Crime

Sears still popular with shoplifters

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, Jan. 10, at 5:43 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 300 block of Colorado Avenue — Sears — regarding a theft suspect... 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 →

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

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 →

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 →

City Council

Council postpones meeting because of mayor’s death

CITY HALL — City Council’s meeting scheduled for today has been called off because at least three council members thought it was too soon to meet following Mayor Ken Genser’s death on Saturday. Without a quorum of four members, City Hall rescheduled the meeting for Tuesday Jan. 19. City Councilwoman Gleam Davis said she... 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 →

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 →

News

Genser memorial set

A memorial service for the late Mayor Ken Genser will be held Jan. 24, at 1:30 p.m. at Barnum Hall on the Santa Monica High School campus, city officials said Tuesday. The memorial is open to the public. Genser, 59, was the longest serving elected official in city history and a staunch supporter of renters’ rights. He died Saturday at... Read more →