City Council

Campaigning begins early for council candidate

CITY HALL — Mayor Pro Tem Pam O’Connor learned a valuable lesson in 2006 — don’t wait until the last minute to launch a campaign. So in her re-election bid to serve a fifth term on the City Council, O’Connor is starting more than a year in advance, allowing more time to raise money and complete some of the... Read more →


Officers weren’t playing with this toy gun

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, Sept. 30, at 5:37 p.m., Santa Monica police officers on routine patrol in the 600 block of Wilshire Boulevard noticed a suspicious man standing... Read more →


Stabbing suspects arrested

BY DAILY PRESS STAFF PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY A pair of suspects were recently arrested in connection with a stabbing that took place after a Santa Monica High School football game last month. Kenneth Keith Jones, 19, and Christopher Jerome Diaz, 18, were taken into custody on Oct. 2 and booked for attempted homicide and assault with a... Read more →


Nick Nolte’s son arrested

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Brawley Nolte, the 23-year-old son of actor Nick Nolte, was arrested Tuesday after a car accident in Santa Monica, suspected to be under the influence of a controlled substance. Nolte was driving in the 600 block of Pacific Coast Highway when his 1998 Mercedes struck the car in front of him during an attempt to... Read more →


Santa Monica native returns from the White House

CHICAGO — On a chilly historic night in Grant Park, Alejandra Campoverdi witnessed history, standing up against the stage as her employer for the past few months — newly elected President Barack Obama — took the stage to address an electrifying audience. “Being there in Grant Park that night was amazing because... Read more →


Charges dropped in SMC sexual assault case

LAX COURTHOUSE — A Malibu man who was accused of sexually assaulting a Santa Monica College student in the campus library was cleared of all charges this week after prosecutors determined there wasn’t enough evidence to pursue the case. The dismissal of the case against 40-year-old Chase Guy Reynolds came more than a week after... Read more →


After tour, concerns remain about Expo impacts

LAWNDALE — There was screeching and honking and other noises expected of a maintenance facility for electric trains. They were the sounds that a group of residents from the Pico Neighborhood described hearing during a recent visit to the MTA Green Line’s rail yard in Lawndale, a tour arranged by the Exposition Construction... Read more →


Reading program pairs retired volunteers with kids

FAIRVIEW LIBRARY — Diane Lord doesn’t have a teaching background, nor any children, but when it came time to help a second-grade boy who was struggling to read, she found effective tutoring didn’t require experience. It’s how the Santa Monica resident and about 200 other volunteers are spending their retirement... Read more →



SM AIRPORT New exhibit at the Museum of Flying A nose section from a Boeing 727 is expected to arrive at the Museum of Flying at the Santa Monica Airport today. The 28-foot section will be donated by FedEx Express, a part of FedEx Corp., in an attempt to encourage youth interest in education and future careers in the fields of aviation... Read more →


Lincoln Place landlord settles with tenants

VENICE — A classic landlord-tenant battle came to a close recently when the owners and former residents of Lincoln Place reached a settlement that not only preserves a group of historic buildings from demolition but allows renters to return to their one-time home. The agreement with the property owner, the Apartment Investment and... Read more →


Sleeping with bugs

Dear EarthTalk: Why are bed bugs a big issue right now? Where do they come from and what real harm do they do? Are there non-toxic ways of dealing with them? Harper H. Newburyport, Ma. Bed bugs, tiny little rust-colored insects of the Cimicidae family, live by feeding on the blood of humans and other warm-blooded hosts. They get... Read more →


A place to call their own

SMC — Brad Jones is by all measures highly successful. The 28-year-old business major has an A-minus grade point average, works on campus 25 hours a week and is involved in extracurricular activities. But the model student is not typical even by Santa Monica College’s diverse student population standards. A U.S. Marine Corps... Read more →


Homework policy undergoes changes

SMMUSD HDQTRS — A 20-year-old homework policy that’s been criticized as antiquated and confusing saw major changes on Thursday when the Board of Education approved a set of revisions that parents hope will cut the hours spent on afterschool studies. The modifications come nearly a year after the board formed an ad hoc committee... Read more →


Street performer law to get second look

DOWNTOWN — The issue of whether a local ordinance regulating street performers is legal will soon come to the City Council after a U.S. appellate court ruled that a Seattle law requiring permits for the artists is unconstitutional. The council is expected to take up the matter in a yet-to-be scheduled study session where city staff... Read more →


John Muir flea market turns 19

A local flea market will be celebrating its 19th anniversary this weekend by honoring the very people it serves to benefit — kids. All of the usual vendors will be out Saturday morning at the John Muir PTA flea market, but this time they will be joined by a brand new Kids’ Corner featuring games, food, face painting, a bounce... Read more →