Tourism Talks

Tourism Talks Iconic Coastline Inspires Visitors to Make Santa Monica Home By Misti Kerns With our world-famous attractions such as the Santa Monica Pier, welcoming people and atmosphere, first-rate dining and shopping scene, there’s no shortage of reasons why visitors from across the globe choose our beachside city as their... Read more →



367 on Oct. 10 Arson 400 block Wilshire 12:32 a.m. Battery 0 block Pico 2:20 a.m. Defrauding innkeeper 2700 block Wilshire 6:33 a.m. Encampment 1500 block Ocean 6:50 a.m. Petty theft 1400 block 12th 7:22 a.m. Encampment 1600 block 20th 7:39 a.m. Grand theft 2800 block Wilshire 7:45 a.m. Encampment 1100 block the beach... Read more →


Man shoots attempted carjacker in Ocean Park

It was still dark outside when a single shot rang out inside a carport in the Ocean Park neighborhood in Santa Monica Wednesday morning.   It marked the starting point of one of the most unusual investigations SMPD detectives have pursued in recent memory. Lt. Saul Rodriguez, who reviews every noteworthy incident as part of his job as... Read more →


Public smoking in Santa Monica

Yuri was visiting Santa Monica recently and took a stroll down the Third Street Promenade. He paused for a moment to light up a cigarette, and exhaled a plume of smoke. Yuri was startled when another pedestrian tapped him on the shoulder and pointed at a nearby "No Smoking" sign. He hastily put out his cigarette and carried the butt to... Read more →


Judge orders halt to runway shortening at SMO

A federal court has issued a temporary restraining order preventing the City of Santa Monica from pursuing a project to shorten the runway at Santa Monica Airport. Senior U.S. District Judge Ronald S.W. Lew issued the ruling on Sunday, October 8 based in part on the original construction schedule that would have begun work on Monday,... Read more →


Local business blends coffee beans into bars

  In a city that relies on a good buzz to keep up with work, workouts and fun, local entrepreneur Dan Medvene isn’t against the grind. He just wants to repackage it. In his view, it’s not the caffeine’s fault that there is a limit to how much coffee one Santa Monica resident can down in a day. “I love coffee but after... Read more →


New trees heading to Palisades Park if Council approves

A medical marijuana ordinance will be the main discussion during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting. Before the councilmembers discuss pot, however, they have to get through the consent calendar. This week it includes everything from palm trees to leaky roofs at the airport, as well as some changes coming to the Big Blue... Read more →