Crime

Two busted for heroin possession

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, Dec. 2, at 9:49 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1900 block of Alley 11 regarding a suspicious vehicle. When officers... Read more →

City Council

Contractor busted in remodel scam

CITY HALL — A Santa Monica contractor has been convicted on criminal charges stemming from two remodeling jobs in which he took $18,000 in downpayments but refused to complete the work or return the money, city officials said Thursday. Hosayn Mandi, owner of New Line Interiors, formerly located on Lincoln Boulevard, was convicted last... Read more →

Briefs

Firefighter injured

A firefighter received minor injuries battling a blaze at a house here on Wednesday, officials said. More than 40 Santa Monica firefighters, with assistance from Los Angeles firefighters, were called to 1334 Ashland Ave. just before 1 p.m., said Suzanne Post of the Santa Monica Fire Department. No one was at home at the time. Knockdown took... Read more →

News

Stimulus funding felt locally

CITYWIDE — From its prime location on the sand north of the Santa Monica Pier, Back on the Beach restaurant seems about as far from Wall Street and the financial crisis as you can get. But when panic over sub-prime loan losses caused banks last fall to pump the brakes on small business loans, Back on the Beach co-owner Fred Deni... Read more →

News

Study: Businesses not harmed by emissions bill

CITYWIDE — As California works to implement the state climate change law known as AB 32 — aimed at reducing carbon emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 — some small business owners have complained they’ll bear the brunt of the new regulations and the state’s economy will pay the price. But a new study that analyzed... Read more →

Briefs

Say cheese

Underwater photographers are encouraged to submit pictures to Heal the Bay’s Santa Monica Pier Aquarium for its “Underwater Parks Day” photo competition, a contest designed to highlight the undersea world just off the Southern California coast. Entries will be accepted until Jan. 10 at 5 p.m. Only one entry per person,... Read more →

Briefs

Reach out to librarians

Bookworms who want to connect with their local libraries have some new numbers to dial. City Hall has created new public phone numbers for three library branches. The new listings are: n Fairview Branch (310) 458-8681 n Montana Avenue Branch Library (310) 458-8682 n Ocean Park Branch (310) 458-8683 Phone numbers for the Main Library remain... Read more →

News

State Supreme Court to hear Black Widows appeal

DOWNTOWN — A former Santa Monica landlord who is serving a life sentence for the murders of two homeless men for financial gain may have another shot at proving her innocence. The California Supreme Court agreed last week to hear an appeal filed by Helen Golay, 78, whose attorney claims her Sixth Amendment rights were violated during... Read more →

City Council

Councilman appointed to coastal commission

CITY HALL — Santa Monica City Councilman Richard Bloom has been appointed to the California Coastal Commission, a 12-member panel charged with regulating the use of land and water in the state’s coastal zone, including promoting access to public beaches. Bloom learned of the appointment on Tuesday after traveling to Sacramento... Read more →

Crime

Arrest sheds light on ‘shaken baby syndrome’

DOWNTOWN — A Santa Monica man is expected to be arraigned today on murder charges in connection with the death of his 2-month-old stepdaughter, the possible victim of a form of child abuse known as “shaken baby syndrome,” police said. Donald Hillman, 33, was arrested Monday in North Hollywood by Santa Monica detectives and... Read more →