News

Formerly homeless celebrate success at annual breakfast

DOWNTOWN — In a light, musical voice, Felix Garcia told a crowd of onlookers a harsh tale of failed hope, shattered dreams and ultimate redemption. Garcia, 57, crossed the country with plans to set his life up for success in bustling Los Angeles. He started a cleaning business, and all seemed well until a history of mental illness... Read more →

Briefs

Spirit Awards back to the beach

Film Independent announced that, for the second time in a row and the 18th time since 1985, the Spirit Awards will be held on Santa Monica Beach on Feb. 25, 2012. Despite moving to Downtown Los Angeles two years ago for its 25th anniversary, the event, the first awards ceremony to exclusively honor American independent films and their... Read more →

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State leaders renew talks on public pension fix

CARSON — Economically battered California has promised government retirees billions of dollars in future benefits that it might not be able to pay, and legislators Wednesday kicked off a new round of talks to contain rising pension costs that are causing havoc across the state. The discussions got under way as Gov. Jerry Brown finalized... Read more →

Crime

Santa Monica cops searching for sexual assault suspects

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police are asking for the public’s help in locating three men involved in an alleged sexual assault, authorities said Thursday. The reported assault took place on Oct. 19 around 2 p.m. in an alley near the corner of Lincoln and Pico boulevards, said SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis. The female victim... Read more →

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City employees approve benefits changes

CITY HALL — A coalition of Santa Monica employee unions agreed to alter their own health care payments and cut benefits to future employees in a nod to the growing burden of employee health and pension costs on public coffers. Both deals cover employees in 13 different associations that cover all city employees except public safety... Read more →

Crime

Senior questioned in fatal hit-and-run

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A 76-year-old man from Los Angeles was questioned by Santa Monica police Thursday in connection with a fatal hit-and-run collision at the corner of Lincoln and Santa Monica boulevards, authorities said. The suspect was brought in for questioning after a family member notified police, believing the senior may... Read more →

Crime

Don’t drink and walk

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. Tuesday, Oct. 18, at 8 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2900 block of Main Street regarding a person who was drunk in public. When... Read more →

City Council

Commission’s objections on park overruled

CITY HALL — “Why nix the bricks?” Santa Monica City Councilmember Kevin McKeown’s pithy inquiry cut to the heart of one of the last remaining questions regarding the design of the Town Square Park in front of City Hall, which became a battleground between the Landmarks Commission and an internationally-renowned... Read more →

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Progress made on homelessness, but resources scarce

CITYWIDE — Homeless service providers are dealing with stagnant resources in the face of continued need with additional challenges on the horizon. That was the message given to City Council members Tuesday night by Human Services Administrator Setareh Yavari in the annual review of the Santa Monica Homeless Plan. The team of service... Read more →

City Council

Dog beach proposal clears first hurdle

CITY HALL — The dogs had their day Tuesday when City Council members voted to champion a pilot program which would allow dogs and their human companions to play on the beach. The vote, brought forward by Mayor Pro Tem Gleam Davis and Councilmember Terry O’Day, directs staff to work with the state and local stakeholders to create... Read more →

Crime

Man killed in hit-and-run

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Police are searching for a charcoal-colored Toyota Camry involved in a fatal hit-and-run collision on Santa Monica Boulevard this morning. An unidentified white male in his late 50s or 60s was struck and killed around 5:50 a.m. while walking in a crosswalk against a red light at the southern intersection of... Read more →

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Downtown property owners to get fat check

THIRD STREET PROMENADE — Property owners in the Downtown business district will see a little unexpected cash going into the holiday season. The Downtown Santa Monica, Inc. board of directors voted to return nearly $2 million in assessments that had been paid into the district before it was actually allowed to spend the money. It was a... Read more →

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Santa Monica home to nation’s only unionized car wash

OCEAN PARK — Employees and management of Bonus Car Wash on Lincoln Boulevard signed an agreement Tuesday that made Santa Monica the home to the only unionized car wash in the country, according to activists. Workers will now be part of the United Steelworkers union, which will protect their rights to a wage increase, health and safety... Read more →

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Local guide to everything Halloween

CITYWIDE — It’s scary how many Halloween-themed events are taking place in Santa Monica over the next few days. Here’s a brief list of some fun things to do to celebrate the ghoul in you. Lift with your legs The “All You Can Carry Pumpkin Patch” will be open at the intersection of Arizona Avenue and Second... Read more →

Briefs

Granting more than a wish

Students at Grant Elementary may soon be out of toilet paper and soap, according to boosters at the school. With efforts to fund these basic needs, Grant is inviting residents to come to the Fall Festival and help raise the school’s cashflow. The festival will take place on Saturday, Oct. 29, on the school grounds from 1 p.m. to 8... Read more →