Briefs

Get registered for rec classes

This week, Santa Monica residents can take advantage of priority online registration to sign up for community recreation classes offered in the fall. Classes encompass everything from dog training to Zumba to beach volleyball. To register online, residents can visit www.smgov.net/recenroll. Individuals must create an account before they can... Read more →

Briefs

Upward Bound House makes new hire

Jaclyn Lantz, former director of development for the American Red Cross Los Angeles Region, will now serve as director of advancement for the Upward Bound House, a Santa Monica-based nonprofit organization dedicated to placing homeless families into housing. Lantz is responsible for fundraising and marketing materials advancing the mission of... Read more →

News

Agents raid raw food club, farm

ROSE AVE — Members of a Venice raw food club looked on in shock Wednesday as law enforcement agents dumped thousands of dollars worth of raw milk and seized the remaining contents of the club’s store as part of early morning raids that resulted in arrests. Sharon Ann Palmer, proprietress of Happy Family Farms in Ventura County,... Read more →

Briefs

Santa Monica Symphony has new leader

The Santa Monica Symphony, a 67-year-old musical orchestra dedicated to providing residents with free concerts year-round, has appointed Tom O’Conner as its first full-time executive director. O’Conner’s experience and vision made him a perfect fit for the position, said Carl Selkin, president of the Santa Monica Symphony... Read more →

Crime

Officer assaulted during arrest

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A Santa Monica police officer was punched in the face and broke her finger while trying to arrest a homeless parolee considered to be “armed and dangerous,” authorities said Tuesday. Police were on routine patrol Monday night near the corner of 20th Street and Pico Boulevard when they saw a man... Read more →

News

Sheen withdraws lawsuit over NY hotel incident

SANTA MONICA — Court records show a judge has granted Charlie Sheen’s request to dismiss a lawsuit filed against a woman who locked herself in the bathroom of an upscale New York hotel room that the actor left in tatters. Sheen claimed Capri Anderson locked herself in the bathroom of the Plaza Hotel because she had taken one of... Read more →

News

Officials struggling to find trees residents demand

NOMA — Sometimes, being on the cutting edge can be more trouble than it’s worth. When City Hall committed to creating its master plan to guide tree replacement in Santa Monica, it chose to put uncommon trees on streets throughout the city. The problem: Uncommon trees often aren’t cultivated en masse by nurseries because of... Read more →

News

Twilight Dance Series guide for Week 5

This Twilight Dance Series guide has been created as a partnership between the Santa Monica Pier Restoration Corporation and the Santa Monica Daily Press. It is intended to help concert-goers navigate the popular summer concert series. • <a href="http://www.smdp.com/pdf/080411_tds.pdf">Week 5: In Support of a... Read more →

News

Buy a whale, save the ocean

SM PIER — Supporting ocean cleanliness got a fresh face Tuesday when the Department of Motor Vehicles and California Coastal Commission joined forces to reveal a redesigned custom license plate, the sale of which will benefit ocean-loving nonprofits all over the state. Santa Monica was one of three cities chosen to unveil the new... Read more →

Briefs

Pavley bill increases protection for domestic violence victims

Gov. Jerry Brown signed a bill that allows criminal courts to issue restraining orders for up to 10 years against those convicted in domestic violence cases, officials announced Monday. Currently, California courts can only issue restraining orders for an extended period of time in the event of a felony conviction where serious bodily injury... Read more →

City Council

City Hall considers local-hiring program

CITY HALL — If lowering unemployment, increasing economic activity and cutting down on traffic in the city sound like attractive goals, City Hall’s newest project may have some appeal. Andy Agle, director of the Housing and Economic Development Department, presented options for a local-hiring program, which could require... Read more →

Crime

Judge OKs request for more time in Bulger case

BOSTON — A magistrate judge has granted a request to give federal prosecutors more time to turn over evidence to lawyers for former Boston crime boss James “Whitey” Bulger. Last week, prosecutors said the ordinary period of 28 days to turn over discovery material to the defense is “simply insufficient time” to... Read more →

Briefs

Gas explosion forces family out of home

A gas leak marred a Santa Monica family’s first night in their newly-purchased home, as a gas explosion and small fire drove them from their beds. The explosion occurred at approximately 6:15 a.m. on Saturday, July 30 at a house on the 1700 block of 10th St., according to a statement released Monday by the Santa Monica Red Cross. The... Read more →

City Council

Commissioners lead charge to open swim facilities

CITY HALL — There is no reason that a child in Santa Monica should grow up without learning to swim. That’s the position that Recreation & Parks commissioners have taken, anyway. The commission requested staff place an action item on the August agenda to ask the City Council to open up local pools for use to take burden off... Read more →