Crime

Alleged drunk driver strikes parked cars in Santa Monica

On April 22 at approximately 10:13 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call regarding a vehicle striking several parked vehicles in the 600 block of Santa Monica Boulevard. An investigation of the driver for driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage was performed. Arturo Parral Rodriguez, 20, of Los... Read more →

News

Two parks to be named for local veterans

A brief conversation capped two years of debate over naming two Pico Neighborhood parks this week. Council chose to name the newly constructed park adjacent to the Expo maintenance facility after George Ishihara, a World War II veteran and resident of the area. Council also directed staff to rename Stewart Street Park after Joe Gandara, a... Read more →

City Council

Criticism but no punishment for Councilwoman O’Connor

Councilwoman Pam O'Connor is unlikely to face any formal reprimand for her role in the Elizabeth Riel case following Council discussions of the issue at their April 26 meeting. The Council had the opportunity to discuss and comment on a recently released ethics report on Tuesday night. While several individual members took the opportunity to... Read more →

Obituary

Former Samohi QB dies at 55

The passes found their way to Dennis Smith, a standout football player at Santa Monica High School some four decades ago. They landed in Smith’s hands as he earned CIF co-player of the year honors in 1976, giving him the foundation to continue his career at USC and eventually play in three Super Bowls. The balls were thrown by Kevin Wayne... Read more →

News

Then / Now

November 29, 1940: Newly constructed apartments, 837 12th St. Then/Now is an ongoing feature of the Santa Monica History Museum. The museum is located at 1350 7th St. and is open Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum and its current exhibits call (310) 395-2290 or... Read more →

Obituary

Olympic High teacher Mark Suminski dies

Mark Suminski often saw potential where others didn’t. Whether improving the classroom experience for his students or making Halloween memorable for the children in his neighborhood, he found joy in the success and merriment of others. These days, Olympic High School feels a major void. Suminski, a teacher at the Santa Monica-Malibu... Read more →

Crime

Money stolen from Menchie’s tip jar

On April 15 at approximately 12 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to Menchie's at 732 Montana Ave., for a petty theft. The suspect, Molee Keita, 29, homeless, entered the store, took money from the tip jar and served himself a cup of frozen yogurt. The suspect exited the store and was followed by the store owner. The suspect... Read more →

News

Surfboards allowed on Expo Line

The extension of the Expo Line to Santa Monica seemingly makes the coastal city and its beaches more accessible to people throughout the county, from residents and workers to tourists and recreation seekers. Well, what about surfers? Will they ride the train before they ride the waves? Surfboard will be allowed on the light-rail line, whose... Read more →

City Council

Ethics report overshadows busy City Council agenda

Public attention at the April 26 council meeting will likely center on discussions of the recently released ethics report, but Council has a full agenda in addition to the flagship item. Council will revisit past decisions on tenant rights, solar energy, and the minimum wage. New business includes business participation for Expo... Read more →

News

Santa Monica names new fire chief

Bill Walker has been hired as Santa Monica's new fire chief, according to a statement released by the City on Thursday night. Walker will start work on May 2, overseeing the department’s 108  responders and 15 civilian staff. His annual salary will be $257,988. The announcement caps a year of vacancy at the fire chief position... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica man starts fire, locks himself in apartment

On April 16 at approximately 9:34 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a radio call regarding an assault with a deadly weapon and arson in the 2300 block of 14th Street. The suspect, later identified as Jeremy Giovani Hansbrough, 23, of Santa Monica, placed a small rug on a stove top and lit it on fire. The suspect then locked... Read more →