City Council

Residents to weigh in on public safety facilities

CITY HALL — After an extensive search for a public safety storage facility to house reserve emergency equipment for the fire and police departments, officials have finally narrowed the list down to about a half dozen locations. Those candidates, which include three in and around the Santa Monica Airport, will be presented to the... Read more →


Festival honors female filmmakers

DOWNTOWN — When director, producer and writer Patricia DiSalvo Viayra began working on her first film, she sent out an advertisement searching for a cinematographer. Out of the hundreds and hundreds of people she contacted, only one woman responded amid scores of men. “I just thought it was unusual that there were no other women... Read more →


Beginning of a new era

Hoping to create a new era of collaboration between landlords and their tenants, the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office is hosting a public workshop at the Annenberg Community Beach House Wednesday, Oct. 21. “We all agree that it’s time for something new,” said Deputy City Attorney Eda Suh. “The old model of... Read more →


Suspected bike thief busted

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. Saturday, Oct. 3, at 10:35 p.m., Santa Monica police officers were on routine patrol in the 100 block of Ocean Avenue when they saw a bike rider commit a... Read more →

City Council

Fortune-telling returns to Ocean Front Walk

CITY HALL — Palm reading, tarot cards and crystal balls can soon make their way back to Ocean Front Walk. Following concerns about First Amendment protections, the City Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance that expands the areas where fortune-telling is allowed to Ocean Front Walk, Lincoln Boulevard and Santa Monica Boulevard. The... Read more →


Council relaxes street performer rules

DOWNTOWN — A local ordinance regulating street performers in Santa Monica is set to be relaxed following an appellate court decision that ruled a similar yet more stringent permit system in Seattle was unconstitutional.  The City Council on Tuesday directed its staff to modify the street performer ordinances to allow the activity... Read more →


Charges filed against Cozi Couch

CITY HALL — The Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office has filed criminal charges against the former owner and managers of Cozi Couch, a high-end custom furniture store in Santa Monica and Los Angeles that many customers have accused of not delivering merchandise that was paid for. The misdemeanor complaint charges the defendants... Read more →


Animal advocates shot at during protest

WILSHIRE BLVD — Members of an animal rights group were the victims of sniper fire during a protest here Saturday and are offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of the shooter. The Companion Animal Protection Society (CAPS) staged a protest in front of the Aquarium & Pet Center to protest the retailer’s... Read more →


District to report on improvements in special ed 

SMMUSD HDQTRS — It’s been a long time coming, but parents with children in special education said they are seeing some progress in reforming the once troubled department. Those improvements in a program that was once described as fostering a culture of secrecy and intimidation will be highlighted during the Board of Education... Read more →


Buying benefit

SANTA MONICA/VENICE — With two young children at home and a new business to run, Tami Pardee doesn’t have the time to volunteer for local nonprofits like she did in the past. But not one to give up on helping others, Pardee decided to make a contribution by doing what she does every day — sell real estate. Pardee, who... Read more →


Homeless get a home in Venice

VENICE — There will be 20 fewer homeless individuals living on the streets after a local nonprofit organization bought an apartment building that will provide housing for the down and out. The Venice Community Housing Corp. recently acquired the 20-unit apartment building at 15 Horizon Ave. for $3.6 million with plans to move in... Read more →


Stay away from the bay following rains

SM BAY — The environmental group Heal the Bay warned Southland residents and visitors Tuesday to avoid going into the water at Los Angeles County beaches for the next 72 hours in response to the area’s first significant rainfall after the recent Station Fire and a record period of drought. The county’s 2,800-mile storm drain... Read more →


Seeing it through to the end

SACRAMENTO — A number of bills authored by local state legislators were signed into law by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger this past Sunday, the bills dealing with a wide variety of topics that ranged from education to Medi-Cal and state infrastructure. Many of the bills that received the affirmatory signature from the governor were... Read more →

City Council

Drivers should ‘Click It or Ticket’

Editor’s note: This story is part of an ongoing series that tracks the city’s expenditures appearing on upcoming Santa Monica City Council consent agendas. Consent agenda items are routinely passed by the City Council with little or no discussion from elected officials or the public. However, many of the items have been part of... Read more →


Jackson kids take on local canine crusade

EASTSIDE — Kids of the King of Pop are making the paparazzi work for them for a change. According to reports, Michael Jackson’s oldest son Prince and daughter Paris saw a news report about a two-legged dog in need of help and are taking up the cause, helping to raise the $2,000 necessary to buy the pooch a custom-made cart to... Read more →