News

Man arrested in death of 2-month-old stepdaughter

DOWNTOWN — Santa Monica detectives on Monday arrested a man for allegedly murdering his 2-month-old stepdaughter, her death the result of a type of child abuse called “shaken baby syndrome,” police said. Donald Hillman, 33, was arrested in North Hollywood around 3:30 p.m. Monday after the Los Angeles County Coroner’s... Read more →

City Council

Renters seek temporary relief

CITY HALL — At 87, Freda Mendelsohn still has an independent streak. The Santa Monica resident lives alone and travels to Downtown Los Angeles some days to fill in as a federal court reporter, earning money to supplement her pension of a few hundred dollars and her Social Security check. But, in recent months, work at the courthouse... Read more →

Education

Special ed gets personal

SMMUSD HDQTRS — For Kim Moran, negotiating special education services for her son was like sitting through an episode of “Let’s Make a Deal.” “I didn’t know quite where to go,” Moran said about her experience navigating the district’s special education program when she first enrolled her son.... Read more →

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Courthouse clinic helps victims of domestic abuse

SM COURTHOUSE — The woman appeared to be in denial, dismissing assertions that she needed a restraining order, insisting that it’s been a long time since she was struck. The volunteers at the Domestic Violence Clinic were having little luck with the new client who came at the ultimatum of an employer — get a restraining... Read more →

Crime

A stone’s throw sends him away

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. Saturday, Nov. 21, at 9:03 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the area of Seventh Street and Colorado Avenue regarding a fight. When... Read more →

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Lighting up the holiday season

CITYWIDE — The season of cheer will be in full swing after this weekend of tree lightings, holiday walks and festivals. Montana gets festive<p> Montana Avenue’s annual holiday walk begins today at 5 p.m. and lasts until 9 p.m. Enjoy decorations, treats and live music at various participating businesses. Marmalade... Read more →

City Council

Historic cottage becomes new B&B

CITY HALL — The city’s final remaining beach-facing cottage — the adopted cause of passionate historic preservationists who fought off demolition two years ago — will soon be reincarnated into a bed and breakfast, at least when the owners aren’t living there. The Planning Commission on Wednesday approved a... Read more →

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K-Swiss comes to Main Street

EDGEMAR CENTER — Main Street is now home to the only U.S.-based K-Swiss running retail store. The iconic California-sport footwear and apparel brand is looking to elevate its presence leading up to the Los Angeles Marathon, which will take place in March of 2010 and end near the Santa Monica Pier for the first time in the race’s... Read more →

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Aviation group joins jet ban battle

CITY HALL — A national aviation organization has joined the legal battle over the jet ban at Santa Monica Airport, arguing that a city ordinance that restricts such aircraft sets a dangerous precedent. The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA), which has more than 415,000 members or two-thirds of all pilots in the country, was... Read more →

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End may be near for Patrick’s Roadhouse

SANTA MONICA CANYON — Its lime green exterior, small town atmosphere and popularity among celebrities have made Patrick’s Roadhouse a local landmark and one of Pacific Coast Highway’s most recognizable restaurants. Now the diner could be facing closure at the end of the year after its owner received an eviction notice... Read more →