News

Gold craze hits Santa Monica

DOWNTOWN — The days have been noticeably busier in Michael Kurt’s jewelry store lately. The president of Jewels by Kurt on Wilshire Boulevard has for the past four months seen an influx of people selling their jewelry, hoping to make some money as the price of gold surges when the economic crisis deepens. The business, which... Read more →

Crime

Cops using Internet to bust prostitutes

CYBERSPACE — For those looking to sell their bodies, strolling up and down Lincoln Boulevard looking to turn tricks just isn’t cutting it anymore. Concerned about pressure from police and pimps, some prostitutes are using the Internet to hook up with Johns, often meeting them at local hotels for sex in exchange for cash. In the... Read more →

Crime

Man busted sharing pot with juveniles

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, Feb. 22, at 12:27 a.m., A Santa Monica police officer on patrol in the 1100 block of Court 15 spotted a suspicious vehicle parked in the alley.... Read more →

News

A room for those in need

ARIZONA AVENUE — Celia Myers was already struggling to make ends meet when a doctor broke the devastating news that she has lupus. Relying on Social Security payments and income from the occasional part-time job to support the family, the single-mother of two children from Bakersfield was met with a financial challenge when doctors... Read more →

City Council

Tide service on Main Street to continue on

CITY HALL — A much contested plan to reconfigure the Tide Ride and reduce coverage along Main Street was temporarily halted after officials with the Big Blue Bus decided to extend service on the line for six months. The existing route for the Tide Ride, which travels west of Lincoln Boulevard on the Mini Blue Bus, will continue as... Read more →

Briefs

Not in service

Those looking to contact the police department can still dial 911, but for about 30 minutes today, the non-emergency number to the SMPD’s Communications Center will be unavailable, police said. The number, (310) 458-8491, will be disconnected from 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. while the telephone system undergoes maintenance. During this time,... Read more →

City Council

SMRR co-chair gets council seat

CITY HALL — It took more than a half dozen rounds of voting and a failed attempt to call a special election, but in the end a one-time candidate and political party leader was appointed to serve the next two years of late Councilmember Herb Katz’ term. Gleam Davis, a 52-year-old attorney for AT&T who finished fifth place in... Read more →

City Council

New ad hoc committee to explore airport issues

CITY HALL — After a long contentious relationship with the Federal Aviation Administration over regulations at Santa Monica Airport, local officials have formed a new committee to better position themselves when it comes to legislation. The Airport Commission on Monday formed a two-member ad hoc committee that will identify issues,... Read more →

Homelessness

Homeless population on decline

CIVIC CENTER — During a recession that has seen people losing jobs and homes comes some interesting news that the local homeless population is actually shrinking. That was the outcome of the 2009 Santa Monica Homeless Count in which more than 250 volunteers last month spent one long night physically tallying individuals living on the... Read more →

News

Autopsy pending on body found off Pier

LOS ANGELES — An autopsy was pending Monday on a badly decomposed body recovered from the ocean about 3 miles off the Santa Monica Pier. Lifeguards recovered the body Sunday afternoon after it was spotted by a boater who notified authorities, said Los Angeles County Fire Department Capt. Terry Hearst. Coroner's investigators will... Read more →