City Council

Park gets thumbs up; Town Square, not so much

CITY HALL — “Fantastic.” “We’re really lucky to have it.” “There’s nothing bad I can say.” Rarely does the Planning Commission come out with such universally glowing commentary about any project, but such was the vein of discussion at Wednesday’s meeting during the presentation of... Read more →

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Patients allege doctor engaged in inappropriate conduct

WILSHIRE BLVD — Two former patients of a breast cancer specialist at Santa Monica-based Woman’s Breast Center filed a civil lawsuit alleging he engaged in inappropriate and offensive conduct during examinations. The suit was filed in Los Angeles Superior Court on Wednesday by Angela Crickman and Lisa Grebe. They are suing... Read more →

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Kobe Bryant forms foundation to fight homelessness

DOWNTOWN — Lakers all-NBA guard Kobe Bryant and his wife Vanessa are teaming up with Santa Monica-based Step Up on Second to battle homelessness and improve the lives of youths and families in need. The Kobe and Vanessa Bryant Family Foundation will initially focus on homeless youth in Los Angeles, the Bryants said Tuesday at a news... Read more →

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Santa Monica judge orders man to stay away from Lohan

SM COURTHOUSE — A judge on Wednesday ordered a man accused of showing up at Lindsay Lohan’s court appearances and leaving gifts at her house to stay away from the actress for the next two years. Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Joseph Biderman issued the restraining order against David Cocordan after a hearing in... Read more →

City Council

Police benefits cheaper than previously thought

CITY HALL — In February, amid discussions of raising city fees on everything from adult recreation leagues to municipal swimming pool admission, Councilmember Bobby Shriver called out what he felt was the “800-pound gorilla in the room.” “When 75 percent of your costs are compensation, the 800-pound gorilla... Read more →

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SMMUSD a model for statewide changes

CITYWIDE — As the State Assembly’s legislative session pulled to a close, a flurry of bills bearing Assemblywoman Julia Brownley’s (D-Santa Monica) name flew through the halls of the legislature. All passed, including a set of bills aimed at reforming education at nearly every level from the basics of implementing a... Read more →

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ACLU, Shriver lead suit against VA

VA CAMPUS — City Councilmember Bobby Shriver and a team of attorneys filed a lawsuit Wednesday accusing the federal government of misusing a 390-acre plot of land in West Los Angeles that was donated some 130 years ago to house veterans who need care after traumatic military experiences. The suit alleges that the U.S. Department of... Read more →

Briefs

Samohi’s orchestra takes top honors

Santa Monica High School’s orchestra program proved once again why it is considered one of the nation’s best, with the Samohi Philharmonic Orchestra taking first place and a gold rating in the full orchestra category at the San Francisco Bay Area Heritage Music Festival on May 31. The program includes six different orchestras,... Read more →

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Young Collegians setting the course

FOURTH STREET — Monday night, in front of an audience of family, friends, faculty and administrators, 15 high school seniors walked across a stage at the Doubletree Hotel to mark the end of a grueling academic career. “I’m excited,” said Bryan Hurtz, a graduating senior. “It’s been a long four... Read more →

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Officials: Avoid 405 area at all costs

WESTSIDE — Only in Los Angeles could a weekend freeway closure be compared to the end of the world. Authorities will close Interstate 405 to do road work in July, and they took the step Monday of issuing a dire warning a full month ahead of time because of the potential traffic nightmare it could cause on one of the nation’s... Read more →

Briefs

Pacific Park celebrates Special Olympics

Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier is honoring Special Olympics athletes, emergency response members and volunteers this Thursday by giving them free tickets for unlimited rides throughout the amusement park. In addition, the world-famous Ferris wheel will feature the colors of the Special Olympics daily at sunset throughout the games,... Read more →

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Shoe company debuts eyewear for a cause

MAIN STREET — TOMS Shoes, a Santa Monica-based company that provides footwear to underprivileged children in foreign countries, announced Tuesday that it will expand both its product line and charity to fight another global health problem — blindness. The company’s founder and Chief Shoe Giver Blake Mycoskie unveiled... Read more →

Education

SMMUSD nurses will keep their jobs

SMMUSD HDQTRS — All 10 nurses currently working in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District will keep their jobs for the 2011-12 school year, although the details of what kind of support staff they will have haven’t been worked out. The decision, approved by a 6-0 vote by the Board of Education on Thursday, created a... Read more →

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Backer of circumcision ban pulling out

CITYWIDE — In response to the rising backlash against a proposed initiative that would have made circumcision for minors a criminal act, the main proponent of the measure announced her intention to withdraw the measure Monday. Jena Troutman, administrator of www.wholebabyrevolution.com and certified lactation educator, said that it was... Read more →

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Watt Companies gets new president

SUNSET PARK — Nadine Watt will step into the role of president at Watt Companies, one of the largest owners, developers and managers of commercial real estate in the Western United States, it was announced Monday. Watt is currently vice president of the Santa Monica-based company. Her appointment, effective July 1, “reflects a... Read more →