Coyotes moving further into city

FRANKLIN STREET — There was ringing and then silence. Mary Mascarenas heard it from her bedroom, awakening to the sound of Cookie the cat sprinting in the backyard, the bell on its collar ringing in a frantic call for help. It was still early in the morning yet the pet owner knew something was awry, looking out the front door and... Read more →


Special ed advocates concerned about proposed term limits

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A proposal to impose term limits and reduce the number of parents serving on school District Advisory Committees (DAC) is drawing concerns from existing members who believe that the changes would send the wrong message to the community. The Board of Education tonight is scheduled to discuss the potential revisions to... Read more →


Promenade celebrates 20 years

DOWNTOWN — The Santa Monica Pier isn’t the only local icon to celebrate a landmark anniversary recently. A week after the world-famous pier turned 100, the Third Street Promenade marked its 20th year on Wednesday, celebrating an outdoor pedestrian mall that has inspired similar shopping districts across the country.... Read more →


All-time high score for school district

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Test scores just keep going up. The California Department of Education on Tuesday released results of the 2009 Academic Performance Index (API), which rates achievement based on two state assessments, showing that the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District improved its scores by 5 points. The API is based on... Read more →


Road to creating a Shangri-landmark

DOWNTOWN — It represented hope and recovery following one of the worst economic catastrophes in U.S. history, an optimistic signal of wealth in the years to come, packaged in a modernistic building boasting ocean views. More than 69 years after the Hotel Shangri-La opened its doors on the corner of Ocean and Arizona avenues, the... Read more →


State officials report thousands in gifts

SACRAMENTO — A $151 hotel room in Lodi, $81 dinner, $10 chocolate computer and a $2 flashlight — these are just some of the gifts that state Assemblywoman Julia Brownley and Sen. Fran Pavley have received in the past year. That’s according to an online database compiled by the Sacramento Bee earlier this month, detailing... Read more →


Fire displaces local family

SUNSET PARK — A local family is temporarily without a home after a fire took out an apartment unit early Saturday morning. The fire broke out around 3:13 a.m. in the second-story unit of an apartment complex at 2315 14th St., injuring one person and causing extensive smoke damage throughout the residence. The unit was occupied by a... Read more →


Woman dies from possible overdose

EASTSIDE Police believe a 46-year-old woman found Sunday evening in a van parked on Nebraska Avenue died from a drug overdose, possibly heroin. Police said the woman, whose identity was not released as of Monday afternoon, was found by a male friend around 9:40 p.m. Sunday with some type of opiate. The death is still under investigation.... Read more →


Less cash, less workers

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that environmental non-profits have been hit hard by the economic downturn, and has this had an impact on their effectiveness? —  Bridget W., Bainbridge Island, Wash. Non-profits of every stripe have been suffering from the economic downturn. In a recent survey of 800 U.S.-based non-profits, 75 percent... Read more →


Publisher of local weekly paper dies

DOWNTOWN — Michael Rosenthal, the publisher and co-founder of the Santa Monica Mirror, died this week after a long battle with renal cell cancer. The memorials began pouring in soon after the local businessman’s death on Wednesday morning, friends — including childhood buddies — expressing their condolences on his... Read more →


Recovering through housing

SANTA MONICA BLVD — A trio of antique typewriters sit in a line atop a desk, showcased in exhibition yet still living out their created purpose, each holding a piece of paper from the platen, containing the thoughts of a 23-year-old woman. “That one types in cursive,” the woman said, pointing to the device the farthest... Read more →


Flavor of the city tempts area foodies

SM PIER — The Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce has partnered with Cirque du Soleil’s “KOOZA” to host its eighth annual Taste of Santa Monica food festival on the Santa Monica Pier on Sunday. This year, guests will enjoy a longer live music performance, new sunset Happy Hour and also a chance to win and receive... Read more →


Bike rider busted with burglary tools

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. Sunday, Sept. 6, at 8:18 p.m., Officers stopped a bicyclist for committing a vehicle code violation. Officers asked the bicyclist for some proof of... Read more →


Obstacles stand in way of new movie house

DOWNTOWN — In a local market filled with outdated theaters that have long fallen behind the trends of stadium seating and state-of-the-art technology, cinema giant AMC is hoping to enliven the movie-going experience. The only thing standing in the way is whether the company can guarantee city officials that its current movie house on... Read more →

City Council

Council overturns landmark designation

CITY HALL — A 58-year-old industrial building that was once home to the unconventional and progressive Southern California Institute of Architecture will no longer have protections against demolition after the City Council voted to repeal a landmark designation granted last year. The decision came in response to an appeal filed by NMS... Read more →