Eat, drink and be merry at new food truck lot

14TH STREET — For one shining day in January 2010, gourmet food trucks filled a normally vacant lot on 14th Street at Santa Monica Boulevard. Hundreds of hungry patrons arrived to enjoy their edible wares, and owner Steve Taub planned to make the court a regular, if not daily, fixture on the property. Within 24 hours, City... Read more →

City Council

Community balks at mixed-use project

CITY HALL — Nothing occurs in a vacuum, particularly development in a dense city like Santa Monica. Perhaps never has that been more true than with three projects, located on Colorado Avenue a quarter-mile from the proposed Bergamot Transit Village, that are all at various stages in the planning pipeline. As those projects go through... Read more →


Hotels booked for ‘Carmageddon’

DOWNTOWN — If you are looking for a local hotel this weekend to escape “Carmageddon,” you may be out of luck. Santa Monica’s hotels are all nearly booked solid for July 16-17 when the Interstate 405 closure is expected to create major traffic delays on the Westside and the San Fernando Valley. Officials plan to shut... Read more →


Work begins on pair of Civic Center parks

CIVIC CENTER — The “Three Amigos” are saddling up and going for a ride. In the coming weeks, the trio of massive ficus trees will be pruned and temporarily relocated along with nearly 50 other trees so that crews can move 55,000 cubic yards of soil from the old RAND Corp. site to the future home of Palisades Garden Walk, a... Read more →


Brad Garrett yucks it up at Edgemar

MAIN STREET — When students enter comedian Brad Garrett’s “Sitcom Intensive” class, the first question they ask shouldn’t be about attracting an agent or manager. Garrett, best known as the goofy brother from “Everybody Loves Raymond,” said that it’s common for his pupils to sign up for his... Read more →

City Council

City Hall donates fire trucks to storm-ravaged town

CITY HALL — The City Council Tuesday approved a measure that would allow the city of Bayou La Batre, Ala. to keep two loaned fire engines, culminating an arrangement made when the town was rebuilding after the ravages of Hurricane Katrina. In 2005, the southern coastline of the United States suffered one of the worst natural... Read more →

City Council

Library janitorial services top consent agenda

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 part of... Read more →


Local hospitals prepared for ‘Carmageddon’

DOWNTOWN — With the impending closure of Interstate 405 just days away, local hospitals are preparing to keep things swift and smooth this weekend. Sarah Phelan, spokeswoman for Saint John’s Health Center, said the hospital’s departments have modified their weekend schedules to maximize the use of local staff so... Read more →


Homeowner wants to legalize vacation rentals

OCEAN PARK — Thirty-one weeks out of the year, Melissa Tarsky welcomes total strangers into her home. Well, her spare guest house, and they pay for the privilege. Tarsky runs one of what may be hundreds of illegal vacation rentals spread throughout Santa Monica, which open their doors to tourists from near and far who prefer a... Read more →


Not-so-yummy practice

Dear EarthTalk I understand that fast-food giant YUM! Brands, owner of KFC, is under fire by Greenpeace and others for rainforest destruction. What’s the story? Betsy Barnard Wellesley, Mass. YUM! Brands, which operates 38,000 fast food restaurants in 110 countries (including not only KFC but also Pizza Hut, Taco Bell, WingStreet,... Read more →


WISE & Healthy Aging gets a roommate

KEN EDWARDS CENTER — WISE & Healthy Aging will reinforce and expand its capability to protect seniors through a new partnership with the California Elder Justice Workgroup. Incorporating the workgroup into WISE and Healthy Aging seemed a natural fit, said Jeannette Hartman, WISE’s benefits enrollment manager, because the... Read more →


NFL star talks bullying with Samohi athletes

SAMOHI — Philadelphia Eagles’ wide receiver DeSean Jackson made a surprise appearance Saturday at Santa Monica High School’s orientation for incoming freshmen football players in the wake of a recent racial bullying incident involving a pair of wrestlers. Jackson, who is an advocate against bullying and once a victim... Read more →


Never afraid to take chances

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — When Zoran “Zoki” Pavlovic emigrated to America in March of 1976, he wasn’t coming in search of a better life. He was desperately trying to save his. The 56-year-old Santa Monican was born in the capital city of Belgrade, Serbia with an enlarged aorta, the largest and arguably most important... Read more →


Marathon’s return to Santa Monica a work in progress

DOWNTOWN — Frank McCourt’s legal problems regarding the Los Angeles Dodgers and the aftermath of a messy divorce have cast a shadow over the future of another of his sporting assets — the L.A. Marathon. Marathon officials are confident that McCourt’s other legal entanglements won’t affect the race’s... Read more →