Briefs

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 →

News

New trees and shade for Grant kindergartners

PEARL STREET — Katie Furlong was ready to get her hands dirty. Holding a kid-sized shovel, the kindergartner cautiously scooped some dirt and threw it around the root of a semi-mature Australian willow that was being transplanted from a box to its new home — the playground at Grant Elementary School where the tree has already... Read more →

News

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 →

News

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 →

Homelessness

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59-year-old Alvaro Sotelo was without a job or home, left to face a murky future in a hostile job market with both an outdated...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 →

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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 →

Crime

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 →

Education

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 →

Crime

‘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 →

News

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 →