City Council

Board approves 1 percent rent increase

CITY HALL — An economic downturn that has driven up the unemployment rate and jeopardized housing for many will push rents up by 1 percent this fall, the lowest since 1999 when city officials authorized an increase by the same amount. The Rent Control Board on Thursday adopted a general rent adjustment of 1 percent effective Sept. 1,... Read more →

Briefs

The world is yours

Radio station KCRW, a community service of Santa Monica College, is partnering with the Los Angeles Philharmonic for the 11th season of KCRW’s World Festival at the Hollywood Bowl, kicking off on June 21. Highlights of this year’s line up include performances from Afrobeat superstar Femi Kuti & The Positive Force, soulful... Read more →

Briefs

New vice president selected

Robert “Bob” Isomoto, who has had 35 years of experience in community colleges in counseling and administrative posts, has been named vice president of business and administration at Santa Monica College. Currently vice president of administrative services at East Los Angeles College, Isomoto, who succeeds Jeanine Hawk, will begin... Read more →

City Council

City Hall looking to regulate paparazzi

CITY HALL — The days of paparazzi crowding sidewalks, standing on top of cars and swarming near a local preschool to get candid shots of celebrities with their children could be numbered. The City Council on Wednesday directed its staff to investigate “intrusive and invasive” activities of celebrity photographers and... Read more →

News

Reserving the right

WILSHIRE BLVD — Catherine Roscart was busy making drinks one day at a local Starbucks when she was approached by a man complaining that his order for tea had been refused at the register. “This is ridiculous,” the man reportedly said. “Would you turn Jesus away?” Roscart agreed to ring up the drink order for... Read more →

Crime

Cops make arrest for attempted murder

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, June 10, at 8:36 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to a report of a possible assault with a deadly weapon that occurred at an... Read more →

Briefs

Pedestrian struck in crosswalk

A woman was struck by a motorcycle while walking in a crosswalk at the corner of 18th Street and Wilshire Boulevard around 10:30 a.m. Wednesday, police said. The motorcycle rider noticed the pedestrian and jumped off the bike, hoping to have it slide to a stop before hitting the woman, but the plan failed, police said. The bike slid and... Read more →

Crime

Shots ring out near Virginia Avenue Park

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Police are asking for the public’s help in identifying a car used in a drive-by-shooting Tuesday night, hoping that information leads to those responsible for the attack. SMPD Lt. P.J. Guido said two people — one male adult and one male juvenile — ran into Wine Barrel Liquor in the 2100 block of... Read more →

Briefs

Grand finale

The final performance at The Jazz Bakery was a smash. The concert, which was held as a benefit to raise money for the Santa Monica High School Jazz Band, was so well attended that additional seats had to be added. More jazz fans came during intermission and filled the balcony as well, organizers said. Attendance for the concert not only... Read more →

News

Pollution lingers near I-10 Freeway

DOWNTOWN — Air pollutants generated by those traveling on Interstate 10 in Santa Monica extend more than 1.5 miles from the source in the hours before sunrise, exposing more residents to traffic-related pollution than previously thought, increasing the risk for developing asthma and other respiratory illnesses, cardiovascular disease... Read more →

Briefs

Top that

Santa Monica and Malibu high schools are some of the nation’s best, according to Newsweek, which released its list of the top 1,500 U.S. public schools. Newsweek ranked Santa Monica High School at number 251 and Malibu High School at number 313. The rankings were based on the number of Advanced Placement, Intl. Baccalaureate and/or... Read more →

Crime

City drops charges against electric car enthusiast

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A Santa Monica resident who was accused of illegally building electric cars following a sting operation last year walked out of court a free man on Tuesday after city officials decided to drop all charges. During the hearing, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office dismissed the charge that Paul Pearson, a... Read more →

Briefs

Summer school musical

With many schools across the state being forced to cancel summer school, parents are scrambling to identify other options. Saint Anne School hopes it can fill the gaps. The private Catholic school on Colorado Avenue is offering a two-week session of summer music camp. Saint Anne’s Summer Music Campapalooza 2009 offers music... Read more →

Briefs

Keep it clean

For the next few months those who are unemployed and can prove it will be able to get their dry cleaning done for free so that they can look sharp during job interviews. Flair Cleaners, which has a location on Montana Avenue, announced Tuesday that through Sept. 2, those who bring their most recent unemployment pay stub and a photo ID can... Read more →

Crime

Council to examine protecting children from paparazzi

DOWNTOWN — A circus-like atmosphere began unfolding at the First Presbyterian Nursery School, the source of chaos coming not from crying children, but rather a group of two dozen photographers snapping away from behind a fence. They hooked their cameras into the fence, some even climbing up the divider erected between the playground and... Read more →