RV issue not prevalent in Santa Monica

14TH STREET — Benjamin Schenck learned about a local ordinance regulating parking for oversized vehicles the hard way. The owner of a recreational vehicle that was purchased on eBay three months ago for $1,200 recently discovered his home and mode of transportation was towed with a $300 fine to retrieve it. As the RV battle... Read more →


A room for those in need

ARIZONA AVENUE — Celia Myers was already struggling to make ends meet when a doctor broke the devastating news that she has lupus. Relying on Social Security payments and income from the occasional part-time job to support the family, the single-mother of two children from Bakersfield was met with a financial challenge when doctors... Read more →


Man busted sharing pot with juveniles

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. 22, at 12:27 a.m., A Santa Monica police officer on patrol in the 1100 block of Court 15 spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the alley.... Read more →

City Council

SMRR co-chair gets council seat

CITY HALL — It took more than a half dozen rounds of voting and a failed attempt to call a special election, but in the end a one-time candidate and political party leader was appointed to serve the next two years of late Councilmember Herb Katz’ term. Gleam Davis, a 52-year-old attorney for AT&T who finished fifth place in... Read more →


Not in service

Those looking to contact the police department can still dial 911, but for about 30 minutes today, the non-emergency number to the SMPD’s Communications Center will be unavailable, police said. The number, (310) 458-8491, will be disconnected from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. while the telephone system undergoes maintenance. During this time,... Read more →

City Council

Tide service on Main Street to continue on

CITY HALL — A much contested plan to reconfigure the Tide Ride and reduce coverage along Main Street was temporarily halted after officials with the Big Blue Bus decided to extend service on the line for six months. The existing route for the Tide Ride, which travels west of Lincoln Boulevard on the Mini Blue Bus, will continue as... Read more →


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 →


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 →

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 →


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 →