News

New book reflects on SM Pier history

SM PIER — Jim Harris fondly remembers his first visit to the Santa Monica Pier, landing a gig as a bartender at the old Boathouse Restaurant. Little did the recent college graduate from Colorado know at the time that the job would spark a two-decade love affair with the history of the pier and later his own published book chronicling... Read more →

City Council

Largest payback in city history finally reached

CITY HALL — A long-standing series of claims against a former retailer accused of failing to deliver purchased televisions was recently resolved in what officials called the largest payback in city history. In a settlement totaling more than $145,000, nearly 100 former customers of TV Authority, whose office and retail space is... Read more →

City Council

A crowded field for council seat

CITY HALL — There should be no shortage of candidates for the City Council to consider next week as it looks to replace its late colleague Herb Katz, who died last month after a long battle with cancer. That’s because a crowded field of 25 residents submitted applications for the council seat as of Tuesday’s deadline,... Read more →

Education

Recession driving enrollment at SMC

SMC — When Alexandria Easter was laid off from her position as a retail graphic designer, she decided to forgo the job hunt to fulfill a long-time dream. The Santa Monica College student is part of a growing population of adults who in the current economic climate were let go of their jobs and have returned to school to advance their... Read more →

Crime

New details in hit-and-run released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — After further interviews with witnesses regarding a hit-and-run accident that left a Santa Monica man in critical condition, investigators on Tuesday released a new description of the possible vehicle involved. Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying the car, which was identified by... Read more →

News

And you can take that to the bank

DOWNTOWN — When Jeremiah Higgins contemplated moving the Santa Monica Seafood Co.’s storefront from its Colorado Avenue address to the new Wilshire Boulevard location, there were a few kinks inherent in the transition. A big question was what he would do with almost $10,000 worth of product sitting in large panels in his... Read more →

News

Lights out

MALIBU — On a clear night, the scenery can’t be beat. Far from the light pollution of Los Angeles is a pure sight of the night sky that is hard to come by on the Westside — a vision of what seems like an infinite number of stars, sparkling like brilliant-cut diamonds. But there’s a group of residents in the Malibu... Read more →

News

New massage law makes City Hall tense

CITYWIDE — There might be a few kinks in City Hall’s plans to regulate massage parlors. The new state law, created by State Sen. Jenny Oropeza (D-Long Beach), regulating massage therapy in California is creating questions and confusion as to how it will affect City Hall’s strict laws that were imposed last... Read more →

Environment

Not so fast on warming

Dear EarthTalk: Don’t all these huge snow and ice storms across the country mean that the globe isn’t really warming? I’ve never seen such a winter! — Mark Franklin, Helena, MT On the surface it certainly can appear that way. But just because some of us are suffering through a particularly cold and snowy... Read more →

News

Retailers woo shoppers with deals

CITYWIDE — It’s a good time to shop if you have money. Kurt Peterson, a shopper from Washington D.C half-jokingly asked, “We’re in a recession?” “My habits have been the same, which is sad,” Peterson said. “I know CNN two weeks ago said you have to play depression, but I’m hitting... Read more →