Metallica plays charity gig at Hangar 8

SM AIRPORT — Grammy-Award winning rock gods Metallica tonight will serenade video game geeks at Hangar 8 in an effort to raise $1 million for soldiers returning from combat. (An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported the concert was to be held at Barker Hangar.) The multi-platinum band known for its heavy metal offerings... Read more →


City Council challenger still in election mix

DOWNTOWN — With nearly 6,000 ballots left to count, one local race remained too close to call on Wednesday, as Bob Holbrook and Ted Winterer were neck and neck for the final available four-year City Council term. The latest totals showed Holbrook was in third place in the race for three seats with 10,184 votes, just 146 more than... Read more →


Local voters approve tax increase, new tenant protections

DOWNTOWN — In a landslide, Santa Monica voters approved a half percent sales tax hike on Tuesday and overwhelmingly urged City Hall to spend half of the estimated $12 million the increase is expected to raise to fund local public schools. The tax, known as Measure Y, passed with 61 percent of voters in favor and 39 percent opposed. It... Read more →


Patel a surprise winner in school board race

DOWNTOWN — Nimish Patel, the newcomer to Santa Monica politics who out-fundraised his opponents in the school board race but failed to win a single major endorsement, has notched an upset victory, unseating current board president Barry Snell. Patel had earned 10,298 votes by Wednesday, good for fourth place in the race for four seats,... Read more →


Breadman plots a market comeback

MAIN STREET — The Breadman is mounting a comeback. A fixture at Santa Monica Farmers’ Markets since the early 1990s, the venerable bread and pastry dealer was banished from both Sunday’s Main Street market and Saturday’s Downtown market after a recent overhaul of the system for picking vendors. Prompted by complaints... Read more →

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Local voters exercise rights

CITY HALL — For months it’s been billed as a historic election, with a wave of Republican victories expected to send some longtime Democratic incumbents packing and shift the balance of power in Congress. But you wouldn’t have known it in Santa Monica on Tuesday, where outside of the City Hall polling station the lone... Read more →


AFM reels in windfall for businesses

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — If there seems to be an influx of movie industry types wearing official-looking badges walking around Downtown in the next few days, you’re right, But fear not that they are overrunning Santa Monica’s streets, because they’re bringing in some serious cash for the city. For the 20th straight... Read more →

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Developers behind mystery campaign mailer group

CITY HALL — The group responsible for the most controversial political mailers in Santa Monica this election year received all of its funding from real estate interests, financial disclosure forms reviewed by the Daily Press on Monday showed. The group known as Santa Monicans for Quality Government (SMQG), which in the past week has... Read more →


Growing better materials

Dear EarthTalk: Merino wool undergarments tout themselves as being kinder to the environment than other wools or synthetics. How is this so? — Stella Cooley, Bangor, ME  Since the 1970s, professional athletes and weekend warriors alike have sworn by base layers made out of synthetic “fibers” that would let sweat-based... Read more →


A dose of election season negativity

DOWNTOWN — As negative television ads targeting candidates for statewide and national offices blare non-stop during the final days before the election, local races in Santa Monica seem comparatively civil. Still, this laid-back beach town is not immune to election year bad vibes. Take, for example, the low-growth group the Santa... Read more →


Man dies when boat overturns near pier

SM BAY — Authorities say a man died and another was injured when their boat struck a breakwater and turned over near the Santa Monica Pier. Santa Monica Police Sgt. Thomas Burgess said Sunday both men were thrown into the water and attempted to swim ashore Saturday night. Harbor patrol officers responded and retrieved the men but were... Read more →


Slate mailer group takes more barbs for campaign tactics

DOWNTOWN — The group Santa Monicans for Quality Government, which last week irked Santa Monica’s cops and firefighters by sending out what the public safety unions said was a misleading campaign mailer, has come up with a new flier that is drawing criticism from the organization Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS). The... Read more →


Formerly homeless honored by community

DOWNTOWN — Before she was homeless, Ruth McKnight was a victim of domestic violence. She had quit her job at a non-profit in downtown Los Angeles, because she said, “I couldn’t keep going to work with bruises on my arms.” Eventually, McKnight separated from the man who had abused her, but with no source of income and a... Read more →


Drive-by robbers busted for snatching iPhone

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. Thursday, Oct. 21, at 8:20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were flagged down in the 1200 block of 14th Street regarding a robbery that just occurred.... Read more →