News

Event aims to boost sales on Main Street

MAIN STREET — After a dismal year for retailers, Main Street merchants are grasping for ways to boost sales. This month, they’re banding together to launch “Last Fridays,” on Jan. 29. Participating stores will be staying open late and holding special events to bring in customers. The event is planned to take place the... Read more →

Education

Kuehl to launch public policy institute at SMC

SMC — Former state Sen. Sheila Kuehl was hired Tuesday by the Santa Monica College Board of Trustees to create a public policy institute at the school with hopes of providing residents with nonpartisan reports on key economic, social and political issues come election time. Kuehl, who represented Santa Monica and other Westside... Read more →

News

Roadhouse still in limbo, but both sides negotiating

SM CANYON — A legal dispute between the owner of Patrick’s Roadhouse and his landlord is nearing an out-of-court settlement, but there appear to be few options left for keeping the historic restaurant in business long term. Lee and Christine Benchay, who own the property on Pacific Coast Highway just north of Santa Monica where... Read more →

News

Four face trial for Brumfield murder

DOWNTOWN — Four suspected gang members charged with the beating death of a Santa Monica man will stand trial after a Superior Court judge last week found there was enough evidence to move forward with the case. Assisted by court-approved wire taps, Santa Monica police officers in October of last year arrested Sammy Murphy, 50; Gwindon... Read more →

News

Report: Santa Monica Bay gets cleaner

SM BAY — Santa Monica Bay beaches are safer for swimming than they were five years ago, but water quality remains poor during winter months, the latest report from the Santa Monica Bay Restoration Commission said. Problems like contaminated fish, threatened wildlife populations and trash in the ocean remain persistent concerns,... Read more →

Education

SMC students plead guilty to locker room thefts

SMC — A pair of former Santa Monica College students plead guilty to a series of locker room robberies at the main campus, making off with over 130 stolen items that included iPods, books and other valuables, authorities announced Tuesday. Juan A. Rodriguez and Gianny E. Galindo plead guilty to several counts of commercial burglary on... Read more →

City Council

Campaign has raised smoking ban awareness, at a cost

CITY HALL — A publicity campaign aimed at educating Santa Monica residents and visitors on the city’s tough no-smoking laws has raised awareness about the rules, a City Hall report released last week said. But while polling shows the $150,000 effort, which involved signs, posters and a flier blitz, was effective in educating... Read more →

News

Downtown parking structures show age

CITY HALL — Downtown parking structures, some built in the 1960s, helping drive the economic engine in the popular retail and business district, are beginning to show their age. A recent review of Parking Structures 1 through 10 shows there are 90 places where concrete could crumble and possibly fall on cars or pedestrians, creating... Read more →

Briefs

Counting the homeless

The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority (LAHSA) and city officials are seeking volunteers to count Santa Monica’s homeless population. A statement released by City Hall states that officials are looking for 200 volunteers to take to the streets on Wednesday, Jan. 27 at 10 p.m. The count will continue until 2 a.m. the following day.... Read more →

Education

Hall of Fame to add another name

SMC — Legendary Santa Monica College basketball coach John McMullen — one of an elite group of coaches nationwide who tallied more than 500 wins in his career — will be inducted into the SMC Sports Hall of Fame school officials said. McMullen joins such sports luminaries as Olympic gold medalist and retired SMC professor... Read more →