Briefs

Santa Monica Oceanaires to perform at Paul Revere

The Santa Monica Oceanaires will present its annual spring show “Radio Days Goes West,” which will be held at the Paul Revere Charter Middle School Auditorium on April 25 at 2 p.m. The school is located at 1450 Allenford Ave., in Los Angeles, with free parking. The Oceanaires' spring shows are a fun attraction for the entire family... Read more →

City Council

Council wants ‘Footloose clause’ loosened

Jokes abounded in last week's short debate over the prohibition of dancing in Main Street establishments that is proposed in the current draft of the Zoning Ordinance. City Council discussed the ordinance, which will dictate land uses throughout the city for years to come, for seven hours last Wednesday. At around midnight, Councilmember... Read more →

Public

Same goal, different ‘Vision’ for SMMEF drive

What do you call a $4-million fundraising drive to support staff and enrichment programs in local schools? As the district school board on April 16 prepared to review the controversial campaign, which put the Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation in charge of a centralized effort, Supt. Sandra Lyon noted that “Vision for Student... Read more →

Crime

Theft suspect leaves Santa Monica store wearing stolen jeans

On April 11 at approximately 12 p.m., on officer responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue in response to a petty theft call. Upon arriving, the officer was met by a store employee who said the male suspect, described as wearing a blue shirt and dark colored jeans, had been in the men's sportswear section removing price tags from... Read more →

Briefs

State vaccine legislation advances

Senate Bill 277, authored by Dr. Richard Pan (D-Sacramento) and Senator Ben Allen (D-Santa Monica) to abolish the personal belief exemption that currently allows parents to opt out of vaccinating their children prior to school enrollment passed the Senate Education Committee on a 7-2 vote on April 22. Pan and Allen presented amendments... Read more →

Briefs

Crime fiction summit coming to Santa Monica

Thriller School California will take place at Shutters on the Beach in Santa Monica (1 Pico Blvd.) on April 24-25. An intensive, two-day crime fiction summit, Thriller School brings together specialists in crime fighting and crime writing. An event geared towards experienced novelists, aspiring writers, readers, and crime fiction... Read more →

City Council

Council examines live-work units amid zoning review

Zoning Issues: Live-work spaces Working close to home is extremely desirable in a traffic-marred area like Los Angeles County, so it makes sense that many Santa Monicans are clamoring to live where they work. Live-work units are primarily for artists under the current regulations but the new proposed Zoning Ordinance, which will dictate... Read more →

Public

Second annual Pier Party to benefit local schools

The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation isn't going to generate $2 million in one day. But it does hope to collect a substantial sum at its second annual Pier Party, a major fundraiser to support arts programming, personnel and other enrichment activities in local schools. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, April... Read more →

Briefs

Sushi fundraiser to benefit Manzanar memorial project

The Venice Japanese American Memorial Marker Committee will host its 4th annual fundraiser at Hama Sushi Restaurant, 213 Windward “on the circle” in Venice on April 23. Proprietor Esther Chaing once again will donate 100 percent of the profits from her famous box lunch bento to the VJAMM Committee, and 10 percent of all sales at... Read more →

Briefs

Homeless man arrested in attempted Santa Monica bank robbery

A would-be bank robber was arrested in Santa Monica on April 18 after attempting to steal from the Bank of America location at 1430 Wilshire Blvd. Grenville Robinson, 39, entered the bank at about 9:25 a.m. on April 18. According to police, he waited in line before presenting the teller with a note demanding $3,000. Robinson allegedly... Read more →

City Council

Council aims to nip hedge issues in bud

What were you doing at 1:15 a.m. on Thursday? If you're a City Council member, engaged citizen, or local reporter, you were listening to a debate about hedges. Deep into council's seven-hour discussion of the proposed update of the Zoning Ordinance, which will dictate land uses throughout the city for years to come, Mayor Kevin McKeown... Read more →

Crime

Drunk-driving suspect arrested in Santa Monica car crash

On April 11 at approximately 4:30 p.m., officers received a radio call of a traffic collision at the intersection of Stewart Street and Olympic Boulevard. One of the drivers was reportedly walking around in the middle of the street, acting disoriented. When officers arrived they detained the subject in the middle of the intersection who... Read more →