News

Memorabilia selling well despite economy

SANTA MONICA BLVD — For some they’re an investment, a valuable that holds great potential for future returns. For others they’re a fond reminder, a piece from the past worth preserving. For sellers of rare memorabilia and collector’s items, they’re helping to keep their business going during a troubling... Read more →

Briefs

Helping hand

The S. Mark Taper Foundation has awarded the Westside Shelter & Hunger Coalition a $10,000 grant for the continuation of its mission to end hunger and homelessness on the Westside through service coordination, public education and advocacy. “This generous gift is making it possible for the coalition to continue working to find the... Read more →

Education

High school’s house system has changed perceptions

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A line of parents slowly began forming behind the podium, some rehearsing a prepared statement in their heads, others exhaling heavily in nervous anticipation of speaking before the Board of Education. To an audience of district officials, parents and even some children, they each started touting a six-year-old... Read more →

News

Paying the cost to be the boss

CITYWIDE — It’s time to pay the piper. Well, actually that time came and went. Now it’s time to pay plus penalties. City Hall’s Finance Department is in the process of making final phone calls to business owners who are late in paying their business license tax, a critical source of revenue, helping to pay for... Read more →

Business

Rock icon Rollins returns to KCRW

SMC — Former Black Flag frontman, spoken word artist and music guru Henry Rollins returns to Santa Monica’s KCRW this weekend with a two-hour show that will give new meaning to the word “eclectic.” Rollins’ show, debuting Saturday night from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m., features music diverse in both style and age, from... Read more →

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 →

News

City Hall nixes moratorium on new taxi cab licenses

CITY HALL — Facing the likelihood that he will one day have to apply for a franchise agreement to remain in Santa Monica, cab company owner Faud Sanch went into proactive mode. Learning that city officials were drafting stronger laws to control the overabundance of local taxis, including possibly setting a minimum fleet size, the... Read more →

Education

District officials consider furloughs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The growing trend of furloughing employees could be in the school district’s future. Facing the possibility of more than $4 million in cuts next year to various vital programs, including health services, elementary music, intervention counseling and Santa Monica High School’s House System, the Board of... Read more →

News

Little octopus, major expense

SM PIER — Big disasters can sometimes come in small packages. The Heal the Bay Santa Monica Pier Aquarium is facing up to $20,000 in damages as a result of a mischievous octopus that flooded the building with 200 gallons of sea water last week. The water the octopus released through the circulation pipe in her tank cascaded out into... 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 →