News

Paying the cost to be the boss

CITYWIDE — It’s time to pay the piper. Well, actually that time came and went. Now it’s time to pay plus penalties. City Hall’s Finance Department is in the process of making final phone calls to business owners who are late in paying their business license tax, a critical source of revenue, helping to pay for... Read more →

Briefs

Preparing for the spring

The Los Angeles County Fire Department wants to remind people that as they turn their clocks forward for Daylight Saving Time this Sunday, they should also prepare an emergency power kit for their families and make sure it includes fresh batteries for flashlights and portable radios. Also, change the batteries in every smoke detector and... Read more →

Business

Rock icon Rollins returns to KCRW

SMC — Former Black Flag frontman, spoken word artist and music guru Henry Rollins returns to Santa Monica’s KCRW this weekend with a two-hour show that will give new meaning to the word “eclectic.” Rollins’ show, debuting Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., features music diverse in both style and age, from... Read more →

Environment

Shockingly affordable

Dear EarthTalk If you have an electric or plug-in hybrid car, you’re paying for electricity rather than gasoline all or most of the time. How does that cost compare to a gas-powered car’s cost-per-mile? And since the electricity may be generated from some other polluting source, does it really work out to be better for the... Read more →

News

City Hall nixes moratorium on new taxi cab licenses

CITY HALL — Facing the likelihood that he will one day have to apply for a franchise agreement to remain in Santa Monica, cab company owner Faud Sanch went into proactive mode. Learning that city officials were drafting stronger laws to control the overabundance of local taxis, including possibly setting a minimum fleet size, the... Read more →

Education

District officials consider furloughs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The growing trend of furloughing employees could be in the school district’s future. Facing the possibility of more than $4 million in cuts next year to various vital programs, including health services, elementary music, intervention counseling and Santa Monica High School’s House System, the Board of... Read more →

News

Little octopus, major expense

SM PIER — Big disasters can sometimes come in small packages. The Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is facing up to $20,000 in damages as a result of a mischievous octopus that flooded the building with 200 gallons of sea water last week. The water the octopus released through the circulation pipe in her tank cascaded out into... Read more →

Crime

Seniors hit Sephora

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. Wednesday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m., Officers responded to the 1200 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a report of a theft that just occurred. When... Read more →

Crime

Moose Lodge suspects guilty of murder

DOWNTOWN L.A. — Just one day before the four-year anniversary of when two Santa Monica men were fatally shot during a birthday party at the Moose Lodge, a jury found two suspected gang members guilty of their murders. Jose Mojarro and Erick Nunez, both 24, were convicted of two counts each of first-degree murder on Wednesday after... Read more →

Briefs

Rain brings warning

Because of current rainfall, the county health officer is cautioning residents who are planning to visit the Santa Monica Bay to be careful of swimming, surfing, and playing in ocean waters around discharging storm drains, creeks, and rivers. Bacteria, debris, trash, and other public health hazards from city streets and mountain areas are... Read more →

News

Residents hopeful church project will lead to parking

WILMONT — Residents who have long complained about the dearth of parking in their neighborhood could soon see a solution to their problems. As St. Monica Catholic Church moves forward with its campus enhancement project, which includes the construction of a new Community Center and two levels of underground parking, residents in the... Read more →

City Council

Residents rally against Expo maintenance facility

CITY HALL — One by one they spoke of a community unified through its racial and socio-economic diversity, yet physically divided decades ago with the construction of a large arterial known as the I-10 Freeway. They used words such as “environmental injustice” and “disenfranchisement” when describing the living... Read more →

Briefs

Time to unite

City Hall, Santa Monica College and the Santa Monica Bay Area Human Relations Council will present the Third Annual Unity Resource Festival this Sunday from 1:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at Virginia Avenue Park. This year’s festival theme is “Promoting a Strong and Sustainable Community” and features information on city, business... Read more →

News

A new ‘relentlessly positive coach’ for St. Monica

ST. MONICA — There are a lot of expected changes in store for a high school football team that only captured one win last season, whether it’s new players in the system or relearning the fundamentals of the game. But perhaps nothing will be bigger to the St. Monica Catholic High School Mariners than the hiring of new Head Coach... Read more →

News

Vacancies on the rise on Montana

MONTANA AVENUE — The empty storefronts and the for lease signs that have been popping up along this once bustling shopping district are blatant reminders for Sheila Nazarian of the harsh economic conditions. “It just makes you not want to shop at all,” said Nazarian, who came to Montana Avenue on Tuesday to dine and... Read more →