Don’t leave packages unattended

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, Dec. 8, at 6:50 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of 11th Street regarding a theft that recently occurred. The... Read more →


Saint John’s testing stem cell treatment for back pain

MID-CITY — Are you hurting to get rid of that pain in your neck or the ache in your lower back? If so, Saint John’s Health Center could help. Doctors at the Mid-City hospital are looking for candidates to participate in clinical studies for lumbar and cervical fusion procedures using adult stem cell technology instead of bone... Read more →


City Hall restores Big Wave

After some 20 years, Santa Monica’s beloved “Big Wave” sculpture is shining bright following a $75,000 restoration project that involved the installation of energy-efficient LED lighting. Artist Tony DeLap completed the sculpture in 1989 as one of the city’s first public art projects. It spans Wilshire Boulevard at... Read more →

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City officials lift beekeeping ban

CITY HALL — Beekeepers are all abuzz about the City Council’s decision Tuesday to lift its ban on beekeeping, joining the long list of cities that in recent years have authorized the activity in urban settings as concern has spread about “colony collapse disorder” — the mysterious decline in the worldwide... Read more →


SMC retains top spot for transfers to UC system

SMC — For the first time, Santa Monica College helped more than 1,000 students transfer to the University of California system, the college retaining its top spot in transfers by a wide margin. SMC transferred a total of 1,053 students to UCs, up 14.58 percent from the 919 sent in 2008-09. This is the 20th consecutive year that... Read more →


City Council favors locals in taxi cab compromise

CITY HALL — In a contentious coda to what had already been a process fraught with controversy, the City Council on Tuesday agreed to allow each of the five taxi companies that were awarded franchises to operate additional cabs, with the two Santa Monica-based companies getting a bonus of five cabs each. The decision came after the... Read more →


School board launches search for next superintendent

SMMUSD HDQTRS — With Superintendent Tim Cuneo retiring in June, members of the school board moved forward with selecting his replacement on Monday by interviewing representatives from three executive search firms that are vying to help the board make its pick. While no formal action was taken, members indicated they were strongly... Read more →


UFO turns out to be Red Bull skydivers

SM BAY — Those strange bright lights residents saw in the night sky earlier this month turned out not to be UFOs after all, but rather two daredevils from the Red Bull Air Force who decided to jump out of an airplane with night flares. Jon DeVore and Sean MacCormac performed two night skydive demonstrations over Santa Monica on Dec. 1... Read more →


Business leaders bash plan to raise rents for restaurants

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Restaurant owners and Downtown business leaders on Tuesday slammed a City Hall proposal to raise rents for those who offer outdoor dining on public property. The proposal, which still has to be debated and approved by the City Council, includes increases that would nearly triple rents for some restaurants, a... Read more →


City Hall ramps up focus on airport

CITY HALL — With widespread resident concern over a possible flight path change at Santa Monica Airport and the looming expiration in 2015 of the agreement with the federal government to operate SMO, Santa Monica officials are taking steps to prepare for a potential showdown with the FAA. The City Council tonight is set to hire a former... Read more →

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Council to approve mobile home financing proposal

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 →


Rubin asked to resign from SMRR

DOWNTOWN — Jerry Rubin, the man known for his love of Santa Monica, his peace activism and his near-spotless attendance record at local public meetings, has been asked to resign from local political group Santa Monicans for Renters’ Rights. The request came last week in an e-mail from former Planning Commissioner Jay Johnson, who... Read more →


SM couple goes into the wild

DOWNTOWN — Yannick Chaigneau met his girlfriend Shirley Lam while rock climbing at Joshua Tree National Park seven years ago. On their first date, they went on a night run on the Mount Wilson Trail in the San Gabriel Mountains. “We started at 7 p.m. on a rainy evening, jogged all the way to the summit and down … . It was 2... Read more →