News

Making progress on the homeless front

DOWNTOWN — In a city that long ago developed a reputation of generosity toward the homeless population, given the moniker as the “home of the homeless,” a one-year-old approach to pay more focused and proactive attention to the issue has apparently led to noticeable results. That approach — the Action Plan to Address... Read more →

Crime

Cozi Couch closes doors

DOWNTOWN — Dusk had fallen when Jaime Seoane, an employee of Cozi Couch Washable Luxury, finally arrived at the store on Thursday. He came with a U-Haul. The store is now an empty shell, with just piles of haphazardly stacked pillows atop stray bits of furniture and a sky blue sign in the back that reads: “We reserve the right... Read more →

News

Getting in the last word

EASTSIDE — Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights, the city’s leading political party that holds a majority on the City Council and other elected boards here, is opposed to building a maintenance yard for the Exposition Light Rail line in a residential neighborhood adjacent to Stewart Street Park. The politically-influential... Read more →

Crime

Family of slain SM man still searching for answers

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The family of a Santa Monica man who was shot and killed here just weeks before he was to graduate Cal State Northridge are asking for the public’s help in identifying the killer, hosting a rally at the murder scene Sunday in hopes that someone will come forward with more information about the crime. Clifton... Read more →

Crime

Narcs nab heroin dealers

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica narcotics detectives, along with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, seized over two pounds of black tar heroin and arrested two people believed responsible for running a drug dealing operation that covered much of the Westside. Authorities on Friday released the names of the two suspects,... Read more →

Briefs

Living in the dark

On Saturday, Santa Monica goes dark. City Hall, along with many residents and businesses, will participate in Earth Hour 2009, a global event to raise awareness about our energy use and how it affects climate change. Residents and businesses are encouraged to turn off all lights and appliances from 8:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Saturday to show... Read more →

Education

Local man raises money for leukemia patients

ROOSEVELT ELEMENTARY SCHOOL — In 2007, Tyler Cordova went to the doctor with cold symptoms and was sent home. When he woke one night unable to breathe, he was rushed to the emergency room and the diagnosis changed. Six-year-old Tyler had non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a deadly blood cancer. Tyler and 10-year-old Kelly Delaney, who has leukemia,... Read more →

News

Sewer project keeps with the status flow

DOWNTOWN — It isn’t a sleek new office complex or colorful parking garage, but there’s something worth celebrating about the completion of a relatively unglamorous sewer system — the people performing dirty jobs. That’s exactly what a group of city officials did on Thursday when they gathered at the former Rand... Read more →

City Council

Dry cleaning regulations could pose problems

CITY HALL — Concerned about the environmental impact of harsh dry cleaning chemicals, city officials are considering developing regulations that would force local shop owners to use non-toxic solvents and green methods. The City Council on Tuesday requested its staff to explore dry cleaning alternatives and prepare an ordinance... Read more →

Crime

Caveman etiquette lands pair in jail

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. Saturday, March 21, at 11:32 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of Second Street — the Huntley Hotel — regarding a... Read more →