News

Credit card fees wallop merchants

WILSHIRE BLVD. — Shopping for new shoes or groceries for tonight’s dinner? What about a birthday gift for a friend? It’s easy — just pull out the plastic. But what shoppers might not realize is that every time they swipe that credit or debit card, the merchant is actually incurring a fee. Franchisees of local... Read more →

Environment

Green from the jump

Dear EarthTalk: What are some things that children and families can do to be greener (and to provide life lessons for the kids in the process)? Cynthia Mosher via e-mail There are many ways to be green around the family that are sure to rub off on the littler ones in your midst — if they don’t beat you to it, that is. With... Read more →

Crime

The lone ranger at work

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Det. Larry Nichols doesn’t have the luxury of calling for backup. As the lone investigator assigned to the Santa Monica Police Department’s Cold Case Unit-Homicide, it is Nichols’ sole responsibility to solve the 66 cases that fill a large, fire-proof filing cabinet located on the second... Read more →

Homelessness

Homelessness told through a camera lens

VENICE — Through the lens of a camera, Rebecca Curry re-lived what it was like to be homeless. Armed with an SLR digital camera, the former client of OPCC’s Daybreak recently ventured back to the streets to capture the memories of a dark two-year-period, taking a picture of her son’s stuffed animals in their old room at the... Read more →

Airport

EPA begins study on SMO lead emissions

SUNSET PARK — The Environmental Protection Agency on Friday began collecting air and soil samples at Santa Monica Airport for a new lead emissions study that could lead to stronger federal regulations. A team of researchers is expected to spend approximately a week gathering samples on airport property and conducting air monitoring at... Read more →

News

Big Blue busing it

Editor’s Note: This is a series in which Daily Press writers overhear and observe happenings around Santa Monica. CITYWIDE — In the Big Blue Bus Transit Store on Broadway, a customer is surrounded by towels, beach balls, flip-flops, bags, T-shirts, mugs and rubber duckies — all emblazoned with the BBB logo — but all... Read more →

Crime

New hours for SMPD

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — In an effort to put more cops on the street at a time when the majority of crimes occur, Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has instituted a six-month pilot program in which officers work three, 12-hour shifts instead of the traditional 10-hour sift, four days a week. The switch, which applies to all... Read more →

City Council

Shoe’s on the other foot now

CITY HALL — When Deputy City Attorney Gary Rhoades isn’t prosecuting scams, he’s creating them. While Rhoades, who works in City Hall’s Consumer Protection Unit, isn’t actually ripping off unsuspecting clients, he has embarked on a new creative venture that through a series of bogus Web sites tells the story of... Read more →

Crime

Stealing is in the air

Sunday, July 19, at 1:10 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Main Street and Ocean Park Boulevard regarding a nuisance. When officers arrived, they made contact with the alleged victim, a taxi driver, who told officers that the suspect walked up to his taxi and kicked the passenger side door, creating a large dent. Officers... Read more →

Briefs

Sweatshirts for charity

eBay guru Greg Kusch and his mother Eileen are encouraging their friends and associates to follow in their charitable footsteps — donating $100,000 worth of brand name hoodie sweatshirts to the Santa Monica Boys & Girls Club. “I spent a good portion of my childhood at the Boys & Girls Clubs of Santa Monica, known as the... Read more →