City Council

Another round of budget discussions begins

CITY HALL — A popular series of neighborhood-centric budget meetings with City Manager Lamont Ewell will return for a fourth round on Monday when issues of parking, traffic and development are sure to make their way into discussions yet again. The annual “Can We Talk” meetings began when Ewell was hired in 2006 to determine... Read more →

News

Theater air clean in time for holidays

DOWNTOWN—With fears about swine flu and other airborne diseases on the rise, Mann Theatre’s The Criterion 6 in Santa Monica is moving one step closer to providing patrons with a healthier movie-going experience. SANYO North America Corp., a subsidiary of SANYO Electric Co., Ltd. and Mann Theatres announced Thursday that they have... Read more →

News

Man threatens to cut woman’s genitals

Sunday, Nov. 1, at 7:26 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1100 block of Montana Avenue regarding a report of a suspicious person in the area. When officers arrived, they made contact with the victim who said that as she exited a business in the 600 block of Montana the suspect approached her with a 4-foot PVC pipe in his... Read more →

Homelessness

Higher unemployment means more clients for Chrysalis

LINCOLN BLVD. — First went the business, then the apartment. After 20 years running an operation that represented wholesale clothing manufacturers to retailers in Downtown Los Angeles’ Garment District, 59-year-old Alvaro Sotelo was without a job or home, left to face a murky future in a hostile job market with both an outdated... Read more →

News

Hospital nurses and neighbors rally against Saint John’s

MID-CITY — Two of the harshest critics of Saint John’s Health Center have joined forces to shine a light on what they believe to be public health issues and anti-union activity at the Catholic hospital. The coalition of nurses and neighbors of the medical center, simply named Nurses & Neighbors, began meeting recently to... Read more →

Crime

Identity of shooting suspects released

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police Thursday released the names of the four suspects believed responsible for the shooting death of local resident Richard Juarez, who was gunned down in what police called a “brazen attack” Tuesday night at Virginia Avenue Park. The suspects have been booked for murder, attempted... Read more →

News

No AFM public screenings for second year

DOWNTOWN — A favorite feature of the American Film Market will be absent for a second straight year as public screenings are cut again from one of the world’s largest business conferences for the movie industry. The advanced general audience showings were long considered a community perk for an annual week-long event that draws... Read more →

Education

School supe pulls in the big bucks

SMMUSD HDQTRS — When it comes to the total earning levels of superintendents in Los Angeles County, the local school district is only second to one. That one is not the Los Angeles Unified School District — the second largest in the nation — but Glendale Unified where the chief there earned approximately $273,188 in the... Read more →

Crime

‘Brazen’ attack leaves man dead

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — A 20-year-old Santa Monica man was fatally shot Tuesday night at Virginia Avenue Park in what police called a “brazen” attack that could be gang related. Richard Juarez, a graduate of Olympic High School whose family has lived in Santa Monica for four generations, was attacked by two men as he and three... Read more →

Briefs

‘Kooza’ extends run

The big blue and yellow circus tent that is occupying a sizable chunk of real estate adjacent to the Santa Monica Pier will be sticking around for a little while longer. Cirque du Soleil said Monday that its traveling show “Kooza” is extending its run in Santa Monica through Dec. 20. The two-and-a-half hour show featuring clowns,... Read more →