Crime

Police release sketch of suspect in attempted kidnapping

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Santa Monica police on Friday released a sketch of a suspect wanted in connection with the attempted kidnapping of a teenage girl last month. The attempted kidnapping took place in the 3100 block of Pennsylvania Avenue on the morning of Jan. 24. The victim, a 17-year-old student at New Roads School, told... Read more →

Education

Tsang orders hiring freeze at SMC

SMC — With Santa Monica College facing a $5 million budget gap — and possibly one twice that big if proposed state tax extensions fail to pass — SMC President Chui Tsang has ordered a hiring freeze at the 1,800-employee institution. Tsang notified administrators about the freeze on Wednesday, saying in a memo the move was... Read more →

Education

SMC cuts offerings taken by high school students

SMC — For the first time in years, Santa Monica College this summer will not offer “late-start” classes, a decision that means high school students in particular could have a harder time enrolling in college level courses. SMC in recent years has offered between 22 and 44 late-start sections (so named because they start a... Read more →

Crime

Woman uses brass knuckles on cop

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. Friday, Jan. 28, at 9:59 p.m., Santa Monica police officers responded to the 2200 block of Main Street regarding a report of possible gang members... Read more →

News

Shop owners renew push for sidewalk signs

MAIN LIBRARY — Placing a sidewalk sign in front of a business to advertise sale items or a restaurant’s daily specials can be a great way to draw in customers. It’s also illegal in Santa Monica. Now, a group of merchants that has been pushing to overturn City Hall’s ban on the A-frame or sandwich board signs for more... Read more →

Briefs

Enrolling next year’s kindergartners

Public school officials will host several tours of elementary schools in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District for parents of incoming kindergartners so they can learn more about enrolling their children for the 2011-12 school year. The “Kindergarten Round-Up” starts Feb. 23 and goes through March 9. Most of the tours... Read more →

Briefs

Greenbacks for going green

Santa Monica College on Tuesday received two rebate checks totaling more than $217,000, the result of a 10-month pilot project intended to cut down on electricity usage. College officials said the pilot project involved retrofitting the control system for 54 fume hoods in the Science Building, a move that is estimated to save the college... Read more →

Briefs

Safe waste

Residents with old motor oil, prescription drugs, computers, batteries and other hazardous waste can now call City Hall and have those items picked up for free. City Hall has launched Santa Monica’s first door-to-door household hazardous waste collection program, a pilot effort that is intended to cut costs while cutting down on carbon... Read more →

Crime

Actress Pressly charged with drunken driving in Santa Monica

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — Prosecutors have charged Jaime Pressly with misdemeanor drunken driving. The 33-year-old “My Name is Earl” co-star was arrested Jan. 5 after Santa Monica police say she was stopped for a traffic violation. She was released after posting $15,000 bail. Deputy City Attorney Melanie Skehar says Pressly... Read more →

News

Celebrating Rosie’s Girls

Rosie’s Girls, a program designed to teach girls some of the finer points of manual labor, will celebrate its 10th year in Santa Monica on Saturday at the Main Library. The event will feature speakers and information about upcoming sessions of the program. The next session begins in April. In the past, Rosie’s Girls have used... Read more →

News

District hailed for adopting environmental curriculum

JOHN MUIR ELEMENTARY — Students in the Santa Monica-Malibu Unified School District could soon be getting an extra dose of environmental awareness in their science, history and social studies courses, thanks to a $50,000 grant from the Sempra Energy Foundation and a new curriculum developed by the California Environmental... Read more →

News

No-smoking signs leave some puzzled

SM PIER — Money may not grow on tree branches, but, at least in Santa Monica, it sometimes turns up in places that are just about as unlikely. Namely, at the bottom of ashtrays. That’s right. It’s only been a few months since the City Council banned smoking on the Santa Monica Pier, but in that time at least $80 has been... Read more →

Crime

Teen injured during escape from blaze

PUBLIC SAFETY FACILITY — A teenager was injured when she jumped from the second floor of an apartment building to escape a fire Saturday on Pearl Street. Santa Monica firefighters responded to the scene at 8:40 a.m. where they doused the flames. They transported the teenager to a local hospital for treatment. The American Red Cross... Read more →

City Council

Downtown area braces for construction crush

CITY HALL — Bulldozers could soon be the new Priuses in Downtown Santa Monica. A slate of projects in the city’s commercial core and adjacent Civic Center planned for the next five years promises to transform the most iconic parts of the city — and to pose some serious challenges for businesses, their customers and City Hall... Read more →