Crime

Homophobia on the promenade

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. Friday, Dec. 24, at 4;20 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1400 block of the Third Street Promenade regarding a fight in progress. When... Read more →

News

Resolutions: Local newsmakers share their goals for 2011

DOWNTOWN — New Year’s resolutions: Everybody makes them, almost everybody breaks them. In an attempt to make it a little more difficult to renege this year, the Daily Press checked in with a range of local movers and shakers and put them on the record with their 2011 promises. Some people, as you’ll see, took our earnest... Read more →

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Valet tips for New Year’s Eve

Drivers who are hesitant to leave their car with a valet have good reason to worry, according to Santa Monica-based Edmunds.com, a premier online resource for auto enthusiasts. In its article “Confessions of a Parking Valet: True Tales of Mishaps and Mischief,” Edmunds.com exposes the truth about what goes on at a typical valet... Read more →

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Plenty of local options for New Year’s Eve

DOWNTOWN — Whether it’s a black tie affair or a laid-back get together with friends, Santa Monica abounds with choices for ringing in the New Year in style. Here are five of the most interesting sounding options in town: If you feel like getting fancy, don your black and white cocktail attire and head to Wokcano’s... Read more →

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Top 10 stories of 2010

DOWNTOWN — You could say Santa Monica had a little bit of everything in 2010. From the bizarre — like the revelation back in March that celebrated local sushi restaurant The Hump was illegally selling whale meat — to the heartwarming — like the successful grassroots effort to save the financially challenged Twilight... Read more →

Briefs

More time for more food

The Big Blue Bus and Santa Monica Chapter of the Red Cross are extending the deadline for this year’s food drive. The annual, City Hall-sponsored food drive, which helps families and individuals throughout Santa Monica and the Westside, has been extended until Jan. 10, 2011. Those wishing to donate food can drop off non-perishable... Read more →

Education

City Hall launches youth violence prevention website

CITY HALL — Santa Monica officials have launched a “youth violence prevention” portal on City Hall’s website, part of an effort to better inform the public about programs geared toward at-risk minors in Santa Monica. The website, which City Hall announced on Tuesday, is accessible at www.santamonicayouth.net.... Read more →

Crime

Cops to be out in force on New Year’s Eve

CITYWIDE — When it comes to drinking and driving, the Santa Monica Police Department has a “zero tolerance” policy. Officers will be conducting a “Zero Tolerance DUI Saturation Patrol” New Year’s Eve at various locations throughout the city, targeting those who still don’t heed the message to... Read more →

Crime

Homeless man pleads not guilty to slashing face

AIRPORT COURTHOUSE — A homeless man living on the streets of Santa Monica was arraigned Tuesday after police accused him of slashing another man’s cheek in front of the McDonald’s on Second Street. Clarence Anthony Williams, 38, plead not guilty to one count of assault with a deadly weapon and one count of mayhem, a clerk... Read more →

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Rose Bowl rally volunteers needed

The Santa Monica Convention & Visitors Bureau is looking for a few good men and women to help welcome University of Wisconsin fans for a Rose Bowl pep rally Thursday at the Santa Monica Pier. The Badgers have chosen Santa Monica as the location for their official pep rally. The CVB expects over 25,000 fans to attend. Volunteers will... Read more →

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Winds, cold follow latest storm

LOS ANGELES — California braced Wednesday for a blast of cold air and potentially damaging winds in the aftermath of a winter storm that dumped more rain and snow on the soggy state but failed to trigger significant new mudflows. One person was killed by a falling tree and a snowboarder was missing, power outages were scattered around... Read more →

Crime

Cops: Traffic death investigation could take nearly a month

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A traffic investigator with the Santa Monica Police Department said Monday it could take at least four weeks to determine if charges whould be filed against a driver who killed a 66-year-old man last week as he was crossing Wilshire Boulevard. Santa Monica Police Department Traffic Investigator Chris... Read more →

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Crawling for a cause

Organizers of the Santa Monica Pub Crawl said Monday that participants raised nearly 6,000 pounds of food and over $3,000 for the Westside Food Bank, enough for 20,000 meals. This photo captures some of the action from the pub crawl, which took place Dec.... Read more →

Briefs

DUI arrests down

A total of 102 people were arrested on suspicion of drunken driving in Los Angeles County over the Christmas weekend, a significant decrease from last year when the holiday was celebrated over a four-day weekend, the California Highway Patrol announced Monday. Between 6:01 p.m. Thursday and 11:59 p.m. Sunday, 102 people were picked up for... Read more →