News

Locals help rescue plane crash victims

MALIBU Mike Dwyer ran as fast as he could, panting and splashing sand as he darted toward the sunset, the image of a plane plummeting into the water fresh in his mind as he dove into the ocean. Jason Sandoval frantically paddled across the water on his surfboard, fighting the waves as he followed the wreckage, hoping to find survivors in a... Read more →

Environment

New definition of eco-responsibility

Dear EarthTalk I’ve followed the trends in “eco-homes” now for many years. Are there equally encouraging things happening in the world of condos? Charlie Anderson Seattle, WA Believe it or not, condominiums may be some of the most environmentally responsible housing out there today, especially since more and more... Read more →

Crime

Detectives ask for help in solving Pico murder

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY Detectives are asking for the public’s help in locating three suspects wanted for questioning in connection with the brutal murder of a Santa Monica man who was beaten severely and left for dead on a Pico Neighborhood sidewalk back in May. Preston Brumfield, unconscious, was found by police in the 1900 block of... Read more →

News

Claiming a little stimulus

DOWNTOWN While a tough economy is leaving many people struggling to balance the soaring costs of gas, food, and healthcare, more than 133,000 Los Angeles-area residents, including nearly 1,800 Santa Monicans, have failed to take advantage of their economic stimulus rebate, leaving an estimated $40 million unclaimed. Nearly 70 percent of those... Read more →

News

Transit, housing hit hard by California budget cuts

DOWNTOWN Spending cuts to the recently approved state budget have several local agencies scrambling to make up the funding gap. Transit and housing are particularly hard hit, leading local leaders to look to alternative avenues for funding for next year’s pending fiscal crisis. Where Santa Monica is concerned, the Los Angeles County... Read more →

News

No support for incumbents from green group

DOWNTOWN Despite taking on the Federal Aviation Administration earlier this year over a ban on jet aircraft, four City Council incumbents running for reelection did not earn the endorsement from an advocacy organization that’s been one of the airport’s largest critics. Instead, the Concerned Residents Against Airport Pollution... Read more →

News

SM Beach is officially hot

SM BEACH While many people believe the Santa Monica Beach, along with its landmark Ferris wheel, is one of the greatest places on the west coast, now it’s official. The American Planning Association named Santa Monica Beach one of the 10 great places in the U.S. for 2008. The mayor and other city officials gathered to announce the... Read more →

News

CityTV brings the election right to you

DOWNTOWN CityTV, the government access cable channel for the City of Santa Monica, has announced its “Vote 2008” line-up of Santa Monica election programming for this year’s election. The line-up includes 19 election shows covering the City Council race, college board, school board, Rent Control Board and three ballot... Read more →

City Council

Navigating parks no easy feat

CITYWIDE Confusion in navigating the local parks and beaches could soon be a thing of the past. City Hall is seeking proposals from designers to develop a new comprehensive signage package that would standardize markers at all 24 parcels of open space, addressing concerns by tourists who found existing signs to be confusing. Proposals are... Read more →

Crime

Cooking up trouble

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, Oct. 3, at 5:29 p.m., Santa Monica police responded to the corner of Lincoln and Olympic boulevards regarding a report of smoke coming from a... Read more →

Crime

No progress made in pair of murders

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY More than six months after a pair of murders shook the otherwise violent crime quiet city, investigators are still digging for clues that they hope will lead to suspects. Alexander “Sasha” Merman, a 35-year-old Russian immigrant who lived on Montana Avenue, and 21-year-old Juliana Redding, an aspiring... Read more →

Crime

Cops searching for shooting suspects

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD Police on Thursday were searching for two suspects wanted in connection with a drive-by shooting that took place in the 1800 block of Michigan Avenue, said Lt. Alex Padilla of the Santa Monica Police Department. There were no injuries reported. The suspects were described as two male Hispanics, ages 18 to 20. Police said the... Read more →

City Council

City Hall’s Web site gets noticed

CITY HALL Santa Monica maintains its position as an online leader as its Web site was named a finalist for the “Best of the Web” competition by the Center for Digital Government. The annual contest placed the city Web site among the top 10 online city portals in the country. The awards were handed out during an awards gala in... Read more →

Crime

SMC’s new top cop no stranger to education

SANTA MONICA COLLEGE As Albert Vasquez strolls the campus here and interacts with students, he acts not just as the new police chief of the college’s security force, but also as an educator. After all, Vasquez is just a dissertation away from receiving his doctoral degree in education from the University of Southern California. Just... Read more →

Education

Permit process gives student surfers space

VIRGINIA AVENUE PARK For Robbie French, the summer of 2008 and those in years past were as different as night and day. “The previous summers were total chaos,” French, who owns Perfect Day Surf Camp, said in regards to the overcrowded beaches of yore. “There were pirated camps everywhere … and people would take... Read more →