News

A peachy morning of competition

DOWNTOWN — The air smells alternately sweet like a cobbler and fishy, changing with the wind. Clanging, chopping and sizzling form a symphony with the jazz stylings of a saxophone player on the sidewalk. Smoke dances out of the pans and into the atmosphere. Crowds amble by, watching the scene unfold or fixing their eyes on the... Read more →

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Camping arrests dropped after filing of ACLU suit

CITY HALL — Police officers here have made far fewer arrests for alleged violations of Santa Monica’s anti-camping law since the American Civil Liberties Union last July accused city officials of using the law to drive homeless people out of town, police statistics show. Officers made an average of 21.9 arrests per month for... Read more →

News

Taxi cab decision delayed

CITY HALL — Officials’ planned taxi-cab overhaul, which the City Council had been set to vote on Tuesday night, will have to wait at least a few more months. The long-studied plan to greatly reduce the number of cabs and cab companies allowed to operate in Santa Monica was pulled from the council’s agenda at the last minute... Read more →

Education

School board approves AZ boycott

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Getting in on a trend among local elected bodies, the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Board of Education is the latest local entity to boycott the state of Arizona over its tough new anti-illegal immigration measure that critics have said may lead to racial profiling. The school board unanimously adopted a... Read more →

Crime

Woman charged in Redding murder; second suspect free

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Thousand Oaks woman was charged Monday with murder in the death of Juliana Redding, an aspiring fashion model and actress from Arizona who was killed in her Santa Monica apartment in 2008. Kelly Soo Park, 44, appeared at the Airport Courthouse Monday afternoon, but her arraignment was postponed until June 28, at... Read more →

News

Worth waiting for

PROMENADE — The iPhone 4 does not come out until Thursday, but a group of five people has been camping outside of the Apple store at the Third Street Promenade since Saturday morning in anticipation of its release. But these young adults are not hardcore iPhone enthusiasts. They are there to promote an iPhone and Blackberry app called... Read more →

News

AMC has movie monopoly on Third Street Promenade

THIRD STREET — All three movie theaters on the Third Street Promenade now have a single operator, since AMC Entertainment on Friday acquired the lease of the theater formerly known as the Mann Criterion 6, located near Arizona Avenue. AMC also operates a seven-screen theater and a four-screen theater on the promenade. A spokesman for... Read more →

City Council

Reed Park slated for improvements

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →

Environment

Better bunches

Dear EarthTalk: Is it true that bananas are taboo for anyone who is concerned about rainforest destruction? Even if I seek out “fair trade” or organic bananas, am I feeding the demand which is causing rainforest to be cleared? — Laura Barnard, Hillsboro, Ohio Sadly, the short answers to these questions may be yes and... Read more →

City Council

Developer skips out on affordable housing

CITY HALL — The development company JSM Construction, which built much of Downtown Santa Monica’s housing supply, has failed to construct 52 affordable housing units it was required to build under an agreement the company entered into with City Hall. As part of a deal that allowed JSM to build eight market-rate housing complexes... Read more →

Education

Samohi entrepreneurs headed to South Africa

SAMOHI — Come late July, 11 students from Santa Monica High School will find themselves thousands of miles away from home, walking the streets of Cape Town, South Africa. No, they won’t be clueless tourists who’ve arrived two weeks late for the World Cup. They know exactly what they’ll be doing: participating in... Read more →

Education

Committee meets to consider new school tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Despite the failure of Measure A at the polls last month, school district boosters have not ruled out the possibility of placing another local funding measure on the ballot this November, members of a committee studying the issue said this week. Measure A, a proposed $198 per parcel tax that would have raised $5.7... Read more →

Crime

Fishing leads to fight

Crime Watch is a weekly series culled from reports provided by the Santa Monica Police Department. These are arrests only. All parties are innocent until proven guilty in a court of law. Wednesday, June 9, at 3:51 a.m. Officers responded to the 2200 block of Ocean Front Walk regarding a robbery that just occurred. Upon arrival, officers... Read more →