Gang member convicted in Moose Lodge shooting

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A member of the 18th Street gang, one of Los Angeles’ most notorious, was convicted Thursday of murdering five people, including two at the Moose Lodge in Sunset Park, during a crime spree that stretched more than three years, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said. William Vasquez, 30, will... Read more →


Resident creates iPhone app to find parking

DOWNTOWN — As the holiday season rolls around, finding parking in Downtown can get a little dicey. To ease anxieties, Santa Monica resident Mark Miller has created SAMO Park, a free iPhone app that helps visitors locate available parking spaces. “Over the years, I’ve noticed it’s becoming more and more tricky and... Read more →

City Council

Richard Bloom named mayor for two-year term

CITY HALL — Richard Bloom will serve as Santa Monica’s mayor for the next two years after being selected for the role by his colleagues on the City Council Tuesday night. Bloom, who has been mayor for a total of three years during two prior stints, was picked for the post after a single round of voting in which council members... Read more →


Gold company with SM branch sued, seized over alleged fraud

SM COURTHOUSE — Superior Gold Group LLC, a gold coin retailer with a location in Santa Monica that has been accused of defrauding customers, has been seized by a court-appointed receiver, and all of its assets have been frozen. The order, signed by Judge Gerald Rosenberg, the presiding judge at the Santa Monica Courthouse, came in... Read more →


Plan to close Broadway 4 theater not a done deal

DOWNTOWN — There’s a hitch in AMC’s plans to build a 12-screen movie theater on Fourth Street, with the theater operator running into a possible obstacle meeting its obligation to ensure that the new 2,200-seat complex results in only a moderate increase in the total number of theater seats Downtown. AMC has plans to... Read more →

City Council

City Hall hires new public works director

CITY HALL — City Manager Rod Gould on Tuesday made his second major outside hire since coming to Santa Monica last January, announcing Martin Pastucha will become the city’s next director of public works, a critical city department that repairs streets, picks up trash and oversees the local water supply. Pastucha, who currently... Read more →


Get into the spirit

‘Tis the season to give. At least that’s what the youth volunteers from the American Red Cross of Santa Monica will be doing. The group plans to collect and distribute toys and gifts for children and teens in Santa Monica and the local community as part of the annual “Spark of Love Toy Drive.” In its 18th year, the toy... Read more →


Sharing is caring

Santa Monica College Student Veterans Association Club and Associated Students will be collecting items to make care packages for American troops in Afghanistan. Items such as tuna packs, protein bars, instant noodle packs, mixed drink packs, beef jerky, magazines and other food, care and recreation items will be accepted. For more... Read more →


Docs: Slain model was calling 911; killer hung up

LOS ANGELES — An aspiring young model and actress who was slain in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008 was calling 911 for help when her killer grabbed the phone and hung up, according to grand jury transcripts. The frantic phone call was among the revelations in newly unsealed transcripts of October grand jury proceedings against... Read more →


District defends handling of sexual harassment case

SMMUSD HDQTRS — More than 140 people have signed a letter expressing disapproval with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District’s handling of a sexual harassment case at Santa Monica High School and asking for more information about the incident. The letter, written by a district parent named Michael Chwe, concerns the case... Read more →


Remembering Pearl Harbor

NOMA — I was 10 years old in 1941 and did not understand the implications of an impending world war. My father, Louis Dreller, was a naval officer stationed on the USS Indianapolis, a heavy cruiser, which was the flagship for the Pacific fleet. Pearl Harbor was the base from which the Indianapolis operated. Our family lived in Hawaii... Read more →


JAMS educator honored at Lakers game

JAMS — Shirley Compton is a loyal fan of the Los Angeles Lakers, but she hasn’t been able to attend a game since the purple and gold played at the Great Western Forum. It’s been awhile, but on Friday Compton got a chance to check out her favorite team as it took on the Sacramento Kings, and she didn’t even have to... Read more →


Tech goes green

Dear EarthTalk Where can I find information on which electronics and their manufacturers are greener than others, with regard to components, manufacturing processes and end use efficiency? John Franken New York, NY Now that many consumers are beginning to care about their own environmental footprints, manufacturers are responding with loads... Read more →


Got the holiday blues? You’re not alone

MAIN LIBRARY — Conventional wisdom has it that the holiday season is the most wonderful time of the year. But, just ask any psychiatrist and you’ll learn that for many people, December is synonymous not with merry making but with feelings of loneliness, sadness and even despair. Dr. Andrew Leuchter, a UCLA psychiatrist, said... Read more →