Crime

Teen pipe bomb suspect pleads not guilty

DOWNTOWN L.A. — The 17-year-old Santa Monica resident who allegedly built two bombs in his Mid-City apartment plead not guilty to eight charges in a Los Angeles County juvenile court Monday. The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office has charged the young man, who will not be identified due to his age, with felony counts of... Read more →

City Council

City Council to consider $647M budget

CITY HALL — Around budget time last year, “flat is the new up” became City Manager Rod Gould’s mantra. This year, it’s pretty much the same, but with a few twists. The preliminary budgets for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, which staff will present over the course of three meetings to the City Council starting... Read more →

Crime

Transient pleads not guilty in synagogue blast

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A homeless man pleaded not guilty to charges he set off a homemade bomb near a Santa Monica synagogue. Sixty-year-old Ron Hirsch entered pleas Monday in Los Angeles federal court to four felonies involving use of an explosive and a destructive device. He faces up to 70 years in federal prison if convicted. Hirsch is... Read more →

News

UC nurses reach tentative labor pact

MID-CITY — Nurses at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center cast votes Monday for a tentative labor agreement with the University of California system that includes an 11 percent pay increase over the next two years. The more than 11,000 UC registered nurses who are represented by the California Nurses Association/National Nurses United... Read more →

Crime

Plea in whale meat case postponed

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A Gardena seafood dealer who sold endangered whale meat to The Hump in Santa Monica and other sushi restaurants has yet to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge as part of a deal with prosecutors. Ginichi Y. Ohira, 50, was charged in Los Angeles federal court with knowingly selling a marine mammal product for an... Read more →

Environment

Dolphin dilemma

Dear EarthTalk How are wild dolphins faring on the high seas? Recent reports of dolphin deaths in the Gulf of Mexico may well be due to last year’s BP oil spill, but I imagine there are many threats to dolphins from pollution, human overfishing and other causes. Henry Milken Atlanta, Ga. Dolphins are probably the most iconic and best... Read more →

News

Your tax dollars at work

CITYWIDE — Anybody who owns or rents property in Santa Monica knows that the city by the sea is not a cheap place to live. Santa Monicans pay for the luxury of living in an iconic beach town, bounded by the sparkling Pacific Ocean on one side, and the bustling metropolis of Los Angeles on the other. What people may forget, at least... Read more →

Briefs

Assembly field taking shape

DOWNTOWN Santa Monica Mayor Richard Bloom will have some pretty stiff competition for the 41st District Assembly seat. Social activist Torie Osborn officially announced her bid to succeed Assemblywoman Julie Brownley Thursday, touting high-profile endorsements from Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, Congresswoman Karen Bass (D-Los... Read more →

News

Former SMMUSD superintendent dies

PACIFICA, CALIF — Former Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District Superintendent Dianne Talarico died this week after a battle with lung cancer. She was 53. Talarico replaced former Superintendent John Deasy in July 2006, and served the district during a tumultuous two years marked by success in promoting programs for... Read more →

Crime

Seafood dealer to plead guilty in whale meat case

DOWNTOWN L.A. — A Gardena seafood dealer who imported endangered whale meat from Tokyo and sold it to Santa Monica eatery The Hump and other sushi restaurants in the Southland will plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge, according to reports. Ginichi Y. Ohira, 50, was charged in Los Angeles federal court with knowingly selling a marine... Read more →

News

Embassy tenants’ homes safe, for now

THIRD STREET — Residents of the Embassy Hotel and Apartments can breathe a little easier. The City Attorney’s Office, Rent Control Board and owners of the Embassy reached a settlement agreement announced at last week’s City Council meeting, which gives the residents’ four years to leave the apartments and collect... Read more →

Education

Committee to look at bond, parcel tax

SMMUSD HDQTRS — The school board voted unanimously Thursday night to reconvene a citizen-led committee to look at the possibility of a future parcel tax and bond measure. The committee, which is authorized to have up to 35 members and $50,000 for polling, last got together for the successful Y and YY campaign, which is supposed to... Read more →

Crime

Shop ‘til you drop dead

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, May 14, at 8:40 a.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 1300 block of Wilshire Boulevard — Rite Aid — regarding a... Read more →