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 →

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 →

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

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 →

City Council

Temporary library’s home to go

<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 →

Education

Parents rally to preserve house system

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A highly-anticipated budget workshop this week is expected to be packed with emotion after parents at Santa Monica High School learned that several principals with the much-celebrated House System could be reassigned. As the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District tries to close a more than $12 million hole in its... Read more →

News

Shops finding more shoes to repair

OCEAN PARK BLVD — While the recession has taken a toll on merchants across the city, business has curiously picked up at Alfred Medina’s small shop. Little has changed at Maya Shoe Repair where Medina continues on with work as usual, fixing soles and broken heels, and trying to make the customers’ footwear appear like... Read more →

Environment

Meat of the matter

Dear EarthTalk I don’t eat meat, for a variety of ethical and environmental reasons, and I’d rather not feed it to my cat, either. Do cats have to be carnivores? John McManus Needham, MA Unlike dogs and other omnivores, cats are true (so-called “obligate”) carnivores: They meet their nutritional needs by... Read more →

Briefs

Seawolves lose

The season has come to an end for Pacifica Christian’s boys basketball team. The Seawolves lost, 65-73, to Tarbut V’Torah in the semifinals of the California Interscholastic Federation Southern Section Division VI-AA playoffs on Saturday at Culver City High School. With the win, Tarbut V’Torah advances to the finals against... Read more →

Crime

Cops using Internet to bust prostitutes

CYBERSPACE — For those looking to sell their bodies, strolling up and down Lincoln Boulevard looking to turn tricks just isn’t cutting it anymore. Concerned about pressure from police and pimps, some prostitutes are using the Internet to hook up with Johns, often meeting them at local hotels for sex in exchange for cash. In the... Read more →

News

Gold craze hits Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — The days have been noticeably busier in Michael Kurt’s jewelry store lately. The president of Jewels by Kurt on Wilshire Boulevard has for the past four months seen an influx of people selling their jewelry, hoping to make some money as the price of gold surges when the economic crisis deepens. The business, which... Read more →