Community Briefs

SAMOHI Car wash for Juarez Friends and family members of Richard Juarez, the 20-year-old Olympic High School graduate who was shot and killed Tuesday after leaving an art class at Virginia Avenue Park, are hosting a car wash at Santa Monica High School Sunday, Nov. 8, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. to raise money for the Juarez family. Apryll... Read more →


Higher unemployment means more clients for Chrysalis

LINCOLN BLVD. — First went the business, then the apartment. After 20 years running an operation that represented wholesale clothing manufacturers to retailers in Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, 59-year-old Alvaro Sotelo was without a job or home, left to face a murky future in a hostile job market with both an outdated... Read more →


Hospital nurses and neighbors rally against Saint John’s

MID-CITY — Two of the harshest critics of Saint John’s Health Center have joined forces to shine a light on what they believe to be public health issues and anti-union activity at the Catholic hospital. The coalition of nurses and neighbors of the medical center, simply named Nurses & Neighbors, began meeting recently to... Read more →


Identity of shooting suspects released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police Thursday released the names of the four suspects believed responsible for the shooting death of local resident Richard Juarez, who was gunned down in what police called a “brazen attack” Tuesday night at Virginia Avenue Park. The suspects have been booked for murder, attempted... Read more →


Theater air clean in time for holidays

DOWNTOWN—With fears about swine flu and other airborne diseases on the rise, Mann Theatre’s The Criterion 6 in Santa Monica is moving one step closer to providing patrons with a healthier movie-going experience. SANYO North America Corp., a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. and Mann Theatres announced Thursday that they have... Read more →


Man threatens to cut woman’s genitals

Sunday, Nov. 1, at 7:26 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of Montana Avenue regarding a report of a suspicious person in the area. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim who said that as she exited a business in the 600 block of Montana the suspect approached her with a 4-foot PVC pipe in his... Read more →


School supe pulls in the big bucks

SMMUSD HDQTRS — When it comes to the total earning levels of superintendents in Los Angeles County, the local school district is only second to one. That one is not the Los Angeles Unified School District — the second largest in the nation — but Glendale Unified where the chief there earned approximately $273,188 in the... Read more →


No AFM public screenings for second year

DOWNTOWN — A favorite feature of the American Film Market will be absent for a second straight year as public screenings are cut again from one of the world’s largest business conferences for the movie industry. The advanced general audience showings were long considered a community perk for an annual week-long event that draws... Read more →


‘Brazen’ attack leaves man dead

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — A 20-year-old Santa Monica man was fatally shot Tuesday night at Virginia Avenue Park in what police called a “brazen” attack that could be gang related. Richard Juarez, a graduate of Olympic High School whose family has lived in Santa Monica for four generations, was attacked by two men as he and three... Read more →


Students express thoughts on beauty

MONTANA AVE — Beauty is … “For people with a passion for fashion and for love,” one girl said. Beauty is … “Nature,” another student said. Beauty is … “Friends,” according to another young girl. Those are just some of the sentiments expressed by a group of students at Roosevelt... Read more →


AFM a market with a crop of fresh producers

OCEAN AVE — For the next week, Downtown will become the world’s largest boardroom, as thousands of filmmakers, agents and distributors from roughly 70 countries gather in local hotels and movie theaters to compete in an intense bidding war for the latest crop of potential Academy Award winners. While film festivals like Cannes... Read more →


Verizon opens parking lot for businesses

BROADWAY — Parking is never easy to come by, but in the heart of the city’s light industrial district where businesses have exploded over the past 30 years, it can at times seem impossible to find. But there will be some temporary relief to the long-standing parking problem along the eastern stretch of Broadway after City Hall... Read more →


Water main failure floods neighborhood

WASHINGTON AVE — A 10-inch water main burst near Washington Avenue and Second Street Tuesday afternoon, sending torrents water rushing into underground garages, flooding parked cars, city officials said. The cause of the break and the extent of the damages was not known at presstime, however, several residents were seen bailing water... Read more →


‘Kooza’ extends run

The big blue and yellow circus tent that is occupying a sizable chunk of real estate adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier will be sticking around for a little while longer. Cirque du Soleil said Monday that its traveling show “Kooza” is extending its run in Santa Monica through Dec. 20. The two-and-a-half hour show featuring clowns,... Read more →


New phone app saves lives, raises money

MID-CITY — Lives can be saved or lost in a matter of seconds. Often times, in an attempt to make the most appropriate medical decisions during emergency situations, paramedics can spend those critical seconds and minutes gathering unknown medical information. However, MyRapidMD seeks to save both time and potentially more lives by... Read more →