in the district continue to show improvement but there’s some concern that the state budget crisis could be reflected in the scores next year. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District saw improvements in the... Read more →


With a thumb and $7, Frenchman sees world

CITYWIDE — Forget dining in a city for $40 a day, Frenchman Jeremy Marie is traveling the world on just $7. Since October 2007, Marie has been hitchhiking his way from continent to continent, grabbing free rides and staying with strangers, fulfilling a life-long globetrotting dream all while spending the cost of a fast food extra... Read more →


Appeals court upholds Black Widows conviction

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A state appellate court on Tuesday reaffirmed the guilty convictions of two elderly women — one a former Santa Monica landlord — who were sentenced to life in prison last year for murdering a pair of homeless men for financial gain. Helen Golay, 78, and her partner-in-crime, 76-year-old Olga Rutterschmidt of... Read more →


Future life savers

DOWNTOWN — Swimmers with Team Santa Monica took high honors at the Junior Lifeguard National Championships earlier this month in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., with three members earning first place in various competitions designed to test one’s endurance. Team Santa Monica is a nonprofit, parent-run swim team featuring kids from Santa... Read more →


One in a million

NEW YORK — Richard Mason wants to be a millionaire. Whether he wins the seven-figure jackpot will be revealed when ABC’s “Who Wants to be a Millionaire” airs Wednesday night. The Santa Monica resident was one of 110 people from across the country who were selected to contend for the million dollar prize on the... Read more →