Santa Monica’s singles seek love on big red couch

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Over 100 hopeful singles gathered on the world’s largest red couch to participate in an unusual Valentine’s Day activity on Third Street Promenade Monday — speed dating. The evening will go down as the longest speed dating event in the world, said Curtis Micklish spokesperson for BoConcept,... Read more →


Greening the roads

Dear EarthTalk: In his recent State of the Union Address, President Obama called for a million electric vehicles on American roads by 2015. How likely is it that we’ll attain that goal? Jerry Mitlitski, Salem, Ore. “We can break our dependence on oil…and become the first country to have one million electric vehicles on... Read more →


City Council votes to keep mayoral selection process

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica’s mayor will continue to be selected by the City Council after a motion to allow voters more influence failed to gain support Sunday from a majority of those currently sitting on the dais. Councilmember Bobby Shriver pushed for his colleagues to change the current system in which they nominate and... Read more →


Car race leads to fatal wreck on Wilshire

MID-CITY – a 23-year-old motorist was killed Saturday as he raced another car on Wilshire Boulevard near 20th Street and drove into several news racks and a palm tree, Santa Monica police said.   Officers eventually located the other vehicle involved, but there was no driver at the scene, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler.   Trisler... Read more →


Santa Monican teaches students French through immersion

DOWNTOWN — What’s not to love about Paris? It has fabulous food, unbelievable clothing, all those iconic landmarks — the Louvre, Eiffel Tower and the Champs Élysées — and of course, that deliciously romantic language. Whether a trip to Paris is on the horizon or not, if you want to really learn French... Read more →


One thing leads to another

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, Feb. 6, at 7:04 p.m., Santa Monica police officers received a radio call of an alleged shoplifter running from Sears security. As officers arrived... Read more →


Pot growers injured in house fire

KINGMAN AVE — Two people were slightly injured Thursday morning during a fire at a three-story home in Santa Monica where some marijuana plants were found, public safety officials said. The fire was reported at 6:43 a.m. at a home in the 700 block of Kingman Avenue, said Sgt. Jay Trisler with the Santa Monica Police Department. Two... Read more →


Unruly library patrons to face ban

MAIN LIBRARY — The next time you visit one of Santa Monica’s libraries, you better be on your best behavior because if you become a nuisance and continually break the rules, you could find yourself banned. Librarians will soon have the power to ban unruly patrons for up to a year following a decision by the City Council Tuesday... Read more →

City Council

Fee increase for recreation programs approved

CITY HALL — If you like taking a dip at the Santa Monica Swim Center, are an avid lawn bowler or have a kid enrolled in a city-run sports league, be prepared to pay more come July 1. The City Council on Tuesday agreed to raise fees for recreation programs and permits to use city facilities, a move that officials said is needed to... Read more →


Live music: Hellride rolls into town

MID-CITY — Looking for a good ride on Saturday night? If that peaks your interest, you may want to check out Hellride, a “live only” all-star outfit made up of a trio of iconic rockers playing this weekend at the CENTRAL Social Aid and Pleasure Club. Hellride is comprised of Stephen Perkins, Mike Watt and Pete DiStefano... Read more →


A different kind of patrol

THIRD COURT — Neighborhood Resource Officers Richard Carranza and Art Williams were out in force Tuesday, but instead of looking for criminals, they were looking for couches. The two NROs, who are akin to sheriffs with nearly total control over their own beats, joined garbage collectors with City Hall’s Solid Waste Management... Read more →