More police out on St. Patty’s Day

DOWNTOWN — Even the luck of the Irish won’t save drunk drivers on March 17. The Santa Monica Police Department will deploy eight additional officers to patrol major streets and around bars on St. Patrick’s Day to discourage the impulse to grab the keys after one too many. “It’s just going to be extra eyes and... Read more →

City Council

Forced to leave after a long fight

CITY HALL — It was the scene of great triumph for a group of long-time renters fighting to save their apartment from demolition, a celebration over a decision by the Landmarks Commission to historically preserve the building. More than two months after the hearing in which the 57-year-old complex was deemed a landmark because of its... Read more →


Provider named for homeless services building at VA

WILSHIRE BLVD. — More than a year-and-a-half after a trio of dormant buildings on the West L.A. Veterans Affairs campus were designated to house homeless services, a nonprofit provider has been selected to operate one of the facilities. New York-based nonprofit Common Ground and McCormack Baron Salazar, a national developer of... Read more →


Shriver mulling run for attorney general

DOWNTOWN — City Councilman Bobby Shriver, who was recently re-elected to another four-year term, is considering a run for state attorney general next year. In an interview with the Daily Press, Shriver, who is the nephew of President John F. Kennedy and the brother of California First Lady Maria Shriver, said he has had informal... Read more →

High School

New shelter for families breaks ground

CULVER CITY — The ongoing efforts by Santa Monica city officials to take a regional approach in addressing homelessness took a giant step forward on Thursday when a locally-based nonprofit broke ground on a new family shelter in a neighboring community. A large crowd of homeless service advocates and officials from Los Angeles County... Read more →


SMC a natural fit for new VP

SMC — Acclimating to a new job nearly 350 miles south from the old is proving to be a less trying task than the trip itself for Jeanine Hawk. There’s a lot of parallels that Santa Monica College’s new vice president of business and administration can draw between her current and former workplace at De Anza College in... Read more →


Taking a bite out of crime

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Violent crimes in Santa Monica continued to hit historic lows in 2008, a trend which SMPD Chief Tim Jackman credited to increased community involvement and an intense focus on connecting the homeless population with social service agencies. Part 1 crimes, which include rapes, murders and assaults, were down 7... Read more →


A Day in the Life

Well before the sun peaks through the dark night sky and the streets of Santa Monica arise, personal trainer Teresa Lance begins her day. Dressed in tight yoga pants, a T-shirt and tennis shoes, Lance is perfectly attired to take on her first client; it is barely 5:30 a.m. While Lance’s day starts before most people are awake, her... Read more →

City Council

Carpet cleaning company accused of bait and switch

CITY HALL — Accused of false advertising and elder abuse, a carpet cleaning company in the San Fernando Valley was hit with a criminal complaint by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office this week. The 16-count complaint against Sharon Gilboa and his company, Woodland Hills-based Clean Dry USA, claims bait and switch tactics in... Read more →


Rental vacancies on the rise in Santa Monica

CITYWIDE — In the short time that Emily Peterson has been looking for a new place to live, there’s an undeniable difference she can’t help but notice from the search more than a year ago. “There are a lot of good deals out there,” she said. In a historically competitive rental market where units typically are... Read more →


Best of the best

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Santa Monica’s Taxi! Taxi! is one of 56 small businesses from across the country to receive the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Small Business Award, an honor given to American companies that showcase excellence in entrepreneurship. “Winners of the Blue Ribbon Small Business Award represent the... Read more →


Boyd, ‘I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa’ singer, dies

DOWNTOWN — Jimmy Boyd, the child vocalist and actor best known for singing the original rendition of the Christmas novelty hit “I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus” in 1952, has died. He was 70. Boyd died of cancer Saturday at a Santa Monica convalescent hospital, longtime friend Eleanor Pillsbury said Tuesday. “I Saw... Read more →


New look for an old school

SAMOHI — When today’s fifth graders begin their high school careers, they will be the first class of students to enjoy a series of new campus facilities that will come online here. On the 100th anniversary from when the inaugural set of freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors stepped foot onto Santa Monica High School, the... Read more →


Resident pleads not guilty to murder of woman found in trunk

VAN NUYS — A Santa Monica man accused of killing his girlfriend whose body was recently discovered in the trunk of her car pleaded not guilty to murder charges on Tuesday. Adel Tabrizi Chapel, 24, was arraigned at Van Nuys Courthouse for the murder of Denise Figueroa, 22, of North Hills, who was found dead inside of a black Nissan... Read more →


Teaching grandpa the art of seduction

DOWNTOWN — Valentine’s Day has come and gone but that doesn’t mean that falling in love is out of season. Local residents Marc Fienberg and his wife Eva Gordon have written and produced a film that offers love and hope for all generations. “Play The Game” is a story of a young ladies man (Paul Campbell) who... Read more →