Police release sketches of assault suspects

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police have released sketches of two people wanted for questioning in connection with an assault on Main Street that left a man in a coma. The assault occurred on May 6 around 1 a.m. in the 2900 block of Main Street, said SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis. The victim was drunk and collided with a man who... Read more →


Paddling at the pier

SM PIER — Longtime Santa Monica residents hearken back to the days when their quiet little beach town was just that — a bohemian paradise perched on the doorstep of the Pacific Ocean where locals could ride the waves and revel in the natural beauty that surrounded them. The Santa Monica Pier, in partnership with the Honolua... Read more →


Mitzvot in memory of Mezza

DOWNTOWN — Today, Matthew Mezza would have turned 15. The Santa Monica High School freshman, known for his joking nature and quick smile, might have had a birthday party, and celebrated with the many friends that populated his life. But that was not to be. In January, Matthew’s life came to an abrupt end, one that left his friends... Read more →


Running for vets in need

WEST L.A. — Today, people across the nation will seek out ways to honor the lives, and deaths, of countless men and women that have given everything for the safety of our country and the preservation of the ideals on which it was founded. Still others will not only pay homage to those that have died, but work to support those that are... Read more →


Making make-up safe

Dear EarthTalk: Can you explain the 2010 Safe Cosmetics Act? What does it purport to do and has it been signed into law? — Megan Wilson, Austin, Texas The Safe Cosmetics Act was introduced in the U.S. House of Representatives in July 2010 by Democrats Jan Schakowsky of Illinois, Ed Markey of Massachusetts and Tammy Baldwin of... Read more →


St. John’s nurses to unionize

MID-CITY — After years of fighting with management for the right to unionize, nurses at Saint John’s Health Center on Thursday voted in favor of joining the California Nurses Association, a move they hope will lead to better pay, benefits and improvements in patient care. Sixty-four percent of nurses who voted chose to join CNA,... Read more →

City Council

Civic Auditorium to get $47M makeover

CITY HALL — After several hours of public comment, discussion and debate, the City Council voted in a four to three decision Thursday to fund the renovation of the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium using approximately $47 million of redevelopment money. That money could be on the chopping block if Gov. Jerry Brown’s budget proposal,... Read more →


Council approves sales tax transfer to schools

CITY HALL — Over six months after voters approved a half-cent sales tax, City Hall approved a deal with the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District to split the revenues in exchange for access to high school sports facilities. A unanimous City Council vote ratified the long-awaited agreement that cemented the intent of two November... Read more →


Drugs, shoplifting keep cops busy

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. Sunday, May 22, at 6:55 a.m., Santa Monica police officers were on patrol in the 1300 block of Stanford Street when they saw a gold Lexus RX commit a... Read more →

City Council

Sun rising on new solar fund

CITY HALL — If city officials get their way, harnessing green energy will be a little bit easier on the wallet. Solar energy has long been discussed as a strong candidate for renewable energy because by the time the sun is no longer there to produce it, we won’t be either. Unfortunately, solar cells, usually panels of various... Read more →

City Council

Potential new office to ready city for disaster

CITY HALL — As communities in Missouri, Alabama and abroad are torn apart by natural and manmade disasters of untold proportion, Santa Monicans have to ask themselves a serious question: Are we ready? If you believe the movies, Santa Monica seems likely to be destroyed by alien attack, which no one can prepare for, but City Hall hopes... Read more →


Arrests made in series of robberies

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police officers, with the help of the Los Angeles Police Department, apprehended three men believed responsible for a string of street robberies that occurred in Santa Monica, West Los Angeles and the San Fernando Valley, authorities said Thursday. SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said the three male... Read more →

City Council

City Hall rushes to spend $100M in RDA money

CITY HALL — In an attempt to protect redevelopment money from a potential state raid, the City Council voted to commit approximately $100 million to construction projects at its budget meeting Tuesday night. The vote locks in money the Redevelopment Agency already has on hand — roughly $50 million in cash and $60 million in... Read more →


Parade to honor local lifeguards

Grand marshals for the fifth annual Fourth of July parade on Main Street will be Santa Monica’s lifeguards, led by Capt. Angus Alexander, a 31-year veteran who oversees operations at the Central Section Lifeguard Headquarters, located just south of the Santa Monica Pier. The theme for this year’s parade, presented by the Ocean... Read more →


SMC alumni of the year announced

SMC — A restaurateur and a math professor are recipients of the 2011 Alumni Recognition Awards issued by the Santa Monica College Foundation, it was announced last week. Martin Jeffrey King, co-founder of King’s Seafood Co., and SMC professor Terry Green will be recognized at the college’s commencement ceremony, which will... Read more →