Homeless population on decline

CIVIC CENTER — During a recession that has seen people losing jobs and homes comes some interesting news that the local homeless population is actually shrinking. That was the outcome of the 2009 Santa Monica Homeless Count in which more than 250 volunteers last month spent one long night physically tallying individuals living on the... Read more →

City Council

New ad hoc committee to explore airport issues

CITY HALL — After a long contentious relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration over regulations at Santa Monica Airport, local officials have formed a new committee to better position themselves when it comes to legislation. The Airport Commission on Monday formed a two-member ad hoc committee that will identify issues,... Read more →

City Council

New homeless service network close to launching

<i>Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been... Read more →


Section 8 tenants fight to buy Venice building

VENICE — Kendra Moore is quick to name the reasons which she believes make her home for the past 24 years nearly impossible to leave, speaking proudly of the area’s racial and economic diversity and smiling when reflecting on raising four children there. But there’s a sense of underlying frustration and exhaustion when... Read more →


Autopsy pending on body found off Pier

LOS ANGELES — An autopsy was pending Monday on a badly decomposed body recovered from the ocean about 3 miles off the Santa Monica Pier. Lifeguards recovered the body Sunday afternoon after it was spotted by a boater who notified authorities, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Terry Hearst. Coroner's investigators will... Read more →


Environmentalism rocks

Dear EarthTalk, I’m a musician and am curious about what the guitar industry is doing to ensure that the wood it uses is not destroying forests. Chris Wiedemann Ronkonkoma, NY Though it has not received a lot of press to date, the industry is on the case — in part for the sake of its own survival, and thanks to the hard work... Read more →


New treatment saves cancer patients time

SANTA MONICA BLVD — Through the emotional stress and burden of battling breast cancer, Stephanie Philp found a silver lining. Worried about the financial loss from missing an extensive number of work days during radiation, which typically takes six to eight weeks, the Marina del Rey resident learned she was eligible to receive a... Read more →


Google introduces girls to engineering

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica’s Google office welcomed 35 Girl Scouts Friday to show them the ropes and do its part to encourage young women to study science and engineering. The event, part of the National Engineering Week, was a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of America and Google to foster the girls’ interest in what... Read more →


Board postpones staff cuts for now

CITY HALL — District administrators will take another look at a controversial proposal to layoff staff in several high-demand services after the Board of Education expressed concerns with letting go of employees without further exploring alternatives. Facing steep budget reductions in the coming year, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified... Read more →


It’s a family affair

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. Saturday, Feb. 14, at 2:27 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a report of... Read more →


Fire guts Santino’s restaurant

LINCOLN BLVD — A fire broke out in Santino’s Restaurant early Thursday morning, gutting the building and destroying the apartments above, authorities said. No one was hurt in the blaze. Firefighters responded to the two-alarm blaze at 1:09 a.m. and doused it within 30 minutes of arrival. The heat of the flames coming from the... Read more →


Serial bank robbery suspect nabbed

DOWNTOWN — A serial bank robber linked to more than a dozen heists spanning one month, including two in Santa Monica, was arrested at a Los Angeles residence on Wednesday, according to the FBI. Authorities believe that Brian Keith Robinson, 49, is the so-called “Salt & Pepper Bandit” who allegedly hit up 17 different... Read more →


Museum in the works

SM LIBRARY — After a nearly two-year delay, the much anticipated construction of the Santa Monica Historical Society Museum will begin next month. The new headquarters for the nonprofit organization, which was founded in 1975 during the planning for the city’s centennial celebration, will be located on the east side of the Santa... Read more →


New book reflects on SM Pier history

SM PIER — Jim Harris fondly remembers his first visit to the Santa Monica Pier, landing a gig as a bartender at the old Boathouse Restaurant. Little did the recent college graduate from Colorado know at the time that the job would spark a two-decade love affair with the history of the pier and later his own published book chronicling... Read more →

City Council

Largest payback in city history finally reached

CITY HALL — A long-standing series of claims against a former retailer accused of failing to deliver purchased televisions was recently resolved in what officials called the largest payback in city history. In a settlement totaling more than $145,000, nearly 100 former customers of TV Authority, whose office and retail space is... Read more →