Weekend updates

CITYWIDE - A national aviation association spent $56,000 in support of a ballot initiative that aims to put the future of the Santa Monica Airport in the hands of the voters. Most of the money contributed by the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association went to paid signature-gatherers, who collected more than 15,700 names, which were... Read more →


Community project to beautify Highland Ave.

A strip of dry and unused land near Highland Ave. is being transformed into a vibrant community space as part of a grassroots effort by neighbors to beautify their community. Volunteers will gather for the Highland Ave. beautification project on Highland Ave. just south of Ocean Park (West of Lincoln) on June 14 at 9 a.m. to plant drought... Read more →


Santa Monica Pier seeking volunteer docents

The Santa Monica Pier Corporation is currently seeking volunteer docents to guide visitors through the rich history of the century-old Pier. Docents will be trained to share fascinating stories about the apartments above the Merry Go-Round, about celebrities such as Marilyn Monroe and Charlie Chaplin and about a certain fishing boat captain... Read more →


Beach lovers come in many colors

On Saturday, June 14, Heal the Bay commemorates the legacy of Nick Gabaldón, L.A.'s first early surfer of color, with a day full of family-friendly activities at Santa Monica's historic Bay Street beach. Free surf lessons begin at 10 a.m. (registration required), followed by naturalist tours, raffles and a documentary film screening about... Read more →


Samohi grads meet up

The Samohi Alumni Association's 25th Annual All-Class Picnic takes place this Saturday, June 14 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the quad at Santa Monica High. All Samohi graduates are welcome. Food and drink will be available to purchase from  food trucks that will be on site, or bring a picnic lunch. Find long lost (or not so lost) classmates... Read more →


405 Freeway closures

The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority has announced closures on the southbound 405 Freeway between Santa Monica and National boulevards during overnight hours on June 13 and 14. The I-405 Sepulveda Pass Improvements Project contractor is scheduled to conduct two consecutive nighttime freeway closures on the southbound I-405... Read more →


Man admits killing wife working in supermarket

LOS ANGELES — A 55-year-old man pleaded guilty and was immediately sentenced to 75 years to life in prison for the stabbing death of his estranged wife as she worked at a Southern California supermarket. Prosecutors say Kelvin Melvin Green entered the plea to one count of murder Wednesday and was sentenced immediately. He had two prior... Read more →


Crime Watch

Saturday, June 7, at 9:20 p.m. Santa Monica patrol officers working a foot beat on the Third Street Promenade responded to a call for assistance from the Santa Monica Fire Department. Fire personnel were treating an intoxicated female who fell in the courtyard of Santa Monica Place. The female subject was not injured so she was released to... Read more →


Kidnap report snarls downtown traffic

Traffic ground to a halt in Downtown Santa Monica on June 12 as police responded to possible kidnapping call at the intersection of 2nd and Santa Monica Boulevard. Police officers scrambled significant resources to the downtown location at about 3:40 p.m. and sent out public alerts regarding the case. At about 5:05 p.m. the department sent... Read more →


Santa Monican graduates basic training

Navy Seaman Christopher E. Hammer, son of Mark L. Hammer of Santa Monica and Cheryl L. Ammerman of Hesperia, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command, Great Lakes, Ill. During the eight-week program, Hammer completed a variety of training that included classroom study and practical instruction on naval... Read more →