Salon brings beauty to homeless women

CLOVERFIELD BLVD — When a salon is mobile, its stylists can go anywhere they need: weddings, anniversaries or parties. While on wheels, Phayvanh Phongsa, owner of the mobile Special Occasion Salon (SOS), also found she can spread her goal of helping woman gain confidence more easily, as she did when she visited Daybreak facility for... Read more →


Proposal would let more permit students stay

SMMUSD HDQTRS — More kids who attend local public schools on inter-district permits could be allowed to stay put if the Los Angeles Unified School District board approves a proposal next week to modify the district’s strict new permit policy. In an attempt to net $51 million in extra state education funding, LAUSD Superintendent... Read more →

City Council

Pranks abound in SM on April Fools’ Day

CITY HALL — As it has for each of the past nine years come April 1, the Santa Monica Daily Press took a break from covering the news and published a full edition of fake stories on Thursday, many of them filled with thinly veiled digs at local public figures and absurd takes on local issues. This year’s April Fools’ edition... Read more →


Expo station site begins transformation

COLORADO AVE — Construction of the future site of an Expo Light Rail stop at Colorado Avenue and Fourth Street is still years away, but in recent days bulldozers have been rolling at the train stop’s planned home, as workers continue to demolish the structure that once housed a Sears Auto Center. The location is the planned... Read more →


Keys to a not-so-healthy relationship

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, March 25, at 8:10 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1500 block of Santa Monica Boulevard — Lexus of Santa Monica —... Read more →


First person: Trip to Haiti provides harsh reality

HAITI — From the moment I saw news footage of the earthquake in Haiti, with those heart-wrenching images of death and devastation, I wanted to help in some way. When my employer sent an e-mail seeking volunteers to go on a relief mission with the U.S. Navy, I responded immediately. Ever since medical school, I’ve wanted to go on... Read more →


Garner stalker found not guilty by reason of insanity

LOS ANGELES — A man arrested last year on suspicion of stalking actress Jennifer Garner and her husband, actor Ben Affleck, was found not guilty by reason of insanity Tuesday, and ordered to stay away from the couple and their two children for 10 years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Katherine Mader made her ruling based on reports... Read more →

City Council

Harsh words, but no fine for illegal signs

CITY HALL — Pacific Park is getting a “notice of violation” for flaunting City Hall’s sign ordinance, but won’t have to pay up for its offense. The Santa Monica Code Compliance department was planning to issue the notice, which serves as a written warning, to the amusement park operator on Tuesday for displaying... Read more →


Market to get ‘dragnet’ barriers

DOWNTOWN — Nearly seven years after an 86-year-old man killed 10 people and injured 63 more by driving his car through a crowded Farmers’ Market in Downtown, City Hall officials are proposing a new road blockade system they say will make the markets safer. The new proposal calls for City Hall to purchase 12 “Dragnet Vehicle... Read more →

City Council

Half-marathon would raise money for school athletics

CITY HALL — Following a successful Los Angeles Marathon that ended in Downtown Santa Monica for the first time on March 21, officials here are continuing to hold talks with organizers who hope to give Santa Monica a race all its own. The proposed event would be shorter, but its 13-mile course would be entirely within Santa Monica and... Read more →


Tourism remains strong locally

DOWNTOWN — Although Santa Monica has not made it through the recent recession unharmed, one local industry — tourism — continues to perform at a fairly consistent level. While other parts of the country are listing 50 percent decreases in tourism revenues, Santa Monica is making it through with much less... Read more →


Fresh and raw

Dear EarthTalk A friend with many minor health problems recently switched to a diet of only raw plant foods and reports feeling much better. She also insists her new eating habits are better for the environment. Does this make sense or is the strange diet making her crazy? Phil C. Reno, Nev. A raw foods diet typically consists of unprocessed... Read more →


Nurses’ billboard ad draws hospital’s ire

MID-CITY — Nurses at Saint John’s Health Center kicked their labor dispute with hospital management up a notch this week, placing a billboard ad on Santa Monica Boulevard that questions their leadership’s commitment to Catholic social justice. Nurses at Saint John’s who favor unionization have long been at odds with... Read more →