Crime

Injured pedestrian dies in hospital

DOWNTOWN — An 82-year-old Santa Monica resident hit by a motorist earlier this week died Thursday as a result of his injuries, police said. The pedestrian was struck Dec. 15 at 11:50 a.m. while crossing 18th Street and California Avenue, police said. He was taken to a local hospital and listed in critical condition. The initial... Read more →

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FirstFed latest bank to fail

DOWNTOWN — First Federal Bank of California, a fixture in Santa Monica for 80 years and one of the oldest and largest financial institutions in Los Angeles, has become the latest victim of the volatile real estate market, forced to close its doors Friday by the federal Office of Thrift Supervision. FirstFed Financial Corp. was unable... Read more →

Crime

Police foil murder-for-hire plot

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A Santa Monica man on Friday was charged with trying to hire someone to kill a former business partner, police said. Paul Harwood, 54, was charged with two counts of solicitation of murder and for possession of and manufacturing cocaine, said SMPD Sgt. Jay Trisler. The intended victim was not injured and there... Read more →

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Pub crawl unites revelers for a good cause

DOWNTOWN — Raise your glasses for charity. This weekend Westside Food Bank is the beneficiary of Santa Monica's first annual pub crawl, which will take place on Dec. 19 starting at 5 p.m. More than a dozen bars and restaurants throughout the city will be participating in an attempt to spread holiday cheer and promote a worthy... Read more →

Crime

‘Tis the season to shoplift

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, Dec. 13, at 11:35 a.m., Officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding shoplifting suspects in custody.... Read more →

Crime

Police chief extends 3-12 work week

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica Police Chief Tim Jackman has extended for one month a pilot program in which rank-and-file officers work three, 12.5-hour days instead of the traditional 10 hour, four days a week schedule, a move that is expected to raise morale while putting more officers on the streets at times when they are... Read more →

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New ER begins receiving patients

ST. JOHN’S HEALTH CENTER — Just about everything has to happen quickly in emergency medicine, so perhaps the plan to move the entire St. John’s Health Center ER staff to its new digs in the recently certified Howard Keck Center overnight should come as no surprise. At 1 a.m. today, doctors and nurses were scheduled to make... Read more →

Briefs

Rain delay

There’s no need to water the lawn these days thanks to the recent rain storm that drenched the city. That’s according to City Hall’s Office of Sustainability and the Environment, which is recommending all property owners to shut off irrigation systems for the coming weeks. City officials would like for people to adjust... Read more →

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Concerns raised over massive development

PICO NEIGHBORHOOD — Residents got their first look at a plan to build a large commercial and residential building on a site near a future light rail stop Tuesday night, some of them expressing doubts about the developer’s claim that the nearly 1-million-square-foot complex would have a moderate traffic impact. The meeting was the... Read more →

Briefs

Don’t drink and drive

The Santa Monica Police Department will be conducting a sobriety, driver’s license checkpoint this Friday night in the 300 block of Pico Boulevard. Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Officers will be contacting drivers to... Read more →

Education

Schools receive masks to fight flu

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Local schools will soon be getting thousands of surgical masks as a precaution against a flu outbreak, courtesy of the federal government. The Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District is slated to receive 22,000 of the masks — about two for each student — along with rubber gloves and some heavier-duty... Read more →

Environment

Just say no to plastic bags

CITYWIDE — Local businesses are joining thousands across Los Angeles County today to help protect the environment during Heal the Bay’s third annual “A Day Without a Bag.” To help reduce the amount of plastic bags used, business owners, in conjunction with county officials and Heal the Bay, are encouraging shoppers to... Read more →

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Rose Bowl rallies boost tourism

SM PIER — It may have been a down year for tourism in Santa Monica, but at least it’s going to end with a bang. Both college football teams playing in the Rose Bowl game on New Year’s Day — Ohio State and the University of Oregon — have decided to hold their pre-game pep rallies in Santa Monica, providing a... Read more →

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Large helicopters to land at SMO

SM AIRPORT — Three military transport helicopters that are among the largest in the Navy’s inventory will be landing here today as part of a movie shoot, city officials said. The three CH-46 Sea Knight choppers, which are used to rapidly transport Marines, supplies and equipment between bases or from ship to shore, will fly over... Read more →

Education

Voters reluctant to support parcel tax for schools

SMMUSD HDQTRS — Voters are reluctant to support an emergency parcel tax to close the school district’s projected $12 million deficit, but may be willing to tax themselves a lesser amount to help close the gap. That’s according to a committee charged with researching whether the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District... Read more →