News

Puppetry center falls victim to slumping economic times

BROADWAY — Now even puppets are unemployed. After more than a dozen years entertaining Santa Monica’s children and their families, the Santa Monica Puppetry Center is closing its doors, the latest casualty of the slumping economy. Steve Meltzer, the founder of the center and a skilled puppeteer who worked on the cult... Read more →

Airport

Congressmembers urge FAA to move on safety matters

CITY HALL — Just a few days following the crash landing of a single-engine plane at Santa Monica Airport, two congressional representatives wrote a letter asking the new FAA administrator to restart negotiations with local city officials over runway safety measures. The Aug. 5 letter from Congresswoman Jane Harman and Congressman Henry... Read more →

Crime

Youths vandalize elementary schools

OCEAN PARK — A local elementary school received an unexpected outdoor lounge recently when a group of local juveniles moved some classroom furniture to the roof of one of its buildings. The incident took place on the weekend of July 18-19 when three youths, whose identities are being withheld because of their age, reportedly... Read more →

News

In the eye of the beholder

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. BERGAMOT STATION — A sequence of loud beeps echoes across the near empty parking lot here as a big rig completes a many-point turn Thursday morning. A few feet away, a sign prohibits that very action. At just before... Read more →

Crime

Taxi driver robbed at gunpoint

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. Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2:26 a.m., A Santa Monica Police officer on routine patrol in the 1600 block of 20th Street was flagged down by a taxi driver who... Read more →

News

Renovation of affordable housing development on horizon

OCEAN PARK — There are better meals ahead for the tenants of a Santa Monica affordable housing development. The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday approved an approximately $499,000 contract with AZ Home to renovate the kitchens in all 22 units of a 62-year-old building at 175 Ocean Park Blvd. The county Housing... Read more →

Homelessness

Other ACLU suits ended camping enforcement

CITY HALL — If history means anything, then Santa Monica city officials might be forced to suspend enforcement of its anti camping ordinance. That’s what officials in Los Angeles and Laguna Beach did as part of their settlement with the American Civil Liberties Union after it sued the cities for allegedly arresting homeless... Read more →

News

Rock the night away

SM PIER — After several weeks of internationally flavored sounds, the 25th Annual Twilight Dance Series is bringing the music back home tonight with two artists dedicated to delivering Americana rock. The headliner for the show is local roots musician Dave Alvin and his band, the Guilty Women. Born and raised in Downey, Calif., Alvin... Read more →

City Council

SM Place announces new tenants

CITY HALL — The day before the one-year mark from when Santa Monica Place is slated to open, Macerich announced on Wednesday the addition of five new tenants that will join the renovated mall. Now included in the boosted lineup are Michael Kors, which will open one of its Lifestyle stores specializing in shoes and accessories; Ted... Read more →

News

From guzzling to sipping

CITYWIDE — In just a few short weeks, customers at Santa Monica car dealerships have traded in hundreds of clunkers for sleeker, more fuel-efficient cars — but the lifespan of the “cash for clunkers” program, also know as the Car Allowance Rebate System, and its actual energy savings are still up for... Read more →