Taxing drivers to ease traffic

CITYWIDE Curing traffic ills in one of the nation’s most congested regions could be a matter of hitting drivers where it hurts — the wallet. Creating toll lanes on existing freeways, imposing a local tax on gasoline and adopting curbside parking fees in commercial districts are just some of the suggestions outlined in a RAND... Read more →


A going problem on promenade

DOWNTOWN Barbara Nagel was browsing the racks in American Eagle Outfitters when she felt the urge. “I need a restroom right away and I don’t know where to go,” Nagel said as she exited the Third Street Promenade store on Thursday. The world-famous promenade, with its brand-name stores, high-end restaurants and street... Read more →


A true blessing

Rev. Camille Mattick (left) blesses Tippy, a 3-year-old pomeranian/shiatsu mix, at First United Methodist Church of Santa Monica during the ‘Blessing of the Animals’ service on Saturday. Holding Tippy is her owner, Maggi Lindsley. The annual blessing service takes place in the tradition of Blessed Francis of Assisi, a 12th... Read more →


Finding natural relief

Dear EarthTalk Are there natural headache remedies that can get me off of Tylenol, Advil and other medicines whose side effects can be as bad as or worse than the pain that led me to use them? Jan Levinson Portland, ME Many of us may be too dependent on over-the-counter painkillers to treat the occasional headache, especially given the side... Read more →


Kuehl slams Measure T

DOWNTOWN State Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica) is opposed to Measure T, an initiative on the November ballot that would put a cap on commercial development in an effort to relieve traffic congestion. Kuehl, a resident of Santa Monica, joins a broad-based coalition opposed to the measure that include developers, architects as well as... Read more →

City Council

Chasing absentee votes

DOWNTOWN Nov. 4 isn’t the only election day. As the vote-by-mail population begins casting their ballots with a little under a month before the historic day, political campaigns are treating the next few weeks as the general election itself, kicking get-out-the-vote activities into high gear. Approximately 17 percent of the more than... Read more →


Measure T creates rift within CEPS membership

DOWNTOWN One of the most active educational advocacy groups has come out in opposition to a controversial ballot measure that would restrict commercial development, a decision that might have cost it some of its longest-serving members. The Community for Excellent Public Schools (CEPS) on Friday announced a series of endorsements and... Read more →


Cops nab burglary suspects

DOWNTOWN Suspects involved in a distraction style burglary that occurred in the 500 block of Bay Street earlier this week were arrested thanks to help from the victim, police said Friday. Delia Yonko, of Los Angeles; Laura Mark-Stevens, of Hayward; and Tammy Boswell, a transient, were arrested Sept. 30 by officers from the Los Angeles Police... Read more →


Vending venture gone bad

STEWART STREET One of the largest energy drink makers whose slogan promises to give its consumers “wings” is being called upon to refund millions of dollars for a failed vending machine venture that allegedly left hundreds out in the cold. Red Bull America, which is headquartered in Santa Monica, is the subject of criticism for... Read more →


hanging around

Leigh Wiley, 31, (left) and Rebecca Shipe, 35, hang on aerial hammocks at Santa Monica Beach on Wednesday. Aerial hammocks are made from fabric that forms a cocoon around the performer’s body creating beautiful shapes inside and fantastic tricks outside of the apparatus. The hammocks are commonly used as modern circus art and have... Read more →


Local pols miffed by vetoes

DOWNTOWN Santa Monica seniors who were once ineligible for Medi-cal, because their homes were too valuable, will find it easier to get coverage come January. Under a new law authored by State Sen. Sheila Kuehl (D-Santa Monica), seniors whose homes are valued at under $750,000 can qualify for the public health insurance program, whereas... Read more →


Suspected murderer behind bars

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. Friday, Sept. 26, at 1:30 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were notified by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department that they had a murder... Read more →


PTA endorses tax measures

DOWNTOWN A $295 million bond measure for Santa Monica College and an update to the Utility Users Tax continue to rack up support from the education community. The two ballot measures — the latter of which has been advertised as having financial consequences for schools if it fails — earned moral backing from the Santa... Read more →


Resident charged in drug ring

DOWNTOWN A two-year investigation into drug trafficking between Canada and the United States, dubbed Operation Candystore, ended Tuesday with seven arrests and brings to 18 the number of defendants named in two indictments, officials said. The seven arrested, including Santa Monica resident Michelle Enck, 39, are allegedly linked to a... Read more →


Rocking the Civic

Haunting melodies, delicate harmonics, and an ethereal voice describe Irish singer/songwriter Gemma Hayes’ latest CD, “The Hollow of Morning.” Hayes has grown immensely as an artist and “Hollow” reflects this maturity. The track “In Over My Head” (which begins with the tolling of a bell and birdsong)... Read more →