Environment

City buys electric car from former adversary

CITY HALL — The man who was once targeted by the Santa Monica City Attorney’s Office for allegedly selling electric cars without permission is now doing business with City Hall, and last month delivered a fully electric pickup truck for use in the city’s fleet. Last year, City Hall lawyers spent about six months trying to... Read more →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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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 →

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 →

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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 →