City Council

The Village gets high marks for visuals

CITY HALL — In 2004, City Hall began looking for the right design-build team to complete its vision of a mixed-use apartment and retail complex that would integrate seamlessly into the fabric of the wider plan for the Civic Center. The complex, overlooking the expanse of the Pacific Ocean, would lie on municipal property adjacent to... Read more →

City Council

Rents to rise by 3.2 percent

CITY HALL — Tenants of rent-controlled apartments that moved in before Sept. 1, 2010 could see their rents rise by as much as 3.2 percent thanks to a vote of the Rent Control Board Thursday night that took into account a new category of expenses in the cost of rent. The 3-1 vote approved the 3.2 percent increase, with board member Todd... Read more →

Education

Ed Foundation awards teacher grants

SMMUSD HDQTRS —The Santa Monica-Malibu Education Foundation, which raises funds in support of arts, academics and athletics in local public schools, will award 24 grants to teachers at 14 different schools for up to $1,000 each, and award one “Super Grant” in the amount of $4,500 to Olympic High School. Olympic High School... Read more →

Briefs

Powell receives lifetime achievement award

FAIRMONT MIRAMAR — Pacific Park’s CEO and general manager Mary Ann Powell received the Roy E. Naylor Lifetime Achievement Award Thursday at the Santa Monica Chamber of Commerce Installation Dinner held at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel. “Mary Ann has and of course will continue to work tirelessly not only to improve the... Read more →

Crime

Cops arrest man in connection with rape of unconscious woman

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. Sunday, June 5, at 3:05 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a rear parking lot located in the 2700 block of Neilson Way regarding a possible... Read more →

News

Pier announces performers for Twilight Dance Series

SM PIER — Music lovers will be dancing like Egyptians this summer at the Santa Monica Pier. The pier’s 27th annual Twilight Dance Series (TDS) features an eclectic mix of acts highlighted by 1980s pop group The Bangles, the Daily Press learned Thursday. “I feel really good about what has taken place,” said Steve... Read more →

Education

Boys & Girls Club announces new tech program

LINCOLN BLVD — With the snip of a pair of average-size scissors, the Boys & Girls Club of Santa Monica on Wednesday cut the ribbon on its Club Tech Center of Excellence, an upgrade in hardware and software for its kids, courtesy of Microsoft. The investment in 12 new computers, all fully-loaded with Microsoft Office 2010, robotics... Read more →

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 →

News

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 →

News

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 →

News

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 →

News

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 →

News

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 →